Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company
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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
3.81/5 rDev -5.9%
750ml, winter 2012
5oz mini tasting snifter
A: Pours out a nice orange-like amber color, leading to more reddish amber. Had a thin layer of off white head that faded into a collar around the edges of the glass. Alcohol feet are there for sure.
S: Good nose on this one. Lots of burnt sugar. That candied sugar like vibe. Some vanilla and toffee from the oak treatment. Smells very sweet and I like it.
T: Taste was similar to the smell. It's got a touch of hops up front, then you get all that candied sugar sweetness. The oak comes in mid-palate with the flavors of toffee and caramel and vanilla. It's actually pleasant although a little sweet. Finish is long and flavors changed as it warmed up.
M: Chewy full bodied beer. Nice sipper.
02-04-2013 18:05:44 | More by inlimbo77
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
A - A viscous, deep amber brew with a tiny head that dissipates quickly into a line of tiny bubbles on the surface of the brew.
S - Vanilla, brown sugar and alcohol.
T - Vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, pine hops and almonds. Aftertaste is a malty bitterness.
M - Smooth, thick, nice, a little refreshing.
D - Nice. I would have again.
01-27-2013 03:16:01 | More by mrasskicktastic
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a deep burgundy with modest but resilient head. Soft billows subside to a thin cap which hangs around awhile.
Smell seems off. Uh oh. Opened a 750ml by myself. Wet sawdust predominant. Weak boozy bourbon character.
Taste is thankfully much better than the nose. Mellow bourbon gives way to rich caramel and bready malts. Little to no hop character so I'm not sure this one will change a whole lot with age.
Mothfeel is thick and creamy.... perhaps too thick for a barleywine, but doesn't detract from the experience.
Overall a wonderful beer which I will thoroughly enjoy sipping throughout the evening.
01-27-2013 00:48:04 | More by CurtFromHershey
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-23-2013 23:22:24 | More by Etan
3.89/5 rDev -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.
01-21-2013 04:23:37 | More by TMoney2591
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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!
01-21-2013 00:38:10 | More by Thickfreakness
4.09/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-19-2013 04:56:50 | More by thecheapies
District of Columbia
3.29/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
01-12-2013 23:50:42 | More by Huhzubendah
4.01/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-12-2013 01:22:52 | More by kdb150
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.