Simay (75) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 29, 2015
Really nice hazy cooper/amber colour with very fast disappearing off white head. Aroma: strong alcoholic, honey, pines, herbs, spices, caramel. Tastes very alcoholic and hoppy, there is little sweetness but quite a lot bitter. The smell is really nice butthe taste is too harsh, not as sweet as it smells, a little bit disturbing. Still good beer. HopBurp (74) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle, expires in 2015. Nice initial head with a lace thats lasts throughout on edge. . Fruit flavors of sour apple, cherry, sweet slight bitter hops, caramel,warming finish, sticky. Good balance of sweetness and hops for a smooth finish. 11% very well maked. 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. 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. 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.
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
I don’t 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! 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 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! 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. 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!