winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2005
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle Presents quite well. Star bright gold colour with a lasting medium head. Aroma is limited to hints of malt and some boiled cabbage for good measure. Flavour dominated by corn with some malt. It’d be ok with a arse burning green curry I guess.
Siivu (6) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little bit sweet and toasty taste and a gold color, slight less aroma than neutral.
Content is medium with a good, but a little bit bitter, aftertaste.
ericnixon (744) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at a Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. The owner of the restaurant said this is all her drinks when he’s visiting his home country. Gold color, nice neutral aroma. Very mild. Clean taste with a hint of spice.
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not the best beer in the world, although when paired with spicy thai catfish with lime, it complements very well. I especially enjoyed the way it lessened the pain in my stomach and made the gentle numbness in my lips dissapate.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
6.4% bottle: Suspiciously bright yellow. Aroma has a little lemon, corn, and some malt sweetness. Taste is not as refreshing as I was hoping for. A little too much flavor for how bad it is. Kind of sweet with a slightly offensive dirt-like aftertaste.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Market-leading beer in Thailand and used to be brewed in a joint venture with Carlsberg before the two companys got into a fierce series of mutual lawsuits. "Chang" means elephant (or "big") and don’t the two elephants on the label look suspiciously like Carlsberg’s elephants? Pale, strong lager with a pronounced hop-bite and an underlying sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit tough to call this a "malt liquour", I believe it’s better and more refined than that. 101103
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark golden in color with a relatively thin, white head. The aroma is mostly malty with emphasis on light grains and a touch of caramel. The body is smooth but quite thin. The flavor isn’t as clean as the nose--weird vegetal flavors seem to compete with the extremely mild (read: almost non-existent) hops and thin, watery malt. Not the most pleasing flavor, but quite thirst quenching in the suffering heat.
Ungstrup (34696) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
An orange beer with a nice white head. The aroma is slightly sour - is it brewing cereal? but also caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with some sour notes, it must be brewing cereal. The flavor also has notes of metal and a little caramel. The end is dry flat metal. Thanks to Alex (fiulijn) for bringing this to Denmark before it was available here.
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Truely dire. Like spooning salt into your mouth. Piss look with a flat head. Malt, salt and then dishwater taste. I should have known better. Give me Singha (or anything) over this anyday.
BpaiHorngnam (14) - THAILAND - MAR 1, 2005
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Perhaps I’ve been too harsh on the taste. The fact is, the experience of Chang has little to do with the taste, but rather with the aftermath. I read once that Chang is a famous catalyst for "massive hangovers." I don’t think "hangover" is accurate. Rather, I think the correct term would be a "temporary but crippling depression." Consider yourself warned.