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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
336
pDev:
11.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
57
Trade:
7
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in down the middle of a large brandy snifter and served at 65 degrees.

Appearance: Dark amber color body with and off-white one finger head. Thick and oily looking body, low carbonation with just a few small bubbles streaming from the middle, thick slow moving alcohol legs, and the head disappears to a thin spotted lacing.

Aroma: Big woody oak, sweet vanilla and a very bold sweet bourbon dominates the aroma. A deep rich caramel, candied toffee, raisin, vinous grapes, ripe fig and coconut. Slight cocoa powder and hop characteristics. All of the characteristics come through strongly and evenly. The big sweet booziness also has it’s place in the aroma but it doesn't burn your nostrils.

Taste: The bourbon barrel characteristics are really huge here and are the most prominent in this beer than any of the other of Victory’s barrel-aged creations. The deep oak, vanilla, coconut, and the bold, sweet boozy bourbon characteristics really benefit and contribute to the sweet dark fruits, caramel, English toffee/butterscotch, candied fruit notes, wine grape/port wine and the very slightest hop bitterness. The barrel characteristics come through first, and then you start receiving the base beer and then finishing with the combination of the sweet malts, the bourbon barrel and the notes of alcohol through to the end. The alcohol is there but doesn't get in the way of anything else, it really cleanses the palate and also helps move the flavors along.

Mouth feel: Oily/sticky, thick, full bodied, low carbonation, and a slow and steady sipper.

Overall: I’m proud of Victory for deciding to put an amazing seasonal barleywine in bourbon barrels for half a year or so, bottling it and distributing for everybody across their distribution. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or two of this so you can enjoy one now, cellar the other and open it in a year from the bottling date. I have a hunch that this will be even tastier when the alcohol dissipates!

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork and aged offering into a snifter. The brew appears a clear amber to mahogany colr with a yellowish tan froth. Some webby lacing sticks to the glass and rising bubbles support a finger atop.

The aroma is quite oaky with suggestions of vanilla, caramel and toffee. A sweet fruity alcohol note blends with an herbal hop inclusion. Overall not a bad smelling brew.

The taste incudes herbal hops upfront with plenty of bitterness. The resinous hop bite interplays quite well with oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee from the malt and barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy but an enjoyable sipper. The base brew is clearly evident in this and the barrel character is just enough to make it more complex and blended/enjoyable. Of all the barrel aged offerings I have tried by Victory, this one seems the best integrated and really takes the base brew to a new level. However, all in all, it still seems to lack a bit in complexity for a barrel aged barleywine...that is my only gripe with this brew.

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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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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 336 ratings
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