DrnkMcDermott (2868) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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!
naivepegasus (350) - USA - FEB 28, 2015
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours an orange red with almost no lasting head- almost like a soda. Almost a chemical smell. Strong malt and alcohol taste. This doesn’t pretend to do anything other than get you drunk.
nearbeer (3997) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A Lithuanian Imperial lager in a 500 ml bottle for $3.99 with a red hang tag on the neck shouting in big white letters: "15% abv". Nothing could go wrong here; see that happy fella on the bottle? Pours uncloudy and orange-gold. Smells of orange hard candy, cherry coughdrop, toast, and booze. The taste is pretty much the same, but with some dry grassy hop on the finish that combines with the hot alcohol to almost bring a balance. The heavy body has a smooth low carbonation that’s pleasant. This drinks like a less-sweet version of a 30 proof liqueur, which seems to be what they were aiming at. Overall this met my expectations. I mean look at the name of the brew and then look at that guy on the bottle. I just went back and checked my ratings and this is actually my 10th rating of this brewery’s output, and only one was lower. Maybe I should’ve had higher expectations.
MattOnBass (9) - Newport News, Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer is a monster. It is too dark to be a pilsner and has too little hop character. It tastes more like a mediocre imperial barley wine but without the characteristic sweetness. Overall, it is not recommended.
Schwarzbart (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but it ended up pouring quite clear. The head receded quickly and there was no lace for the duration, but still it has a nice amber color. Smells sweet with a caramel and corn maltiness. Taste is very fusel. There is no hiding that 15% of alcohol. Syrupy sweetness upfront, corn maltiness midway and a grassy pilsner quality in the finish. Alcohol through and through. It's oily with a medium body, some bite and hot alcohol. This one had me scared going into it with the low ratings. I actually thought it was going to be quite bad. Not hateful though and it had me quite buzzed with high abv and .5L size.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Amber with a small head. Nose of cereal, some old cardboard and signs of oxidization. Taste is disgustingly sweet. So heavy handed. Hot. Full body, soft carb.
conway (1855) - - JAN 3, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear dark gold with a solid white head. Not a bad looking beer. Aroma is apple and brown sugar. Taste is apple and nail polish remover. Extreme heat. Thin mouthfeel and long finish. Feels like drinking some weird apple liqueor.
HourGlass13 (202) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber Color, with a small Head that dont stick around. Aroma is caramel, and Booze. The taste is very sweet, Malt, Caramel, and Booze. You get almost a sweet grape taste in the finish. With 15% ABV its a hard hitter for sure. Actually, it’s nearly the same as Hell On High. Drinkable, but not for every day use. Good beer.
jimhilt (2449) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Almost clear, amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight grassy nose and flavor is a lot of caramel sweetness hiding the very high ABV. Strange, sweet bitter aftertaste. $4.80 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from East End Liquors in Knoxville, shared at a tasting. I was designated to bring the "bad beer" to the tasting, but someone else also brought one and it turns out this wasn’t even the worst beer. Pours a clear golden color with no head. Aroma of grassy hops, grain, cardboard. The taste is cardboard, grain, caramel, grassy hops. Medium bodied, no carbonation, hot and boozy.
ccex (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
1/2 litre bottle pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with practically no head and absolutely no lacing. Aroma is candy corn, bread, and booze. Taste is sweet, malty and boozy. Body is medium with slight carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I couldn’t finish this in one sitting. I’m normally a fan of this brewery’s cheap high ABV outrageousness and weird labels, but this was a disapointment, even to my strong stomach, penchant for the bizarre, and desire for instant enfeeblement/punishment. I previously thought that most Rinskuskiai cheap buzzes were all the pretty much the same with different labels, but this one is the counterexample. The first time I enjoyed drinking beer was in a sauna with a bunch of fellow fisherman singing "In heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here" This one makes me believe that in Hell there is only Crazy Brewski.