Oak Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jzeilinger on 12-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
336
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
57
For Trade:
7
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bomber at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of vanillin, alcohol, and faint malt
Head small (< 1 cm, aggressive pour), off white, nearly fizzy, instantly diminishing to neither ring nor layer
Lacing – none
Body orange/amber, hazy, some initial effervesence
Flavor of oak, vanillin predominating, slight sweetness quickly retreating to a slight sourness; no hops, no alcohol (despite the aroma), no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: Clear, dark mahogany color; poured with smallish fizzy cap that had decent staying power.

s: Nice balance in the nose. Barrel first, but not by a very wide margin. Boozy caramel and toffee with some vanilla and oak. There was definitely some Horizontal to be found in the form of raisins and sweet fruitcake.

t: Again, I really appreciated the balance of this one. Certainly sweet overall, I tasted bourbon soaked sweet bread with plenty of rich caramel and toffee thrown in. The vanilla was a bit subdued, but still noticeable. There was a lingering hot oak flavor that came on a bit too strong at times.

m: Velvety smooth. Not thinned out the way so many barrel aged brews seem to be.

o: Great stuff! Package this in 12 oz. bottles and with Victory's typicaly reasonable prices I'll buy a case every year.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a bright, ruby red, fairly clear, and with a slight beige head. Looked very much its non-BA counterpart.

S: Nice, silky, coconuty, bourbon quality, with more than a hint of vanilla. Really nice.

T: Ha! It's so great that even though this is a thick, rich, bourbon-laced brew, I can still detect Victory's signature profile: yeasty, CO2 goodness!

M: Sweet, but not too, the carbonation was nice and low, and the hop component was VERY subdued. This was almost an English BW.

O: Definitely a keeper and well worth the $12.99 price tag.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of woemad
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt.9.4oz caged-and-corked behemoth received courtesy of the outstanding ShroudOfDoom. According to a stamp on the neck, this was bottled on November 7, 2013. Also according to the label, this is 11% alcohol, and it was aged for three months in oak casks used to age bourbon. If that is correct and my math holds, this was put into those casks about a year ago.

When I popped the cork, there was a very quiet “pfft.” Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a dark clear amber that took on an opaque russet color once in the glass, with a thin, sudsy, beige colored head. Said head didn’t stick around too long, but a respectable foam ring reappeared whenever the glass was agitated (as opposed to merely anxious). Spotty lace.

Initially, the aroma was of brown sugar and bourbon, in that order. As it warmed, the woodsiness of the oak came out to play, along with a mild, toffeeish sweetness. There’s just a hint of tropical fruit-like hops as well.

Whoa! The toffee is much more of a blast (in a good way) that just didn’t come through nearly as much in the nose. It’s balanced by the boozy whisky notes. There’s some vanilla notes, some dark fruit flavors, and even some pineapple. As it warms there’s definitely some alcohol heat, but it’s not overpowering. There’s a slight dryness at the swallow.

Though not remotely a light bodied beer, this was a lighter in the body than I expected for a barleywine, with a creamy, coating mouthfeel.

A great after-dinner beer after six consecutive work days. Big and boozy but not over the top about it. Definitely not a session beer, and I anticipate not wanting any more for tonight when I finish this big fella, but damn it’s good. With this less than a year after bottling, I’m curious what this would be like after it’s aged some more, when the hops completely fade and the booziness mellows more. Really glad to have been able to try this, and I hope this someday joins the list of Victory beers available around here.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Red-brown color, very hazy on the pour. Cream-colored head is a bit short-lived, though it was easily revived with some strong swirls of the glass. Lacing is spotty.

S: Brown bread, crust, pecan pie, dark caramel. Tight raspberry ester. Quick spike of alcohol. Earthy hops, hint of pine. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak wrap all of this in a comforting blanket.

T: Caramel, pecan pie, bready dessert, chocolate turtles, brown cocoa. A hefty dose of earthy and piney American hops balances the sweetness. Spike of alcohol. Booze soaked fig and raisin. Warm barrel presence brings lots of chewy caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon and wraps everything in a gentle, soothing embrace. Long finish of caramel, brown bread, crust, a touch of dry oak, and fading bourbon.

M: Thick in body. Decadent, chewy, and velvety smooth. Low carbonation. Warming alcohol. Excellent.

O: This is right up my alley. A large and formidable barleywine tempered by time in a barrel. So seamless and well-integrated. The barrel flavors complement the beer perfectly. Just a soothing, relaxing, and comforting beer to drink. Ever seen a cat nestled into the carpet directly in the path of a sunbeam, napping contentedly and oblivious to all around it? That's how I feel when I drink beers like this.

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