This has been a long time coming for me. Although we’ve had Victory in GA for quite some time, we still got get many of their seasonals and specials, and Moonglow is one that we continue to miss out on. This came from the Charleston Beer Exchange as a 12oz single – delighted to finally get to try it.
One of my favorite styles from a proven brewer, this should be a nice beer.
Lovely, slightly clouded amber body with some better than expected carbonation. The head is well formed and leaves some really impressive, sticky, dense lace. The color of the head is that slightly rust tinged color which is common to American Barleywines. The appearance reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard or perhaps a Lagunitas Brown Shugga.
Nose is as expected if somewhat reserved. Light bubblegum, a touch a banana and a little sugary alcohol.
A touch viscous in the mouth, the beer answers all the calls as it should. Very nice balance (not too sweet) and nicely combined sugars, alcohol, banana notes and a warming finish. If this really is nearly 9.0 % then it is impressively hidden, even though there is a presence.
Very nice example of the style, and an extremely solid beer.
Really enjoyable with high drinkability.