16 January 2008

Victory Old Horizontal

Victory, of course, is the maker of America's Best Pilsner - but other than that, their offerings are good but have not approached best-in-category status. However, I might need to re-assess that with Old Horizontal Ale, one of the better barleywine ales I've had. Currently the beer-of-the-month at Milltown ($3! Cheap!), it's got a nice full taste but unusual for (some) barleywines, comes away hoppy rather than sickly sweet. Not surprising given how well hops are deployed in Victory's other brews, but - this is a well-balanced beer. Also, at 10.6% ABV it (very politely) knocks you on your ass, if you're not careful.

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