Old Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Old HorizontalOld Horizontal
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Massive amounts of barley malts, combined with fresh harvest American hops make it aromatic and spicy on the nose. Floral, fruity aromas slide into honeyed malt depth with lingering sensations of candied and citrus fruit. Late warming alcohol brings all of these flavors into wonderful harmony to finish.

Malt: Imported 2 row German malts
Hops: Whole flower American hops
Food Pairings: Meat pies and English cheese

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,903
Reviews:
1,113
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
200
For Trade:
6
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Photo of morrowd3
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _nickg_
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one poured out a hazy amber color with a finger of a tan colored head.

The smell was very rich and complex! Smells coming up were sweet grapes, tobacco, leather and figs. Lots of variety on the nose.

Taste was of caramel and honey. Throw in some figs and raisins and bam!

The mouth was heavy and sticky! Got even more sticky as the beer warms.

Overall a very neat and complex beer that does have a tendency to be heavy and sticky, again with that. At 11% this beer will be a warmer but I think the alcohol taste itself is very well hidden. Almost not present except for a bit of warming as you drink the beer. Very good stuff and at a price point that will not break that cute little piggy bank!

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Photo of Tcsox
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a superb American barleywine at a very cheap price point: 7 in my area for a bomber. Hops are mild in the finish. Smell and taste is of orange marmelade, wildflower honey, burnt molasses, toasted caramel. Low carbonation, thick mouthfeel. A great beer to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryften
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 2013. Cloudy red orange. Chewy. Smell faint booze, fruity. Taste piney, caramel, woodsy, buttery.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brownish, mahogany, with little head but long lasting.
Smell: piney hop is dominant.
Taste: the piney, spicy hop just hit you upfront, there is no getting away from that. It also lingers on your taste bud for a long time. A strong malty backbone, but still dominated by the hoppiness. The alcohol is flowing around too.

The piney hop was a bit too strong for my liking. It overpowered all other tastes.

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Photo of Ri0
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Vintage 2014. Dark rust orange with a nice off white 2 finger head with fair retention. Fades slowly and leaves a nice collar and webbed lacing on glass. This smells like a hoppy BW with some bitter citrus, pine, and dark fruit along with sweet baked bread and caramel malt. The aroma is pleasant. First and foremost I get a quick, sweet taste of caramel and toffee. The bitter hops move in, with grapefruit and some pine most dominant. After 2 years of aging the hops are prevalent. Medium body with a bitter quality from the hops that leaves a dry feeling on the finish.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage served cold in a snifter

Poured a crisp and clear copper with a thick khaki head. Smells of hop candy, pine, malt, grapefruit and pith. Taste follows with a strong malty backbone and lots of spicy hop character. Delicious. Reminds me of a stronger Bigfoot.

Cellar review 03/2017
2014 vintage
Ghost of hops past, still very much like a Bigfoot. There was a ton of malt but still enough hops to balance the brew. Medium thickness and mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

cellar review 05/2017
2013 Vintage
Low on the hops but it's 4 years old damn it. I did detect the ghost hops thing a bit but it was a malty dream. Still very carbonated. Medium thickness and mouthfeel. This beer could last a while longer in the cellar. Delightful.

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Photo of ConnorSimpson41
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage, label says enjoy by 05 DEC 2019. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper/burnt orange color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like toffee, molasses, brown sugar, earthiness and dried fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some citrusy hops, bready/grainy malt, booze, stone fruit and pine noticeable. Nice amount of bitter and sweet flavors in this barleywine. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good overall brew, definitely worth a try! Picked it up on closeout a few months ago for $2.99 a bottle at DEP's. Great deal!

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Photo of tommy5
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwalter
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red in color with an off white foamy head that is 2.5 fingers in depth; great lacing on the glass. Aroma- quite a malty backbone with the smell of grahm crackers, sour dough bread and maybe sour white grapes? Hard to pin down. The taste up front is bready malts reminiscient of toast, hints of honey and butterscotch. Toward the mid to back end of this beer a pleasant bitterness comes through. There is also a nice alcohol warmth that makes its present towards the end of each sip. A really great beer to warm up with come winter. Although, I wish there was a little more going on with the flavor.

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Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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