Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 57 | 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:
Beer added by: jzeilinger on 12-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 319 | Reviews: 65
Photo of ncketchum
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from B&B beverage

A - pours a clear dark brown, minimal head

S - tons of oak, vanilla, dark cherry, raisin

T - caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, biscuit

M - fair amount of alcohol presence, little carbonation

O - really good barel aged barleywine. If I saw this again, I'd definitely pick it up

Photo of Chaney
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a bright, ruby red, fairly clear, and with a slight beige head. Looked very much its non-BA counterpart.

S: Nice, silky, coconuty, bourbon quality, with more than a hint of vanilla. Really nice.

T: Ha! It's so great that even though this is a thick, rich, bourbon-laced brew, I can still detect Victory's signature profile: yeasty, CO2 goodness!

M: Sweet, but not too, the carbonation was nice and low, and the hop component was VERY subdued. This was almost an English BW.

O: Definitely a keeper and well worth the $12.99 price tag.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked and caged. 2012 vintage. Pours an opaque light brown color with a peach tone. Off white head forms and leaves adequate lace.
Aroma of woody bourbon and vanilla. Precisely bourbon and sweet malts.
In the taste, loads of oaky tannins on sweet malts with notes of toffee, vanilla and butterscotch. Bourbon flavor is strong but not overbearing. Oaky flavor, caramel, vanilla and bourbon are the major players. Hops have died down to a ghost bitterness. Still a sweet bourbon soaked affair that fine beverage aficionados covet.
Medium bodied, with carbonation at a low medium. Slightly dry from the barrel aging.
Overall, this a great barrel aged barley wine, what more could you want for the style.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this few months ago from City Swiggers in NYC, ~$18/750ml bottle. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a somewhat murky reddish brown color with two inches of off white head that leaves quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing throughout.

s - Smells of caramel malts, light sweet bourbons, sweet dark fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, toffee, light citrus, and bready malts. Nose is nice. Bourbon is there but not super strong, and there is a lot more fruit than I was expecting, but it is nice.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, alcohol, oak, toasted malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits, bread, and burnt malts. More bourbon here than the nose and a lot of alcohol to it. You can definitely taste the double digit ABV. Step down from the nose due to the alcohol heat.

m - Medium to full body and high carbonation. Some alcohol heat. I like the body but it is a little bit over-carbonated.

o - Overall a good barleywine, but too much alcohol in the taste for me to call it a great one. I liked the nose a lot and the body, but it was too carbonated and the taste has a ton of alcohol and heat to it, making it tough to drink a bottle of this. Worth checking out, but would recommend splitting the bottle with something. Not something I'd pick up again because of the price tag too.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Red-brown color, very hazy on the pour. Cream-colored head is a bit short-lived, though it was easily revived with some strong swirls of the glass. Lacing is spotty.

S: Brown bread, crust, pecan pie, dark caramel. Tight raspberry ester. Quick spike of alcohol. Earthy hops, hint of pine. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak wrap all of this in a comforting blanket.

T: Caramel, pecan pie, bready dessert, chocolate turtles, brown cocoa. A hefty dose of earthy and piney American hops balances the sweetness. Spike of alcohol. Booze soaked fig and raisin. Warm barrel presence brings lots of chewy caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon and wraps everything in a gentle, soothing embrace. Long finish of caramel, brown bread, crust, a touch of dry oak, and fading bourbon.

M: Thick in body. Decadent, chewy, and velvety smooth. Low carbonation. Warming alcohol. Excellent.

O: This is right up my alley. A large and formidable barleywine tempered by time in a barrel. So seamless and well-integrated. The barrel flavors complement the beer perfectly. Just a soothing, relaxing, and comforting beer to drink. Ever seen a cat nestled into the carpet directly in the path of a sunbeam, napping contentedly and oblivious to all around it? That's how I feel when I drink beers like this.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like dark fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, candied fruit, toffee, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, worth a try for sure!

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly.
Pours a deep garnet brown with a smallish beige head that shows great retention. Aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, hints of wood and dried fruits. There is a solid alcohol presence and a faint bit of earthy hop aroma as well. The flavor is sweet with caramel and brown sugar that is dripping with vanilla drizzle. Light dried fruits with a solid alcohol bite and hints of earthen hop to balance. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. It's a little bit alcohol hot for my tastes but it really is a fantastic beer. If it weren't so damn expensive I would have snagged another bottle.

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in down the middle of a large brandy snifter and served at 65 degrees.

Appearance: Dark amber color body with and off-white one finger head. Thick and oily looking body, low carbonation with just a few small bubbles streaming from the middle, thick slow moving alcohol legs, and the head disappears to a thin spotted lacing.

Aroma: Big woody oak, sweet vanilla and a very bold sweet bourbon dominates the aroma. A deep rich caramel, candied toffee, raisin, vinous grapes, ripe fig and coconut. Slight cocoa powder and hop characteristics. All of the characteristics come through strongly and evenly. The big sweet booziness also has it’s place in the aroma but it doesn't burn your nostrils.

Taste: The bourbon barrel characteristics are really huge here and are the most prominent in this beer than any of the other of Victory’s barrel-aged creations. The deep oak, vanilla, coconut, and the bold, sweet boozy bourbon characteristics really benefit and contribute to the sweet dark fruits, caramel, English toffee/butterscotch, candied fruit notes, wine grape/port wine and the very slightest hop bitterness. The barrel characteristics come through first, and then you start receiving the base beer and then finishing with the combination of the sweet malts, the bourbon barrel and the notes of alcohol through to the end. The alcohol is there but doesn't get in the way of anything else, it really cleanses the palate and also helps move the flavors along.

Mouth feel: Oily/sticky, thick, full bodied, low carbonation, and a slow and steady sipper.

Overall: I’m proud of Victory for deciding to put an amazing seasonal barleywine in bourbon barrels for half a year or so, bottling it and distributing for everybody across their distribution. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or two of this so you can enjoy one now, cellar the other and open it in a year from the bottling date. I have a hunch that this will be even tastier when the alcohol dissipates!

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork and aged offering into a snifter. The brew appears a clear amber to mahogany colr with a yellowish tan froth. Some webby lacing sticks to the glass and rising bubbles support a finger atop.

The aroma is quite oaky with suggestions of vanilla, caramel and toffee. A sweet fruity alcohol note blends with an herbal hop inclusion. Overall not a bad smelling brew.

The taste incudes herbal hops upfront with plenty of bitterness. The resinous hop bite interplays quite well with oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee from the malt and barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy but an enjoyable sipper. The base brew is clearly evident in this and the barrel character is just enough to make it more complex and blended/enjoyable. Of all the barrel aged offerings I have tried by Victory, this one seems the best integrated and really takes the base brew to a new level. However, all in all, it still seems to lack a bit in complexity for a barrel aged barleywine...that is my only gripe with this brew.

Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: Clear, dark mahogany color; poured with smallish fizzy cap that had decent staying power.

s: Nice balance in the nose. Barrel first, but not by a very wide margin. Boozy caramel and toffee with some vanilla and oak. There was definitely some Horizontal to be found in the form of raisins and sweet fruitcake.

t: Again, I really appreciated the balance of this one. Certainly sweet overall, I tasted bourbon soaked sweet bread with plenty of rich caramel and toffee thrown in. The vanilla was a bit subdued, but still noticeable. There was a lingering hot oak flavor that came on a bit too strong at times.

m: Velvety smooth. Not thinned out the way so many barrel aged brews seem to be.

o: Great stuff! Package this in 12 oz. bottles and with Victory's typicaly reasonable prices I'll buy a case every year.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a very dark amber/murky brown with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma has huge notes of vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel. There is some oak, but it's not dominating. Smells very sweet and slightly boozy.

The taste also has a very heavy vanilla flavor, almost to the point of a coconut type of taste too. A decent amount of bourbon, toffee, caramel and some butterscotch notes too. The wood is definitely more prominent in the taste and especially as it warms. There is a little bit of bitterness on the back, but it's mainly sweeter.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. The ABV is not all that hidden here, you can definitely smell, taste and feel it as it goes down. Some time would mellow it out.

A very nice BBA Barleywine, but the heat and the overbearing sweetness at times keeps this from being amazing. Still a good beer and worth trying.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark ruby red with a right tan head. The nose has a deep malt complexity of rich chocolate and caramel, nice bourbon presence, strong but not overwhelming. Dark fruits behind with a light vanilla wood note. Taste has more bourbon, light vanilla and oak with the chocolate richness coming through. A touch green in back with dark chewy fruits through the Finish and a bit of alcohol around the edges. Body is thick and well carbonated, smooth and creamy and soft on the palate.

Photo of Pahn
3.84/5  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.

Photo of joeseppy
3.94/5  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
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  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.

Photo of jwhancher
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Star80
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of Googs
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.