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:
58
For Trade:
8
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrJay
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDarcy
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2012 edition. Syrupy sweet and boozy mess. Oak was over the top too. Hops were still present but didn't add much. Victory's barrel program is suspect at best IMHO.

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

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Dec. 20, 2012

Crystallized/caramelized light brown sugar immediately swept away by bourbon and ABV. Once the nose settles down, there's light molasses and more caramelized brown sugars, with notes of unfinished oak wood and hints of dark red fruit. As it warms and opens, orange rind and hints of vanilla appear; butterscotch appears later. The nose is the most enjoyable part of this bottle. Assertive without being pushy, it's nicely nuanced and accessible for exploring. The rough oak floats to the front, and then into the background, back and forth.

Taste is moderately toasted malt, toffee/caramel, and molasses that gets overrun right away by the booze and moves directly to the finish. Finish is dominated by a bitter wood sensation that sits in the middle of the tongue, with a bit of maple sugar on the sides. Red fruit sugars remain on the lips. The lack of integration between the beer and the booze is a problem here. Letting the beer sit and warm in the glass helps take the edge off, but the dry pine hops and rough oak remain front-and-center, making this a bitter barleywine – it gets almost medicinal. I've decided to use the 2nd half of the bottle for a slow-cook pork roast.

This beer could use some more time – at least a couple of years – to age and mellow in the bottle. As it is now, it's a rough, boozy brew with a bitter finish that feels like doing shots. If you have a bottle of this and you're thinking about waiting, do so. This one is a strong argument for releasing big beers in 12-ounce four-paks; I'd have three more I'd know what to do with. This beer is also one of the booziest brews I've had in ages; so many big beers do a great job of hiding and integrating the ABV into the taste profile. This one is still pretty hot, and only time can fix that. If it ages into the nose, it will be worth the wait. If nothing else, the hop bitterness should subside, and that would be a big plus.

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

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

2013 Vintage
1 year since bottling

Appearance- Beautiful deep amber, mahogony, burnt reddish/orange, glistens when held to light, fairly transparent. Razor thin head, agitation rises up a nice finger thick off-white head, beautiful lacing.

Aroma- Sweet and sticky bourbon notes, nice sublte oaky astringency, earthiness. Dark winter fruits rest underneath, figs and raisins. Sweet molasses, caramel malts, toasted toffee.

Taste- Wonderful sweet bourbon notes, brings out nice maple, molasses, vanilla notes, very sweet. Dark fruitiness, toasted malt, and oak tannins create a bitterness on the back, warming booziness.

Feel- Medium mouthfeel, fairly slick rather than thick, nice stickiness though. Lower carbonation which is fine, brings warming alcohol forward.

Overall- Incredibly sweet and satisfying beer, much sweeter than the base beer, and bourbon notes mix wonderfully. There is a tame mellowness to this beer, just sit back and sip while the flavors unfold. Bourbon notes accent the toasted caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, then offset by bitterness from oak tannins and dark fruits. Barrel aging does wonders.

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1.25/5  rDev -68.9%

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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