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RATINGS: 1640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Awesome barleywine. Full aromas of malt, fruits and alcohol. Warming. Excellent balance between the huge malt body, prolific hops and ever present alcohol. One of the best commercial examples of a barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2003
I'm beginning to think that Victory beers are like distillations, concentrations and partial reconstitutions of styles. They take a beer concept ("barleywine" or "IPA") and reduce it to basic components, and then, like a can of frozen concentrated orange juice, they only add two of the three cans of water that the label calls for when reconstituting it. So you end up getting extra-strength flavor. The Old Horizontal is the same effect--it is a nice rendition of the barleywine, classic barleywine flavors, through and through. Not extraordinarily sticky, and a decent enough palate (keeps enough carbonation despite hints that it might fail on this dimension). I didn't get much head, but this is 11% afterall. It is unabashedly barleywine, a good dose of alcohol in the flavor, solid hop presence, a bit of bitterness, but good balance. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Nice clear reddish tint with malty aroma. Sweet flavor with a mild hop balance. Nice mouthfeel with a presence of fruity esters. Good dry finish. I felt nice and cozy after finishing this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Golden colored ale with a high degree of clarity for a barley wine. Frothy head that quickly disspates. Pretty good lacing, but not overly viscous. Very complex with a ton of esters poping out of the lightly carbonated base. Alcohol is very noticeable. Not hidden enough for me. Extremely powerful flavor with a nice warming sensation that helps subdue the the alcohol. Difficult to drink more than 6 oz. Not really my cup of tea though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is hoppy with a touch of malts. A medium bodied barleywine. Malts are soft and thick. Hops are floral, soft and citrusy. Well balanced. Very tasty barleywine. Hides the 11% alcohol very well. It not one of those west coast in-your-face barley wines, but it definitely in the ‘ oh yeah it’s a barley wine’ family. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a touch of alcohol oiliness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Deep amber body w/ no head. Swirling the glass helps to develope a little, but it doesn't stick around. Aroma starts out with piney hop, then malty, caramel/toffee and fruity. The flavor sort of seems to follow the aroma characteristics with a malty and hop filled start that turns to a drier finish than expected for a barleywine. Fruity esters are in the back ground to hops. It's very well balanced with a warming alcohol, full bodied beer, but it's slightly astringent, but not offensively so. Some aging would probably add a few complexities that seem to be missing from a barleywine, but it's young, it can only improve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
Pours a hazy orangey-red with very little head. Aroma of floral honey, caramel-malt and pine. Flavour starts in nice and sweet, with dark honey and mild citrus notes in the round middle, and a medicinal tang of hops to finish. A potent brew for a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2003
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2003
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.

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