Thursday, February 24, 2011

Old Horizontal

Today I'm drinking Old Horizontal brewed by Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. For me, this is a repeat from January, 2010. I guess I wasn't in love with it then, so seeing what 14 months may have changed. This is actually the version that was bottled Nov 15, 2010 and best by 5 years from then. This was also the beer of choice for the famous Brewkkake and his guest review, though I heard recently he may be retiring. I'll confirm rumors when I find out. The label has a nice poem on the side, which I'll show you a picture of below. Finally, there is a sleeping moon and space ship on the label to complete an outer space theme.

Orange citrus, hoppy pine aroma with some sweetness underneath. Excellent! Sweet caramel and sugar flavors are how this beer starts out, a little sweeter than I expected. Also, the creaminess is very noticeable right away. Fruity cherries and jam-like oranges add a strong dose of juiciness. It's very difficult to pinpoint where the sweet ends and bitter begins, but it's right about now, the middle, and ushered in by a warming wave of 11% alcohol.

Spicy black pepper, citrus, some pine all contribute to a nicely bitter second half. There isn't much bite, like I might have expected; rather, this is a bit more mellow. Considering the alcohol levels and the high carbonation, that was quite amazing. Still creamy even at the end. I am definitely on board with this beer, especially compared to last year. A very nice sipper, enough to take the edge off of the day. You know it's big but it doesn't piss you off by telling you 100 or more times. Long lasting bitterness on the palate is also a bonus. Check it out for sure!

Finally, your power word for today. Lithe: nimble, effortless gracefulness. For me, Cirque du Soleil immediately comes to mind.

Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts

Graceful -- Seth Godin --Kindle Store

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands -- Chelsea Handler


Beth said...

I love it too! For once, a barleywine that doesn't punch you in the face. Nice review.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Beth.

Yeah. Really a nice beer. I am actually drinking Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine right now, and it is also a more balanced creature from this category. Perhaps another to try.

Thanks for stopping by.

Telissa said...

I discovered this one a month or so ago and was so impressed. It is a perfect Barleywine IMO not too sweet, a little spicey and awesome hint of hops! I really love it

Beer Drinker Rob said...

For sure, Telissa. Great flavors, creamy. Love it!