Old Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
1,897
Reviews:
1,111
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
200
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, dark ruby amber with a massive head. nose; strawberry pulp (oddly enough), light hops, caramel, & sugar. taste; sweet malt, boozy cherry, light cocoa, caramel, pine solvent, earthy hops, citrus zest, & brown sugar. cherry, pine & ethanol on the back end. very heavily & visibly carbonated with a medium+ mouthfeel. a bit all over the place and a touch "kitchen floor cleaner" to me - the alcohol is free and roaming. strong, hoppy, & medicinal.

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Photo of PaleCale
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Pours a murky dark, dark orange with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell is malty and slightly oxidized, with a vegetal finish. Taste is boozy sweet with caramel and orange, but the finish is a little bit of paper as well - perhaps the cellar didn't treat this as well as I hoped. Mouthfeel is pleasant but the booze is evident. Overall, this is one of those rare times when I wish I had this about a year ago - still, a nice nightcap.

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

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy, yet translucent reddish brown with a finger of tan head.

Smell: Brandy-soaked cherries, molasses, figs, brown sugar, and some pine.

Taste: A walloping sweetness up front of molasses, toast, gingerbread, brown sugar, pecan and walnuts, figs, dates, raisins, and brandy-soaked cherries, followed by lemon drop candy, beet sugar, earth and pine. Hints of cacao and vanilla. Big, boozy, and sweet with a bit of alcohol heat on the finish.

Feel: Falls heavy on the palate, almost sludgy, yet fairly smooth and creamy. Finishes fairly clean despite the sugary-thick beginning, with just some lingering sweetness and hoppiness coating the mouth afterwards.

Overall: A very nice, warming barleywine, best enjoyed on a brutal winter's night. I prefer my barleywines a bit more hoppy but this is excellent stuff nevertheless.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewskifan55
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A hazy burnt orange with one finger white head that dissipated quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Apricots and grassy hops intermingling with caramel, brown sugar and booze.

T: Sweet and sticky, featuring honey and bourbon mixed with a lightly bitter hop middle and nice malty backbone. Caramel, apricots and vanilla. The 11% is very evident. Let it warm for maximum punch.

M: Medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: A terrific barleywine, especially for $7 a bomber. Everyone at the spontaneous tasting was very impressed. I bet this one ages very well.

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

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

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkrass
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brianito
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DASA10
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RPM3334
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harryhops
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of racerdave
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bready but balanced, nice malt sweetness with some hop presence as well. This is a 2015 bottle. Hides alcohol content fairly well. Good stuff.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2 yr old, pours a dark red to brown color with a thin off white head. There is a little carbonation and some soapy lacing. The odor for me is rich, honey, fruity, berry, malty, sweet, dried fruits, raisin, dates, fig, guava. The taste for me is dried fruits, fig, raisin, malty, bread, some sweetness up front but then bitter throughout. Can still taste the alcohol.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 variant.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greencovesteve
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,897 ratings.
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