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RATINGS: 1627   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Luxuriously rich in character, this warming winter ale delivers over 10% alcohol in an oh-so-seductive manner. Deliciously fruity flavors lie under a bracing hop nose.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2003
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!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Excellent. Has a beautiful appearance, an appetizing aroma, and a delicious flavor. Everything you would expect from a solid brewery like victory.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 14, 2003
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
odyssey24 (2) - Temple, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2003 does not count
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
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...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2003
A sweet hoppy aroma. An excellent copper colored beer. A big chewy beer that has great malt flavor well balanced with the hops. A great sweet flavor with a spectacular finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Off white creamy head. Sweet syrupy aroma. Slow pouring. Hazy mahogoney in color. No visible carbonation. Really sweet, a little hoppy. The malts come through, primarily. The alcohol is warming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Has someone already used the "like sticking your nose in a jam jar"? Probably. Well the lid of this jar was smeared with hop oils and caramelized. The sweet malts roll out over the tongue and roll back with a pleasant bitter finish. Oily looking non-head. And I found that the couch beaconed me to be in horizontal unison.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Deep amber colour. Aroma is of hops, caramel and alcohol. Flavour is very smooth, toffee, caramel and warming. Finishes with a nice warming alcohol bitterness. Thanks ciderguy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2717) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Off white/tan head, minimal. Hazey copper hue. Malty, hop nose, some citrus also. Full bodied. Some malty sweetness but not overly. Piney hoppiness and some mintyness work work together well with the malt. Finishes slightly sweet with an oily mouthfeel, some alc. showing itself in the finish also. Lost a point or two in the appearence category.


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