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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

259 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 13
Gots: 49 | 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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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-24-2013 02:23:16 | More by swetsastonic
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 23:22:24 | More by Etan
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-23-2013 20:50:19 | More by ShanePB
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a moustachioed shaker pint glass.

So...where's Oak Vertical? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises butterscotch, light oak, very light cashew, and a tiny hint of mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though now a vague sense of booze pervades. Thankfully, this isn't much of a hindrance. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice oaked b-wine. 'Nuff said, really.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 04:23:37 | More by TMoney2591
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

01-21-2013 03:03:31 | More by brez8791
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark Ruby, ruddy, purple-ish brown. Nice orange/honey highlights when held to the light. Not much of a head. Tiny bits of lacing when swirled with decent long legs that drip down the side of the glass.

S- Caramel covered licorice sticks. Sweet pineapple, brown sugar covered molasses cookies, brulee'd sugar, basil, blood orange, vanilla pods rubbed on pink grapefruit, candy corn, pop corn, fresh figs and tons of dried fruit. The alcohol doesn't really come thru in the nose.

T- Dried cherries that were soaked in grapefruit juice, vanilla scented pineapple juice, brown sugar vodka, Good & Plenty, caramel covered cashews, and motor oil! This is ridiculous! Vanilla oak and sweet bourbon! Creme Brulee with whipped cream, toasted almonds, and fresh cut grass!

M- Nice and oily. Greasy and thicker than honey! Now that's my JAM!!! Spicey, tangy, citrusy, and sweet!!! Crazy!

O- Great! Not perfect... but GREAT! The barrel adds tons to this brew! So much mulled spice pulled from the barrels! Vanilla, honey, licorice, cloves, basil, sweetness and booze! I wish this was a yearly brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:38:10 | More by Thickfreakness
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 02:46:58 | More by victory4me
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -20%

01-19-2013 22:31:07 | More by yourefragile
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-19-2013 06:41:05 | More by mychalg9
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Candy brown-red. Soapy ring formed and stuck around. Looks decent.

Marshmallow, bourbon, raisin, caramel, herbal hoppiness, and a hint of cola. Not as fruity as I might have expected, but there are notes of other dark fruits and very light cherry.

Big bourbon notes with rich malty caramel, booze, raisin, honey, earthy/herbal hops, and some marshmallow. Tasty as hell for bourbon lovers. Major whiskey notes, and they're impressive. Some latent barley grain notes. Solid bitterness at the middle's end that I respect.

Drinks hot and slick. Dry bitterness combines well on the palate with the sweeter mouthfeel. Wish it could be mellowed out a notch.

Awesome barleywine. A bourbon-forward example with a nice base beer, to boot. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:56:50 | More by thecheapies
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-18-2013 15:52:16 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-16-2013 19:01:26 | More by drabmuh
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-16-2013 15:53:29 | More by aorloski
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is pretty clear and amber hued with a small head. The aroma consists of oak, malt, barrels, fruit. Really tannic and oaky in both the aroma and flavor. Sharp on the palate. Sweet and tannic flavor with lingering wood in the aftertaste. This was ok. Best in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 23:50:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip from a cork-and-cage bottle.

A - Pours a deep amber with not much head, though a nice ring remains aroud the edges. No lacing, but effervescence is very active, creating a beautiful, bubbly beer to look at.

S - Caramel malts and alcohol, with a combination of fruit that is reminiscent of apricots. Wondering where the barrel is hiding.

T - Dark fruits, caramel, and alcohol dominate up front. Towards the back, you get a hint of the bourbon barrel and creamy vanilla, as well as a touch of citrusy hops. This is a pretty complex beer, reminiscent of an old ale with the dark fruitiness that comes through. This is neither too sweet nor overly hoppy, but the alcohol is noticeable as a result.

M - Fairly high carbing for a barleywine, though it's not unpleasant. The aftertaste is dominated by the dark fruit and citrus hops, and is quite good. The alcohol presence thins it out a bit too much for the ABV, but still pleasant to sip.

O - I feel this would have benefitted from more time in the barrel, as it would have absorbed more of the bourbon and oak flavors, which may have muted the alcohol presence a bit more. However, the hops are very well done - they don't overwhelm the beer at all, but complement the other flavors perfectly and really shine in the finish. This is very close to being a world-class beer, and I look forward to having another in 6-8 months to see how a little age treats it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:22:52 | More by kdb150
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-10-2013 06:47:21 | More by Scrumtralecent
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-10-2013 03:14:13 | More by st9647v3
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

01-09-2013 23:07:42 | More by jwat
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -75.4%

01-09-2013 20:06:19 | More by Peyton5410
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-08-2013 00:52:49 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-07-2013 23:40:24 | More by djrn2
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-07-2013 14:51:06 | More by baybum
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellar (55-60) temp into goblet.

Pours with a very short/skim off-white head over a fairly clear amber body. Some tiny carbonation flowing up. No real lacing to speak of.

Aromas include a healthy dose of vanilla bean and oak, along with caramel, sweet phenols, toffee and maple syrup. A sweet beer lover's dream.

Whoo... wow. A chunky, muted, sweet version of Old Ho. Full mouthfull of flavors including the aforementioned vanilla and salt water taffy. Fair amount of chemical/rubbery quality, that once I noticed, I had a little trouble getting past. English style (muted) hop profile. Somewhat drowned out by the overly sweet flavors. Touch of smoke in the finish. This would make a seriously awesome salt-watery taffy flavor (Ok, for beer nerds only).

Mouthfeel was pretty slick and oily. Exactly what I would expect from barrel aged barleywine. So, well done here.

I really hope my other bottle molds and meshes the flavors over time, as I plan to hold onto it for about 3 years. Aw heck, I may buy 3 more and try one each year until 2017.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:31:44 | More by BeerImmediately
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-07-2013 01:58:14 | More by Number3red
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-07-2013 01:01:22 | More by rydev24
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.