DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
transparent marroon..living froth..creamed berries and buttery toffee...Holy Shizznit melting cherry twizzlers..creamy cherry soda pop fizznicity..warming alcohol shivvers..good stuff...I was too drunk when I
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! I didn’t expect to get this much beer when I poured it in although Victory was already famous over here (to me). Flowers, raisin and caramel aroma. Red-brown colour, light brown head, very good lace that’s slow like oil. Very full, syrupy, sweet, light acidic, raisin, little port. Long lasting hopbitter finish.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy, malty and pretty damn tasty!!! My favorite barley wine next to immort ale.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good barleywine. The taste is similar to a cross between a Bigfoot Ale and an Immort Ale. Very enjoyable
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 Rating #1 9/27/02 Bottle (9 4 8 5 18). A rich red-brown color. The aroma invites you in deeper and deeper, but too strong of a whiff will burn your nose like alcohol laced with pepper. Malt, hops, alcohol, and dark sweet fruits dominate the aroma. The flavor is intense and bites the sides of my tongue, yet it lacks some degree of complexity and depth of flavor. Maybe this needs to age longer. The flavor is sweet, malty, earthy, and full of fruit and hops. Rating #2 7/9/08 that was bottled on 12/17/2002 (8 4 8 3 18). A dark murky brown color with a laced tan head. A rich fruity, maple, fig, and raisin aroma. Cherry, caramel, and light berries at the finish of the flavor. This one aged well over 5+ years. Hats off to Victory.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I waited for 2 months with this in my beer refigerator before the time was right to sample it. Deep sweet rich malty aroma, faint whiff of hops. Good malt flavor, with dark fruit and some nuttiness, but it lacks the depth of flavor I expect from barleywines. A very solid barleywine with no major defects, is reasonably balanced, but does not wow me and my rating reflects that.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
these are great when somebody has some saved away and takes out their vintage now and then
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great beer! A beer that if taken lightly will def leave u horizontal.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 Bottled/10/15/02: Excellent earthy hop,toast,malty aromas.Extremely luscious mouthfeel with a big/smooth body.Alcohol,expertly hidden. 01'bottle: Aroma balanced,citric,hops(columbus) and delicate caramel,and pale chocolate flavors.Sweet pinapples. Meaty,hearty,balanced flavors and aromas. A good BW
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Old Horizontal (1 year old) opens with a sharp hiss. It pours a clear, deep ruby/orange/copper. The aroma is equally malt and hop, alongside some sweet fruity esters. The flavor starts with a candyish malt, followed quickly by a brash hoppiness. There is a noticeable alcohol in the finish, followed by an agressive hop dryness. The hop flavor lingers. Although the body doesn’t indicate a ’syrupy’ quality, this beer is a bit cloying - very much a brandy snifter barleywine. More ’over the top’ than most barleywines, but that’s what Victory’s all about, isn’t it?