Oak Horizontal | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jzeilinger on 12-28-2012

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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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Small head that leaves a cross between streaks and spots for lace. Deep dark amber color. Clear.

Very sugary aroma. Strong caramel malt smell with a bit of toast.

The sugar is strong on the tongue as well. Quite warming from the alcohol, particularly in the swallow. A perfect compliment to very spicy food. Rich body to the point of oily. Low carbonation enhances this.

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A-reddish amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-toffee, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, malt, little pine

T-caramel malt, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light pine, figs, raisins, hint of orange

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, alcohol well-integrated

O-a nice complex BA Barleywine, really enjoyed this

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Oak Horizontal from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 341 ratings