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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Old Horizontal aged for 3 months in bourbon barrels


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle thanks to Boliv for free beer week. Pours caramel brown with off white/light tan head. Nose is very full - lots of caramel, toffee, vanilla bean, dark fruit, oak, bourbon barrel, Taste is same with some alcohol soaked citrus. Medium body.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Cheap cork almost broke in half. Little pieces of cork wound up in the beer. Otherwise it was nice and interesting. Just like the other two Victory barrel-aged beers, the original barrel contents seemed to dominate, not compliment, the beer flavors. It didnít hide the ABV at all. A little harsh still. It could probably use some more aging. The alcohol just continued to get stronger as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Drank 3/31/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark, reddish amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had heavy molasses and caramel; moderate pine hops; wood; vanilla; bourbon and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, molasses, pine hops, lighter citrus hops, vanilla, wood bourbon, mostly bourbon, that barely wine flavor and alcohol. The medium to full body was oily with fizzy carbonation and a moderate to heavily alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1505) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle: Reddish gold with an aroma that boasts of bourbon and sweet alcohol. Smooth flavor of hops and bourbon. So, easy to drink and so well done. Thanks Victory for being my friend,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2761) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
750ml corked bottle from Savor Growl ($13.99). Amber brown pour with white-ish head. Aroma of caramel, little oak, citrus, herbal. Tastes are dark fruit, light bourbon, fudge, caramel, oak, grass, vanilla. Big boozy good sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Canít say this is straight up better than the base beer (itíll get the same score) but Iíd pony up and get it half the time if I could. Thanks to ggrumet for the trade. Kinda like BA Bigfoot...this is exactly what you expect. All the flavors of the original beer are still present, but thereís the additional aroma and flavor of vanilla, oak, and booze. Still dangerously smooth, and a great prototype for what a BA barleywine should be."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1777) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2014
downing this bad 750 by my self. boy, I need some broccoli or something. pours light tan, translucent, frothy off white head that is sizable but dissipates over time. toffee, toast, wet oak, light bourbon, vanilla. slight booze burn mid sip. finish is full and syrup like. moderate burn and caramel linger on the finish. pretty dang exciting right. http://i.imgur.com/CuPkzjq.jpg

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitwitchik (352) - USA - SEP 1, 2014
Poured from a 2014 bomber into a snifter brown amber with minimal head. Aroma is brown sugared bourbon. Flavor is bourbon upfront with vanilla then burnt caramel and a sweet hoppy finish. Definitely an American Barelywine here. Overall top notch. Looking forward to laying down the other one purchased to see how it matures.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cernjoh (136) - Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Poured into a snifter from a fresh 2014 bottle. Aroma is vanilla bourbon and caramel. Appearance is a clear medium reddish amber. Taste is brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and hops holding true to American Barley Wines with a slight bitter hoppy finish. Palate is nice and smooth with good carbonation. Overall an excellent American BW. Cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3557) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2014
750 ml. bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Very nice to sip on.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Cloudy copper amber pour with a thin ring of off white head and no lacing ... aroma of buttery and nice strong caramel malts, bourbon barrel, oak, vanilla and a nice boozy abv to it .. taste is super smooth and of buttery caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, has some boozy warmness to it .... finishes dry malty and smooth ..... could drink this all day long

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1366) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2014 Bottle: pour is deep mahogany with a modest, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. It retains on the average/ below average side of things, with light spotting presence. The nose is nutty, toffee, caramel notes, moving to sharp barrel presence and booze. Bittering hops initial, moving to earthen oak, light vanilla presence, with strong barley wine notes , but frankly itís over the top. But then, so is the base beer. Just not a fan


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