River (25) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a deep mahoghanny color with a white head. It has a sweet, fruity aroma and a sweet flavor with some clove spiciness.
Skeets (25) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of 07. Aroma was nice subdued hops and raisons. Flavor was very malty with some sweetness at first and then the hops showed up with a smooth finish. More raisons, molasses. Really enjoyed this one.
dykhuis7 (24) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brownish-red, thin head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is predominantly sweet; orange, caramel, malt. Tastes of orange and caramel, with a hop profile that emerges at the end of each sip. A slight alcohol burn, which is fine for 11%. Very delicious.
UltraViolence (23) - USA - FEB 5, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
There’s a barely discernable "Enjoy By" date on the front label by the moon. "Enjoy By" 2014 is a candidate for the holy grail; it is perfect and mind-blowing and there is nothing better...cloudy nectarine color, beautiful when you hold it to the light; rich carmel-y, nutty bread dough and pine complexity finishing into something completely different from where it started. "Enjoy By" 2015 is completely average...darker in color and clear, the rich complexity and butterscotch-ness isn’t there, and it’s therefore a short-lived trip. This is a bottle conditioned ale that lends itself to cellaring, so in 12 months time, will "Enjoy By 2015" morph into what "Enjoy By 2014" is now? Maybe. But it’s hard to imagine it transforming itself to that extent. Buyer’s Guide: If it appears cloudy in the bottle and the yeast is stacked at the bottom, buy in mass. If clear in the bottle with just a little yeast at the base, avoid if your intent is to drink now.
Beer Lover (23) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2001
4.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The Victory Brewing Company of Downingtown, PA has a stellar reputation among beer geeks, and for good reason. They brew some incredible beers, and Old Horizontal is one of them. This is a beautifully done barleywine, that is rich, delicious, and complex. The nose is very sweet malty with peppery hints of alcohol. The palate is lush with sweet malt flavors, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. This beer finishes malty up front then ends with a soothing, warming burn. One of the best domestic barleywines on the market today.
beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle- Wow what a beer. Just bought a 6 pack for $11.99 and feel like going back for more. This beer has an excellent hop malt balance that would only get better with age. I taste a citrus flavor maybe grapefruit in the middle. The beer starts out sweet but finishes with more of an alcohol flavor. Very drinkable for 10%+. I need to get back to the liqour store before it is to late.
lifeofravis (21) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a very good victory beer. high alcohol content and a nice copper color. one of my favorite barley wines. i have gotten cases of old horizontal just to get drunk off of.
geofbaum (21) - Delaware, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A ruby/maple red pour. Tastes of roasted malt, on the darker side with a more caramel/chocolate end that’s not strong but isn’t overpowered by the alcohol that was present more towards the end of the drink. A favorite of mine in the barley wine category.
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aaaaaahhhh ... now this is a wondeful beer. The kind where you savor it and just have one, lovingly sipping it. Nice to cozy up with a couple of these and a love one. Excellent barleywine!
Toiletduck (20) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great finishing beer. Very rich and fruity in flavor compared to Rogue’s Old Crustacean. I live about 45 minutes from Victory’s brewpub, but oddly enough I’ve never been there. This beer makes me want to go and taste the draught version.