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RATINGS: 1584   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2003
While Three Floyds Behemoth is massively hoppy, and Hair Of The Dog is massively malty, Old Horizontal is a beautiful mixture that doesn't fall to one side of the tracks, but rather comes barrelling down the center like an overloaded freight train that never spills it's load. The rich and thickly sweet (almost syrupy) malts car carries with it a faintly fruity undertone, while the tanker car carrying the hops has preserved the fresh grassy and citrusy taste throughout it's journey. The caboose is an alcoholic and hoppy burp that echoes through the tunnel as the train keeps on rolling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Dark brown colour with hazyness....just like a great barley wine. Great sweet smell with hints of banana, and other fruits. Also a slight hoppyness in the smell arises. Full-bodied beer with a great malty flavour. A sweet, complex and full-bodied taste leads to a great beer! More full-bodied and complex than Anchor's Old Foghorn and a great overall beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Hoppy citrus aroma. About the same bitterness as Bigfoot, but a little maltier and sweeter. Not as sweet as 3 Floyds Behemoth. Taste some fruitiness. Bitter, sweet finish. Mighty good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Ah wonderful nose. I could smell this one all night. The taste follows up rather well. Many wonderful complexities in here. Warming sensations with deep robust tones. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 Like an Old Nick from Young"s, but with better balance between sweet malt and classic noble European hops. Plenty of malt and plenty of hops, plenth of caramel and toffee sweetness, with a clear slam of fresh bitter cherries. Interestingly, we both tasted cherries, but were assured that, just as with the V10, there is no fruit or fruit juice added to this beer. At just under 11% the warming presence of alcohol is very obvious, but the perfect balance can hide it and make the beer deceptively easy to drink. This is not a session beer. This is not 'one for the road.' As the name and the label both suggest, you drink this and then you go to bed! // Rerated Dec 8 and I still agree with most of what I wrote before. Balance is wonderful for a barley wine, but there may be just too much alcohol presence and fruity shrillness for my taste. Hard to fault them ... they are signatures of barley wine ... but they are not my favorite tastes in a wine. That said, this is a beautiful barley wine and, having had one, I am certainly going to bed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2003
A very intresting, yet very strong barley wine. Very strong bite and you can definetly tast the alchol. Flavored everything else that I had all night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Mellow, sweet, fruity aroma. Vanilla, cherry, apricot, even pineapple. Burnt orange color, slight haze. Dissipating head leaves traces of lace. Velvety slick on the tongue, full body coats the mouth and throat with big, rich flavors. Apricot, pineapple, vanilla, peppery alcohol. Quite sweet, but balanced nicely by the tang of the hops (which do well to hold their own up against a malt backbone like this) and the alcohol bite. Finishes sweet and very warming, again with the hops struggling to maintain their presence. 12 ounces of this is a lot and can easily be savored over the course of 2 hours or so. Thanks to urbnhautebourg.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Very sweet and fruity at first sniff. Caramel and vanilla, mellow and malty. No hops. Bit of alcohol and some other nice aroma I cant name. Ruby-brown clear with thin veil of tan lacing head. Smooth and silky. Like velvet in your mouth. Low carb and heavy body. Starts sweet and malty, can feel alcohol on your tongue like a red wine. Vanilla, caramel, spicy/peppery. Mellowness desists and some of the hops comes through in a sweet and slightly bitter finish. Nutty after - dry. Warms the belly. A really nice beer and barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 Perfection in a Barley Wine, Nick gets extremely close with Behemoth ( You Rock Nick )Smooth clear concise Barley Wine, hoppy, sweet, refreshing, an Oscar performance,deep rich fruits, complex flavours abound. This is the future of many beers, mindblowing, crisp taste. Clean as a whistle. I would drive hundreds of miles for this.I waited months to try this, and it was even more than I expected. An absolute Winner, a Champ and Extremely Recommended,thanks notalush!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11644) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Opaque burnt orange body with minimal tan head. Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet/strong malty, with strong alcohol presence. Intense sweet/hoppy/alcohol surge at the first sip. Mellows slightly as it warms, giving you the opportunity to note the good malt backbone, but all the essential barleywine elements remain intact. Finishes with a pleasantly warming alcohol burn. A fine beer!

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