nike (950) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Special thanks to cheapdark for this one (or maybe he doesn’t like me?). I love the label on this bottle, the beer, well, in your face, rude, crude 12%abv. You can taste the alcohol, not much in the way of aroma, complexity or balance. This is a beer to drink when you want to get drunk. But, I enjoy trying different brews, and this one is different. Thanks again Big D! I owe you!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Really looking forward to this one. Dark orange/copper color with no head. Caramel, corn.... caramel corn and candy cane with ambisol. Flavor is sweet and chemical with a corn and spice finish. Thick mouthfeel with a sharpness that makes you instinctively want to spit it out.
mcnealc31 (249) - Elida, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color is crisp, clear, and orange. The taste was totally unexpected. Like red hot candies, a little bit of caramel, and oak. The finish even has some chile heat to it. It’s incredibly complex, but I was a big fan. Even with that high of an ABV, I didn’t think the alcohol was overpowering.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a mid-copper body with some dandruff particulates under a fast white head. Wanted to rate and drink this fast (while still cold) knowing this could become a real beast as it warms. (And I was right.) Aromas of big, raw alcohol off the top of sugary caramel with a lemongrass twist. Mid-bodied, a little sticky and totally sugary to the mouth. Alcohol presents mildly at first in the flavor, until it warms and becomes a big issue, almost like a high ABV wine. The remainder of the flavor is a ham-handed blend of highly-sugared caramel with splashes of tart, grassy Continental hops and sour grapes. I saved the last sip until it approached room-temperature and, yes... at that point this became a real challenge to finish. Overall, not a total failure, but I’d recommend you split a bottle amongst 3 or 4 friends while the alcoholic flavors are still muted by the cold. ~~~~~~ "Pint" bottle from Kenwood Liquors, Homer Glen, IL, purchased approx. 2 weeks ago.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
50cl bottle: Pours a clear deep amber bronze with a large bubbled, shortly-lived off-white head. Has a sweet sugary caramel and toffee nose with a touch of light fruity esters. Starts with light carbonation and sugary malty sweetness with some fusels and warming strawberry notes with some noble bittering hoppiness. A little over the top in terms of alcohol and residual sugars, but at least it was cheap.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Translucent copper with no head, syrupy medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: fruity yeast esters, fusel alcohols, and a bit a caramel malt.
Taste: Tons of fruity esters and hot fusel alcohols, with some sweet caramel malt in the background.
Strong pale lager –certainly. Doppelbock or triple bock –no way. How about Imperial Malt Liquor, that’ll cover it. I’ve had many beers much higher in alcohol than this, that were much smoother and less harsh. High ABV is all this beer really has to offer. I can see some interesting uses or pairings for this, but it’s not something I would drink by itself for enjoyment.
Finhead (1151) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A hazy, orange pour with a white head. It has a bubblegum aroma with some faint floral notes. The medium body has a slick texture with average carbonation. The taste is sweet with a strong alcohol flavor and warmth that stays for a long finish.
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Orange in color with pretty much no head at all. Flavor is that of a high gravity malt liquor, though missing much of the rancid paint thinner found in most American varieties.
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another gem from Rinkuškiai! It poured an amber/bronze body with a steady rise of bubbles. The head vanished so quickly, I almost didn’t note that it was off-white and fizzy. The aroma is perfumey, a sweet blending of caramel, floral scents, and alcohol. The chief component of the flavor is the alcohol, and every slug of the beer made me feel as if I’d just chased a shot of Bourbon. A floral bitterness came through in the finish. Wunnerful!
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml, Seattle. Odd find, odd beer. Honey brown pour, heavy and slick looking. No head at all after a few seconds, heavy looking. Aroma is strange medicinal-floral alcohol. smoky honey. Taste is huge alc, slick sour lager. Heavy with some burn. don’t know what to make of this.