PhillyBeer2112 (2653) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2008
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Wow, this is classy. Bright golden color with a very artificial seeming foamy head. Funky nose was somewhat soapy and very grainy. Flavor was soapy with a weird fruitiness, somewhat appley, I guess there is a lot of acetaldehyde? The VSL label seems accurate enough as it does have a smooth almost slick finish. Mildly fizzy mouthfeel. Finish is grainy and harsh, fusel. Somewhat comparable to euro strong lagers but this one has a poor fermentation profile.Coming back to it - I didn’t drink it fast enough and as the beer warmed it developed a terrifically horrid grainy fuselly bite in the finish that is easily compared to garbage and dishwater.
PorterPounder (6292) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jacksonville, Fl. - Kangaroo Convenience Store - somewhere off of I-295. Big, mean looking black 24 oz can. Light golden pour, with a pithy white head. Slight wet paper bag aroma with some grassy notes and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is not as deplorable as expected - this is not your Dad’s malt likkah from the ’70s. Some syrupy sweetness of course, but misses that that clenching texture and flavor that many MLs have. Hint of honey sweetness with a heavy alcohol back end. While not harsh - definitely not for the faint of heart or stomach. Like its moniker - VSL - all in all a very smooth lager.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear gold, fine white head,
Aroma: light sweet grain aroma,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, candy sweetness, touch of grain, just a hint of peppery alcohol,
Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 6/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
24 oz. can courtesy of - well, perhaps courtesy isnít the correct word here - of DYCSoccer17. Uh, thanks. I think. The appearance here actually isnít too bad. Itís a deep golden color with a surprising amount of head, albeit it mostly fades out rather quickly. I get dough, raisins and some ashtray in the aroma, but mostly itís surprising that there is some malt here. Initial flavor is quite sweet and soft but definitely with some true maltiness. Finish is actually rather clean with something that is like hops bitterness but somehow different. Maybe itís alchol burn or something else, but it does help offset the sweetness somewhat. I think Iíll be able to drink this thing. This is the best malt liquor I remember trying.
kidmartinek (3856) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep golden with 1" of dark white foamy head. Smells like sweet malt sugar and high fructose corn syrup, the stuff dreams are made of. The flavor is like sugary sweet feed and oats, and a yeasty malt with a slight doughy character. The mouthfeel maintains a refreshing carbonation and bears a sweetness to it to rival even the most steadfast fundip from the ice cream truck, or wherever you got it. The beer has has a very slight ílowercaseí belgian yeast taste to it. Very enjoyable with no hint of the 8.5. The finish has a little fizz, and a lightly sweet malt, and a hint of the taste of the beer that made Milwaukee famous.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a big, pillowy, cotton white head.
Smell: Sweetish, corny aroma, though mild, and with only a minor hint of the alcohol within.
Taste: Sweet corn flavor, but it’s suspiciously quite clean, leading me to surmise some rice is up in this piece. Slight hint of bitterness. Just a touch of that trademark malt liquor chemical alcohol taste. A relatively smooth finish, it lacks the usual cloying, frown-summoning end that I find with its siblings.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Altogether soft carbonation.
Drinkability: Certainly the smoothest malt liquor I’ve begrudgingly downed during my time on this planet.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
24oz can. black with gold bull. Pours clear, golden, big bubbles. Thin white head. Not much corn. Flavor lacks the trademark corn, vegatable aromas and flavors. Could this be made with with rice?? Very smooth, just like the label states. Better than most Malt Liquors.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2008
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Can.. this brew poured an amberish yellow with a slightly explosove head. The aroma is huge on the corn, and chemically alcoholic. The flavor is a bit soapy, heavy on the corn/filler malts sweetness. I have had much better malt liquor.
raphael (1029) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2008
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Creamed corn left out to sour, with just a little chemical corruption. Thin and chemically in the mouth, slightly repulsing my tongue. Healthy piss yellow with a firm white head.
Taste white sugar, dried grass, alcohol, apricot.
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Sometimes as they say you must grab the bull by the horns. Well it is time to take on this bull like a fearless matador. The golden bull shines off the can as if to dare me to take him on. Bring it on Mr Bull. Stick me up on a post like a scarecrow to view the fields of corn. Ah the liquid corn fills the glass. This is a harsh customer. The gas station attendent fills my mouth with diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline. You pump me and leave me when you get your fill yeah. The sour lemons mix in with this corn filled mess to wreak havoc on my taste buds. Like that awkward first date that you accidently farted on, this beer is a little embarrasing. The can is oh so inviting but once you arrive at the party the host deficates on your head and calls you a NINNY! Oh the horrors of this brew could not be described even by such masters of the genre like Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe. I must finish this before the warmth settles in. EGADS!