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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 12-28-2012)
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with maybe a hint of amber. Head is not big but some does remain around the rim of the glass and interesting ring type lacing - not expected with this heavy a brew. Aroma is sweet, malty and definitely a presence of bourbon. Taste is sweet - caramel, bourbon, candy. Nice alchohol burn on the front followed by the sweeter parts of this brew. I like Old Horizontal too, but this is even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:07:53 | More by Oakenator
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought 2 bottles from Victory's retail shop a couple of months back. Popped one of them open today on by B-day and poured it into a Golden Monkey snifter. Cork gave a nice audible pop once removed.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with ruby highlights and lazy carbonation. Little fluffy white head settles to a thin lacing after a few minutes.

S: Smells of vanilla, pear, some light booze, nice wood character, and sort of an orange cremesicle.

T: Tastes of residual sugar, almost like candied sugar or a creme brulee with flavors of vanilla and light booze. A fair amount of hop bitterness is evident as is the alcohol. Not overly hot or solventy, but you can definitely tell the high ABV is there. Almost tastes like licking a spatula of molasses or a brown sugar based icing. While sweet, not cloying.

M: Thick & chewy. Residual sugars weigh this one down. High alcohol is there and carbonation is perfect. Bitterness just fine.

O: I love Old Horizontal and this is a welcome treat. Would like to have seen slightly more bourbon character but this beer is fantastic just as it is. Would easily buy this one again (think it cost me about $18 per bottle at Victory) but I'm looking forward to trying the 2nd bottle after aging it a few years.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:16:24 | More by jwhancher
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A viscous, deep amber brew with a tiny head that dissipates quickly into a line of tiny bubbles on the surface of the brew.

S - Vanilla, brown sugar and alcohol.

T - Vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, pine hops and almonds. Aftertaste is a malty bitterness.

M - Smooth, thick, nice, a little refreshing.

D - Nice. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:16:01 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark Ruby, ruddy, purple-ish brown. Nice orange/honey highlights when held to the light. Not much of a head. Tiny bits of lacing when swirled with decent long legs that drip down the side of the glass.

S- Caramel covered licorice sticks. Sweet pineapple, brown sugar covered molasses cookies, brulee'd sugar, basil, blood orange, vanilla pods rubbed on pink grapefruit, candy corn, pop corn, fresh figs and tons of dried fruit. The alcohol doesn't really come thru in the nose.

T- Dried cherries that were soaked in grapefruit juice, vanilla scented pineapple juice, brown sugar vodka, Good & Plenty, caramel covered cashews, and motor oil! This is ridiculous! Vanilla oak and sweet bourbon! Creme Brulee with whipped cream, toasted almonds, and fresh cut grass!

M- Nice and oily. Greasy and thicker than honey! Now that's my JAM!!! Spicey, tangy, citrusy, and sweet!!! Crazy!

O- Great! Not perfect... but GREAT! The barrel adds tons to this brew! So much mulled spice pulled from the barrels! Vanilla, honey, licorice, cloves, basil, sweetness and booze! I wish this was a yearly brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:38:10 | More by Thickfreakness
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked and caged. 2012 vintage. Pours an opaque light brown color with a peach tone. Off white head forms and leaves adequate lace.
Aroma of woody bourbon and vanilla. Precisely bourbon and sweet malts.
In the taste, loads of oaky tannins on sweet malts with notes of toffee, vanilla and butterscotch. Bourbon flavor is strong but not overbearing. Oaky flavor, caramel, vanilla and bourbon are the major players. Hops have died down to a ghost bitterness. Still a sweet bourbon soaked affair that fine beverage aficionados covet.
Medium bodied, with carbonation at a low medium. Slightly dry from the barrel aging.
Overall, this a great barrel aged barley wine, what more could you want for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:11:37 | More by Stinkypuss
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in down the middle of a large brandy snifter and served at 65 degrees.

Appearance: Dark amber color body with and off-white one finger head. Thick and oily looking body, low carbonation with just a few small bubbles streaming from the middle, thick slow moving alcohol legs, and the head disappears to a thin spotted lacing.

Aroma: Big woody oak, sweet vanilla and a very bold sweet bourbon dominates the aroma. A deep rich caramel, candied toffee, raisin, vinous grapes, ripe fig and coconut. Slight cocoa powder and hop characteristics. All of the characteristics come through strongly and evenly. The big sweet booziness also has it’s place in the aroma but it doesn't burn your nostrils.

Taste: The bourbon barrel characteristics are really huge here and are the most prominent in this beer than any of the other of Victory’s barrel-aged creations. The deep oak, vanilla, coconut, and the bold, sweet boozy bourbon characteristics really benefit and contribute to the sweet dark fruits, caramel, English toffee/butterscotch, candied fruit notes, wine grape/port wine and the very slightest hop bitterness. The barrel characteristics come through first, and then you start receiving the base beer and then finishing with the combination of the sweet malts, the bourbon barrel and the notes of alcohol through to the end. The alcohol is there but doesn't get in the way of anything else, it really cleanses the palate and also helps move the flavors along.

Mouth feel: Oily/sticky, thick, full bodied, low carbonation, and a slow and steady sipper.

Overall: I’m proud of Victory for deciding to put an amazing seasonal barleywine in bourbon barrels for half a year or so, bottling it and distributing for everybody across their distribution. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or two of this so you can enjoy one now, cellar the other and open it in a year from the bottling date. I have a hunch that this will be even tastier when the alcohol dissipates!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 02:15:48 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my Bro tenderbranson69 for sharing this during the superbowl at Erik's!
enjoyed from the 750 in a pub mug.

The color is deep auburn -dark rust with ruby shade when held to the light with thick cap of sandstone that settles to a ring with tiny bead. The smell is deeply bourbon infused malt with light vanilla and caramel goodness. There is a subtle oak tinge with alcohol in the nose. The feel is rich and very bourbon influenced.

The flavor is great a nice combination of wood and dark maltiness with subtle vanilla character and light toffee with a mellow spiciness of hops in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed this and think it is actually a bit more bourbon in the taste than Dark Intrigue which is nice since you definitely get the barrel aging in the flavor it makes it worthy of trying as opposed to a slight variation on the original. Thanks again Tim!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 19:41:54 | More by Slatetank
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Brilliant, deep amber, off white ring leaves the most minimal lace.

Aroma - Oak, bourbon, malt

Taste - Similar to aroma, with the addition of vanilla and chocolate covered cherries and malt. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Boozy at the front, medium bodied, oily.

Overall - Sweet, bourbon, night cap, booze, a year or two would do this wonders.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 01:21:54 | More by KVNBGRY
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: Clear, dark mahogany color; poured with smallish fizzy cap that had decent staying power.

s: Nice balance in the nose. Barrel first, but not by a very wide margin. Boozy caramel and toffee with some vanilla and oak. There was definitely some Horizontal to be found in the form of raisins and sweet fruitcake.

t: Again, I really appreciated the balance of this one. Certainly sweet overall, I tasted bourbon soaked sweet bread with plenty of rich caramel and toffee thrown in. The vanilla was a bit subdued, but still noticeable. There was a lingering hot oak flavor that came on a bit too strong at times.

m: Velvety smooth. Not thinned out the way so many barrel aged brews seem to be.

o: Great stuff! Package this in 12 oz. bottles and with Victory's typicaly reasonable prices I'll buy a case every year.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 12:59:52 | More by DIM
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from B&B beverage

A - pours a clear dark brown, minimal head

S - tons of oak, vanilla, dark cherry, raisin

T - caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, biscuit

M - fair amount of alcohol presence, little carbonation

O - really good barel aged barleywine. If I saw this again, I'd definitely pick it up

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:36:23 | More by ncketchum
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Red-brown color, very hazy on the pour. Cream-colored head is a bit short-lived, though it was easily revived with some strong swirls of the glass. Lacing is spotty.

S: Brown bread, crust, pecan pie, dark caramel. Tight raspberry ester. Quick spike of alcohol. Earthy hops, hint of pine. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak wrap all of this in a comforting blanket.

T: Caramel, pecan pie, bready dessert, chocolate turtles, brown cocoa. A hefty dose of earthy and piney American hops balances the sweetness. Spike of alcohol. Booze soaked fig and raisin. Warm barrel presence brings lots of chewy caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon and wraps everything in a gentle, soothing embrace. Long finish of caramel, brown bread, crust, a touch of dry oak, and fading bourbon.

M: Thick in body. Decadent, chewy, and velvety smooth. Low carbonation. Warming alcohol. Excellent.

O: This is right up my alley. A large and formidable barleywine tempered by time in a barrel. So seamless and well-integrated. The barrel flavors complement the beer perfectly. Just a soothing, relaxing, and comforting beer to drink. Ever seen a cat nestled into the carpet directly in the path of a sunbeam, napping contentedly and oblivious to all around it? That's how I feel when I drink beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 22:37:24 | More by ryan1788a5
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 13.99. Bottled 10/28/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an amber garnet hue with a thin half finger cap of pale head. The head fades to a nice haze over the top and a thin halo that leaves small bits of lace.

Smell is sweet with barrel dominating initally. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, mild pine and a hint of dark fruit. Nice.

Taste follows the nose well. Toffee, caramel, oaky vanilla, cereal malts, bourbon, pine, toast, citrus peel, raisin, a touch of peppery spice and a healthy kick of booze. As it warms the vanilla and toffee linger and more citrusy hops come into play. Great layers of flavor here.

Creamy, silky, medium full feel with soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish with oak, subtle bourbon, caramel and a hint of orange and piney hops.

This is a well made and well balanced American barleywine. The barrel really helps accentuate the sweet malts without completely covering the hops. Delicious. I'm glad I decided not to age this because I really enjoyed the hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 07:06:02 | More by ThickNStout
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Star80

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours out A cloudy Chocolate brown color, little carbonation and quickly disappeared head.

S - smells faintly of bourbon, lots of caramel, some vanilla, some toffee. For some reason was expecting more bourbon in the nose but who knows, could give it a nice balance.

T - wow, got your bourbon now! Actually it comes together pretty nice, vanilla, rich toffee, some leafy tobacco, molasses, and some Christmas cookie.

M- mouthfeel is rich, and full.

O - I've had Old Horizontal and recall it as A Dark, floral, night blooming jasmine leafy hop tasting beer, with rich malts to boot. The barrel has totally changed things, in fact might have even brightened it up a bit. The bourbon has added this caramel layer of complexity, along with more smooth vanilla and little hop bitterness to be found. Not a home run but an interesting barrel barley wine nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:50:24 | More by Star80
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kdahnke123

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - A beautiful deep red with two fingers of light colored, quickly dissipating head.
S - First the deep malt smell, then a medium amount of hops, followed a medium amount of bourbon.
T - First a medium amount of pine hits you, along with the bourbon and hops. In the middle is a good amount of balanced malt. At the end the hops give it a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M - Smooth, with a medium mouth coating quality. Only slightly carbonated.
O - A nice beer for warming up on a cold winter's day. I would recommend it to barley wine or bourbon barrel beer drinkers who like their beers on the hoppy side.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 21:42:22 | More by kdahnke123
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice mohogany brown color with a thin white head on top that faded quickly leaving some tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing of any kind here. The smell of the beer is big, lots of malt, it's sweet with some booze in the nose also. There are hints of spice and some vanilla also. The taste of the beer is sweet with a subtle oakiness to it that fades into a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it's got a light carbonation to it that really faded nearing the end of the glass. The beer has a good amount of body to it though and really coats the mouth well. Overall it's a damn good brew, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 15:24:37 | More by Knapp85
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice treatment of Old Horizontal in oak with a whisper of Bourbon. This is a lesson in how to use oak aging- the oak adds subtle vanilla and woody notes to the base beer, and the Bourbon adds a nice top note. The barley wine still shines through with some hoppy sweetness, and all of that is complemented nicely by the oak. Not just gilding the lily- the oak barrel adds something new.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:51:32 | More by Georgiabeer
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky reddish brown. Good sized and dense tan head. Head fades at a moderate pace, leaving zero lacing behind. Decent retention, however.

S: Whoa, massive bourbon. Tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. Lots of oak. Barely even notice the barleywine underneath, maybe some dark fruits like raisin and fig are present. Kind of a floral grain alcohol aroma in there too. Somewhat boozy as a result.

T: Very bourbon heavy again but not super overpowering. Heavy burnt sugars, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Nice coconut too. Caramel malt and dark fruits mix in nicely into the middle. More coconut and burnt sugar in the finish along with a big alcohol/bourbon burn. Hints of hops hiding in the finish too, but barely discernible. Long lingering bourbon burn between sips. VERY boozy and belly warming.

M: Heavy, thick, almost syrupy.

O: A super bourbon-heavy barleywine. Very hot. Bourbon is at least very tasty, lots of great flavors in there. But the barleywine does get lost a bit underneath all of those flavors and heat. Hard to judge, it's tasty and complex but there's not much of an actual barleywine here. A couple years in the cellar might mellow one this out a bit I think. Having said that, I applied a little bit of bias to this one. Even though it's hot and extremely strong on the bourbon, I really enjoyed it. It's honestly not far from drinking straight bourbon. But I like it!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 04:35:48 | More by Dope
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Deep copper. Slight off white head. As expected looks like "regular" Horizontal.
smell: Much like Horizontal fresh but the bourbon does this nose good. Hops and candied fruit and bourbon. Nice.
taste: Much like the nose with a pronounced bittersweet finish. The Hops provide the bitter and the malt and bourbon the sweet. The barrel treatment worked here imo.
overall: Glad i have another bottle to put back.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:21:15 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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metter98

New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a hazy dark caramel red in color. It poured with a thin beige head that gradually died down and left some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet bourbon are present in the smell. This becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has a good amount of flavors of vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging along with some hints of sweetness from the underlying caramel malts. There are only some faint hints of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some heat and lots of warming from the alcohol. It also coats your mouth a little.
O: This is a nice beer to sip and savor if you really like bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:17:58 | More by metter98
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daveshawley

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy very reddish brown - almost pink when you hold it up to the light. The thin head is gone quickly and no lacing left behind. There is a thin but constant stream of slowly rising bubbles.

S - rich caramel with some floral hints of hops and something that I can’t put my finger on.

T - matches the aroma with rich caramel and a good dose of bourbon. The barrel aging is really working well here. It doesn’t quite hide the bite of Old Horizontal.

M - carbonation is next to non-existent. Leaves a nice bitter on the back of the tongue that lingers long after.

O - This is a good one. Particularly if you are partial to Old Horizontal to begin with. I’ll have to set at least one bottle aside for while. Hopefully a little age will smooth it out even more.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:11:56 | More by daveshawley
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/20/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, citrus peel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, vanilla, clove, oak, bourbon, light coconut, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, fig, citrus peel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, coconut, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of earthy oak tannin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, fig, citrus peel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, brown bread, light coconut, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light hop flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly syrupy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent BA barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of deep malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:44:59 | More by superspak
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Candy brown-red. Soapy ring formed and stuck around. Looks decent.

Marshmallow, bourbon, raisin, caramel, herbal hoppiness, and a hint of cola. Not as fruity as I might have expected, but there are notes of other dark fruits and very light cherry.

Big bourbon notes with rich malty caramel, booze, raisin, honey, earthy/herbal hops, and some marshmallow. Tasty as hell for bourbon lovers. Major whiskey notes, and they're impressive. Some latent barley grain notes. Solid bitterness at the middle's end that I respect.

Drinks hot and slick. Dry bitterness combines well on the palate with the sweeter mouthfeel. Wish it could be mellowed out a notch.

Awesome barleywine. A bourbon-forward example with a nice base beer, to boot. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:56:50 | More by thecheapies
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Googs

New York

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Paid $18.99 for the bomber. Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Dark and dirty red body with an inch off white head which was gone in a few minutes. Some alcohol lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet bourbon, oak chips, vanilla and bready malts. Little, if any hop aroma coming through. Classic BA Barleywine smell.

T: Follows suit with the aromas. Bourbon/oak forward, sweet toffee and sticky malts that ends on the bitter side. Not sure if the bitterness is hop or booze influence. Good stuff.

M: Medium-full. Well carbonated, creamy and a bit sticky, which I like for this style. Alcohol is present and leaves a bitter taste on the tongue.

O: Really nice brew here from Victory, but isn't as complex as some other BA Barleywines out there. None the less, this one is really good on a cold night and I'd consider getting it again for my cellar. I think some time would do this one good so it mellows and melds.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:57:01 | More by Googs
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a very dark amber/murky brown with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma has huge notes of vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel. There is some oak, but it's not dominating. Smells very sweet and slightly boozy.

The taste also has a very heavy vanilla flavor, almost to the point of a coconut type of taste too. A decent amount of bourbon, toffee, caramel and some butterscotch notes too. The wood is definitely more prominent in the taste and especially as it warms. There is a little bit of bitterness on the back, but it's mainly sweeter.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. The ABV is not all that hidden here, you can definitely smell, taste and feel it as it goes down. Some time would mellow it out.

A very nice BBA Barleywine, but the heat and the overbearing sweetness at times keeps this from being amazing. Still a good beer and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 14:35:01 | More by JohnnyMc
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

An extremely clear garnet hued amber body with just a little bit of ecru foam. No retention, just a tiny collar of foam with a couple of stray islands.

Big toffee notes leap from the glass with some oak tannins, vanilla, dark fruits (plums primarily), and bourbon. Layers of complexity. A bit sweet, but balanced out nicely by the oak and bourbon.

Toffee and plums up front with some sharp tannins from the oak. Vanilla and plums lead to sweeping oak dryness and bourbon goodness in the finish. This is pretty delicious. Layers of flavor. Complex.

Full-bodied with low carbonation. Tannic properties emerge a bit, making the feel slightly prickly before it smooths out nicely. The tail end is extremely reminiscent of a nice bourbon.

A really nice bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Great flavors with strong barrel aged complexity. Victory hit this one dead on.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 19:42:23 | More by ColForbinBC
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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.