joet (2675) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2002
Bushy hop and heavy malt aromatics blend fairly seamlessly. Lightly effervescent, fairly heavy slightly sticky feel, lots of alcohol pepper. This is interesting and bright but didn't blow me away. If they could make this a mite cleaner, it'd be a more powerful experience. A journeyman, this is well put together and can do the job flawlessly without having to swing for the fences. Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
Interesting and sweet. I liked it........................................... SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
a few too many of these and I was horizontal from the waste up, but that was my fault... the beer has few other than being too rich to enjoy more than one Aurelius (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
Took Austinpowers' advice and tried this head-to-head with Elizabethan Ale. Though this was more drinkable, it got its butt handed to it in terms of complexity. Tangy, smells like powdered orange drink mix -- like Tang with hops thrown in. Warming. A well-balanced strong amber ale, I guess. Alcohol is masked rather well, not too sweet, not super bitter. Nice, smooth palate -- almost like it had used finings. Medium bitter finish, which is citrus and woody. duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Very big, chewy, malty little brew, with a crapload of sharp aromatic hops. Thick raisiny, spicy flavourful barleywine. Theres no shortage of flavour or ingredients here, and really is a meal in itself. I’m not often a fan of barley wines, but this has won me round.
FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottled Nov 15, 2002, Sampled Oct 27, 2003Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
An amber color, it is a little bit hazy. Appears to be lightly carbonated, and shows a tan head when roused in the glass. The predominant aroma is of Sherry (a bit of oxidation has happened). There are sweet hoppy notes as well. The tasted is not as oxidized as the aroma would suggest. The flavor is lightly sweet, quite a malty beer at this point, though there is a hint of the hop flavor left in the beer. It is still pretty bitter in the finish, which helps to balance the sweetness well. The body of this beer is not overly thick, which for this beer is good. I can't wait to get a chance to try a fresh version of this.
Citrusy and malty, alcohol is noticeable. Pleasant enough but hops are not as smooth as some reviews claim. Perhaps the bottle is young--I'll have to check the date. Good but didn't bowl me over. Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Both the name of this Barleywine and the label, which features a sleeping man, implies that this beer should be used as a nightcap. The advertisement may be right; at 11% ABV this is one barleywine that will definitely sneak up on you.
Victory Old Horizontal is a beautiful orange-red color with a fluffy off white head. The nose is fruity and spicy; peaches, apricots, pears, bananas, cinnamon and ginger. Hops move to the forefront of the flavor, but the fruity tastes are still there, overlaid on a rich blanket of crystal and caramel malts. Alcohol taste is very strong, and the mouthfeel is on the thin side. This beer smells better than it tastes; more balance would be an improvement.
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a headless, mahogany body. Appears rather thin though there is some oiliness. Nose of raisins, hops, port wine and figs. Flavours are somewhat subdued and it is still fairly hoppy (young?). Nice texture yet a tad thin and two-dimensional. I had expected more. Very good but a Top50 beer? I think not. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Jan 6, 2004. Ruby Coloring. Small Ring. Some Barley..Raisin - Bread Dough. Sweet Tasting. Some Warming. Didn’t Find This to Be as Good As the Hype Suggest.