Old Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
1,904 Ratings
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:
1,904
Reviews:
1,114
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
200
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,904 |  Reviews: 1,114
Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of pmcadamis
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A cascade effect builds up a gloriously chunky 4 finger orangish hued head over a dirty, murky, redish-orangish-brown brew. Looks viscous and thick. Lots of orangish lace is left on the glass.

S - Milk chocolate, chocolate cake, scones with caramel oozing over them. Also dates, prunes, toffee, and rum. This is wonderful!

T - Just about the richest brew ever. Full of hearty whole grain bread, german chocolate cake, fruitcake, scones, and everything that is thick chewy, moist, and drizzled in honey and caramel. Towards the end of the sip, big grassy hops come out to play and keep all of that cakey sweetness in check. Actually the sweetness never gets out of hand at any time due to the thick bready grainy malt characteristics that are more akin to biscuits with honey drizzled on top rather than pure candy sweetness.

M - Just about the thickest, most viscous beer I've ever put in my mouth! Chewy, thick, slick and creamy at first, but then moving toward a dry and sandy finish. Excellent!

D - Damn the alcohol content. I would session the hell out of this stuff. This is right up there with Okocim Porter for my favorite brew so far.

 1,158 characters

Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Corkpuller
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of oxmasterscream
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, clear amber with cherry highlights and a thin off-white head. Huge smells of lightly toasted malts - big time fruity. As it warms, smells of vanilla, maple syrup and buttery pancakes are revealed. Taste is amazingly balanced and never harsh like some barleywines, even fresh. A monstrous caramel malt flavor, candy-like fruit with a smooth, escalating bitter finish that lingers but never overpowers the palate. Like Hop Devil on steroids. Mouth is big, thick and full with plenty of prickly carbonation. The ABV is big but barely noticeable, until you're finished your glass (obviously). No heat here. Amazing. Probably one of the best, if not the best American barleywine available.

 698 characters

Photo of SemperFiSC
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of rudy611
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ububru
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of tbizzle0
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of vncolbert
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of delcozrt
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Pluemer2
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't say enough about this brew. In my opinion it was superb from start to finish. I am a huge fan of barley wines and I have not had a better one then this.
beautiful deep amber with a decent fizzed head.
smells very sweet, apples and pears with some sugarcane or brown sugar like smell.
taste was the same. hits you up front with that sweetness a nice alcohol warmth and finishes with slight bite of hop but no where near bigfoot's bite(i like that :)).
mouthfeel, sweet and sticky, smooth
very dinkable and it will catch up to you if your not careful.

 562 characters

Photo of seanwhite
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of czechsaaz
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Dec. 17, 2002 so nearly 4 years old, served at cellar temp. Poured extremely carefully into a snifter.

Very fruity aroma. Like really ripe plums and dark cherries. On first sniff, there was a hint of hot alcohol, but that went away. I get chocolate malt and honey and a little hint of citrus. Hop aroma is very had to pick out (at this age, that's normal) but what's there is spicey. Very complex aroma between fementation esters, aged hops, and a ton of malt.

Deep red, almost brown colored. Clear with light rising carbonation. Started with a thin layer of head that fades to a ring of foam around the rim of the glass.

Big malt flavor, tons of it really. Lots of medium crystal type flavor with big doses of two-row base. Hop bitterness is still very high and lingers long in the aftertaste. There is very little hop flavor still remaining (probably an age effect.) but the little bit thats there is grapefuity citrus. Lots of deep ripe fruit esters and now I'm getting a little apple (not green apple like Acetaldehyde but a pleasant red apple sweetness.) I also get hints of chocolate and cofee. Big and complex with a lot of flavors.

Full bodied and creamy with a hint of warm alcohol. Very nice carbonation level for a beer of this age. It's still very lively.

Great sipping beer, drinkability is a little different scale for a big barleywine. Delicious with tons of complexity. I have two more and I highly recommend you buy a six pack of 2006 and sit on it. I'll try my next from this year at 5 years old and report again.

 1,554 characters

Photo of John
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer all the way around. Victory Brewing absolutely kicks ass. Beautiful dark ruby color with cascading reddish tan head that lasts. Strong hop with alcohol and a hint of orange/grapefruit zest in the aroma. Not just a beer, but a malty sweet, hopped up, flavor savoring experience.

 294 characters

Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of jwhancher
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Shango42
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of dan027
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of meetyouoverboard
5/5  rDev +23.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,904 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.