Old Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

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

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2008 vintage from Toby. Dark brown, spotty head. Aroma is malty and peaty. Taste too is malty, tobacco, leathery. Aged well, all the times in Philly, and at Victory, and I drink this in Idaho. Lovely.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2013

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass to a deep amber which is topped by a dense three finger light tan head which retains well and leaves decent excellent lacing
S: Smells of old and faded pine and citrus with a sticky caramel malt backbone
T: Taste is faded pine and citrus hops with some earthy notes. Sticky caramel and toasted bread along with some more earthyness and faded bitter hop oils. Swallow is more faded oily hops with more pine and citrus with some lingering sticky caramel and toasted malts.
M: This beer is big and slightly sticky on the palate. Carbonation is soft and a bit under prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a pretty standard American Barleywine. Huge hops along with a lot of maltyness make this one drink about how you would expect it to. It doesn't do anything different and to me it is a slightly lesser beer than Old Guardian. Still worth a try and ages beautifully.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber-gold, thin head with a whispy whirl, good carbonation. Aroma isn’t as hop-heavy & medicinal as you find on some American style barleywines - there are a lot of German malt aromas (like you might find in a doppelbock / weizenbock), vague fruit cake and even a little cinnamon way underneath.

Hops do factor more prominently on the tongue - upfront are more of those hearty German malt flavors, then the hops add a medicinal / herbal tinge on the mid-palate. There are some fusel elements that remind of amaro liqueur- almost like a Fernet Branca without the menthol / mint. There are some classic English barleywine flavors floating around - mild caramel, treacle - but they never coalesce with the rest of the flavors. I think if they had it would have been a better beer, but as is the use of the German malt is enough to make it stand-out from other American style variations.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped a bottle of this at March Madness 2017. Best buy date on the bottle was drink by the end of 2013. Its a barleywine, I do wut I want, barleywine is life.

Pours a chestnut brown with more clarity than expected for a barleywine and this color scheme. Feint 1/5" off white head. Aroma of alcohol, nuts, warming. Has that dark bread around the holidays feel to it.

Taste, still get a stiff blast of alcohol, then there is a sting of bitter hops taken up to around the 85 ibu notch I would think. Plenty of maris otter toffee like notes transitioning to caramel and all remaining of the unsweetened variety. The carbonation is soft. The hops didn't really transition with age to something more sweet and refined, they still draped the beer in substantial bitterness. Its a decent barleywine offering, but it isn't going to fall into my OMG I need to buy a 4 or 6 pack of this so I can age it every year.

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Photo of hman43
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours a cloudy brown with a light brown head. Head retention is low. It does have some legs to it as well.

Aroma: There are aromas that indicate a deep malt richness that includes caramel and bread. There is a citrus aroma that in most like an orange.

Taste: The malts are rich, full, and flavor with some caramel and bread. There is a distinctive citrus taste that is most like oranges.

Feel: I has a full body, not quite chewy. There is some alcohol warmth in the finish with moderately high bitterness.

Overall: This is a wonderful beer with the malts and hops working in unison with each other.

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Photo of rypkr
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to wine glass.

LOOK: Dark brown pour, thick letting very little light through. Healthy and foamy off white head. Reforms easily.

AROMA: Fig, raisin, brandy. Yeast and mold. Molasses.
TASTE: sour cherry, raisin, grains. Cheap Vodka aftertaste.
FEEL: Full bodied, creamy, good carbonatipn For the style.

Taste kills the other respectable attributes. Not that it is bad, but just not as tasty as you may expect based on the other traits.



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Photo of BEER88
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oxidized a little from sitting im the cellar, but still a good beer to have with a stoogie

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Photo of Gajo74
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber caramel like color. A nice frothy khaki head retains well, leaving lacing throughout.
The nose hints at things to come. Caramel and toffee, along with fruit, predict a creamy and rich malt sweetness.
Sure enough the mouthfeel is sticky and chewy and immediately reveals the caramel and toffee flavors from the aroma. Dessert like sweetness on the tongue but with an aggressive citrus pith kick in the middle palate. And oh what a finish! The hops charge forward with spice and bitterness and the alcohol provides a bold but smooth burn going down the throat.
I would describe the body as on the low side of medium, drinkable, yet meant to drink at a leisurely pace. I liked the dynamic nature of this brew and the smooth transitions between malt, citrus, hops and alcohol. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of morrowd3
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _nickg_
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,917 ratings