HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2003
(Bottled on 11/03/02) I poured this beer with the utmost care and the result was a big pillowing head and thick lace. The nose is very fresh and green, with an abundance of grapefruit and Pacific Northwest hops. The palate is very full and flavorful with a lot of fruity flavors most noticeably pineapple. This barleywine is very hoppy, but not overdone. I get a lot of earthy hop flavors coupled with pine and citrus fruits. The beers malt foundation is solid enough to stand up to any cold night. The malt comes out more as the beer warms. Old Horizontal’s finish maybe the highlight of the beer. The finish lasts for about 15 minutes, leaving one with lingering goodness of sticky hops, fruity yeast, and rich malt. On the whole, Old Horizontal is one classy barleywine that is a must try for big beer enthusiasts. Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 Perfection in a Barley Wine, Nick gets extremely close with Behemoth ( You Rock Nick )Smooth clear concise Barley Wine, hoppy, sweet, refreshing, an Oscar performance,deep rich fruits, complex flavours abound. This is the future of many beers, mindblowing, crisp taste. Clean as a whistle. I would drive hundreds of miles for this.I waited months to try this, and it was even more than I expected. An absolute Winner, a Champ and Extremely Recommended,thanks notalush! axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Woa...this smells solid! Kinda like a clementine orange. Very tangy. Tastes very fruity (citrusy). Floral hop aftertaste that’s remeniscent of when I used to eat orange peels. "Up with the V..." igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2004
acquired from cquiroga...bottled 12/17/02. deep caramel, light amber color, hazy. a head can be achieved with a fair amount of swirling. the aroma is loaded with buttery toffee, caramel, brown sugar and spicy piney hops. mouthfeel is thick!!!! flavor is loaded with toffee, and spicy hops, the alcohol is so well hidden in this beer, i just can't believe it. flavor is pretty sweet. the only time even a tiny bit of alcohol is detected is in the finish. thanks to cquiroga for this one! Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2004
Beautiful dark ruby colour. Managed to get a bit of a head going, but predictably it quickly went its way, for the most part.
The aroma is brilliant. Not as big as I expected, but really thick with malt sweetness. Also hops that freshen up the aroma and bring it to a higher level.
First sip reveals a flavour-bomb. This is mind blowing. Entry is thick and malty, not as fruity as the aroma (though banana can be found on both fronts). Then, the hops slowly reveal their presence. Not hoppy as I had imagined from reading the descriptions, no, the bitterness is masked by the huge malt. They still give the beer amazing freshness, considering how heavy and full it is. Some citrus as the hops start to take over, sliding towards piney freshness as it ends in a remarkably sweet, yet fresh and assertive aftertaste that lasts practically forever.
I can't bring myself to give it full marks on Overall Impression, I still think a beer will come along that will be even better, but this is one of the best I've had.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 12 oz bottle. Bottled Jan. 6, 2001. My first beer of 2005. Dark ruby / mahogany colour with a thin layer of off-white foam. Toffee, raisin, pine, grapefruit, caramel, and brown sugar aromas melded together fantastically. Toffee, caramel, bread, grapefruit, brown sugar, and molasses flavours, again blended together nicely. Full bodied, rich mouthfeel. 4 years of aging has treated this well. Excellent beer! doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 WOW! What an enjoyable barleywine. Strong yet suttely distinct taste. The alcohol radiates from this ale... very potent! I would definatly love to spend another evening with Old Horizontal! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottled Feb. 4, 2005. Pour was an eerie, cloudy shade of orangish-amber with a tall and creamy beige head. Looked quite nice as the head was about as tall as the liquid.. and it filled my large snifter to capacity. Extra-fine sediment suspended in there, and intricate lacing followed the liquid down. Nose picked up adult Christmas candy (move over eggnog)... deep and seductive caramel and molasses sweetness, holiday spices, citrus and darker fruits, and a wonderful floral hop presence... and albeit not explicit, you know there’s a solid dose of alcohol lurking beneath your nose. Somehow, the magnificent interplay of flavors outshined the aroma. I don’t know how it happened, but damn was this good! Sugarplums, oranges, and grapefruit in there tasted like they were personally squeezed/stomped by a magical beer elf just for me. Caramel and molasses provided a fantastic medium backbone, with just the right amount of sweetness. Noble hoppage gave the brew a perfect floral/earthy quality, and was present from first whiff through four minutes after the finish. Alcohol was there, but only to give the flavor some extra zest, to impart some throat- and belly-warming-ness, and to make me feel quite fine when I had laid this most excellent brew to rest. Get some! lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (first visit, thanks, Mike)
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11 %
Estimated Calories: 210 C
RateBeer Rating: 99
Aroma 10 out of 10
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Raisin
Hops Flavor:Mud Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, raisins, grapes, prunes
Notes: inviting, enticing, and makes you want a taste.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: Mostly brilliant
Head Retention: Average
Notes: A beautiful, menacing colored body, with a nice off white head that dissipates quickly.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: balanced Sweet and Bitter
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice
Other: orange peel, raisin, sour cherry, oak, grape, alcohol
Notes: A wonderful taste, more savory than sweet malt flavor, and with some deep hoppiness. Bill and Ron have done it again.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: Drying Warming
Carbonation: Lively, visible
Balance: balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Notes: Leaves you wanting more. A very nice mouthfeel and finish.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Maybe my favorite BWSA. I only had to travel to Burlington to find it as a single. I did see a case of it in Bristol Township, PA at Penn Thrift. Just $50 and it’s yours. I’m saving up.
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An incredible example of a barleywine. Spot on for style with all the expected aromas and flavors, including bubblegum, raisin, caramel, and more. Packs a punch with little discernible alcohol burn, and nicely warming on a chilly night. I can only find fault in the palate which seems to me a little thinner than other barley wines I’ve had. And it’s expensive--17 bucks at my store. But well worth it.