redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sorry but meh...
Pours a hazy orangish amber, red tint? nice head.
Not so lacy, head dissipates.
Aroma.. not much there...
Kinda boozy tasting... some hops, but ?
maybe a different kind? Some fruit prunes?
not a good after taste..
Maybe an old bottle, [NO DATE!]
but Barely-wines usually age OK...
Hate to compare to Big Foot, but...
this was pretty expensive, shipped across the state, and well a 6 pack of Big foot, 9 bucks..
Iíll not have this again, unless....
MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I WAS NOT IMPRESSED W/ THIS BARLEYWINE. WHILE I AM A HOP DEVIL ADVOCATE, I WANTED MORE MALTINESS TO BALANCE OUT THE HOPS...TOMORROW AND TOMORROW AND TOMORRW, CREEPS IN THIS PETTY PACE FROM DAY TO DAY....I'M MISSING THE SWEET COMPLEXITY THAT I SO ENJOY IN A STRONG ALE.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer reached right up and tickled my kidneys. Strong hoppy taste and high alcohol content ... it thoroughly beat me down and made me call it big poppa.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
fuck this beer
it tastes great for an ipa or pale ale but it doesnít really taste like a barley wine. so easy on the hops. i love hops just not in my barley wine. nigga
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I have had my share of barley wines and have not been impressed. I specifically sought out this beer because of its stellar rating, yet--invariably, I found again that I do not have an appreciation of this style. Old horizontal has a healthy red-amber hue and pours a nice head. The aroma intimated a cloyingly sweet, winy taste with which I had been familiar. The beer itself had a vinous, cloying body that was quite unpleasantly balanced to my tastes. While it may be a good beer for the style--and possibly a beer to tempt novelty seekers as well as barley wine lovers, I found it a decidely unpleasant drinking experience.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Sorry but I donít know why this is top 50 it tasted really bad to me. Normal barleywine color, aroma, and flavor, but too much alcohol killed this for me. Complex but not my style
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
wow this one packs a punch. quite a bit of alcohol in this one and i didnt like how long that lingered. not very thick for having this much ABV content.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a bottle into a regular glass this one not so much very alcoholic smell and taste. This one was hurt the stomach. I know it was rich in character but a character I do not like. Just not my style but do respect the taste.
apazda (13) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a particularly good barley wine. A lot of sediment in the bottle, body is too light, and the aftertaste dissipates quickly.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Legend is built around the possible reasons why this is called old horizontal. 12 oz brown bottle brewed in my home state. Aroma is sweetish. Much darker brown than I expected. Hazy lighter maroon color. Fine rising stream of bubbles that make me anticipate a creaminess. Fast fading tan head that settles to froth. Very strong alcohol impact on the first taste. The creamy visual carbonation lies to its actuality, seems a little flat. I think many rate craft beers with a high alky content high right off the bat. Very strong, almost unbearable. Not easily enjoyed if drank like a beer. My uvula is crying about the bitter strength. I was always curious about this but I will not buy again. The flavor is enough to knock you horizontal. I am afraid that I can not really enjoy this onslaught. Just as intimidating as lagunus rown sugga, bells wheat love and blithering idiot. I will never get used to this style. Idiot is probably the best tasting of the four barley wines Iíve had. This beer finishes with thick syrupy tacky harsh lingers that hang on for what seems like too long. I probably should have rated this in the dead of night when no body was looking. My taste buds are just too girlie to appreciate these brews. I must admit, that I feel better now that Iíve consumed this!