MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 Throbbing alcohol heats up this Barley Wine’s green hops...Caramel malts and light oxidation generate strawberry jam...Prickly, intense carbonation lightens the body, as earthy, wooden hops finish each sip...
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex and rich. Aroma first comes off as yeasty, then hoppy. Full mouthfeel, quite dark. Hops are nicely abundant. Great winter beer...Appropriately named.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet aroma with hints of pine resin coming through in the bitter hop notes. Ruddy brown with a small whitish head. Flavor hits initially with a sweet, toffeeish malt. Hops are moderately bitter and piney. Mouthfeel is nice, full and somewhat frothy. Finishes dry and rather bitter, leaving behind a sweet aftertaste.
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 This was impressive stuff-sampled at the map room-very nice balance here with sweet tangyness along with lots of spices. I must go back to the maproom for more of this stuff.
wow, the flavor profile changes with a hint of Liqorice on the finish. still very well balanced, but less hoppy than it is fresh.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 2002 bottle. Translucent brownish-red color, very smooth on the palate. Hints of raisin, dark rum, plum. Nice hop presence towards the finish.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel brown color with frothy, off-white head. The aroma is comprised of a nice balance of hops and malt. A nice fruitiness to go with the caramel and toffee. The finish has a nice hop crispness that is not overbearing and actually quite nice. A little sweet and a little bitter, a pleasantly balanced beer. I'm happy to have finally found it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full creamy head, firey brown. Light alcohol tickles the nose, while soft juicy pears and oranges sqeeze freshly picked hop leaves. Smooth, creamy, silky. . . dry hoppy finish, with lingering whisps of alcohol, grapefruit and sweet caramel. Amazing.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. No head whatsoever. Syrupy and red in color. The alcohol taste is there, but not overwhelming. Beautiful hops-Victory does hops like no other brewery, bar none. Nice sweet/fruity notes in there too.
Choket (4) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a sweet and mildly fruity ale. suttle taste of carmel hidden within the bitterness of the hops. a delightful brew from the fellas at Victory
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.