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74 84 64 4 27 19
Old Horizontal by Victory Brewing Company
American Barleywine
11.00 % ABV

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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 7 13 4 6 2010
12oz Bottle
$12.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

Enjoy before 12/29/11

Old Horizontal poured a hazy burnt caramel(if that makes sense). A half finger head formed on the pour that quickly dropped to nothing but a small swirling island of white foam. When held to the light it glows ruby red. I see only a couple carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. This head eventually disappears completely. There is zero sign of any head after 1/4 of the glass is drank. The lack of head detracts from the overall impression.

Smell is a little underwhelming but what is there is juicy. A big aroma of grape bubblegum greets my nose upfront. This is mixed with some floral characteristics such as rose petals. There's also somewhat of a tea like quality present. Graininess shows as this barleywine heads to room temp. Mild alcohol. Like I said, it smells juicy but there isn't substance.

Flavor starts off with a strong graininess. The grape juice comes around mid palate but is much more subdued than in the aroma. A moderate hop bite shows up and finishes things off with a decent citric bitterness. Warming alcohol on the swallow. This is on the fence here between a 3.5 and 4. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Body is on the heavier side of medium with sluggish carbonation. Leaves a mild coating on the throat that goes nicely for the style. Slightly warming alcohol on the swallow. Nice.

Drinkability is actually pretty good for the high ABV. I could drink a couple in a sitting.

Not the best example of an American Barleywine I've had but it is an enjoyable brew. Fairly simple flavors but enjoyable none the less.

Reviewed: 3/11/07

Price: $12.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 01/01/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
This barleywine pours nicely with a deep amber brown hazey color, head was thin and lace like on the glass. Nice rich floral hop tones when first taking the glass to my nose then the caramel malts sneak in, sweet and candylicious. Taste is complex like most barleywines with malty richness, caramel thickness and sweetness and a slight smokey tone at the finish. Full notes of barley malt sweetness of caramel flavors thoughout. Perfect balance of twingy, hearty, mildly earthed hops, bittering to the perfect height of satisfaction leading through to the smokey-like finish. This is a great beer to knock yourself out with. Drink slightly chilled, but not too cold and sip to your little hearts content til you can't sip no more. Which doesn't take much.
By the third or fourth sip I was ready for bed. So count on drinking it for an hour or so before bedtime and you'll have dancing barley and hops in your head.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 0
The first time i had a barleywine was a SN Bigfoot. This one is quite a bit smoother. Pours a nice dark amber color. Nice thick head :unsure: . But the drinkability for 11% is freaking great. Just a solid brew. JTG, :hifuckingfive:

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 7 13 4 7 0
12oz bottle.
Enjoy by Dec 29 2011.
Served at room temp.
Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Dark colored liquid with no murkiness. Carbonation bubbles rising to the top where the head is. Speaking of such, the head is decent on the initial pour but fades away quickly. Inviting appearance.

Smell is above-average. Large smell of caramel malts and alcohol. Can't detect any hops but a decent smell none-the-less.

Taste is above-average. The caramel malt flavor is what jumps out in this beer. Alcohol has a strong presence in the after-taste. Small hop presence, like the smell. Mouth waters after every sip.

Mouthfeel is good. Lively in the carbonation department but not over-done.

Drinkability is good. Relatively easy to drink but definitely a sipper.

Overall: A tasty barleywine that, after some much needed aging, could be a great barleywine. I'll be laying down at least a six pack.

Served In: Tulip

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