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Rinkuškiai Žaibo

Formerly brewed at Rinkuškiai
Style: Imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager
Biržu raj., Lithuania


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Žaibo – 9,5 % alc. – the best-known strongest stout beer in Lithuania! Often used as a synonym for a “strong beer”.

BückDich's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle: Golden yellow, light head, fuzzy. Light grain, minerals and sweet sharp yeast and corn in the nose. Big impact of grain and light bitterness. A little balanced actually and comes across a little more like an american malt liquor. Not bad in comparison.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2015
0.5 liter bottle. Pours a hazy orange color, not much head. Aroma is sweet, like caramel or butterscotch. Flavor is also very sweet. A bit cloying and yeasty. Not much hop or malt presence. Palate is thin. Overall it’s not a terrible beer. I’m a bit surprised it’s rated so low.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Very weak, very sweet lager with a slick mouthfeel and an unfortunate aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (991) - Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Nice color, golden yellow/brown... with a small amount of floaties. Smells malty candy sweet, almost too sweet for a beer... but a good smell. Quite flat and thin, hard to believe its 9.5%. Tastes like an old ale more than a pils/lager. Its not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Patrickctenchi (6090) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle: Pours cloudy, yellow gold with a very thin white head. Orange malt and butterscotch aroma and flavour.... Fruity, syrupy sweet with a pronounced, alcohol bitter. I’m surprised it’s not considered a malt liquor.........

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Deep Amber Color, Small Head, Leaves Almost No Lacing. Sweet Malt Aroma. Sweet, caramel, malt, boozy. Was better than expected or I’ve remembered. Labels have a few things that are lost in translation. I would guess those labels were translated back in early 90’s, when good translators were scars and have not been updated or fixed. Everyone catches on "stout" part. It is a far cry from Stout indeed. Second, in English it says Thunder beer, while in reality it has a lightning bolt, which is the correct name. That is the my joke, that one bottle is enough, it hits you like lightning and you pass out...Actually it was not that bad but I would not have more than one...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ContemplateBeer (2007) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2013
Aroma of sweet butterscotch and perhaps some toast; maybe a minimal hop presence somewhere in the "noble" family. Appearance is orangish gold with bubbly white head. Flavor is pretty butterscotch, really kinda like drinking alcoholic butterscotch; finish is a little less sweet, but with some residual alcohol and perfume. Palate is medium, sticky and soft. At once repulsive and alluring; repulsive in that it is a rather poor beer, but alluring in that "you’re stuck somewhere in Eastern Europe and want to forget the miseries of life" sort of way.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
The aroma is very sweet with hay, corn, and paper. The appearance is deep gold with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall pretty much garbage.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (3167) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
This is very strong and over sweet. Flavors of syrup, adjuncts and straw. At 9% it hits you hard ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ccex (1199) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2012
I’m not sure why I’m such a fan of cheap high gravity beers from Eastern Europe, but I had to try another cheap one from this this brewery, a few of which have better labels. This one has a boring label, though. 500ml bottle (which cost $2) pours a clear deep golden color with a moderate white head but practically no lacing. Smells of alcohol, grass and bread. Aroma is not skunky, but includes caramel, butterscotch, and a bit of fruits but no hops. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is sweet, but not sickeningly sweet. This one is easy to drink slowly, and you don’t even have to sip it. It seems identical to the same brewery’s Zhiguly Grande. Both serve their purpose well, and I’d much rather try another one of these than an another American 40 oz malt liquor for the same price and same effect.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Onslow (1410) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Pour form a 16.9 oz bottle. LIght amber brew with thinner white head. Sweet aroma, not too appealing. Taste is sweet malt, sweet malt, sweet malt and ethanol. I don’t pick up any discernable hops. No adjunct or corn or vegetal flavors. Similar to malt likquour except is malty and not corny, but still not so good.

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