Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big f’in bottle (1 Quart, 14.5 oz), 2007 Vintage. This poured a clear, brilliant reddish orange with a nice cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up deep, artificially-sweetened caramel and toasted grains with hints of dark fruit surrounding.. also an odd alcohol-fueled metallic & herbal thing going on. The flavor had toasty drawn caramel, hints of chocolate, and peppery-spiced dark fruits.. decent components, but a messy presentation that culminated in a tacky, hot herbal finish. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the middle, but hot alcohol marrs the finish a bit. This was OK.
Ernest (7286) - 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.
PorterPounder (7247) - 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....
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear golden with a well-lacing frothy white head. Potent alcohol and noble hop aroma has some grainy corn to it. Starts dry and thin with lots of adjunct flavor and burning alcohol. Slightly better than regular Budweiser, but charging $12 for this is absolutely rediculous. Thanks to JPDIPSO for sharing his bottle so I didn’t have to waste my money buying a bottle. There are a lot of better malt liquors for much cheaper.
jackl (7016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2016
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled during RBWG Tampa 2015. 2007 vintage. Thanks to whoever supplied this .rar tick! Amber pour with a small head. The nose is a totally unappealing bomb of soy sauce and general signs of oxidization. Paper. Some red apple skin. Sherry. Flavor is similar. Knackered grain. Soy sauce. Caramel. Cloyingly sweet/salty. Not great, even in tiny doses.
Sledutah (6975) - 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
BBB63 (6557) - 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 (6355) - 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.
Braudog (6312) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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 (6044) - 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!