Drake (7840) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Deep red color with a quickly disappearing head. Malty with a fruity hop aroma. Candy-like but still pleasant. Taste is thin with vegetal hops and lots of sugary malt notes. Thin body.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Really not bad at all. Pours with a small, off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Clear amber body underneath. Aroma is slightly hoppy with light caramel malt. Taste is hoppy with a little bit of caramel. Really not bad or at all. Lightly fizzy.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I can’t believe the worst national beer is trying to reinvent itself via Belgium’s InBev. Pours a fairly nice amber with high carbonation and a good, creamy, white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is distantly hops, water, grass, maybe some nuts and and sweet malt. Taste is watery with a half-ass attempt at dry-hopping. It almost tastes fake from the appearance, nose, and mouthfeel. It is certainly better than Budweiser the ’’American Lager’’ but still sucks in my opinion. Not really worth the glass bottle it is pressurized into. Nice try.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from State Line. Deep coppery toward brown pour with 2-finger khaki head. Nose is grainy caramelly malt, mild earthy hops. Tastes caramel malty, crisp, on the dry side, with finishing hops and earthy vinous fruit notes. Not too shabby, but not very complex.
Dogbrick (7107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at Montgomery Inn in Dublin. The beer is a mostly clear amber-brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Mildly sweet toasted malt aroma. Light body with sweet caramel malt flavor and faint hops. The finish is sweet and malty and does not linger long. About what I expected overall.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamy caramel malt aroma with a hint of hops . Dark amber color with small head. Caramel malt and moderate pine hops flavor. A very nice amber ale - probably won’t be a hit with regular A-B drinkers though.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby-amber color with a light tan head. A mostly noble hop aroma. Malty flavor with spice and grass that turns slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Some creaminess. Malt lingers with a light fruitiness and spice.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stollen from Kevin Murphy of MST3K fame:
"POUR - presents medium-amber, resembling a well worn baseball glove. Pale head starts large then disappears quickly, but with a firm pledge to be back in 2012.
NOSE - Initially sweet and malty, mild citrus hop notes, fading quickly to reveal a strong base note of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Hints of buttered toast, Kodiak snuff and air burps after a meal at Arby’s.
BODY - Paunchy, with skinny legs and more than a little hair. Mouthfeel reminescent of French-kissing a Teamster.
TASTE - Smooth, subtle, nuanced - wait, that’s my tongue. The beer isn’t giving me anything. Okay, there’s some malt, and something resembling hops, although not exactly hops; more like a photocopy of a picture of some hops. However, a dominant flavor is taking hold now, familiar, seductive. It’s the flavor of marketing. Aftertaste leaves me bitter, clinging to religion and guns.
CONCLUSION: This is a beer for those who would prefer to drink regular Budweiser but who have girlfriends. If you’re a Sam Adams Drinker, save your money and pour this into old Sam bottles. Keep in mind that Anheuser-Busch is now owned by a bunch of Belgians who have flooded the world market with their inexplicably popular version of carbonated urine, Stella Artois. Ultimately, those seeking gusto will be more satisfied with Schlitz."
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Say what you want about this monster corporation. This is a good beer! Pours copper with a nice white head. Smells floral and lightly citrussy with some dry malty hints. Tastes of toasted malt, some earthy hints, pepper, some bitterness, some citrus. Well balanced.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 26, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: Deep amber look with initial decent looking head – reduced to creamy ring. Good contrast.
Nose: Gentle hop accent, clean made amber malt. 6-
Flavor/Palate : medium bodied with lighter follow up. Slight bitter feel with semi decent approach. Step in right direction from A-B.