DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was an interesting experience for me. My first malt liquor made by a very reputable brewer. Normally this style is known for being exceptionally disgusting, and generally an excuse to package jet fuel and sell it to junkies looking for a cheap drunk. Yes, malt liquor is generally shit beer. So was this any different? Did Rogue finally allow me to see this style in a different light? Yes and no. I would say that this beer was certainly well crafted in the sense that it didnít have any of the harsh alcohol and otherwise empty sugary palate that most have. The aroma wasnít off-putting either- - corn syrup and pear juice was a little odd, but not horrible. I didnít get any stinky sewage corn adjunct stench that a couple of other raters found. The flavour was mostly corn syrup malt, but there was an astringent bitterness in the finish that kept it from becoming cloying. The alcohol was barely evident in the palate. I didnít find this appalling as several other raters did, but neither did I enjoy it all that much. Definitely my least favourite of the Rogue range so far, and not one Iíd come back to. However, it did prove that not all malt liquor has to be jet fuel.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2006
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22 oz bomber. Golden colour, white head. Aroma ofr corn and apples. Fairly clean smelling, low fusels. Flavour however, is all nasty. Corn, corn, and more corn. A bit of malt is actually apparent underneath it though. Fairly sweet, with a thin, cidery body. The first few attempts where good breweries made malt liquors were pretty funny...now Iím not sure sure that proving you can make something that tastes like ass is all that compelling. Either way, itís definitely authentic.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, shared with my dad, ironically enough. Hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of corn, grass, slight caramel, cardboard, lots of caramelized sugars and toffee. Taste is a mix of sweet corn, caramel, toffee, slight biscuit, finishing sweet, slightly bitter.
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in DC. Clear yellow urine colored body, still, with little to no head. Nose is not particularily enjoyable, smelling of fuesal corn and sweet lemon wood polish. Flavor isn’t too bad, actually, moderate to high sweetness, some creamed corn flavors and the Rogue Pacman yeast covering the entire thing. Crisp, lively, hoppy on the tongue, however it doesn’t offer a lot to really enjoy, it’s basically simple.
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet and corny tasting. syrupy. Not interesting or good. Big disappointment from these guys.
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours clear golden with a thin white head and a cheap lager aroma. There is a light malt flavor with some carbonationa anbd slight hop bitterness.
alexsdad06 (8737) - Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear yellow color with a small white head. The aroma has a moderate level of sweetness, some fruits, a little corn, hints of alcohol, and caramel malt. The flavor is sweet with caramel, fruit, vanilla and alcohol prevailing. This was better than I expected, but still only worth having once.
douglas88 (8177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle at the Beerhive. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a medium white head. A sweet grainy and honey nose, some alcohol. The flavor is a nice Malt Liquor but it still retains some dirty aggressive flavors that the style seems dominated by, sweet grains, alcohol warmth. Not bad.
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear and golden. Less than a minute there was virtually no head remaining. Just out of the frig there was zero aroma. As it warmed toward room temp some sweet malt became apparent. Sweet syrupy malt flavor with some corn. There is just a hint of hop bitterness. Probably a pretty good brew for a hot summer day.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad at all, especially for a malt liquor. Quite drinkable, but I wish it was in a 40 oz (actually, never mind, 22oz is fine). Pours with a largish, rocky white (pretty long lasting) head covering a chill hazed yellow body. Hardly any aroma...maybe some corn, hops and nail varnish. Taste is sweet and bland, with a bit of nail varnish, not bad. Fizzy. Taste a bit like Carlsberg Elephant, but cleaner and less cloying.