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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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alarmclock314
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Represented by a snoozing moon, our Old Horizonta Barleywine-style ale is a substantial brew that has been serving as a winter warmer since 1996. Now it has finally earned a little rest of its own. We brewed up some batches and put them to bed in oak barrels that once held bourbon. During this three-month nap, the newly named Oak Horizontal enjoyed a transformation of flavors as the rich sweetness of the ale combined wit hthe oaky, vanilla flavors of the barrels to become a truly dreamy brew." Brewed in the style of an American Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Special release version of Old Horizontal Barleywine, released 2013.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a buttery white color over a densely hazy muddy copper body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3

(Smell) An evident bourbon-oak impact creates drying notes, soft tannins and subtle vanilla-bourbon aromas atop a smooth and accessible Barleywine base of bread malts, smooth caramel, soft grains and delicate dark fruit sugars. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has an incredible wave of bourbon oak up front, strong combinations of raw and toasted oak barrel with potent vanilla and bourbon flavor in tow, giving way slightly on the finish to the barleywine Old Horizontal recipe, which largely drifts underneath the intensity of the oak character as a sturdy malt base, without contributing much to the beer otherwise. It's actually quite enjoyable if you like an oak and bourbon-led beer, as this one certainly preserves and displays those character very well without much combative Barleywine flavors. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, smooth, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a light frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is moderately oaky dry and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) This is probably Victory's best oak-aged variant in their 750 ml. line, from the ones I have sampled to date. The oak and bourbon flavor is incredible, very potent and strong in delivery, leading this beer over the barleywine base, but I find the Old Horizontal Barleywine to be rather evenly balanced without stark highs and lows, so this experiment is welcome by me as an opportunity to compliment and amplify the flavors of an old classic, and ultimately recommended. Even with a few years of maturation in the bottle- it turns out to be very enjoyable. 4

Victory Brewing Company's
Oak Horizontal Aged In Bourbon Barrels
3.81/5.00

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Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Was flat and oxidized.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjohns73
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harryhops
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kwgduke
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SLeffler27
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark copper (SRM 18-19) with a thin khaki head that barely makes an appearance. A thick viscous film coats the glass and washes away fine lace with each sip.


The Offero glass brings out sweet dates and caramelized sugar while figs linger within rich malt. Light oak aromas become more pronounced with warmth.

Sweetness is pronounced on entry. The flavor generally follows the nose and balances out late and into the finish. Bitterness works well with vanilla, light bourbon, and a long, intense finish. Warmth brings out rich wheat bread. The complexity of myriad layers is more appreciated with warmth.

Chewy with a velvety texture, the full body is lightly warmed by alcohol. Soft carbonation cleanses residual sugar after each sip.

This is a superb beer on a cool, sunny summer day while resting under shade tree as the breeze rustles through the trees and a harp sings in the background. A slow and easy beer to idle away while relaxing with a good book.

In my opinion, Oak Horizontal, while still an American barleywine, resembles the English variety which makes for a nice juxtaposition on the Fourth of July.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

deep ruby color, almost clear, off-white head. rich boozy aroma - some dark fruits in there. strong malty flavor - caramel, vanilla, plus some whiskey. medium bodied, a bit sticky of a mouthfeel

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of mbeerdino21
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stouts4me
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Letting this one age was an excellent decision, nose is just what you want, very tasty, has a sweet , malty taste, similar to CW BBBW, not quite the same, but the aging did this bitch right.

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Photo of CraftBeerGuild
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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