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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

swetsastonic, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Etan
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.

Etan, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

ShanePB, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

brez8791, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Thickfreakness
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!

Thickfreakness, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of victory4me
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

victory4me, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

yourefragile, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mychalg9, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

drabmuh, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of aorloski
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

aorloski, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of kdb150
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.

kdb150, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Scrumtralecent, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

st9647v3, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

jwat, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Peyton5410
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Peyton5410, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

baybum, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of BeerImmediately
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.

BeerImmediately, Jan 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Number3red, Jan 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

rydev24, Jan 07, 2013
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.