FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bought a 22 oz bottle for my Dad for Fathers Day last year. Pours a light hazy straw color with a small white head. Aroma is grainy with all sorts of farm-like notes, straw, corn, etc. Flavor is clean and smooth, so already better than the typical malt liquor. Grassy and lightly bitter in the finish with some barely there hops. Dominated by the sweet grains, but not unpleasant in the finish. Light to medium body and active carbonation. This was a fun one to drink with Pops
deyholla (8131) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a dark gold with a a quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is full of notes of grain, malts and corn. Flavor has sweet malt notes with grainy and corn undertones. It is a bit syrupy on the tongue.
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at McLoughlinís, Kyoto. Cloudy amber - white head. Licorice, sweetness, high malty, nice medium hoppy, yeasty, sharpness, light wheaty notes. OK.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy peach color with a thin head. Poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted grain, corn and burned sugar. Taste is sweet sugary corn with a bit of bitter grassiness. Medium bodied. Damn good for a malt liquor, but still not that great.
bubbleflubber (2042) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours muddy straw into the glass, with a small, active head that reduces to nothing but spotty lace. The nose is of sugary corn. The flavors are of sugar, corn, cereals and sweet country grains. The finish lacks the fusel notes I wouldíve expected, but thatís not saying much. A touch of alcohol mixes with some dirty, underdone attempt at a hop balance... it doesnít work. The biggest reason it doesnít work is because itís a malt liquor, and most are cheaply made... even top-shelf ones. Bland, out of balance, over sugared and devoid of complexity and substance, this doesnít escape the misery, and has honestly gained a few tenths of a point on name brand alone.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Lightly hazy and golden in hue, the body of this beast is crowned with a foamy head of off-white foam. Settling in quickly, it leaves some hard drying bands of lacing to circle the glass. The aroma is sweet, showing notes of candied blonde malt, honey glazed grain, and cream of corn. Deeper inhalation shows a decent amount of spicy, grassy hops, but also brings with it a good amount of searing alcohol. The flavor is ever so slightly more balanced, some of the peppery grass coming forward, yet it remains largely sweet, grainy, and corny. The palate is substantial and nicely carbonated, but is just too darn sticky and alcoholic. I suppose itís better than 95% of the genre, but that isnít saying much.
Narnad (1503) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Lundeenís Brew Ha-Ha 2009. Pours a clear golden color with a modest white head to top it. Aroma has a hay and straw malt note, some clean Noble hops notes. Flavor is very crisp of clean malt notes mostly with some corny notes and light grassy hops at the end. Body was in the moderate range with a pretty lively carbonation rate. Overall the brew hid the alcohol pretty well and was pretty smooth for a malt liquor.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rogue Dadís Little Helper is a sparkling, clear, dense golden lager with a thin white head that leaves excellent lacing. There is light grain and corn in the nose... perhaps black pepper or alcohol. Itís medium bodied and quite smooth. The finish is dry and pretty clean. Itís slightly sweet and boozy tasting. Yeah, itís malt liquor. It tastes less poisonous than your typical malt liquor. Thereís no fusel to be found here. It somehow seems very... Rogue.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: poured a crystal clear golden color with a miniature serving of head. Aroma is bold and boasts a grainy malt and alcohol scent but much cleaner and adjunct free than any other malt liquor I have consumed. The flavor is a crisp and clean serving of grained malt with background of corn flakes and overall is the most impressing malt liquor style I have tasted even more better then Japanese beers I have had.
Butters (3963) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber pours a clear medium gold with ring of big bubble white head. Aroma is perfumy, almost like potpouri. Flavor is sweet corny and a little spicy from the alcohol. Expensive for malt liquor, but pretty good for what it is.