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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 51 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

drabmuh, Jan 16, 2013
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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
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

jwat, Jan 09, 2013
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

baybum, Jan 07, 2013
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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
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy very reddish brown - almost pink when you hold it up to the light. The thin head is gone quickly and no lacing left behind. There is a thin but constant stream of slowly rising bubbles.

S - rich caramel with some floral hints of hops and something that I can’t put my finger on.

T - matches the aroma with rich caramel and a good dose of bourbon. The barrel aging is really working well here. It doesn’t quite hide the bite of Old Horizontal.

M - carbonation is next to non-existent. Leaves a nice bitter on the back of the tongue that lingers long after.

O - This is a good one. Particularly if you are partial to Old Horizontal to begin with. I’ll have to set at least one bottle aside for while. Hopefully a little age will smooth it out even more.

daveshawley, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a thick toffee colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves a micro-thin lacing ring, very light carbonation, and a medium clear ruby amber color.

S - Dark candied fruit, figs, oak, light greens, bourbon, and toffee malt aroma. Swirling the glass bring the oak and bourbon nuances more to the forefront before fading back into the glass as the head settles. The overall aroma is light and not alcohol heavy as one might expect.

T - The taste makes up for the weaker nose with a sweet roasted caramel/toffee malt base and a little green apple quickly followed with oak and bourbon ending with a slight pine bite. As the beer warms the oak and bourbon become more prevalent

M - Thick, viscous, sticky, and velvet smooth.

O - I have always enjoyed the Old Horizontal, it's a really nice Barley Wine. This was just bottled last week and I expect it to be on the boozier side and this should be really nice with some age on it. However, one of my favorite beers from Victory is Old Horizontal and I'm a sucker for barrel aged beers so this was a bottle I couldn't stand to let sit before trying it for the first time. Just a tad bit boozy right now but if it mellows and blends I can see this overall rating inching up. The nose is the weakest link.

jzeilinger, Dec 28, 2012
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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.