Oak Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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336 Ratings
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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)

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Pours out a very dark amber/murky brown with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma has huge notes of vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel. There is some oak, but it's not dominating. Smells very sweet and slightly boozy.

The taste also has a very heavy vanilla flavor, almost to the point of a coconut type of taste too. A decent amount of bourbon, toffee, caramel and some butterscotch notes too. The wood is definitely more prominent in the taste and especially as it warms. There is a little bit of bitterness on the back, but it's mainly sweeter.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. The ABV is not all that hidden here, you can definitely smell, taste and feel it as it goes down. Some time would mellow it out.

A very nice BBA Barleywine, but the heat and the overbearing sweetness at times keeps this from being amazing. Still a good beer and worth trying.

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Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JoshBrews
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark ruby red with a right tan head. The nose has a deep malt complexity of rich chocolate and caramel, nice bourbon presence, strong but not overwhelming. Dark fruits behind with a light vanilla wood note. Taste has more bourbon, light vanilla and oak with the chocolate richness coming through. A touch green in back with dark chewy fruits through the Finish and a bit of alcohol around the edges. Body is thick and well carbonated, smooth and creamy and soft on the palate.

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Photo of MichPaul
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Pahn
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Free pour yields a fizzy offwhite head that dissipates immediately. Nice clear ruby/maroon.

Smell: Very fruity. Jolly Rancher. Faint oak, but mostly very sugary malt and interestingly deep grape/berry fruitiness. Almost smells like fruity hops.

Taste: Way more oak and bourbon than your average BA beer. Doesn't taste like high quality bourbon, but the sugary malt keeps it tasty. High hop bitterness. Toasted oak that pushes into over-oaked territory (tasting like fresh cut wood smells with a lot of tannins), but again balanced out by the sugary malt.

This beer works very well. It's very dry, very bitter, and very hot... I think it could have stayed longer in barrels, though who knows since it already tastes a bit overoaked. A lot of what makes the base beer undrinkable fresh has been remedied, and honestly the bitterness and heat has some real charm when combined with the oak and bourbon flavors. Beautiful aftertaste once the bone-dryness resolves. Aftertaste bumps it up to a generous 4.0.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very bitter and dry--which I love. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a flawed beer; the oak is a bit overdone, it's too hot, too bitter, not deep enough (the malt is pronounced and sweet but not very complex)... and yet. The overall taste is good, and I'm going to enjoy this bottle over the next day or two.

Victory doesn't really have their shit together when it comes to barrel aging beer. They seem to over or underdo it. However, the beers aren't horribly expensive, and the finished product tastes good. I'm not really impressed, but I'm not disappointed either.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of joeseppy
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour resembles a cherry cider color with a generous cherry vanilla head.

Not much on smell. Digging in, I pick up on oak and malt sweetness.

Sweet brew with alcohol sensation from the oaky bourbon, could be deeper. Caramel, vanilla and raisin blends.

Coats the mouth well and easy carbonation. Sticky lacing follows throughout.

Maybe too sweet for me but its alright. For the price I would not purchase again.

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Photo of RuEXP1
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown color that seems to have some sediment floating around when it is first poured. Little carbonation and a thin tan head the dissipates quickly. Light lacing with tiny bubbles.

S - Has a strong caramel smell, maybe a little woodsy as well. To me the caramel really dominates the aroma of this beer with some fruit undertones. I love it.

T - This taste is fairly unique. A lot of bourbon barrel beers will have a really strong alcohol front due to the bourbon, but this does not. It comes on sweet with the fore front flavor being caramel again. Some molasses and sugary flavors come through and along with the bourbon. Just because the bourbon isn't slapping you across the face doesn't mean you won't realize this is a bourbon beer.

M - This drink has a thicker consistency. There are a good amount of sugars in here which give it a pleasant mouth feel. Carbonation is pretty mild.

O - I think I am drawn to this beer just because of other experiences with bourbon barrel beers being rather thin and really strong with the alcohol taste. However, the fact that you can really taste sugar and molasses etc... makes it something you don't want to have too much of. Might keep you up instead of put you to sleep. Definitely worth a try if you haven't done so yet!

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a hazy dark caramel red in color. It poured with a thin beige head that gradually died down and left some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet bourbon are present in the smell. This becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has a good amount of flavors of vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging along with some hints of sweetness from the underlying caramel malts. There are only some faint hints of citrusy hops.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some heat and lots of warming from the alcohol. It also coats your mouth a little.
O: This is a nice beer to sip and savor if you really like bourbon.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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