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Old Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ranking:
#2,783
Reviews:
1,117
Ratings:
1,910
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
201
Trade:
7
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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

**
09/09/17

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.

Solid.


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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

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryften
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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 -5.7%
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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Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,910 ratings
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