ClarkVV (3754) - 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 I’ll be damned if I didnt enjoy the thick malt and hops going down. I’ll be buying more of this for sure.
Arayaga2 (1746) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly gold with thick white head. Aroma is very sweet with a hint of grass and bubble gum. Flavor is sweet with honey, and mouthfeel is surprisingly thick. Not bad for $2/16oz
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:Initial smell of fruity possibly honey malts. As far as taste: EXCELLENT! Initial honey with a hint of citrus. Finish just a bit bitter. The sweet aftertaste stays with you for a while.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Clear with decent retentive head. The nose is fairly malty with a nice full tangy sweetness and honey/grass notes. Light citrusy hops and some nobleness, very clean and balanced for the style. Lots of tasty smells along with light dust and alcohol. Cloying candy with hop dust and lots of hidden malts and alcohol overlying everything. Weird.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The beer upon its release from the 500ml brown bottle appears a deep clear amber color with a generous light tan semi-creamy head that is ordinary in size, after it’s settling down, the lace forms a nice curtain to obscure the glass. Nose is the customary lager malt with a nice fresh crispness, start is sweet with a decent grain presence, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a definite alcohol bite, hops adequate, and the acidity acceptable, the aftertaste dry and sweet, with a definite belly warming sensation, reminds me of a “Boilermaker”, kinda bourbon like.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 A pale colored brew with nice complexities. A slightly sweet character integrated w/ an interesting mahogany wood finish that lingers and dries, ready for the next sip.
PorterPounder (5099) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Killearn Liquors, Tallahassee, Fl - 500 ml bottle. Medium gold pour, thin white soapy head. Pleasant,sweet honey-like aroma with some grassy notes as well. Falvor is bready, some cake mix, honey sweetness and a hint of American malt liquor booziness. Thick mouthfeel for the style, but it "harshens" up just a bit in the finish.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Listen if you see this don’t buy it, unless you want another country rating, or for novelty’s sake or because it has a sweet picture on the front of it.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours pale golden with a short white fizzy head. Aromas of grassy hops over grain and alcohol. Flavor is quite the same. Maybe a touch of frosted flakes in this one too though. Sweet and sticky on the palate and actually somwhat cloying. Pretty carbonated too. Not too good but what do you expect for a russian malt liquor.
wxman (1325) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bright golden color with minimal white head. Aroma is a sour malt. Taste is astringent sweet malt and an off sour bitterness. Malt liquor typically is an unbalanced sweet product. This is perhaps less offensive than it’s American cousins, but not by much.