SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
lucent gold, thin white head, sticky medium body, very high co2.
aroma: sherry, bit of herbal hops, adjunct notes.
T1= bright fruit, carbonic acid, hint of sherry.
T2= flash of lambic acidity, flat cardboardy malt, fairly strong sherry note through the back, lots of co2 on the tongue with some carbonic acid harshness, faint herbal hop note.
T3= sticky adjunct (corn oil), alcohol warmth, hints of sherry.
Tf= a lot fruitier, a bit more herbal hop presence, a subtler sherry note.
sherry notes make me wonder about oxidation, but this bottle is only 10 months old, and is still 2 months before itís best by date. the carbonation is rather harsh at first, but as the co2 mellows out, many subtle flavors start to emerge. the flavors to me, while not fantastic when drinking this beer by itself, offer great pairing possibilities with some rich and roasty foods. the high co2 and alcohol give this a lot of palatal impact and cutting power. alcohol remains the prominent flavor contributer throughout, but this beer certainly gets better and better as it warms, and releases a lot of subtle complexity and nuances.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale but rich gold with a frothy and very lacy snow-white head. Smells of sweet pale malt, very faint grassy hops.
Hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste but thereís a good amount of alcohol heat here too. Keeps the beer on the dry side although there is considerable sweetness from the malt. Mouth is semi-sweet with a dry herbal aftertaste. Warming alcohol in the belly. A good drinker. Decent malt liquor style beer.
ausleerenstein (8) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 30, 2009 does not count
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
tried this a second time the russians mustíve improved the formula b/c the 1st time it sucked but yesterday i tried it and it was way better excellent even!
pkbites (688) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a macro looking yellow with a white head that lasts longer than expected. Smells like "Kick Axe", "Axe Head", or any other cheap ass malt lick-her you can think of: sweet with marshmallow notes and rotting fruits.
Actually doesnít taste half bad. Tastes like watered down malt lick-her. This was actually easy to chug. At $1.89 for a 51 ounce bottle (at West Allis Liquor & Tobacco, 7218 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI) Iím naming this the best alcohol delivery system for the money. @ 8% alcohol 1 bottle is like 7 regular 12 ounce beers. Where are you getting 7 beers for $1.89? There is cheaper beer out there (the before mentioned malt liquors and Earthquake) but they donít go down as smooth as this.
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garrison (773) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a twenty-four ouncer purchased at "Jungle Jimís" in Ohio - itís a good brew, with graininess present...
blackisle (707) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malty nose, bread, roasty, bit yeasty, honey, grass, herbs, clove; clear light golden, frothy touch of off-white head, reduces to thin layer that remains all the way, nice lacing; full mild bitterness in combination with light malty sweetness and spicy undertones; full body, thick texture, good carbonation; finish at first dry mild bitterness, followed by slightly sweet roasted maltiness, some alcohol. Well-balanced beer, I like it.
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by robert at SL. I hope this is the right beer.... I see some terrible scores and I thought this was a nice lager from mother russia. Almost clear yellow in color. Nice head that stuck around. Taste is very clean and crisp. Reminded me of a german lager because of its soft water. Light in texture easy to drink. I actually enjoyed this. Thanks Roberto!
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is very grainy and mildly fruity. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with an almost tobacco quality to it and a mild alcohol bite to it. This brewery has been surprising, all of their brews, including this have been pretty decent.
beeracoon (438) - - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium white head. Clear golden color. Spicy aroma. Caramel taste with a full roasty palate. Good one.
Chel (32) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is very strong with an alcoholy taste and palate which is actually a preference of mine. I got the impression that this strong beer was heavily geared towards the Russian palatte and that they would appreciate its strong vodka overtones. I liked it alot. It was light brown with an average head and a strong alcohol with good beer flavorings.