Oak Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Oak HorizontalOak Horizontal

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jzeilinger on 12-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper red body with minor head and an aroma that is boozy - hits me hard. Also some wood (there's your oak) and touches of vanilla along with some caramel and other sugary sweetness. Thick, a little sticky but the oak keeps it smooth, the alcohol presence is apparent but thankfully complements, not hinders, the experience of slowly sipping on this beer. And it is a slow sipper because the bourbon/whiskey aspects along with the sweetness had me a little buzzed after I finished my pint. Beyond booze, caramel and vanilla possible dark fruits like figs are in the beer. Finishes a little hot and heavy as this a bourbon-like beer that is built for the long run.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.02 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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