BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2011
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle: My final Rinkuskiai beer and hopefully the last... Bright orange red clear color, looks fake. No head, no lacing. Nose is sweet with some plum, fruit, dark cherry and ample grain and husky notes. The flavor has a very strong sharp sweetness/bitterness combo and a high warming heat down to your stomach. This has a place in the world, just not in my glass.
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle ... thanks Mike, I guess. Poured an amberish color with a smaller sized head. Grainy, alcohol, caramel, and a honey sweetness .... blah.
andyhwcinc (1439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Purchased at Fresh Farms in Niles, IL; enjoyed at home prior to the Super Bowl. Why did I decide to buy this? I don’t think I can finish this. Pale yellow, slightly bubbly, with a taste of the bottom of a lager yeast vial. It’s not good man, not good at all. Not the worst beer ever, but relatively close.
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A less aromatic but similar aroma to the 9.5%. Definitely stronger in alcohol flavor and lower in other flavors. It’s almost like and Icebock version of the 9.5. Much worse though.
BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes: Poured hazy golden amber, with a touch of orange and a 1-finger white head. Deep, malty sweet aroma, with a lighter note, possibly citrus, underneath. Full body with a mild syrupy thickness. Flavor of caramel malt, perhaps with a touch of honey, giving way to a touch of lemon at the back. The honey and lemon become more pronounced as it warms. Not "boozy", but there is an astringent dryness to the finish.
boxofrane (2108) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
This may be the worst beer i’ve ever had. Half liter bottle that pours a medium, clear brown with no head and excessive carbonation. There is a funky caramel note in the nose followed by a rush of booze. The taste is a little sweet followed by a lot of alcohol. Watery. I’ve had some great Lithuanian beers. This one will never be bought again.
Frank (2863) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I am something of an aficionado of terrible Eastern European strong lagers and I can assure you w/o a doubt that this is one of them. However, I can say this does have am advantage over most of its ilk in that my body does not react to it as if I am slowly drinking a hemlock potion in order to hopefully experience some delirious effects before I die. It pours a headless golden and tastes more or less like some sort of bubblegum flavored syrup mixed w/ a generous shot of grain alcohol. This actually floats in the same general vicinity of some lighter-colored extra-strong bock beers like Samiclaus Helles. It is sticky sweet and while it is not completely clean, it is at least not aggressively foul until you are halfway through the glass and it starts getting warm. Its main purpose, I assume, is to liberate brain cells from the harrowing effects of sobriety and for this reason I salute it. People on this site sometimes forget that the primary purposes of beer are nutrition and inebriation. Many of us sit around drinking thimblefuls of adjective beers, taking notes and generally looking like a bunch of fat neckbeards at a Battlestar Gallactica convention. Frankly, I think this is something of a shame and people who engage in that sort of beer-related behaviors should be thoroughly humiliated in front of non-beer people in public. If you are going to go around all day cruising eBay for deals buy something awesome like a Hammond organ or a replica Civil War rifle, not a $150 bottle of Dark Lord. People are really losing sight of the basics when it comes to beer. You drink it. You can take notes but don’t get hung up on it. Don’t be a dork and don’t bitch and moan on the internet. (Yes, I realize I am bitching and moaning currently. It’s ironic. I’m an artist.) Quite frankly, you learn more about the world drinking international malt liquor than any kind of craft beer. You drink Heady Topper or some annoying shit like that and you know what six crabby nerds with boring jobs like to drink. Drink this garbage and you enter the world of a Lithuanian homeless person wholeheartedly and really understand something about how they live over there. I know now, for example, that the homeless in Lithuania are prone to rambling about completely unrelated subjects while writing beer reviews. In summation, I highly recommend not bringing this to some tasting where you don’t drink the whole, awful thing and instead keeping an entire bottle to yourself. Drink it and just type, type, type to see what comes out. That’s what I did.
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle pours clear copper with thin off white head. The aroma has plenty of strong apples and honey and slippery sweet sugary malts as well as a mild chemical booziness. The taste is basically the same with apple and pear sugary notes blending into a bit of honey and booze. Strangely this really isn’t that offensive on the whole.
ccex (922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The first rater said it best: "Looking for a cheap quick buzz with an illusion of class? This is it." Pours an almost clear amber/red with practically no head or lacing. Aroma is medicinal but may make some people sick. Taste is sweet and texture is slightly oily. You feel the alcohol warmth going down and not much else. I can’t tell the difference between this and the same brewery’s Before and After so-called Triple Bock, except this one has a boring label. They both serve their purpose.
Butters (3763) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Wow. I’m normally a fan of these ESLs, but damn! this one is just too over the top in fruity, syrupy sweet, grain alcoholness. Not ’hot’ per se, but definitely has a strong medicinal warming. this one just isn’t doing it for me.