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Beer Review: Victory Old Horizontal (2013)

victory old horizontal

I was in Wegmans last week and noticed that they had Victory Old Horizontal, one of my favorite seasonal barleywines. Only when I got home and looked at the label did I realize that I actually had bought was a 2013 Old Horizontal, 15 months in the bottle already. I love this beer fresh, but have never had an aged version, so here goes!  Victory Old Horizontal (2013) Producer: Victory Brewing Company; Downingtown, PA Beer Name: Old Horizontal Style: Barleywine Price Range: $12 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 11% Appearance: Dark amber, clear, foamy off-white head Aroma: Very malty, dark fruit, sweet Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a dark amber but is perfectly clear with a healthy off-white head. The aroma is all malt, with dark fruit notes like fig standing out. The aroma has a sweetness to it as well. The first taste is malty with dark fruits ... Read More »

Beer Review: Founders Big Lushious

founders big lushious

While I was out picking up my 2 bottles of Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Extra, I noticed a Founders box behind the counter at Total Wine. In it, was a gem called Big Lushious, their latest limited release. Review ahead! (And yes, I know how to spell the word “luscious” but apparently Founders was going for something else.) Founders Big Lushious Producer: Founders Brewing Company; Grand Rapids, Michigan Beer Name: Big Lushious Style: Stout, Fruit Beer Price Range: $12-15 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 7.8% Appearance: Black, opaque, viscous, foamy tan head Aroma: Cocoa, chocolate, faint raspberry Virginia Pour House Review: Founders has always done a great job with their one-off beers, what they sometimes call their “Backstage Series”, featuring some of their best one-off beers in a “brewed-once” fashion. These beers are usually rare and hard-to-find and I just so happened to find myself at Total Wine on a Tuesday and scored one ... Read More »

Quick Pour: Ram’s Gate Carneros Chardonnay 2011

Ram's Gate Carneros Chardonnay 2011

Ram’s Gate Carneros Chardonnay 2011 Producer: Ram’s Gate Winery Region: Carneros AVA, California, United States Price: $36 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes:  Gorgeous, deep golden color with moderate aromatics of mellowed fruit, candied apple, asian pear and tropical fruit. Subtle floral and light buttery undertones lead to an extremely creamy palate with light, toasty oak, almond, vanilla and light, buttery notes. The back palate shows off nice toast qualities with fresh acidity and a toasted oak with a hint of spice on the finish. Excellent, medium-full bodied structure that is creamy, soft and very smooth. Not overly buttery with more toasty quality but enough of that creamy structure and mellowed fruit. This Chardonnay is drinking perfectly right now. Read More »

Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011

Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011

Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011 Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $45 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 76% Tannat, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot ABV: 13.9% Virginia Pour House Notes: Leather leads the dancing on the nose as it is followed closely by ripe blackberry and hints of black cherry. The palate boasts a medium bodied structure with fine tannins up front that intensify mid palate while adding light spice and burst of white pepper deep into the back palate as it finishes with earthy undertones and rich oak. A perfect wine to match a tender filet or lamb burger. Read More »

Quick Pour: Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec 2009

Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec 2009

Lamadrid Single Vineyard Malbec 2009 Producer: Lamadrid Estate Wines Region: Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: 100% Malbec ABV: 14% Virginia Pour House Notes: Aromas of garden-fresh herbs and blackberry with a medium-bodied palate complimented by ripe cherry flavors with dried blackberry undertones. The mid palate picks up white pepper nuances and spice box while balanced by fine tannins and spice to keep the fruit-forward flavor structure in harmony to finish ripe, yet masculine. This wine was a tough find years ago, but is more readily available and a steal at its current price point, especially for a Single Vineyard Argentinian Malbec. Read More »