CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JAN 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 This is truly the best barley wine I have tasted yet. It was smoother than Immort. I definitely need to get a some of this and age it.
Good hop flavor and excellent fruit flavor that hides well in this brew. The alcohol was hidden well enough that a few of these in a row and you"d be in trouble. ;) LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
Every year this beer knocks me off my feet. I have yet to find a better Barleywine. Fruity, malty, hoppy, sweet...this beer has it all. I can't say enough about it. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 ReRate, Bottled in 2001:
A fantastic barleywine in every way! Pours a deep dark reddish/brown with an off-white head. Beautiful aroma of cherries, dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Taste is very sweet and malty with some spice. A significant amount of hops along with notes of caramel, dark fruits, honey, pipe tobacco, toasty malts, cherries and alcohol. Very complex, gets better as it gets warmer. Extremely well-balanced and the alcohol content is amazingly well-hidden. Slightly bitter aftertaste with a warming finish. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy ; just glorious on the palate. Everything just comes together so beautifully with this brew. Perfect. beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 UPDATE: last review wasn’t accurate. Got another batch. Pours a dark red-copper with thick, creamy head that lasts for minutes. Aroma is of alcohol, malt , caramel and hops. Full-bodied but smooth yet thick, very thick. Can taste malt and alcohol little hops. Very great stuff from a damn great brewery. When aged for a while, it gets even better. Well worth the money. RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Perfect! The hops and fruity flavor danced around the cup on a thin layer of satin silky lingerie as the alcohol slapped me lightly across my face for lingering too long. Forgiven, my tongue was fully and utterly satiated and left longing as the single bottle purchased was drained of life… left lonely until I I dare secure another seductive and flawless brew.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Old Horizontal Barleywine pours to a beautiful, deep garnet color with a slight tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose is just jam packed with aromas. Peppery waves of alcoholic strength marry with aromas of sweet malt, fresh bread, plum, toffee, and a nice back drop of piney hop aroma. The palate is hefty and lush on the tongue. Big flavors of sweet malt, fresh bread, toffee, and vanilla coat the tongue. Old Horizontal finishes with more big malty flavors up front, then ends with a long, soothing, warming burn.
This is one of the most impressive barleywines on the market today, and it will continue to improve with age. Barleywine gets its name because it approaches the alcohol strength of wine, and Old Horizontal comes in at about 11-12% abv. This is the type of brew that you want to sip and savor, and it makes a perfect night cap. More suited for winter(it is released in December), but great anytime you want to relax and enjoy a soothing brew. Try one just before you go to bed while unwinding reading a book or watching a little television. RWH79 (9) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010 does not count
An amazing Barleywine beer! has a taste of raisins, brown sugar, toffee with a nice hoppiness and some malt. has an impressive aroma, which is what got me interested in the first place and is a flavor explosion to the palette. UltraViolence (23) - USA - FEB 5, 2011
There’s a barely discernable "Enjoy By" date on the front label by the moon. "Enjoy By" 2014 is a candidate for the holy grail; it is perfect and mind-blowing and there is nothing better...cloudy nectarine color, beautiful when you hold it to the light; rich carmel-y, nutty bread dough and pine complexity finishing into something completely different from where it started. "Enjoy By" 2015 is completely average...darker in color and clear, the rich complexity and butterscotch-ness isn’t there, and it’s therefore a short-lived trip. This is a bottle conditioned ale that lends itself to cellaring, so in 12 months time, will "Enjoy By 2015" morph into what "Enjoy By 2014" is now? Maybe. But it’s hard to imagine it transforming itself to that extent. Buyer’s Guide: If it appears cloudy in the bottle and the yeast is stacked at the bottom, buy in mass. If clear in the bottle with just a little yeast at the base, avoid if your intent is to drink now. phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Candied hops and brown sugar toffe malt with a touch of chocolate in the flavor. Beautiful red orange pour with everlasting lace phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
This barleywine has a malty pine brown sugar with a touch of booze aroma. Roasted barley and subtle chocolate nuances are swamped by brown sugar caramel malt and spruce hoppiness. Long bittersweet finish with a warm alcohol finish. Not overwhelming. Abv is woven into this nicely.