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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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226 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 12-28-2012)
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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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Corked and caged. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into a DFH snifter, forming a 1/4" orangey-tan head over the totally cloudy reddish brew. Head recedes to the rim promptly, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is fruity alcohol.

Taste starts syrupy fruitiness,oak and a touch of tart in the middle, hops bitterness and alcohol heat through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:21:34 | More by ppoitras
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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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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Victory's Oak Horizontal a couple months ago for $15.49 at The Lager Mill. I tried Old Horizontal last month and I thought it was a fairly nice Barleywine, but it was a little heavy on the hops, so I'm interested to see how the barrel aged version is, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown corked and caged 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks similar to Old Horizontal's but with an oak barrel background, it looks nice and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice slightly orange amber color that took on a copper and slight ruby hue when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of light tan head quickly died down to a very thin ring that quickly faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking Barleywine, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a low amount of high sweetness followed by the barrel being the first to show up and it imparts some vanilla, oaky, light alcohol and light bourbon like aromas with the oak really sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice caramel and toffee like aromas with a little bit of sweet malts showing up in the background. Towards the end comes the hops which impart some piney and citrus hop like aromas and there's also some dark fruit aromas in the background. This beer had a pretty good aroma and I thought it was fairly complex.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like flavor to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice caramel and toffee like flavor with a little bit of dark fruits in the background. Up next comes the barrel which impart a pretty even mixture of vanilla, oaky, and bourbon flavors with a pretty noticeable alcohol flavor that's a little boozy and fairly warming. On the finish comes the hops which impart a nice citrus rind like hop flavor with a higher amount of medium bitterness with a caramel and barrel like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the barrel seemed to do a good job at keeping the hops in check.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy and warming, rich, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought thought this was a pretty good beer and a pretty good example of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, it had pretty much all of the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought it had a nice amount of complexity to it. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, a little sticky, a little boozy, rich, fairly filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, this one is a sipper and I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, but I wouldn't rule out drinking a whole bottle and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy on a cold winter night. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the barrel kept the hops in check, it did a really nice job at balancing out the hops. What I liked the least about this beer was that it was a little light on the bourbon aspect and I wish it showed up like the oak did. I don't know if I would buy this again because it's pretty pricey, but there's a good chance that I'll buy it again when they release it next year. I would recommend this to people who enjoy barrel aged Barleywines. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I thought it was a very solid example of the style and the barrel really helped this beer by keeping the hops in check and my biggest complaint with Old Horizontal was that it was very hoppy so I prefer this one over Old Horizontal. This is one of the better Victory beers I've had and while it's not my favorite Barrel Aged Barleywine it's still a pretty good one. Good guys, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:48:51 | More by StoutHunter
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On Oct 28 2013.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing streaks down the glass.

S- Smells very close to the base beer with the usual notes of caramel, vanilla, hops and burnt sugar but with some faint oak astringency tying it all together.

T- The taste is where it differs with more booze coming through than the base beer. There's also a solid punch of oak that does complement the vanilla and hops. It's just the heat that's a bit overwhelming. Oaky, astringent aftertaste.

M- The mouthfeel, however, is greatly improved and is now silky and soft. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A bit too boozy. I should've been more patient and let my bottle sit a while longer but, when I'm cooped up inside due to a snowstorm, I feel like BBA beers are only appropriate. Oh well. Still not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:47:44 | More by Immortale25
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head. Good retention and great lacing. Active carbonation apparent in the beer.

S: Strong spicy oak with a mixture of dark fruit and caramel malt backbone. Bourbon is there, but it's certainly not in your face. Quite a bit of hoppiness left in this beer. Some diacetyl is also present, though I tend to be very sensitive to it.

T: Interestingly, the beer starts off with a blast of piney hops. This beer is very hoppy. Sweet vanilla and spicy oak quickly come in after that. Bourbon is there, but certainly in the background. Alcohol is also quite strong.

M: A bit thin with strong carbonation.

O: An average barrel aged barleywine, maybe slightly above average. This beer is intensely bitter and I'm not sure the barrel goes that well with the base beer. However, it's certainly not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:34:36 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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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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57md

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark copper with golden edges. There was only about a half finger of head and that dissipated very quickly. The nose is malty as is the upfront flavor. The bourbon notes come forward later in the flavor profile but never become dominant. The mouthfeel is sticky. The finish is a excellent blend of hops, alcohol residue and malt. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:09:29 | More by 57md
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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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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of oak and sweet caramel and honey wheat bread, with some coconut and cocoa powder.
T: It tasted like a mouthful of oak, with some sweet caramel and cocoa powder, and maybe some latent hops? It had a fairly smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Kind of thin body.
D: This was a tasty brew but didn't blow me away like some other notable bourbon barrel barleywines. The scent and taste were nice, but the oak dominated and squashed any delicate complexity. The body was weak too. The finish was pretty smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Wish it was more worth sipping. Maybe age would help. Good not great fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:28:48 | More by Pencible
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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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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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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a bright, ruby red, fairly clear, and with a slight beige head. Looked very much its non-BA counterpart.

S: Nice, silky, coconuty, bourbon quality, with more than a hint of vanilla. Really nice.

T: Ha! It's so great that even though this is a thick, rich, bourbon-laced brew, I can still detect Victory's signature profile: yeasty, CO2 goodness!

M: Sweet, but not too, the carbonation was nice and low, and the hop component was VERY subdued. This was almost an English BW.

O: Definitely a keeper and well worth the $12.99 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:19:14 | More by Chaney
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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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mdfb79

New York

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this few months ago from City Swiggers in NYC, ~$18/750ml bottle. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a somewhat murky reddish brown color with two inches of off white head that leaves quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing throughout.

s - Smells of caramel malts, light sweet bourbons, sweet dark fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, toffee, light citrus, and bready malts. Nose is nice. Bourbon is there but not super strong, and there is a lot more fruit than I was expecting, but it is nice.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, alcohol, oak, toasted malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits, bread, and burnt malts. More bourbon here than the nose and a lot of alcohol to it. You can definitely taste the double digit ABV. Step down from the nose due to the alcohol heat.

m - Medium to full body and high carbonation. Some alcohol heat. I like the body but it is a little bit over-carbonated.

o - Overall a good barleywine, but too much alcohol in the taste for me to call it a great one. I liked the nose a lot and the body, but it was too carbonated and the taste has a ton of alcohol and heat to it, making it tough to drink a bottle of this. Worth checking out, but would recommend splitting the bottle with something. Not something I'd pick up again because of the price tag too.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 19:09:14 | More by mdfb79
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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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like dark fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, candied fruit, toffee, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, worth a try for sure!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:15:30 | More by bluejacket74
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly.
Pours a deep garnet brown with a smallish beige head that shows great retention. Aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, hints of wood and dried fruits. There is a solid alcohol presence and a faint bit of earthy hop aroma as well. The flavor is sweet with caramel and brown sugar that is dripping with vanilla drizzle. Light dried fruits with a solid alcohol bite and hints of earthen hop to balance. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. It's a little bit alcohol hot for my tastes but it really is a fantastic beer. If it weren't so damn expensive I would have snagged another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:01:21 | More by johnnnniee
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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork and aged offering into a snifter. The brew appears a clear amber to mahogany colr with a yellowish tan froth. Some webby lacing sticks to the glass and rising bubbles support a finger atop.

The aroma is quite oaky with suggestions of vanilla, caramel and toffee. A sweet fruity alcohol note blends with an herbal hop inclusion. Overall not a bad smelling brew.

The taste incudes herbal hops upfront with plenty of bitterness. The resinous hop bite interplays quite well with oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee from the malt and barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy but an enjoyable sipper. The base brew is clearly evident in this and the barrel character is just enough to make it more complex and blended/enjoyable. Of all the barrel aged offerings I have tried by Victory, this one seems the best integrated and really takes the base brew to a new level. However, all in all, it still seems to lack a bit in complexity for a barrel aged barleywine...that is my only gripe with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 13:31:13 | More by stakem
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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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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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark ruby red with a right tan head. The nose has a deep malt complexity of rich chocolate and caramel, nice bourbon presence, strong but not overwhelming. Dark fruits behind with a light vanilla wood note. Taste has more bourbon, light vanilla and oak with the chocolate richness coming through. A touch green in back with dark chewy fruits through the Finish and a bit of alcohol around the edges. Body is thick and well carbonated, smooth and creamy and soft on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 13:31:05 | More by cpetrone84
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Pahn

New York

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Free pour yields a fizzy offwhite head that dissipates immediately. Nice clear ruby/maroon.

Smell: Very fruity. Jolly Rancher. Faint oak, but mostly very sugary malt and interestingly deep grape/berry fruitiness. Almost smells like fruity hops.

Taste: Way more oak and bourbon than your average BA beer. Doesn't taste like high quality bourbon, but the sugary malt keeps it tasty. High hop bitterness. Toasted oak that pushes into over-oaked territory (tasting like fresh cut wood smells with a lot of tannins), but again balanced out by the sugary malt.

This beer works very well. It's very dry, very bitter, and very hot... I think it could have stayed longer in barrels, though who knows since it already tastes a bit overoaked. A lot of what makes the base beer undrinkable fresh has been remedied, and honestly the bitterness and heat has some real charm when combined with the oak and bourbon flavors. Beautiful aftertaste once the bone-dryness resolves. Aftertaste bumps it up to a generous 4.0.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very bitter and dry--which I love. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a flawed beer; the oak is a bit overdone, it's too hot, too bitter, not deep enough (the malt is pronounced and sweet but not very complex)... and yet. The overall taste is good, and I'm going to enjoy this bottle over the next day or two.

Victory doesn't really have their shit together when it comes to barrel aging beer. They seem to over or underdo it. However, the beers aren't horribly expensive, and the finished product tastes good. I'm not really impressed, but I'm not disappointed either.

Serving type: bottle

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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.