kimjongill (207) - - DEC 22, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 From bottle. Dark ruby/amber pour with a half-finger of off-white head which quickly fades to a thin tan ring. Aroma is light of vanilla and caramel. Tastes sweet with only a touch of bitterness. Some of the malt complexity of Old Horizontal coming through, but without much of the orange or candied cherries in the taste. Bourbon flavor is very present, but doesn’t override anything..
9er (86) - Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Aroma: vanilla, passion fruit, bubblegum
Pour: Perfect deep golden bronze
Taste: bourbon, mild woody essence, resin, caramel ester, roasted coffee
Palate: bitter sweet, meduim body, elegant, semi smooth
Acohol of this nature makes me happy!
Irish88 (6) - Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber with a quick white head. Toasted Nutty notes. Boozy bourbon oak takes center stage initially. After awhile the bourbon gives way to vanilla. I miss the Old Ho as it competes with Numbskull and Bells North Coast. It's tough to distinguish from Firestone DBA. I think 1-2 months in barrel instead of 3 may be perfect.
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DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 cc bottle from Craft Ale House. Poured translucent coppery with off-white minimal head. Nose was huge oaky bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, hops. Tasted hot, definitely a bourbon heat here, but expected and in line with what they are trying to do with this one. Caramel malt, vanilla, oaky earthy woody bourbon, and some hops in the finish. This one is excellent.
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark amber/ruby mix with 2 fingers of off white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is tyical barley wine, but I don’t detect much bourbon. Sweet with a lot of malt and dark fruits. Plum, cherry and apple. The bourbon is much more present on the tongue. Very strong. Dark fruits come through again, with an awesome mix of bourbon. A lot of sweetness mainly vanilla, chocolate and roast.
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Birch (Norfolk, VA) during the 2nd Annual 43 Hours Of Dark. Rusty orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of oak, booze, tangerine, and caramel. Oak and bourbon are present in the flavor but not overwhelmingly so. The oak adds to and complements the notes of caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, and oranges. The flavor lingers on the palate and has an almost buttery texture. Awesome beer!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating number 5000!! Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a red-brown color with a large creamy orange-tan head that lingered forever and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet pineapple upsidedown cake, bouron, oak, sugar, toffee and dark fruit. The flavor was sweet toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, pineapple upsidedown cake, toffee, dark fruits and a boozy presence that pervaded. Very long finish with lingering pineapple, toffee and booze. Full bodied, almost syrupy. Outstanding.
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well-balanced and nuanced take on their Old Horizontal, mixing subtle notes with Victory's tendency to amply hop. Lay this one back for a year and see what happens.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a mostly translucent copper amber with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of great vanilla notes, oak, very light bourbon, dark fruits and toffee. Flavor of the same things. Love the vanilla and oak character. I’m sick of bourbon barrel aged beers. I don’t like bourbon and I’m sick of it in my beers. But not in this case. Works so well and it’s not over the top at all!
Lovey (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex ale with terrific mouth feel. Comparable to Allagash Curieux. This is definitely not one to have too much of, but was a wonderful experience on a cold winter’s night. Nose of honey, wood & caramel. Taste of honey, rum raisin & malt. Finish is surprisingly smooth, with faint lingering oak on the tongue. Very enjoyable, and an upgrade on the original Old Horizontal, in my opinion.