Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle, Vail Beer Fest.
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing.
Body is clear medium yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (grain), with strong notes of DMS and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, husky, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
I must say I had higher hopes (laugh if you will), but when I smelled the glass all I was confronted with was the usual riff-raff of a malt liquor (hell, I didn’t even know we had it classified here as such when I was sampling it). Whereas the Michelob Celebrate might actually fool a beginner into thinking it was a serious beer, this one couldn’t fool anyone. Total drainpour and I had to hold my tongue when the rep pouring asked what I thought of it. Could be worse I suppose, but it sure could be a lot better for such fancy-ass packaging. Glad I didn’t have to pay for this one.
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Honestly not a bad beer but for the price I expected a lot more. It pours nice enough with a clean golden hue topped by a lasting frothy white head and very good lacing on my pils glass. The aroma has notes of butterscotch, pale grains, corn, and some noble hops. If the cardboardy and cloying sweet flavors were not stand offish enough, then the dash of fusel alcohol will make you say what the flock?!?! Sure there is some hops in this beer and even a note of allspice upon the finish but geez could they have not ruined this beer with poor fermentation. A chance for the brewers at A-B to finally produce a geek worthy beer and once again they forgot what good beer taste like. AVOID BECUASE OF THE PRICE!
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2005
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours yellow like piss. Smells like Budweiser, alcohol and corn syrup. Tastes like water and corn. Overly cloying. Nasty unbalanced crap.
PorterPounder (6044) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Liquors - 32 oz latch top bottle - dark golden pour, little to no head - attractive bottle and fancy gift box bumped the appearance up to a 3. Tried and tried - but cannot get a whiff of an aroma. Flavor has hints of vanilla, some cake mix sweetness and a lot of booze. Reminds me of some Eastern European Premium lagers. Very smooth for a malt liquor and does not have the feel of a 8.5% beer. Probbaly should not have drank this on an empty stomach....
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Big headed, yellow and very still. Silky consistency. Pretty corny ... not just the concept, but the flavor, too. Pretty much a Bud, but with the warming power of the 8.5%. Look, I really appreciate A-B’s attempts to do something better, but is an aged, amped-up version of their adjunct-heavy pale lagers really a step in the right direction?
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) clear deep copper, ring of white bubbles. Nose of light metal, rich caramel and dark fruits. Taste is toasty, grain, caramel, light oxidation, soft carbonation, a bit of an old linger but actually good overall!
Sledutah (5738) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 bottle at RBWG grand tasting
Cloudy brown with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts and woody. Flavors of toasted malts and leather
TheBeerGod (5499) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle - swing top. Pours a light gold with a tall fluffy white head. Nose is sort of corn-laden and sweet but there’s a mild grassiness or straw-like aroma to this. Not too bad. Taste is malty and sweet with light corn syrup notes, touch of straw, and soft alcohol notes. Light metallic flavor at times as well. Body is bubbly but restrained and somewhat smooth. Finishes with more sweet malty notes, light corn syrup notes and a bit of alcohol. Light iron notes here. Not bad for AB, but still not that great. Definitely note worth the $12.99 it cost.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This malt liquor pours a deep gold color from a 1 liter swing top bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, apples and sweet. A light to medium bodied Malt Liquor. Malts are apples, fruity and sweet, some grain, but mostly apples and sweetness. Hops are slightly bitter. Kind of flat carbonation. Strange this stuff tastes like a ramped up Budweiser without the carbonation. Maybe that’s where they got it from, this is the stuff they brew and dilute to get Bud. Its not a malt liquor and its not a pale lager, its sort of a bastard half breed between the two. I think I will save the rest of this for cooking, Sorry AB try again.. Think I would rather drink a bud. I wonder why I bother even trying these. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Shared by joebrew at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a creamy thick beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and beige ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some toffee and fresh green cucumber. Taste is... gawd awful! What is this? The label says it is a dopplebock, this website says it is a malt liquor. All I know it tastes like sweet anti-freeze with some flat sweet root beer. C’mon A/B, with all the sophisticated, computerized, state of the art brewing equipment you have can do better than this. Total drain pour!