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RATINGS: 1606   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2002
A strong, licorisy ale with a kick. It certainly lets you know it has 11%! But a great beer to be tasted every year or allowed to sit and ripen for a future tasting. Victory shows its mastery of the style with this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wynne (28) - , Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2009
Quite good. My favorite is the Sly Fox Panacea, but Victory knows how to make a good barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Wonderful aroma from the moment the bottle is opened. Smelled of nuts with hints of fruit, almost a tangy/spice smell. Taste was quite a pleasant surprise as it was not as sweet as I anticipated. The feel was balanced with a decisive punch of alcohol on the way down. An excellent beer that can be enjoyed more casually than many other specialty beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wajacobs (26) - USA - DEC 27, 2009
a deep reddish brown beer with a strong malty aroma, a full mouth feel with a nice bitter character on a strong malt backbone. excellent desert beer to serve with berry tarts, or chocolates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Firkinpoe (25) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber-brown color with a fluffy off white head. Aroma of grass, sugar, dark fruit, citrus, caramel, toffee, bread, and spices. Taste is plum, grass, and other floral notes, along with some grapefruit. Pretty sweet up front but is followed nicely by a hop bitterness that carries it the rest of the way through. The alcohol is well hidden and kind of sneaks up on you as you finish it. Really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
River (25) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2006
This is a deep mahoghanny color with a white head. It has a sweet, fruity aroma and a sweet flavor with some clove spiciness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skeets (25) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dykhuis7 (24) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertime (23) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beer Lover (23) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2001
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.

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