JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Golden liquid with a diminished off white head. Another european strong lager aroma brew. Heavy malt, corn, light herbal flowers, and touch of higher alcohols. Sadly, perhaps even a malt liquor aroma. OMG this is malt liquor. Flowery hops spring in with light malt flavors. Marketing at its finest. Place a brew into a 1 quart 14.5 fl. oz flip top bottle (charge $12) that would fit nicely into a 40 oz. twist off cap bottle and sell for $1.39 at the corner mart. I have disliked A-B since 1982 ( Ok I’m still bitter about the Brewers losing to the Cards) and have just lately thought twice about it verses the other macros, but this drops them down to last status again. What a bunch of Cr@p!
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very different offering from Bud. Pours a golden copper with a decent fluffy white head. Aroma reminds me of cornbread & biscuits. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a sticky sweetness in the background. Sticky, somewhat oily mouthfeel with a throat clinging aftertaste. Cudos to the A-B guys for an intriguing offering.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a medium gold color, white head. OK lacing. Nose is sweet, floral, somewhat grainy. Sweet, somewhat syrupy malt taste, some bitter in the finish. Poured this with a standard Bud for comparison. WAY better than it’s commoner brother. Not outstanding, mind you, but still head and shoulders above all other AB offerings.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle - pours golden with a fluffy white head that stays briefly. Aroma is sweet biscuits and floral hops. Flavor is a strange mix of floral hops and biscuit malt. Heavier than budweiser but not much better. Palate is medium bodied not overly carbonated but an oddly heavy mouthfeel for not that heavy of a beer. Not very great but for the brewer it was a good try.
wxman (1474) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Swing top bottle. Bright gold color with a thin, short-lived Budweiser type head. Has a strange sweet floral aroma. Has a mouthcoating feel to it with a sweet malt and floral hop taste that has medicinal qualities. Really warms on its way down. Not bad, but too quirky for me. Don’t think I’d be passing this out to friends each year as they advertise, though. It’s several notches above others, but you know what this stuff is? Malt Liquor plain and simple. At $11 per 47 ounce bottle, you’d be better off getting yourself a $1.99 Forty.
P.S. 11/29/05. I did some research since my rating that applies here. The facts: this beer is 23 cents/ounce, Carlsberg Elephant (a fairly decent malt liquor) is 11 cents/ounce, and Miller’s Steel Reserve (a nasty, high-test malt liquor) is 4 cents/ounce. Nuff said; save your money.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 2-3-6-4-4-14
This 1 quart 14.5 oz bottled brew with a flippy top and a nice foil label poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated orange colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was very mild and almost non-existent except for a mild malt note. The mouth feel was tingly and vinous right from the start with a mellowing in the finish with a mild lingering vinous corn aftertaste. The flavor was vinous with malt and hop notes that was very different from any other Bud product. At least they are trying to make something new and different. It is sure to give the average Bud drinker a buzz.
This years version was much better. This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent very softly carbonated light orange brown colored body and thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was vinous and brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The good flavor contained notes of vinous and mild brown malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
hotstuff (4274) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 Bottle. Poured a large white fizzy head that mostly diminished, fine-large sized bubbles, poor lacing, transparent, carbonated, and a yellow golden hue. Malty, some hops and yeasty nose. Flavor was malt, hops and somewhat vinuous tasting but not overly so even at 8.5%. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body. 2007 flip-top bottle with a born on date of 09Oct07. Rating: 6-4-7-3-13. Medium sized semi-fizzy head that mostly diminished, spotty amounts of lacing, transparent, very little carbonation observed, and an orange hue. Nose was malty, caramel, semi-sweet, and some hoppiness. Flavor was semi-sweet, malty, caramel, vinuous, and a dry finish. Semi-smooth, slightly tingly and dry mouthfeel. Medium in body. Decent brew by AB if I must so say myself. Too bad they don’t do this on a consistent basis.
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Pours yellow/gold, with a white head. Aromas are malt, yeast, grain, hops, and a touch of flowers. Flavors are sweet malt, yeats, hops, and grain. Body is medium to full. Not a lot going on, but for a Bud product, not too bad.