Old Horizontal
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #46
ABV:
11%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,111
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Reviews:
1,123
Ratings:
1,930
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
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Notes: 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
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a snifter at The Brew Kettle.

A 1/2-finger off white head quickly fades to a small ring clinging to the sides of the glass. Even the foam ring dissipates in time and leaves no real lacing. The body is a beautiful clear burgundy with no sign of carbonation bubbles.

Dark, sweet malty aromas with a touch of woodiness. A light spicy hoppiness can be detected in the background. Unfortunately, the smell is somewhat muted and would add so much more to the beer if it were stronger.

Dark caramelized malt with a touch of floral hops slide easily over the tongue. Like the nose, the flavors lack boldness. The hops come out nicely at the beginning of each sip but fade into the woody malt. A slight bitterness lingers at the end with only a slight indication of the 11% ABV.

Full bodied with light carbonation, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. Despite the lack of carbonation, this beer is not sticky or thick, but smooth and easily sipped.

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Photo of Meathead27
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a 5 year old bottle (2009) and is spot on. Aged beautifully. Still has bitterness but balanced with the rich, brown sugar - bubblegum - cotton candy - plum, malt. This is really hitting the spot on a snowy day in PA!

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Photo of arizcards
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at TW Arrowhead in mid-January for $8.99. Enjoy by 12-Nov-2020.

Beer poured a rust color with a decent white head that fizzled out quickly.

Nose is vegetal with some hints of pineapple.

Taste is floral hop forward with a huge caramel malt base but the hops win in the end.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall not a bad beer but i am curious to see what some aging will do. I love Victory's quality and i can only see this beer getting better so i will track another bottle down and give it a try 3 years down the road. Cheers!

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Photo of steinlifter
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a brown bottle, dark label depicting a half/moon sleeping "horizontally" above a winter cabin.Nice little poem printed on side of label.

Poured clear reddish-brown, sudsy inch thick head which rapidly diminished but retained a thin collar all the way through, lots of tiny bubbles rushing to surface.
Aroma was very floral,sweet dark fruits, whiff of cherry tobacco.
Bold floral hop flavor up front,black cherries and malt,,tangy dry finish.
Bubbly crisp and dry mouthfeel,alcohol warmth, chewy.
Drinkability is limited for me on this one, a nice beer to "SIP" on a cold winters night....but too many of these will find you "Horizontal"..very quickly!

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Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mryuk
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh non-aged 11-2010 bottle

-pours a beautiful deep amber. Unfiltered with yeast floaties suspended throughout..good head with good retention.

-smell is very sweet and malty with slight hops.

-taste starts out sweet and malty, fairly smooth but also a lot of alcohol in there. Finish is much more bitter with subtle hops.

-mouth is highly carbonated, very thick and almost syrupy.

-drinkability is only OK. I have had several barleywines this winter I prefer to this one, however, I have had this aged and it gets a lot better. May do a supplemental review of an aged bottle at some point.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle, with no freshness date … does that matter at 11.0% abv?

Appearance: Pours a reddish mildly hazy amber colour with a lacing work to be proud of..

Smell: Rustic toasted malt with hints of mellowed solvent and ester alcohol aromas with a rip candied fruit nose. Nearly a butterscotch and caramel aroma.

Taste: Alcoholic character is still high but mellowing out in most ways. Succulently smooth, with a creamy body. Maltiness ranges from light caramel to chocolaty tones to a toasted husk flavour. Hops are mild in comparison. Big chewy sweet palate with ample toasted husk in the finish.

Notes: Not a bad Barleywine, it has mellowed out a bit though let’s see how another year or two do for it.

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Photo of Varkias41
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of StonyB
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single 12 oz bottle during my latest Oak Tree haul. Our friends at Victory ask us on the label to "Enjoy by Dec 29 2011", and let us know that the beer is both bottle conditioned and has an 11% ABV. Ok then.

Appearance - Cloudy, chalky pour. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin cap over the hazy amber body. Sticky ring of lacing.

Smell - Rum cake and dark fruit dominate the complex aroma. Alcohol more pronounced given time.

Taste - Wow. Tropical fruit-like sweetness initially, building to a warming, vinous finish. A balancing hop bitterness throughout. Rich caramel blends in as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, yet quite chewy. Slightly acidic.

Drinkability - Obviously not a session beer, but goes down beautifully. Each sip something to savor.

Old Horizontal is an excellent nightcap or digestif, and makes a great winter warmer as well. An interesting and enjoyable example of the style. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, with a best by date of Dec 18,2013, into 180z tall goblet. Poured an opaque, rich, full coppery-brown with less than an inch of deep tan head that lingered for a couple of minutes, then left lovely traces of light lacing.

The aroma was the expected full, malty sweet scents that we expect from the style with some earthy and spice notes mixed in. The taste did not quite meet up to the expectations set by the aroma. While a good tasting brew, I didn't taste any of the earthy and spice notes I found in the aroma. Solidly malt forward, with a slight hop tang at the end.

The body was mostly typical for the style, perhaps not as heavy as most, and smoother than most examples. Drinkability is about as good as can be expected from an 11% abv brew. The alcohol is not noticeable on the tongue, certainly noticeable in the head. Overall, a very good beer from one of the breweries I've missed most since moving west 9 years ago.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Trappeze in Athens poured into snifter. Aroma is of sweet malts and some piney hops. Interesting balance of aromas. Taste is of sweet pit fruits. Very sweet. Beer actually tastes slightly aged, but I assume it's fresh. Awesome smoothness considering the abv. Very satisfying and dangerous beer.

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Photo of martin123012
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of s_wit
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kratsmit
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

There may be better barley wines out there, but this is the best I've ever had.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with orange hues under a thin white head. This beer stunned me with it's full, thick mouthfeel. Chewy and delicious like a meal in a glass. Sweet fruity malts are balanced by the sharp, well attenuated hop flavors. Anytime I see a Victory product on tap I feel assured of a quality, well made beer in the glass.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-brown with a very small head.

Aroma consists of dark fruits, caramel and bitter hops.

Full bodied, very smooth. Bitteness up front mixes with caramel flavors and some alcohol. A "vinous" flavor shows up midway through as well. Finishes with a bitter-caramel flavor.

A delicious barleywine. The alcohol is well hidden and I can't wait to see how this ages as I have a couple to stick away. Nice job Victory.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/11/05

A: Attractive dark cider color with a good amount of haze to it. Head started as something but quickly fell to nothing, leaving only a fine film and thin dark beige ring around the sides of the glass.

S: Red fruits, butterscotch, figs and caramel apple

T: Begins very fruity and vibrant. Peach, apricot, red apple and pear all play apart in the menagerie of flavors. Next comes a tingling of bitterness right before the caramel sets in…and it’s a strong and pronounced flavor. Bit of vinous wood helps offset the sweetness and round out the situation. After the swallow a wash of vanilla, anise, sunflower butter and honey dabble across the palate. Finishes with a solid wake of bittering hops, unfortunately leaning towards the dirty side of the spectrum. A minor waft of alcohol makes its way to the sinuses, reminding the drinker that this indeed is a barleywine.

M: Medium body, soft and syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Coming home from a long day of work and cracking a barleywine is a good way to go. Very tasty and good complexity.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Joy's of liquor store employment. Free beer, dated good until November 2014

A: Pours a big, showy head that settles to 1-2 fingers. The Beer is very clear amber/orange with no active carbonation.

S: Hops, dry and bitter. Not a lot of malt, nothing very strong, maybe some cooked grain? Over all it's soft, not too harsh, and has no alcohol in the nose.

T: I get cooked fruit and honey, maybe some caramel. Very strong on the first sip, but after a few it gets much softer. Still no alcohol taste, and still that little bit of grainyness.

M: It feels light, but still full and firm. Good for sipping.

D: Very, though obviously wouldn't want to have too many.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of flyers1980
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1930 ratings