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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

277 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 277
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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3.25/5  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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Scrumtralecent, Jan 10, 2013
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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
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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
Photo of Oakenator
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.

Oakenator, Jan 07, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

An extremely clear garnet hued amber body with just a little bit of ecru foam. No retention, just a tiny collar of foam with a couple of stray islands.

Big toffee notes leap from the glass with some oak tannins, vanilla, dark fruits (plums primarily), and bourbon. Layers of complexity. A bit sweet, but balanced out nicely by the oak and bourbon.

Toffee and plums up front with some sharp tannins from the oak. Vanilla and plums lead to sweeping oak dryness and bourbon goodness in the finish. This is pretty delicious. Layers of flavor. Complex.

Full-bodied with low carbonation. Tannic properties emerge a bit, making the feel slightly prickly before it smooths out nicely. The tail end is extremely reminiscent of a nice bourbon.

A really nice bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Great flavors with strong barrel aged complexity. Victory hit this one dead on.

ColForbinBC, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

tedho21, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nakedninjaturtle, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jjd315, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

NickyDee21, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.