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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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 corby112
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
Photo of DwarfBrew
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

hollywood_15063, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Morey, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dactrius, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ShemRahBoo, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Holmes698, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

skaboom420, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Colosdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Colosdog, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Slatetank, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

inlimbo77, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Chugs13, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of dan027
5/5  rDev +23.5%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

andthevolcano, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 27, 2013
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.