nearbeer (4392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml. Clear burnt orange with a small , fleeting head. Nose is apple, caramel, grain and alcohol. Flavor is all the same, plus some dry grassy hops, corn and more alcohol. Near-medium body is smoothly carbonated and tingly with hops and alcohol. Pretty harsh.
Cybercat (4291) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malty aroma is of average strength with a fruity note and a hint of caramel. It pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick, if not persistent, pale golden-tan head. Flavor is malty, about average, with licks of caramel and pear, nothing special but still palatable. There is an appreciable, if not strong, alcohol kick. Texture is rather fizzy, but finish is rather wan. Overall, fair to middlin’ but worth a try.
SSSteve (4007) - - JAN 2, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. clear orange with no bubbles and no head. sour, metallic nose. flavor is sweet with purple grapes and gum. a fine, sharp bubbles carbonation with a syrupy body.
Butters (3991) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with ScottyP and curly. Clear golden pour with ring of white head. Sweet honey nose and flavor. Some hop crispness. One of the better ESL’s I’ve come across. Absolultey love the label art.
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Straw gold, diffuse head with no life and viscous body. Warming honey-tipped malt nose. Honey malt body with a dryish finish. Almost tastes like a mead doppelbock. Mellifluous body. Bittered honey finish. Re-rated 12-10-13. The aroma is Christmas mysteriousness--buttered cinnamon toast and purple spice gum drops. The "mead doppelbock" deScription holds true again. Honeyed malt with spicy purple gum drop adding complexity. Dryish honeye and spice finish.
Frank (3603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer is surprisingly not terrible. I don’t know about you guys but when I see an Lithuanian lager at nearly ten precent alcohol for about two bucks, I think, "This is a beer designed to get old Lithuanian men drunk." Well, I’m probably right but this is not as bad as a lot of things in the same vein. It’s a rather pretty orange amber color w/ a foamy white head of even sized bubbles which leaves streaks and spots of lace behind. The nose is sweet, simple malts, some green apple fruitiness and a weird, spicy clove tinge. The nicest thing I can say about the flavor is it does not make me cringe. It’s only slightly sweet w/ a hint of medicinal hops as means of balance. The palate is not too heavy and the carbonation is a little on the fizzy side. There is only a slight alcoholic burn to indicate it’s excessive alcohol content. I didn’t say it was good. I said it was not terrible. Certainly, it lives up to its name. After half a glass of this stuff, I found myself dressed as an elf and terribly lost, not to mention fluent in Lithuanian.
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; picked up in Mesa, AZ. Poured a clear gold with alot of carbonation streams and a smallish head. Aroma of bread, honey, fruit and alcohol. Flavor was quite sweet and reminiscent of honey. Probably wouldn’t appeal to many. Some light earthiness and hopping in the finish. Bread. Lingers in the finish. Pretty one dimensional, but probably a little better than I expected.
edgallow (3084) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
16.9 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma of malts and toffee. Taste is sweet malts and grain.
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lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold-red, off white head. Aroma is bread and toast. Taste is caramel, toast, biscuit. By far the best beer I’ve had from these guys.
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Half Liter bottle. $2.50 @ Binny’s. Yes, this is what I’m drinking after taking care of Santa’s visit. You know the fly-by-night video labels that rush out rip-off versions of popular Disney animated features so they’re in the stores before the home video release? Movies like "Ratatoing" or "Little Cars?" It seems this label wants to rip off Ridgeway’s "Bad Elf" and "Santa’s Butt." And yet I bought it.
Okay, pours a nice orange yellow in my stem, with a thin bit of foam atop. Some heavy malt smell, but also the telltale fusel of cheap malt liquor. Not sure what this has that would qualify it as a doppelbock. Taste not anywhere in the bock category, but you know what? It’s almost usable as a cheap strong Eastern Bloc beer. Alcoholic with no hop to speak of, but it will help me get to bed so Santa can finally visit our house. And a merry Christmas to all…