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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 56
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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Pennsylvania

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-21-2013 04:26:36 | More by Dylanjf
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.5%

02-18-2013 05:52:33 | More by ellyssian
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-18-2013 05:32:19 | More by Phillyz
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

02-18-2013 02:01:36 | More by AdamBear
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New York

4.09/5  rDev +1%

Paid $18.99 for the bomber. Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Dark and dirty red body with an inch off white head which was gone in a few minutes. Some alcohol lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet bourbon, oak chips, vanilla and bready malts. Little, if any hop aroma coming through. Classic BA Barleywine smell.

T: Follows suit with the aromas. Bourbon/oak forward, sweet toffee and sticky malts that ends on the bitter side. Not sure if the bitterness is hop or booze influence. Good stuff.

M: Medium-full. Well carbonated, creamy and a bit sticky, which I like for this style. Alcohol is present and leaves a bitter taste on the tongue.

O: Really nice brew here from Victory, but isn't as complex as some other BA Barleywines out there. None the less, this one is really good on a cold night and I'd consider getting it again for my cellar. I think some time would do this one good so it mellows and melds.

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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania

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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
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.