Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-07-2013 19:17:58 | More by metter98
4.19/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
03-12-2013 15:24:37 | More by Knapp85
3.89/5 rDev -4%
Served in a moustachioed shaker pint glass.
So...where's Oak Vertical? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises butterscotch, light oak, very light cashew, and a tiny hint of mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though now a vague sense of booze pervades. Thankfully, this isn't much of a hindrance. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice oaked b-wine. 'Nuff said, really.
01-21-2013 04:23:37 | More by TMoney2591
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
02-04-2013 19:41:54 | More by Slatetank
3.79/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
10-27-2013 19:09:14 | More by mdfb79
3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with dark copper edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacingleft behind.
The aroma of this beer is similar to the base beer with a subtle bourbon barrel presence integrated into the characteristics of an American barleywine. Some toasted oak, vanilla and spicy bourbon followed by sweet and leathery malts, dark fruit and spicy, earthy hops. It only spent three months in the barrel so the bourbon doesn't completely overpower the other notes which is a nice change in pace from most BA beers I've tried recently. The oak and vanilla notes stand out more than the bourbon and it still smells like the base beer. Some sweet booze, caramel, spicy rye, toffee and dark fruit notes followed by grassy, piney hops.
Medium bodied with surprising amount of carbonation for the style. Decent bourbon barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the flavors of regular Old Horizontal. Strong dry oak flavor along with some toasted coconut and vanilla bean before the spicy bourbon presence comes in. Nice bourbon flavor but it doesn't knock you over the head and obliterate the other notes. Underneath the barrel notes, there is a nice balance of sweet and leathery malts, vinous dark fruit and dry, earthy hops. Slightly boozy but the ABV is excellently masked with only subtle heat in the finish. Hints of caramel, toffee, raisin, fig and plum countered by resinous pine and earthy hop bitterness. Complex, flavorful and while its definitely a sipper, this beer is deceptively drinkable.
02-19-2013 07:26:31 | More by corby112
4.19/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
01-20-2014 01:51:32 | More by Georgiabeer
3.84/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
07-10-2013 13:31:13 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
03-24-2014 02:44:59 | More by superspak
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-27-2014 22:21:34 | More by ppoitras
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-20-2013 01:11:37 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.29/5 rDev -18.8%
The beer is pretty clear and amber hued with a small head. The aroma consists of oak, malt, barrels, fruit. Really tannic and oaky in both the aroma and flavor. Sharp on the palate. Sweet and tannic flavor with lingering wood in the aftertaste. This was ok. Best in small doses.
01-12-2013 23:50:42 | More by Huhzubendah
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.