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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 19
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
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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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.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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.

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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.