Brewed by Rinkuškiai
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Biržu raj., Lithuania


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 1.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.05   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
500 ml bottle, $2.50 at Binny’s. Gotta admit these Rinku beers are my guilty please. No one produces such consistently crappy beers accompanied by total cluelessness in marketing. Frighteningly hazy orange pour into my tumbler glass. Kicks up a bit of a head before it fizzes away. Seems to have a fusel alcohol smell when I pop the crown, but that actually fades away quickly, Leaving, oddly, not much smell at all. Taste is like a weak whiskey, mixed with corn syrup and diluted with soda water. If there were a trace of hop to this, I admit it couldbe mistaken for a barley wine. Well, I did this rating in the kitchen before going out with the rest of the bottle to grill and be "drinkin’ without thinkin." But I am thinking that an average Lagunitas or Rogue bomber at twice the price is more than twice as good!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
NicCage420 (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2014 does not count
My best friend came over to talk about some issues with his significant other, and brought with him some Crazy Brewski. The bottle’s artwork is nice, and for $3 you’d be hard-pressed to find a beer with a similar ABV. The taste itself isn’t too bad, and it didn’t foam up all that much. The aftertaste, though, is incredibly rough, as you can actually feel the alcohol slightly burning your throat, and coming into the mouth a bit. It definitely does the job if you’re looking to get drunk, but isn’t something you’d recommend to your friends as a must-try. A step above malt liqour, but that’s about it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
These guys need some TV ads with a spiffy jingle. (I’m working on one.) All their beers are quite entertaining (Note: I didn’t write "tasty") and demand a larger worldwide audience.
This, my 16th from Rinkuškiai, has a clear, deep amber body that devolves a skinny head into a film in nanoseconds. It smells of candy corn and alcohol... no surprise with a 15% ABV. Amazingly, the alcohol doesn’t intrude into the flavor, which is more of the candy corn sweetness and a dull metallic bitterness. It does emerge in the finish as a burning in the back of my throat.
Nice label.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
brokensail (10822) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle @ Presidential Suite. Light amber pour with a short lived white head. Grape juice, cane sugar, and corn syrup. Fusels, apple cider, and honey. Oof. Super cloying. Jesus. Grape juice, corn syrup, and solvent. Bitter metal, weird herbs, and boost. Gross.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
phaleslu (6401) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle shared by Frank at RBSG in the presidential suite. We had already tried the other two from this horrible brewer earlier in the night, so I guess it was fitting we finished with the 15% one. And it is garbage. Pours a clear orange with no head. Basically just a vomit-inducing combo of sugar and alcohol. Sweet and chemical. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel that suggests you’ve pulled something from under the sink and tried to choke it down. This is suicide sauce. Wars have been started for less. I’m declaring war with Lithuania. This brewery should be closed immediately or I’m invading. I hate you.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
CanIHave4Beers (3230) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2014
I have a hard time believing this beer even exists, or at the very least exists outside of some form of elaborate joke.


   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
DrSilverworm (6318) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Taster from a bottle at RBSG hotel room. Or a can. A can, actually. Clear golden color. Minimal off-white head. So sweet nose. So sweet. Bready. But sweet. A bite, just in the smell. Afraid to sip. Medium body. Smooth lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Some bte. OK, kind of harsh. Impressive for 15% though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (7328) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
Rate forma few weeks ago. 500 ml bottle only purchased because of the 15 % neck tag. terrible beer. Typical of the tripel or double bocks or quads this brewery produces.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Frank (2833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 In a world crowded w/ great breweries, many would be surprised to know Rinkuškiai is on of my favorites. The reason they’d be surprised is because Rinkuškiai’s beers are absolutely wretched in every aspect. This is exactly why I like them. They take terrible beer to heights never imagined by the even the likes of Cold Spring or City Brewery. This, my friends, is bad beer taken to insane levels only matched by American homebrewers and syphilitic moonshiners. Terrible beer to the very fine people at Rinkuškiai is an achievement in high art. Sure, something like Crazy Brewski w/ its incredible alcohol content and mad lumberjack adorned label is sure to make a buck or two off of American thrill-seekers but I feel that this beer stands on its own as an end unto itself and rises above any profit-based motivation. It is a masterwork of bad beer.

Like many fans of the brewery, I have a Pavlovian response to Rinkuškiai’s beers: I see them at the liquor store and immediately get a headache. It inevitably packs more high-order alcohol than a case of cheap whiskey. In the case of Crazy Brewski though, this gently caustic alcoholic splendor is muted and somewhat less poisonous seeming than in other Rinkuškiai beers. To cap it off, this orange red colored brew actually has a bit of malt character. Yes, it is oxidized and lends a flavor of banana Laffy Taffy left which has been left in the sun for a few days but somehow that makes it all the more tragic and beautiful. It makes you wonder: why not fresh Laffy Taffy? Why not green apple? But all you can do is wonder--and revel in the sweet, wince-inducing nastiness in the finish. While, naturally, this beer is cloying and abhorrent through and through, somehow the intense alcohol smack from the nose to the back of the throat, to the belly to the bowels, keeps me coming back for more.

All in all, this is a solid offering from Rinkuškiai. Yes, I think some may criticize its lack of overtly industrial overtones and the failure to include bitterness reminiscent of biological toxins but there is still much to love here. I would call this a cross between an American malt liquor and a really, really bad English barleywine and I salute the brewery’s obvious commitment to diversity and prosperity in brewing. Their beers are not just universally terrible but terrible in many different ways. Buk sveikas!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Scrapersnbeer (1469) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Stinks of moldy oranges soaked in alcohol, a common theme for the brewer and super strong lagers in general. Non-threatening hazy orange color with lots of carbonation that releases and rises much slower than in most beers. Very sweet, yet the alcohol prevents it from being sweet like a bock or tripel would be. It is just too strong for anything else to stand out. Thick and heavy, and again this is only due to relative strength. It claims to be naturally fermented, which I can only assume is a preemptive rebuttal against accusations of dumping ethanol into a bock beer. United Dutch does a few mega malt liquors like this, but only for cheap-market export, so there is no real measure for judging this ’world’s strongest pilsner.’ Now that were no longer friends with Russia, it’s unlikely anything this sinister will come across from farther east.

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