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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%

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:
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(Beer added by: jzeilinger on 12-28-2012)
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 19:42:23 | More by ColForbinBC
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:11:56 | More by daveshawley
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 00:17:24 | More by jzeilinger
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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.