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 (450) - 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.
jgb9348 (5550) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jaymobrown (1830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.