Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerImmediately:
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Cellar (55-60) temp into goblet.
Pours with a very short/skim off-white head over a fairly clear amber body. Some tiny carbonation flowing up. No real lacing to speak of.
Aromas include a healthy dose of vanilla bean and oak, along with caramel, sweet phenols, toffee and maple syrup. A sweet beer lover's dream.
Whoo... wow. A chunky, muted, sweet version of Old Ho. Full mouthfull of flavors including the aforementioned vanilla and salt water taffy. Fair amount of chemical/rubbery quality, that once I noticed, I had a little trouble getting past. English style (muted) hop profile. Somewhat drowned out by the overly sweet flavors. Touch of smoke in the finish. This would make a seriously awesome salt-watery taffy flavor (Ok, for beer nerds only).
Mouthfeel was pretty slick and oily. Exactly what I would expect from barrel aged barleywine. So, well done here.
I really hope my other bottle molds and meshes the flavors over time, as I plan to hold onto it for about 3 years. Aw heck, I may buy 3 more and try one each year until 2017.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2013 02:31:44 | More by BeerImmediately
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3.91/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a clear reddish mahogany amber color. Minimal off-white froth.
(S)- A lightly citrus hop note meets a caramel/toffee/fig oaky booze sweetness. Slightly floral to me.
(T)- Again, fairly hoppy with hints at some floral citrus meets oaky bourbon and caramel toffee sweetness.
(M)- Fairly sweet and boozy with that oaky hoppy kick. Its balance is fine, though that slight floral aspect throws it off a bit style-wise for me; definitely not a character you would expect in a barrel aged barleywine.
(O)- Not too shabby. If I had to guess, I think (hope) this will benefit from some extended bottle aging.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 15:00:25 | More by sweemzander
3.28/5 rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I usually don't go for bourbon barrel aged beers in the summer but my boss bought this one for me and I never turn down a beer. Its very rich and has a great smell to it. I get notes of vanilla and dark chocolate. It's taste is very creamy with a strong vanilla and oaky flavor. Pretty standard compared to other stouts I've had that were aged in bourbon barrels but its still good!
Serving type: growler
06-27-2014 03:28:00 | More by AyeMito
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.