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RATINGS: 1574   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
My first ever barleywine, and still my favorite (unless I get my hands on an Angels Share perhaps). Local store has 2005 and 2004 vintages available for sale, though they are similar in taste as far as I can tell. Deep red in color with very light head, lacing throughout. Very sweet but incredibly well balanced. Smooth going down, no wonder Victory has a limit on how many draft Horizontals you can buy! Alcohol very well hidden

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyScallywag (69) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pretty sweet, but certainly drinkable. I had a bomber of it. Probably could of had a 12oz bottle after that, but that's it. Then again...the bomber did the trick anyway. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
A great beer! A beer that if taken lightly will def leave u horizontal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfc514 (66) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2014
2010 vintage, poured into a snifter. Ruby brown, with a light tan head. Age did this well. Nose is dark fruits predominantly, with a hint of hops. Dark fruit, toffee, and a bit of bitterness in the back end swirl around. Very balanced, very delicious. Almost no booziness in what is a pretty high gravity beer. Good carbonation bite. This is a good one. Iím sure the aging mellowed it out, but itís extremely flavorful and tasty. I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
I do not like Victory as much as others on this site, and the same can be said about this beer. The taste/smell has been summed up by others better than I (typical barley wine taste) and it is very good. The part where I get hung up is all the hops at the end of the beer. I know fellow raters enjoy hops, but I donít enjoy them as much as most people. The ending of this beer (last swallow down your throat) is very hoppy. This takes away from the enjoyment for me, as I would rather have a BW more balanced, and an IPA hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zethca (62) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle. Ruby red color with a light head and solid lacing. Sweet fruity aroma with some hops. Heavy fruity/spicy flavors give way to citric hop finish. Very full-bodied mouthfeel and a biting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PattyBat (61) - - JAN 3, 2014
Bomber poured into snifter. A deep mahogany color with a quickly dissipating cream head. Smells of bitter hops, plums, caramel, maybe even a little cherry. Tastes sweet in the beginning, with a sugarplum, toffee and syrupy taste that is matched by hops to balance it out. Booze is considerably hidden, given its content. The bitter half takes over the palate, almost dominating the initial sweetness. The opposite of a sour patch kid. Solid barleywine though, I see why they call it old vertical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mystiksc (60) - los angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
The pour is very dark brown. Taste of mixed fruits, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol. The alcohol is masked very well. I was expecting the alcohol flavor right away. This is a very smooth sweet tasting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
Very rich in malt and fruity flavours also. A hop taste at the end. Very tasty, one of my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On draft at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a beautiful mahagony with a medium white head. Aroma is big with dark fruit, caramel malt, and maple syrup. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a warming alcohol finish. Notes of raisin, cranberry, maple syrup, and caramel. This one is very complex as it evolves with every sip. Iím normally not a big barley wine fan but this one is very solid. Great job Victory.

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