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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 51 | FT: 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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dactrius, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

ryan1788a5, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

deonreds, May 16, 2014
Photo of AdamBear
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A-dark chestnut with a thin cream colored head

S-smells like a real strong and boozy ale. Caramel and lots of malts. Doesn't smell too great. Smells like a mess.

T-oh boy this is a strong one. This comes in with a taste of alcohol, caramel malts, and a lot of bitterness. It's fairly sweet and syrupy. It's a mess.

M-medium to low carbonation with a syrupy finish.

O-not sure what I was expecting, but from victory I was expecting something a little more refined. I can't believe how difficult this is to drink but then a beer like Olde School can be a work of art. This one is for tastings but I think it would take more than three people to drink this bottle.

AdamBear, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

MikeCactusGordon, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a bronze-brown color with a nice khaki head.

S: Molasses, apricot, caramel, oak, brown sugar comprise the nose. Pretty barrel heavy aroma, in a good way.

T: Light dried fruits, cooked caramel, vanilla, pronounced bitterness from the wood and hops, raisin bread, more nutty tannins.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation. Pleasant pull from the tannins.

O: This is pretty delicious, except for the slightly overly assertive bitterness.

Etan, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -1.2%

TasteTester, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of rydev24
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

rydev24, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

jwat, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Phillyz, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

vinny21bal, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Eaglefan344
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Eaglefan344, May 05, 2014
Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

skaboom420, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

AdamP, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

freduardo, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Evan, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of 57md
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.

57md, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Massbmx, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev -1.2%

touchmeimsac, Jan 12, 2014
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.