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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 12
Gots: 47 | FT: 5
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-12-2013 12:03:35 | More by Travcofarms
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-11-2013 05:29:37 | More by bleeps
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11-10-2013 04:50:56 | More by DCgolfpro
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jegross2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.9%

11-01-2013 13:35:03 | More by jegross2
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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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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

10-20-2013 01:13:48 | More by sammyt728
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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

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Delaware

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-18-2013 22:47:38 | More by mikeincharleston
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.