dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heavy malt aroma and taste, followed by a strong hop finish. It adds up to a good balance. Mellows with age- I have some from almost 2 yrs. ago, and itís interesting (age some if interested). A superb brew- one of the very best Iíve had. A great sipper.
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What hit me 1st with this beer were the extreme hops! If you like a hoppy beer, which I do. Then how the taste still lingered on the palate long after you finished. I donít think Victory is capable of putting out a bad product. This beer certainly lives up to its reputation, too many of these ..... Unfortunately I only got to try one, and that one only left me wanting more.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap. deep amber color. little head. definite fruity aroma with full flavor of hops, malts, and hint of alcohol that follows. well balance beer on the best of barley list. good social beer.
urraca (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first Barley Wine, and it’s a good one. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it, but I certainly did. Fairly opaque orange pour with a small light brown head. Initial smell test presents a lot of hops. Pretty sweat, with some hops, but smooths over with a good amount of malts. Feels very smooth and almost creamy in my mouth. Finishes with a hint of alcohol, closing out in a very complex taste.
AmyGinger (43) - USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Im not usually a huge barleywine fan but heard great things about this one. Really amazing aroma. Great mix of fruits, caramel, brown sugar. The flavor was good, but after the initial smell of the beer I expected a much more powerful flavor. Iíll definitely drink it again, just not quite what i was expecting.
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome hop flavor, sweet but not too sweet. Extremely smooth and a great taste. I was drunk when I reviewed this, so I don't remember much.
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 WOW! What an enjoyable barleywine. Strong yet suttely distinct taste. The alcohol radiates from this ale... very potent! I would definatly love to spend another evening with Old Horizontal!
PigMine (42) - San Angelo, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber with a very microscopic date printed on neck. Bottled sometime in 2013, smeared print, but bottle conditioned, and at 11% abv it will remain fresh for years. It pours dark amber, fairly clear, with a small creamy head as most large abv brews have. It leaves nice lacing by the time you finish the bottle. It smells great, some hops, some Belgium yeast, and plenty of bready malt.a massive taste, full bodied with huge malt and sweetness and the alcohol hits slightly later. An excellent barleywine and will be remembered as the real deal.
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
odor was pure, fruity and hoppy. One of the best barleywineís Iíve had. I will definitely buy another six pack of this. Iíll just say.. they were victorious
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours bronz with a slight light brown head. Aroma is oily with hops, and molasses prevelant. A really interesting aroma. Taste is a thick syrupy sweet maple with alcohol present. Very complex. A good beer.