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Oak Horizontal - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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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%

Luweezy, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

KevinGordon, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mpayne5, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JRod1969, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

KAF, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/20/2012. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, fig, citrus peel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, vanilla, clove, oak, bourbon, light coconut, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, fig, citrus peel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, coconut, light pine, and toast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of earthy oak tannin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, fig, citrus peel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, brown bread, light coconut, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light hop flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly syrupy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent BA barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of deep malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JamesBell, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

tut2528, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

osuskin, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ajdemma, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Grinky, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Evan, Mar 02, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev 0%

750ml bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Corked and caged. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into a DFH snifter, forming a 1/4" orangey-tan head over the totally cloudy reddish brew. Head recedes to the rim promptly, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is fruity alcohol.

Taste starts syrupy fruitiness,oak and a touch of tart in the middle, hops bitterness and alcohol heat through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Excellent brew.

ppoitras, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Joecaddie, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Shandycan, Feb 20, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into a snifter.
A - A beautiful deep red with two fingers of light colored, quickly dissipating head.
S - First the deep malt smell, then a medium amount of hops, followed a medium amount of bourbon.
T - First a medium amount of pine hits you, along with the bourbon and hops. In the middle is a good amount of balanced malt. At the end the hops give it a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M - Smooth, with a medium mouth coating quality. Only slightly carbonated.
O - A nice beer for warming up on a cold winter's day. I would recommend it to barley wine or bourbon barrel beer drinkers who like their beers on the hoppy side.

kdahnke123, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Fordarian, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

james582, Feb 10, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 13.99. Bottled 10/28/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an amber garnet hue with a thin half finger cap of pale head. The head fades to a nice haze over the top and a thin halo that leaves small bits of lace.

Smell is sweet with barrel dominating initally. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, mild pine and a hint of dark fruit. Nice.

Taste follows the nose well. Toffee, caramel, oaky vanilla, cereal malts, bourbon, pine, toast, citrus peel, raisin, a touch of peppery spice and a healthy kick of booze. As it warms the vanilla and toffee linger and more citrusy hops come into play. Great layers of flavor here.

Creamy, silky, medium full feel with soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish with oak, subtle bourbon, caramel and a hint of orange and piney hops.

This is a well made and well balanced American barleywine. The barrel really helps accentuate the sweet malts without completely covering the hops. Delicious. I'm glad I decided not to age this because I really enjoyed the hop presence.

ThickNStout, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

I picked up a bottle of Victory's Oak Horizontal a couple months ago for $15.49 at The Lager Mill. I tried Old Horizontal last month and I thought it was a fairly nice Barleywine, but it was a little heavy on the hops, so I'm interested to see how the barrel aged version is, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown corked and caged 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks similar to Old Horizontal's but with an oak barrel background, it looks nice and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice slightly orange amber color that took on a copper and slight ruby hue when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of light tan head quickly died down to a very thin ring that quickly faded away and it didn't really leave any lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking Barleywine, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a low amount of high sweetness followed by the barrel being the first to show up and it imparts some vanilla, oaky, light alcohol and light bourbon like aromas with the oak really sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice caramel and toffee like aromas with a little bit of sweet malts showing up in the background. Towards the end comes the hops which impart some piney and citrus hop like aromas and there's also some dark fruit aromas in the background. This beer had a pretty good aroma and I thought it was fairly complex.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like flavor to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice caramel and toffee like flavor with a little bit of dark fruits in the background. Up next comes the barrel which impart a pretty even mixture of vanilla, oaky, and bourbon flavors with a pretty noticeable alcohol flavor that's a little boozy and fairly warming. On the finish comes the hops which impart a nice citrus rind like hop flavor with a higher amount of medium bitterness with a caramel and barrel like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the barrel seemed to do a good job at keeping the hops in check.

M- A little smooth, a little boozy and warming, rich, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought thought this was a pretty good beer and a pretty good example of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, it had pretty much all of the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought it had a nice amount of complexity to it. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, a little sticky, a little boozy, rich, fairly filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, this one is a sipper and I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, but I wouldn't rule out drinking a whole bottle and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy on a cold winter night. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the barrel kept the hops in check, it did a really nice job at balancing out the hops. What I liked the least about this beer was that it was a little light on the bourbon aspect and I wish it showed up like the oak did. I don't know if I would buy this again because it's pretty pricey, but there's a good chance that I'll buy it again when they release it next year. I would recommend this to people who enjoy barrel aged Barleywines. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I thought it was a very solid example of the style and the barrel really helped this beer by keeping the hops in check and my biggest complaint with Old Horizontal was that it was very hoppy so I prefer this one over Old Horizontal. This is one of the better Victory beers I've had and while it's not my favorite Barrel Aged Barleywine it's still a pretty good one. Good guys, keep up the good work.

StoutHunter, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

BlakeAM, Feb 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

IAMTEAMPONY, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

vinny21bal, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kayaker, Jan 29, 2014
Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.