Old Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Old HorizontalOld Horizontal
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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:
#2,661
Reviews:
1,115
Ratings:
1,906
Liked:
1,605
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
9.88%
Alströms:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
201
Trade:
6
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Photo of VMWhelan
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (Best by 11/12/2014) into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a 1 finger head that lingers and eventually shrinks down a bit and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Smells malty and fruity: honey, apple and pear. Also a slightly noticable hop and alcohol presence.

T: The taste is sweet and malty but it also carries some spiciness with it. Finishes with some hop bittering in the back. Alcohol is noticable in the flavor as well as the mouthfeel.

M: Thick and warming from the alcohol. High carbonation.

D: The alcohol is noticeable but the drinkability is pretty good on a beer of 11% ABV. Just about what it should. Taste is enough to want to put this one back quickly, but the carbonation and thickness slow it a bit. Pretty easy to drink at a medium pace.

My first Barleywine experience from a trusted brewery. I look forward to trying more of the staples of this style.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter. This one is a 2008 vintage (I believe).

Pours a dark copper color. I am surprised by the head on this one...a good two fingers, and sticking around. Carbonation looks to be quite active, as well.

The nose has that faded hop, burnt caramel and malt profile. There is some spice in the aroma, dried citrus, and honey.

The taste is so, so smooth. Very rich, with hints of cinnamon, honey, caramel, dark sugar, bittersweet dark fruit, and muted hop tones. The alcohol stays in the background, but slowly creeps up and lingers long. The overall lingering flavor on the tongue is very sweet, like molasses and caramelized sugar.

The body on this is quite remarkable, almost creamy...perhaps aided by the strong head, which has now faded to about half a finger, but is still very present.

I had forgotten how good this beer actually is. The flavors are balanced, and the alcohol burns just enough to give that warming sensation you sometimes wish for from a good strong barleywine.

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

Grabbed these for some extra punch while I wait for some more 'Big Foot' to be released by Sierra Nevada...

appearance: Nice deep amber color. Not much head, not much lace. Whenever a beer is more than 10% abv. you can pretty much count on that.

smell: The smell smacks of sweet fruity malts with slight hint of hops in there somewhere. I smell apple and pear.

taste: Big flavor profile here. Sweet dark fruity malts with hint of bitterness that almost completely masks the alcohol which warms the back of the throat. Good wintery taste here.

Mouthfeel: Thick, resinous, a little prickley, with a slight alcohol bite.

Drinkablility: Despite the 11% alochol, it goes down nicely. I can easily do one more after my first and for a Barley-wine that's saying a lot.

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Photo of brianjay
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into glass and let it sit a for some time. My experience with barleywine syles has taught me to let them warm up a bit.

The head disappeared quickly, but it did leave a small island of foam and bubbles sticking briefly to the sides of the glass.
Aroma of roasted nuts and a hint of toffee. Not an overpowering smell by any means.
Tastes of smoked meats and sour grape. The heat from the alcohol is strong up front and on the end. A dry, walnut inspired finish.
The heat and dry finish force you to take your time. A nice "sitting by the fire during an evening snow storm" winter beer.

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Photo of zoso493
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked "Enjoy by Nov. 15, 2015" into a Piraat tulip.

Appearance: Old Horizontal pours a blood-orange color that is classic American barleywine. Holding it up to the light illuminates the whole to a bright garnet. Atop the beer, only a smallish one-finger head forms. The head doesn't stay around long and quickly recedes to the edge of the glass to form a ring around the brew.

Smell: The nose is big on the malts, but says on the lighter side of dark in the malt bill. There is also a big sweet, fruity character to the nose that, coupled with a stingingly sweet scent of alcohol, give it a nice smell of rum-soaked fruit. I'm having trouble picking out individual hop scents, but perhaps it's the hops giving this brew the fruity smell. Not a bad nose at all.

Taste: Old Horizontal is definitely a rich and malty barleywine that sticks to the traditional flavor profile for the style. It's not an overly flavorful brew, but it is a solid barleywine nonetheless. There is not a huge hop presence in this beer despite the fact that it was probably bottled fairly recently. Despite this, it has a solid malt profile which makes it a very good brew.

Mouthfeel: The thickness of Old Horzontal is very ample but not overly viscous. It's a pretty heavily carbonated barleywine, making it crisp and refreshing, but I feel it could do with a little less bubbling to make the body a touch thicker.

Drinkability: The alcohol is almost completely invisible in the taste, which is wonderful for a beer of 11% ABV. It's crisp and refreshing (as crisp as an 11% beer can be) and I might even drink a few of these. This is a really, really drinking beer.

Overall, this is just another reason to keep buying from Victory. I wouldn't call this an exceptional barleywine, but this is a very, very solid example of the style. I think this would be a very good introduction to American barleywines for someone that had never had one before, as this contains all the standard malt tastes that you'd expect in a beer of this kind. All in all, this is a very good beer and I would gladly have this again.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

There is a lot of sediment in my glass because of the bottle conditioning. Big pieces of sediment... I don't really like that but I can look past this. The smell is very malty with a fruity smell typical bitter cherry pit because of the alcohol and hops. I have a pretty good comparison of the taste. A couple of weeks ago I bought Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for the first time and it was the 2010 version. I figured out the dating code and it was actually bottled at the very end of 2009 and was saying it was 2010 anyways. I could tell that there used to be a lot of hops but they were muted in with the enormous amount of toasted rich thick malt. This tastes exactly like an aged Sierra Nevada Bigfoot but with more fruity hops instead of piney hops like Sierra Nevada has. As it got warmer this beer got a lot better actually what a difference it made.. the hops came out more as leafy green more bitter hops and the malt became more smoothed out and not so sweet and rich. When it was colder it was a lot more harsh and the alcohol came through a little too much when it was colder. Perfect balance now. I went from rating this a B- to an A- just goes to show you how the temp. can affect this type of style of beer. Still high alcohol content and so I'd probably only drink one of these take a break and move on for the rest of the night. It comes in 6 packs so that's a lot of alcohol for one 6 pack. Real quality beer from Victory but I rather have their Hop Devil, Prima, or Yakima Glory.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a leather brown body with a good foamy head and lace patches. A rich malt aroma with an oaky-woodiness touch along w/ some toasted malts; some sweet notes and a bit of a spicy touch of well (I won't say medicinal or anything although I could be picking up some of the alcohol). A pleasant mix of a smooth/creamy beer with a bit of a husky feel to it. Spicy notes and caramel (and other sugary goodness) sweet malt hit me up front to the point of stickiness, then a touch of hop bitterness along with some alcohol hit me for balance; also some toasted malts. The carbonation is good so it kind of strikes the tongue as well. A well-crafted sipper that mostly controls the high aBV but I wish they'd lower it slightly so the the minor hop and fruit flavors could shine.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared as an extra from generous BA SteveFinny. Thanks again, Steve! Poured into a snifter.

A - caramel colored with off-white head on top. Inviting!

S - sweet malts, some hop bitterness detectable, caramel, brown sugar, maybe some honey.

T - sweet, thick maltiness up front, then some nice hop action to balance it out. I've found that barleywines are either hit or miss with me depending on the presence or lack of a strong hop characteristic, and this one has it. Very nice.

M - feels good on the palate, leaving a nice coating of flavors on my tongue.

D - high, sans the 11% ABV. I do, however, wish I had another.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the final bottle of a sixer after a year of aging. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Christ, this thing is really tough to pour because of the super-high carbonation. I remember having similar trouble with the others a year ago, but it has definitely gained bubbles over time. It says "enjoy before Nov. 2013," but for carbonation's sake, I'm glad I popped it when I did.

All that said, it's quite a pretty pour once you get it settle with a reasonable head. It had a few floaties, which I chalked up to an aging side effect. After the carbo set a bit, I decided to strain them out. Nice reddish tint to a deep amber color, and the head is constant once it has settled.

The aroma has a touch of hop, even after a year+. Nice surprise. A little nondescript spiciness also presents.

The flavor is how I remember- spicy, malty, except the mild hop bite at the back end has gone away. There is a lot of sweetness here, but it has a predominant woody, spicy bite that is really interesting. The booze is also present, so this really isn't a warm-weather beer. If there was a word for the opposite of "crisp," this beer would be it. Deep and full-flavored throughout.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and sweet, which compliments the other flavors perfectly. Really, just the perfect body for these flavors.

Drinkability is decent. Not great, only because the flavors, including booze, are potent. You need to pace yourself with this one.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with an "Enjoy by date" of Nov 6 2014.

Pours a deep ruby caramel color with significant haziness. I am not sure what is causing the haziness; I would assume chill haze. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass and this one has a huge, rocky, foamy head of about three fingers. Very nice looking.

Aroma is sweet and heavily alcoholic. Smells kind of hot and harsh. Plenty of fusels in this one. Definitely malty, not much hop aroma. Not sure I will like the taste of this one. We shall see.

Quite fruity. Not all bad. The alcohol is certainly present and gives off fruity esters and flavors. Loads of caramel sweetness with a touch of hop flavor. Even some banana esters are here.

The mouthfeel was a little thin for the style but had plenty of drying carbonation. There is some nice bitterness in the finish but the alcohol and malty sweetness are highly effusive and not overly pleasing: this one borders on cloying. For a barleywine, I suppose it isnt bad but I wasnt a fan of this one. This one is a sipper for sure.

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Photo of rembrant
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deluxe looks,clear red-orange with an abundant tan head and much lace. a beauty.

Aroma- Dark fruit,raisins,prunes,cherry,grape are dominant with a moderate malty-bready thing

Taste- Having had Mendicino and Anchor B-Wines last week,I meant to not chill this too much. Yet, first sipled with caramel malt into a ponderous port soaked fruitcake with extra yeast....then an oak-wine finish.

Not warmed enough.

Next,after a patient wait,,it's smoothed and sweetened andthe fruitcake has become a grand family classic,not cloying or heavy handed. the finish seems more a honey mead. Alcohol and yeast are suggested but not overbearing. it's not a stout and is not inclined to transform that far but it's become real nice.

Mouth- Hasbody, some stickiness,a nice amount of sparkle but not to excess. Impressive. There's some "boozy' in the finish,which I expect in a Barleywine.

Drinkability...A sipper. at it's ideal temp,a 12 oz is nice...not ready for another. Seems typical that Barleywines are temp sensitive. If it's too harsh..it's probably too cold.

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Photo of bfree
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" of head that sits for a while on top of the beer, which has an orange/brown coloring

S: very sweet, raisins, malty, caramel some brown sugar, alcoholic...the smell is similar to other barleywines, but the alcohol component is less stinging to the nose

T: wow...a little tartness, sweet with strong taste of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and a pleasant and mild (despite the high ABV) alcoholic aftertaste that sits on the back of your tongue...absolutely delicious and reminiscent of other barleywines, but even better and smoother

M: smooth and creamy, medium bodied, mild carbonation and a nice crisp finish

D: if you are a barleywine fan, you will not find many that are better or more true to the style...this is one delicious beverage, and despite the high ABV, it is very smooth, which may get you into trouble if you can't keep yourself from indulging in multiple beers in one sitting due to the deliciousness of this beer, so be careful! I am going to age a few to see how delicious this tastes in a few months

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a bright cherry hue with a voluminous beige head. as the head settles thick bands of lace appear.

Smell -- Zesty citrus, caramel, and begniet. Overall, clean and sweet.

Taste -- Candi sugar, toasted malt, beignet, and a dab of vanilla. Clean sweetness. Hop bitterness is pretty intense, a bit distracting.

Mouthfeel -- Full body with ample prickly carbonation. Finish is dry and tannic - don't care for it.

Drinkability -- Honestly, I thought this was a bit simple. There's nothing especially flawed about this beer, per se, but for some reason this just didn't excite me. It tasted a bit too simple (sugar sweetness + pithy hops). Of course your mileage may vary.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour on this brew looked amazing. It was a nice dark amber/brown body. It has a nice off-white cap that settles pretty fast, but a nice webbing of lacing throughout the drink.

The aromas on thsi brew were also all over the place, giving this brew a nice complex flavor palate. Something I look for in barleywines. It had a nice caramel flavor in the front, followed by some nice floral like, spicy hops. Its a nice spicy, and bready aroma, making smell like one tough brew. I can also tell you that there is brown sugar in the brew, I can smell it as it continues to hit my nose.

As expected, on the first sip of this brew, I gett hit with a nice rich, sugar note, filled with that of molasses and brown suragrs. Its followed with a nice helping of bready malts and a nice spicy, peppery punch at the end to give it a wonderful complexity that I want in a barleywine.

A nice carbonation, with a medium/heavy body. But nice, sweet, smooth finish that anyone could enjoy. Drink on this one, might lose a point, because no average beer drinker will make it past one of these craft brews. A small 9oz glass could sit you down for while.

This is certainly an complex brew. It has a great character that is spicy and filled with flavor. The different flavors work with one another to keep everything niece and balanced. Aging this brew will do even more to it, to make it even better. Though it doesn't need it. Its a great representation of the style, and one of my top barleywines to date. If you have a chance to pick this up in a bottle or on draft, I highly suggest it.

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Photo of philosobeer
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barleywine! That warming drink after a long day for the first night in December, and the first night of snow in Chicago. Poured into a large wine glass.

A // Reddish, color. Honestly, it looks the color of the tawny port I had earlier. A two centimeter head that dissolves into a swirling layer of white on the top.

S // Hops and booze are the first things I smell. A bit piney and floral, with chemically smells. A little bit of plastic and some definite alcohol. Not bad, but just a little too astringent and solventy.

T // The hops present strongly with floral character, and the malt body reminds me a bit of honey. There's a lot of caramel and heaps of dark sugars. Fruit comes through a little... maybe dates? The hops finish with some bitterness, not in an overbearing way.

M // Heavy, kinda resinous. Really mouth-coating.

D // Even for a brleywine this feels a bit on the heavy hard-hitting side. But it isn't far off, and it is a big aggressive beer. Fairly true to the style.

I think I'll go back and buy one of these to age, soon. I'm kinda impressed, but I really wanna see what this can do.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves moderate lace in its wake.

S - Caramel, toffee, dark bread and some savory, spicy hops. Notes of mustard and black pepper with a little bit of brown sugar.

T - Sweet, rich sugary notes of molasses and brown sugar up front. Some toasty, bready malt in the middle with brandy notes of red apple and alcohol with spicy pepper. Meaty mustard flavors kick in towards the finish with peppery hops and caraway as well as some molasses.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Complex and spicy with a savory character that competes with the best examples of the style. The pepper and mustard notes contrast nicely with the sugary malt while the hops provide just enough bitterness to keep things balanced. Really nice and unlike some of its peers, this beer doesn't need months or years to age into something coherent and enjoyable.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, decent lacing and head. nice reddish glow

smell: nice hop presence, nice heavy carmamel malts

taste: nice and balanced barleywine ale. nice american touch on an engish classic.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. a little low on the carbonation

drinkability: very nice barleywine. not all world but vry good

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

Had this beer on tap at the Brewpub in Downingtown PA.

It poured a dark brown color with reddish hues when looked through the light. It formed a tan head that fell pretty quickly but left great lacing on the glass.

Aroma was of sweet caramel malts, toffee and lots of dark / red fruits with a faint hint of alcohol.

Taste started very fruity with plums, raisings, cherries, raspberries and strawberries all coming through. The malt/caramel sweetness was ever present but it lingered under the fruity character. Towards the end the citrussy and floral hop notes came to life. Fruity and sweet aftertaste followed.

Body was medium, actually it was surprisingly light for this amount of abv. Carbonation was moderate and just perfect for the style. Alcohol warmth followed each sip.

Overal this is a very unusual american barleywine for it is way more fruity than sweet/sticky/boozy. This makes it highly drinkable. Totally worth trying this one out.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear and dark amber with a vigorous pour produced a 2 finger head that faded down to 1/2" rather quickly but then stayed nicely leaving wisps of lace.

S-Caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit and lingering near the back are some floral and citrus hop notes.

T-Sweet malt hits first. Hints of toffee and molasses. Dark fruit as well. The hops come in the middle and finish providing floral and citrus hints. The malt stays throughout.

M-Just on the cusp of being full bodied. Coats the palate well. Creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation is perfect for this beer.

D-Goes down easily. No problem at all to finish a 12 oz. bottle and another is certainly a possibility.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that quickly faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrus and spicy hops in the nose, along with some notes of alcohol and dark fruits.
T: The overall taste is dominated by malty flavors that have a light amount of sweetness, although these are balanced to some degree by some hop bitterness. There also are some notes of dark fruits and hints of alcohol.
M: It feels full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol lends some warming sensations in the finish.
D: Considering its strength, this beer isn't that difficult to drink because most of the alcohol is masked from the taste.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.

I didn't pour it all into the glass, only about a quarter full each time. What I got was a great looking, great tasting barleywine that always seems to hit the spot, especially when aged a bit.

Pours a nice tobacco color, with a light head that dissipates to a light foam and circle of lace around the edge.

Smell is dark fruits-raisin/figs, slight caramel. A little booze.

Taste is awesome. Sweet caramel maltiness, a strong hop presence on the back and sides of the tongue. Nice if it warms a bit before drinking.

Cheers!

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Photo of tzieser
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage bottle. i remember buying this a while back and i left one in the cellar because the rest was too damn hoppy for my taste. poured into a delirium tremens tulip.

a: pours a deep dark maroon color with little to no haze (i decanted it). thin lace quickly settled into a small ring around the glass. wish there was more carbonation.

s: sweet malted barley aroma. maris otter seems to be prominant with a slightly ripened fruit scent. no hops that i can detect. not bad.

t: pleasant surprise! bold, sweet flavors here. i'm getting alot of ripened dried dark fruit (raisin, prune) with notes of orange peel (maris otter). alcohol is surprisingly well hidden but still warms the tummy. the extra age removed the assertive hop presence that i mentioned, making this a fantastically complex english-style barleywine.

m&d: slightly slick mouthfeel; great drinkability for the style.

for those of you who didn't enjoy this, i highly suggest you leave a bottle or two alone alone, unrefridgerated, to enjoy later on.

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

A: This 09 vintage poured a orange color with big white head. Looked very good

S: Caramel, pine and floral

T: Caramel, raisins and brown sugar followed by a dose of hops

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D: Good barleywine overall. Very good draft

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Photo of nhindian
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint

A - Pours a nice, deep golden color and builds a magnificent 2.5 finger head that lasts forever considering the ABV of this. Great lacing, a bit muddied that clears up a bit after drinking for a while and can see some carbonation.

S - Smells strongly of fruit, berries, sweet malts, some figs, and a bit of hops. Very sweet smelling with a hint of alcohol behind the sugary goodness. Smells a bit of spiced rum.

T - First impressions of the taste are a bit fruity up front, then a bit too much bitterness and alcohol for my taste. This beer may benefit from a bit of cellaring because as of now its a bit too hot. Sweetness comes in at the end and is a bit overpowering as at that point there's not much to counteract it. Enjoyable at first but tough to down the more I drank.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and has a lot of carbonation.

D - Drinkability isn't too good as there isn't much of a balance to this one. Too fruity up front, then too alcoholic, then too sugary. Hopefully some time will improve this beer as right now it's not very enjoyable.

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Photo of velosuds
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by Nov 23 2014. Purchased from John's Market for $2.59.

A-Pours a very pleasing burnt-orange amber with a one finger+, creamy tan head that recedes quickly leaving very little lacing.

S-Malty fruit, like figs. Rum and grapefruit hops. This is the hoppiest barleywine I have had.

T-This is surprisingly bitter from too much hops for the style. Actually, there are DIPAs with > 10% ABV that could benefit from the hops in this brew because they are too much like barleywines. Label says, "Brewed of pure barley, rich and sweet, one of nature's truest treats." Oh, how I believe this and wanted this beer to be so, but where is the sweetness? Far too bitter for style. Everything best about this style is present, but only in the background and obstructed by too much hop bitterness. I am a dedicated hophead, but this is not pleasant or balanced. Did improve as it warmed.

M-Full and appropriate for style, but difficult to appreciate from too much bitterness.

D-No thanks. Won't drink this again. Victory has been a mixed bag for me. Can't help but wonder if the brewery has slipped downward.

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Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84.2% out of 100 with 1,906 ratings
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