RATINGS: 1654   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2003
Nice...on the strong side with the fruity flavor and bitterness (not a bad thing here), but it's a good, heavy sort of brew that should satisfy those looking for something more than fratboy garbage. Well worth the case price, too. A very fine brew, indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Good brew for the style. Very well balanced and the alcohol is surpisingly hidden. Creamy raisin and slight hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Pours deep but clear red-amber with a big, fluffy, off-white head and a lot of visible carbonation. Nose is dominated by spicy hops and sweetness. Very sweet but not cloying caramel, fruit, and spice flavor, with good balance from hoppy bitterness on the finish. The very end is a touch metallic, which is the only knock I have against this one. Otherwise remarkably smooth for something at once this sweet, this bitter, and this alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
I dont what I love most about this offering from the Dukes of Downingtown. My favorite Victory beer up to this point was having Hop Devil from cask at the brewery. Old Horizontal has it beaten! The color is deep reddish brown. The aroma grabs your attention with its malted, perfumy, alcoholic character. The taste is wonderful, with its lingering bitterness. However, the bitterness is not overwhelming, and reminds me more of an English-style barley wine. The taste of alcohol is not really evident, but one can certainly feel it. Superb beer from a great brewery!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours a dark mahogany color with a bit of a beige head. Smells of bready caramel and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is originally caramel and very malty. The alcohol then comes in and balances out the maltyness. There is a slight hint of fruit, but it is not substantial. A caramelized malt taste in the finish raps this one up. The mouthfeel is rather hefty and syrupy but not unpleasant. Carbonation is done well. This is definitely a sipper. I couldn’t put this one down too quickly, which is a good thing. The 11% is hidden rather well and took me by surprise about half way through since I was so eager to finish the glass. Another excellent Victory brew. Reviewed on: 04-15-2007

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
great barleywine. i really love the sweet maltyness. its like tasting the super maltyness of an unfinished beer with the alcohol of a super strong beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
12 oz. 2001 bottle: ooh, really nice smell. pours a beautiful deep ruby color, with some floating yeast sediment. smells of malt, fruit, (melon/apricot) and slight hops. a nice thick toffee head, that dissipated a swirly head residue. really smooth palate. nice fruity malty flavor. very little bitterness, and a mellow hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Wow, hold me down and kick my ass! Beautiful beer. Amazing color. Healthy head. If not for the alcy burn, Perfect!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2009
#20. Pours a very dark, opaque amber with a small beige head, more than youd expect for this strong a beer. Smells of cinnamon, ginger, lemons, and that pre-rain smell. This is nice and hoppy, my type of beer. Offset well by sweet flavors of caramel, and also carries nice spiciness--like pumpkin pie--and citrus, very little alcohol taste. Finishes clean with just a touch of bitterness. Quite simply, awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmericanHobo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Nice bold taste, lingers on palate. Despite high ABV there is no hotness to taste.

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