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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%


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:
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(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 12-28-2012)
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Pahn

New York

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:37:34 | More by Pahn
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:21:43 | More by joeseppy
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RuEXP1

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:59:11 | More by RuEXP1
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metter98

New York

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:17:58 | More by metter98
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:16:24 | More by jwhancher
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 03:26:39 | More by DavoleBomb
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Star80

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:50:24 | More by Star80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice mohogany brown color with a thin white head on top that faded quickly leaving some tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing of any kind here. The smell of the beer is big, lots of malt, it's sweet with some booze in the nose also. There are hints of spice and some vanilla also. The taste of the beer is sweet with a subtle oakiness to it that fades into a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it's got a light carbonation to it that really faded nearing the end of the glass. The beer has a good amount of body to it though and really coats the mouth well. Overall it's a damn good brew, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 15:24:37 | More by Knapp85
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 04:35:48 | More by Dope
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:48:00 | More by Teleweizen2
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 07:26:31 | More by corby112
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:01:36 | More by AdamBear
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Googs

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:57:01 | More by Googs
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 19:41:54 | More by Slatetank
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 18:05:44 | More by inlimbo77
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:16:01 | More by mrasskicktastic
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 00:48:04 | More by CurtFromHershey
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -4%
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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Thickfreakness

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1%
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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
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%
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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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with maybe a hint of amber. Head is not big but some does remain around the rim of the glass and interesting ring type lacing - not expected with this heavy a brew. Aroma is sweet, malty and definitely a presence of bourbon. Taste is sweet - caramel, bourbon, candy. Nice alchohol burn on the front followed by the sweeter parts of this brew. I like Old Horizontal too, but this is even better.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:07:53 | More by Oakenator
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.