cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2006 RERATE:
4/20/06. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA, 7/25/03. 2002 Vintage. Rated blind. Hazy, dull clay orange-meets-dark brown color. Fairly slight head, creamy pale tan with a touch of orange and quick, somewhat beady lacing that falls mostly in large sheets. Aroma is slightly fruity with zesty caramel-drizzled berries, crisp creme brulee crust, brown raisins/dates and brown sugar. Fairly gentle overall, but sweetly inviting for every sip. Flavor is surprisingly mellow caramel with a scratchy toastiness, soft raisin and dusty, brown, biscuity nougat. Bitterness throughout which is wonderfully integrated with the caramelization-- very gentle. Full body with a velvety carbonation that fluffs and soothes your tongue against the apparent alcohol prick. Finishes with toasty, soft caramel dough, surprisingly dry, concealing a tinge of crystalline bitterness that feels like an expertly controlled twiggy flavor. Sticky on the lips in a slick film. The finish seems more complex, with more pronounced flavors *and* more variety, than the initial swirl. There are *tiny* notes of oxidation (hints of metal in the nose and "sogginess" to the flavor), but I don’t mind it much at all in a barleywine. Especially one as terrific as this. Eminently drinkable. I love barleywine. This is a great one. (9/3/8/5/18 - 4.3)
Poured out of bottle, purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA, 7/25/03. Pours to a rich amber color with moderate head, dissipates but good carbonation and decent lacing. Delicious smell of fruity sweetness, barley, and even a little cinnamon. Tangy bite on the first taste, nice full mouthfeel with good zesty fizziness and a little bite of bitter hops and spice on the end. Flavor does not have much sweetness-- only enough there to fill out the mouthfeel and make it go down easy. . . and it works. Surprisingly smooth and very, very tasty. This is a very delicious barleywine. (9/4/8/15/16 - 4.2)
Final rating reflects some kind of average between the two ratings.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a ruddy gold with a sweet an hoppy aroma. Flavored bitter and buttery with a bitter leave. Not bad. Not bad at all.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 delicious. the first really convincing use of cascade (or cascade type) hops blending with others for a great complexity. alcohol notes of course but less than might be expected and fruitiness and vanilla(?). really easy to drink with the dangerous ABV. best barlywine i've tasted and a great one to start out on.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice medium brown with red highlights, rapidly diminishing head, which is OK for this style. You can smell the hops a foot away, nice and spicy. Upon sticking your nose into the glass, a mild cooked brocolli aroma emerges. The palate is good, not cloying. Very well done balance of malt and hops. This to me is the trick to making a good Barley Wine. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is a beer worthy of respect.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Powerful aroma, aromatic oily hops combined with plum and caramel malts. Lots of hops on the palate spicy, peppery and tingling at first, citric grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Cookie dough malts, toffee, caramel and raisin and plum fruitiness provide some nice backbone and exceprional balance. Port-like in the aftertaste. Pretty easy drinking.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 This beer was acquired in a trade with Dberger624, The King of Philadelphia. ** Old Horizontal, named appropriately, high abv + delicious barley wine = Old Horizontal.
I am amazed by this beers rich creamy texture, I thought it would be thinner, but I was incorrect. I did not chill this beer much, maybe 65 degrees, perfect, the aroma is sweet, fruity, malty, I smell figs. Yes really, ripe figs, like the ones you eat around Christmas, except this is July, all right, Christmas in July!! The palate is silky sweet, and oily. In the flavor, hopps are present, malt is prominent, honey, molasses, toffee, figs, I like Christmas figs in July. The more I drink the more I enjoy this beer, my lips are sticky, I need to eat dinner, I’m getting a buzz. This Barley Wine is Highly Recommended!!
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Has a beautiful appearance, an appetizing aroma, and a delicious flavor. Everything you would expect from a solid brewery like victory.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2003 Body is a brilliant ruby color with dark amber undertones. Constant little bubbles build up to a white small head. Smells like clean malt, fruits, and sweet summer breezes. Feels syrupy on tongue. Taste starts very sweet, then is quickly removed. Next comes malted fruits (apricots, grapes, apples, dates), warm spices and a remote yeastiness. Aftertaste is sweet fruit malts, a citrus hop flavor and negligible amounts of alcohol. Enjoying this beer is a glorious experience. The ingredients were constructed with one another in perfect harmony; nothing is misplaced. Just watching the trace bubbles gently rising from bottom to top, and the sensational color of the body, would be enough. Couple that with richly, intricate flavors and a fantastic finish and this is easily one of the best barleywines available. This beer was given to me by my good friend jgb9348 in a 12 oz bottle (bottled 12/17/02) from Rochester, NY.
odyssey24 (2) - Temple, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A caramel color with a sweet scent. A sweet malty start with a nice alchohol warming. The finish on this beer makes you want another.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled 17DEC02....... ruby color, small microbubbles around the glass, aroma is sweet and sugary scented, malty flavor balanced out with hops, kind of yeasty aftertaste, leaves me wanting more but in a bad way, as if there isnt enough body to this...