FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is named appropiatly. The alcohol is noticable but not overwhelming. Aroma is a sweet, fruity nose. Taste is lightly malty and fruity sweet. This is a excellent Barley wine.
redbeard3 (107) - - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big big big flavors happening here in a very good beer. 22oz bottle shared with friends poured into 7oz glasses. Lively carbonation, great lacing. Bitter and earthy hops, caramel and fruit.
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep amber with a very long head. The aroma has lots of dried fruit and toffee. The taste has absolutely no trace of the high alcohol content. It is a perfect balance of the bitter grapefruit from the hops and the creamy, toffee flavored malt.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange, almost red color with off-white head. Sweet malty aroma woth some hop spicyness. Lots of malt an hops with a slightly bitter, warming aftertaste. Wonderfully balanced. This is a great one.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden amber with brown/beige head. Deep fruity aroma of prunes adn apricots. Sweet malty flavor no hops. Definitely could use some more age as it still has some of its sharp edges. Very textbook example of a BW
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite of this style. Deep amber, sweet malty. Enough hops to satisfy. DELICIOUS! Victory does it again!
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
- clear, red/amber color, short white head, aroma is very hoppy, but laced with alcohol and a cherry/prune fruitiness, very clean and almost citrusy; flavor has a strong alcohol presence, but is also well hopped, fruity and tart, smooth, the taste of strong alcohol and hop flavor is definitely different, a sipping beer, nice rich texture
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One strong ass beer. Highly recommend it.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Old Horizontal (1 year old) opens with a sharp hiss. It pours a clear, deep ruby/orange/copper. The aroma is equally malt and hop, alongside some sweet fruity esters. The flavor starts with a candyish malt, followed quickly by a brash hoppiness. There is a noticeable alcohol in the finish, followed by an agressive hop dryness. The hop flavor lingers. Although the body doesn’t indicate a ’syrupy’ quality, this beer is a bit cloying - very much a brandy snifter barleywine. More ’over the top’ than most barleywines, but that’s what Victory’s all about, isn’t it?
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clear amber-copper with an average off-white head that dissipates quickly but holds a nice thin cover. Fair lacing. Great floral hop aroma with a malty sweetness, and faint alcohol. Flavor is a balance of sweet maltiness, caramel, dark fruits, and a piny hop bitterness. Very subtle warming alcohol. Hints of pepper. Full bodied. Really nice.