Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was given to me by a neighbor who purchased it in Florida. The name on the bottle is "Zaibo". It had a pretty cool lable. It poured a light copper with a thin head. Alcohol and dough on the aroma. It is friggin’ powerful! Some dark fruits, bread, alcohol, and a hint of citrus on the tongue. It reminded me of maybe a cross between something like Colt 45 and Chimay Blue.
wxman (1271) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My bottle says 9.0% ABV. Dark golden color with a short lasting head. Sweet malty aroma along with some wet cardboard. Maple malt flavor with a smokey flavor that is difficult to describe, yet seems to be balanced. I’m going to stick with smokey, but I think there are other flavors going on here. Darkover may be right with the banana description. I know, what do banana and smoke flavor have in common? I don’t know, taste the stuff for yourself! Lots of post-quaff alcohol flavor and warmth. Far more complex than American malt liquor; weird, yet likeable. Really different.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden color with a white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. Grainy, sweet malt taste. Lingering warm alcohol finish. Not very complex but not bad for what it is.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Golden yellow. Light fizz. Mostly acidic. no real hoppy flavor. The alcohol was great but this beer was absolutely unmemorable. ho-hum.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden color with a thick white head. Aroma and flavor of sweet grainy malt and bananas. Pretty similar to malt liquor.
Padron4KM (530) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500 ml bottle, no discernible freshness date.
Clear copper with a fluffy white, short lived head.
Sweet grainy aroma, dough, cooked banana.
Taste is ultra grainy, a little bitterness in the finish. Alcohol warms the belly.
Wasn’t too bad cold but it got progressivly worse as it warmed up. Could not finish bottle, and would not try again.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours golden in color. Aroma is some sweetness from the malt and alcohol. Not much complexity going on here. Taste is pretty much the same. No discernable malt or hop profiles. Average.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a light gold color with a 1 finger head that lasted a couple mins. Aroma of grains,semi sweet dough,traces of spicey perfume and hints of malt.
Tastes pretty much how it smells. Sticky towards the end. Good stuff and decent bang for the buck. Or should I say $1.49 half liter. I’ll buy much more of this in the future.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 8, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle from Royal Liquors on State Street, Rockford IL (Dec 2005). Served a bit under cellar temperature, pint glass. Lightyly hazy, slightly bubbly gold with a vigorous frothy moderately lasting white head....good bit of vanilla and toasty grain in the nose, light herbal notes, bit of banana bread...I did not get any sense of alcohol from the aroma, but I sure do from the flavor, which stings you immediately with burning ethanol and a lot of sugar, though this is moderated just a bit by a minty, anise-seeded spiciness in midpalate....syrupy, thick, with a back end that dries out only a tiny bit, leaving a rather thick, cloying, alcoholic mess. Interesting, but I wouldn’t say good, and I doubt I’ll be able to finish this bottle.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mercy!, but this is a fun beer, pegged by the brewery as "the best-known strongest stout beer in Lithuania! "
Pale copper in body with a film in lieu of a head, it’s got a sweet, worty aroma with a whisp of the sturdy 9.5% ABV opening up the pores of one’s cheeks, snout, lips, and all other facial features in general as you snort the brew. Creamy, warming mouthfeel. Tastes of warm buttered bread, caramel, dirt, maple syrup, and, yes, alcohol fill the mouth with each savored swig. Finishes on a warm, sticky note.
I’m glad I’ve enjoyed this at home rather than in public, because it brings to mind an old tune by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, to whit -
She’s looking better every beer.
Her hair is soft and golden now,
Her eyes are bright and clear.
I don’t know why I didn’t notice her
When I first came in here,
But she’s looking better every beer.
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