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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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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 Dope
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

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
Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev -1.2%

gr0g, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jongullotti
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

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
Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev -1.2%

lpotter, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Photo of aasher
2/5  rDev -50.6%

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

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

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

mmsimmons, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Devi0us, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Dylanjf
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dylanjf, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of ellyssian
5/5  rDev +23.5%

ellyssian, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Phillyz, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
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.

AdamBear, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Massbmx, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Spleeb
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Spleeb, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

pathman, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of SoberPhobic
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SoberPhobic, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Googs
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.

Googs, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

PEIhop, Feb 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

DwarfBrew, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.