Which brings us to the Top 3. OLDE ENGLISH 800 had a very unpleasant raw taste of corn and water. ST. IDES HIGH GRAVITY MALT LIQUOR was fairly well-constructed but dominated by alcohol at a whopping 8.2% ABV.
So the winner of Malt Liquor Madness, in a landslide, was . . .MOLSON XXX?! What a shocker — I always dismissed this beer as something guzzled by crazed Montreal Canadien fans. At 7.3% ABV, there is no escaping the husky alcohol and grainy flavor. It's worth noting that this was the only contender coming in a 25-ounce can and not a 40-ounce bottle, though I don't think it made any difference.
To be absolutely clear, I in no way endorse this beer, or any malt liquor. But in small quantities, it did make for a very entertaining barbecue, and proved that my friends were not yet ready for a proper beer tasting party. Maybe next summer.
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