Patrickctenchi (5433) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy, dark gold-brown with a creamy beige head.
Scent is bready, caramel.
Boozy, thickly malted, sweet toffee...
Bitter, grassy hops...
Heavier than you’d think....it’s a (ahem) bit .....rough.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours hazy gold. Nose is malty sweet with rich bready malt notes, light caramel, and various sweet malt nuances. Flavor is sweet malts, alcohol, slight medicinal flavor. Full body. this one didn’t do it for me.
queenholly (3603) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Sweet malt, booze, and earthy hops aroma. Clear honey amber with a minimal head. Sweet malty boozy flavor with a big herbal bitter finish.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GTMW 2012
This was billed as a malt liquor in the GTMW program. Given the way the people were pouring it I think the goal was the same as with any malt liquor - get hammered as soon as possible. I worked my way through a few sips but it was too heavy to tackle more than about two ounces before moving on to the next booth.
Aroma / Appearance - The creamy and cloudy orange base was murky. The nose was both sweet and boozy. For a malt liquor it was actually kind of complex. Instead of pure ethanol the hops had a chance to compete for attention.
Flavor / Palate - The first sip was completely different. Pure ethanol hit the palate hard and with a mission. Sticking with a mildly cloying nature it stripped away any remnants of previous samples. It might be a good example of the style but there is a reason I have only rated a handful.
shrubber85 (9609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Light toffee malt and alcohol aroma. Golden yellow with large head. Sweet toffee malt and strong alcohol flavor. Moderately bitter grassy hops finish. Listed as an India Malt Liquor (? new style) - boozy but don’t detect any fusels. Unique to say the least.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Billed as a malt liquor at NABC: Pours orange with a medium white head. Big hop aroma and a big hop taste with a bitter finish. Nice lacing on glass. A nice beer that satisfied my hop craving.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Draft: a "kicked up" version of their Bush Hog. This one is more alcoholic in nose and flavor. It's good, but I prefer the Bush Hog.
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a cooper color with a medium-sized white frothy head. Has a good hoppy and grapefruit flavor. One of my favorites from New Albanian.