Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2005
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
8.4%? Thatís bigger than Colt! Whooo-eee!!!
Clear, pale yellow appearance, considerable foamage above, rocky and poppy, gradually diminishes.
Aroma is right in step with a typical lager, nothing wrong with it, usual grains and sweetness, light hops, almost pleasant. Canít fault it, really...
Tasting it, though...a thick, gooey, ultra-malty mess of a pale lager, boozed beyond control. Alcohol swims directly to the cerebral cortex, or so it feels. Slick, but shallow, flinty and barely masking the huge alcohol content. Brims with portentousness, fermentation freed from civilized constraints, ...fairly rips into your skull without exchanging the briefest of pleasantries. A rude monster ...Bogemia might be Russian for Bogieman? Anyway, Iím scared of this sinister elixir...itís not treating me nice, nossir!
Lightness in body, no kind of finish, well, thick, juicy, boozy malt, maybe...ill-befitting texture...no thumbs up on anything, once we put it to our lips, Iím afraid.
The label depicts a distinguished Russian gent holding aloft a pilsner glass, as if in a toast...to EVIL, perhaps? Does he mean to doom us all, in secret, with this bombastic beverage? Thereís very little sophisticated in the brew itself, itís merely a rip-roaring ravager...sip at your peril, or...as a dare...there we go, I dare you, now you have to...but donít expect much pleasure. Itís all bump, and buzz, but never a smile in between.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Is this a malt liquor? Wow, sure seemed like a mix between a bohemian pils and a euro strong lager to me. Smells ok, just lightly grassy hops, thick honey malt and rich doughiness. No alcohol, fruits, dryness, paperiness, plastic, acetyldehyde or any of that nonsense. Not exactly crisp and clear on the lager yeast, but certainly entertaining and hoppy enough to get by. Looks a most ridiculously carbonated, fizzy, rich golden-toffee colored beer, big white head, fair retention and light lacing, very clear. Flavor is hoppy! Saaz like, sweaty and hayish, with grassiness, light bitterness and light dryness to compliment the huge malty sweetness. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, but a vigorous carbonation keeps it in check. Damn this was good. Sugary and hoppy, substantial, surprisingly, as its highly filtered. Huge abv was not noticeable to me. Didnt get any adjuncts. Could be hoppier and crisper but Iíll be damned if I didnt enjoy the thick malt and hops going down. Iíll be buying more of this for sure.
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (bread, grain), with notes of plastic, apple, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Industrial smelling, rather grainy in the finish, and very sweet (artificially/adjunctily so). As strong pale lagers go, it could be worse, but then again I couldnít drink it either.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2005
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
At 8.4% ABV, this is one heckuva pale lager. Pity the sickly yellow color, the headless body, the corn syrup aroma, the overly sweet corn mixed with cabbage taste, and the bitter metallic finish donít support it in any way. This is malt liquor at its best.
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bright gold color with a very large white head that went away quickly. Sickly sweet aroma of corn flakes and some grass. There are also some hints of rotten oranges. The taste is cloying honey sweet corn flakes. I seem to also detect some starchy potatoes. This is like a bad malt liquor rather than a pale lager.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2005
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Oh, goody, Iím the first to rate. Light golden color with a small thin lid of yellow popcorn colored bubbles. Aromas of farm fermented fruit wines. Not the good stuff, the strawberry and rhubarb stuff that grandma used to make in the basement. Thicker, lightly oily feel, not bad, but starts to get annoying as the session progresses. Heavy sweet malt flavors that end in a wreck; the grain car hits an oak tree...alcohol is present at the scene, survivors slide down drain and sewage treatment plant starts rehab program.
Oakes (13154) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Golden, with gentle carbonation. Apple juice aroma with alcohol. Mix of malt, apple and alcohol on the palate. Itís actually balanced between these elements. They should call it a cyser and it wouldnít seem so flawed. As it is, it reminds me of some of North Americaís better-built malt liquors.