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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

301 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | FT: 7
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 12-28-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Pahn
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Free pour yields a fizzy offwhite head that dissipates immediately. Nice clear ruby/maroon.

Smell: Very fruity. Jolly Rancher. Faint oak, but mostly very sugary malt and interestingly deep grape/berry fruitiness. Almost smells like fruity hops.

Taste: Way more oak and bourbon than your average BA beer. Doesn't taste like high quality bourbon, but the sugary malt keeps it tasty. High hop bitterness. Toasted oak that pushes into over-oaked territory (tasting like fresh cut wood smells with a lot of tannins), but again balanced out by the sugary malt.

This beer works very well. It's very dry, very bitter, and very hot... I think it could have stayed longer in barrels, though who knows since it already tastes a bit overoaked. A lot of what makes the base beer undrinkable fresh has been remedied, and honestly the bitterness and heat has some real charm when combined with the oak and bourbon flavors. Beautiful aftertaste once the bone-dryness resolves. Aftertaste bumps it up to a generous 4.0.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very bitter and dry--which I love. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a flawed beer; the oak is a bit overdone, it's too hot, too bitter, not deep enough (the malt is pronounced and sweet but not very complex)... and yet. The overall taste is good, and I'm going to enjoy this bottle over the next day or two.

Victory doesn't really have their shit together when it comes to barrel aging beer. They seem to over or underdo it. However, the beers aren't horribly expensive, and the finished product tastes good. I'm not really impressed, but I'm not disappointed either.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of joeseppy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour resembles a cherry cider color with a generous cherry vanilla head.

Not much on smell. Digging in, I pick up on oak and malt sweetness.

Sweet brew with alcohol sensation from the oaky bourbon, could be deeper. Caramel, vanilla and raisin blends.

Coats the mouth well and easy carbonation. Sticky lacing follows throughout.

Maybe too sweet for me but its alright. For the price I would not purchase again.

Photo of RuEXP1
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown color that seems to have some sediment floating around when it is first poured. Little carbonation and a thin tan head the dissipates quickly. Light lacing with tiny bubbles.

S - Has a strong caramel smell, maybe a little woodsy as well. To me the caramel really dominates the aroma of this beer with some fruit undertones. I love it.

T - This taste is fairly unique. A lot of bourbon barrel beers will have a really strong alcohol front due to the bourbon, but this does not. It comes on sweet with the fore front flavor being caramel again. Some molasses and sugary flavors come through and along with the bourbon. Just because the bourbon isn't slapping you across the face doesn't mean you won't realize this is a bourbon beer.

M - This drink has a thicker consistency. There are a good amount of sugars in here which give it a pleasant mouth feel. Carbonation is pretty mild.

O - I think I am drawn to this beer just because of other experiences with bourbon barrel beers being rather thin and really strong with the alcohol taste. However, the fact that you can really taste sugar and molasses etc... makes it something you don't want to have too much of. Might keep you up instead of put you to sleep. Definitely worth a try if you haven't done so yet!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jwhancher
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought 2 bottles from Victory's retail shop a couple of months back. Popped one of them open today on by B-day and poured it into a Golden Monkey snifter. Cork gave a nice audible pop once removed.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with ruby highlights and lazy carbonation. Little fluffy white head settles to a thin lacing after a few minutes.

S: Smells of vanilla, pear, some light booze, nice wood character, and sort of an orange cremesicle.

T: Tastes of residual sugar, almost like candied sugar or a creme brulee with flavors of vanilla and light booze. A fair amount of hop bitterness is evident as is the alcohol. Not overly hot or solventy, but you can definitely tell the high ABV is there. Almost tastes like licking a spatula of molasses or a brown sugar based icing. While sweet, not cloying.

M: Thick & chewy. Residual sugars weigh this one down. High alcohol is there and carbonation is perfect. Bitterness just fine.

O: I love Old Horizontal and this is a welcome treat. Would like to have seen slightly more bourbon character but this beer is fantastic just as it is. Would easily buy this one again (think it cost me about $18 per bottle at Victory) but I'm looking forward to trying the 2nd bottle after aging it a few years.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.