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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

TasteTester, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

tneenan1, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

kbuzz, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

rwilling, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mdillon86, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I just had BA Hibernation yesterday, so we shall see who can do it better.

3.75 A: Deep amber color. Perhaps half a finger of creamy beige head. Retention is about average for the ABV and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The caramel in this runs deep. Tons of complexity just from the caramel flavors. You get from light and sugary to decadent to roasty. Fruitiness is nearly as strong as the caramel - plum, raisin, tobacco, currants, and a bit of dates as well. Dense malty backbone with plenty of toastiness. The bourbon is surprisingly weak in the nose. It's there, but plays a complementary role instead of leading the show. Earthy, leathery, and fruity is the bourbon and barrel.

4.0 T: The taste offers much of the same. Deep, complex layers of caramel. Sticky neutral maltiness with plenty of toastiness. Plum, raisin, tobacco are strong with currant underneath and dates underneath that. A little more bourbon than in the nose, but still complementary - earth, leather, oak, vanilla, complementary fruitiness.

4.0 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation with a moderate creaminess. Sticky, sweet aftertaste. Good here.

4.0 D: This was definitely a good beer, which isn't surprising considering Old Horizontal is a good beer. I would have liked the bourbon to have more input into the flavor profile, but it's fine the way it is. I must admit that I liked the BA Hibernation a bit more, but this is half the price. Given all that, I'd choose this one every time until I win the lottery or something.

DavoleBomb, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Star80
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.

Star80, Mar 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Stinger80OH, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Dope
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!

Dope, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

gr0g, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jongullotti, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep yet clear mahogany. becomes more hazy as yeast gets mixed in. two fingers of light tan foam on top which quickly dissipate to a film and ring around the glass.

S - barrel notes are very aggressive. lovely notes of vanilla, sandalwood, and bourbon. underneath the strong barrel notes are the classic elements of the base beer. lots of gooey caramel and toffee. Dark and dried fruits add a juicy character like dates, raisins and cherries.

T - sweet flavors of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. hints of bourbon and some slight fussel enter after. spicy notes enter mid palate. a hints of black pepper along with notes of vanilla. notes of dates and raisins on the back end of the palate along with lingering notes of wood and vanilla.

M - full bodied with a round creamy texture. medium carbonation with tight round bubbles.

O - really nice barrel aged beer. The base beer was fantastic and I wish it was still available as I think it is slightly more enjoyable but this version is quite tasty.

Teleweizen2, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

lpotter, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

sneaks2210, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Mar 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.6%

aasher, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

alamode, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Holland, Mar 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

mmsimmons, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Devi0us, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dylanjf, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

corby112, Feb 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

ellyssian, Feb 18, 2013
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.