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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:
#2,760
Reviews:
1,116
Ratings:
1,909
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
201
Trade:
7
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,909 |  Reviews: 1,116
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage served cold in a snifter

Poured a crisp and clear copper with a thick khaki head. Smells of hop candy, pine, malt, grapefruit and pith. Taste follows with a strong malty backbone and lots of spicy hop character. Delicious. Reminds me of a stronger Bigfoot.

Cellar review 03/2017
2014 vintage
Ghost of hops past, still very much like a Bigfoot. There was a ton of malt but still enough hops to balance the brew. Medium thickness and mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

cellar review 05/2017
2013 Vintage
Low on the hops but it's 4 years old damn it. I did detect the ghost hops thing a bit but it was a malty dream. Still very carbonated. Medium thickness and mouthfeel. This beer could last a while longer in the cellar. Delightful.

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Photo of ConnorSimpson41
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage, label says enjoy by 05 DEC 2019. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper/burnt orange color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like toffee, molasses, brown sugar, earthiness and dried fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some citrusy hops, bready/grainy malt, booze, stone fruit and pine noticeable. Nice amount of bitter and sweet flavors in this barleywine. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good overall brew, definitely worth a try! Picked it up on closeout a few months ago for $2.99 a bottle at DEP's. Great deal!

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Photo of tommy5
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwalter
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red in color with an off white foamy head that is 2.5 fingers in depth; great lacing on the glass. Aroma- quite a malty backbone with the smell of grahm crackers, sour dough bread and maybe sour white grapes? Hard to pin down. The taste up front is bready malts reminiscient of toast, hints of honey and butterscotch. Toward the mid to back end of this beer a pleasant bitterness comes through. There is also a nice alcohol warmth that makes its present towards the end of each sip. A really great beer to warm up with come winter. Although, I wish there was a little more going on with the flavor.

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

2014 vintage, enjoyed august 2016

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A - Pour a beautiful amber with a one finger off white head. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is toffee, brown sugar and piney hops.

T - The flavor follows the aroma with piney hops, toffee and brown sugar. The finish is a mix of bitter hops and lingering alcohol.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - A nice boozy Barleywine. This would make a good nightcap on cold winter night.

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Photo of JW_WNC
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013

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Photo of Johnct
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of stephenlee
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of chrismattlin
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Johnisabear
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dbl_delta
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "enjoy by 12 Nov 2020" (dontcha love it?) into a pint glass. Pours a murky amber with a one-finger yellowish head. Initial impression is floral and pine hops, quickly followed by caramel, cherry, brown sugar, and molasses. Hops linger in the finish. Mouthfeel is oily-smooth, with medium carbonation. Booze is evident but not objectionable.
Old Horizontal is not something to be trifled with. However, if you're at home and aren't trying to do your taxes or use power tools, this is a great nightcap.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,909 ratings
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