Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2002
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow, light density of small particles. Aroma is lightly malty (light bread), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Sickeningly sweet grainy mess with some throat burn.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2002
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
My neighbor and friend Don is a brave soul--he’ll buy any brew that is on sale. He brought a few of these home and served me one before a backyard BBQ...Standard macro-yellow color and fizzy head--aroma a bit medicinal, but it is an indication of its marketable content! The flavor also is astringent: cloying adjunct-laden sweetness lurks beneath everything here...the hops actually can be tasted here, but there is no attempt to balance or blend the constituent flavors. It’s all about the buzz, Baby! Enough said.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A drunk’s drink, only when I am desperate.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2002
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Lets just say I sampled this one right after a day of mowing all day in the hot sun, and I barely even finished it.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2002
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pure rotgut swill. CHEAP stuff that packs a punch. If your broke and want to get drunk this is the way to go.
MrTapeworm99 (13) - Sonora, California, USA - JUL 19, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nasty metallic syrup taste tries to hide the alcohol. I’d rather taste the alcohol. Pound some $1.49 40s to get hammered good N’ cheap, but you’ll regret it in the morning.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2002
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
this was strange. Very heavy beer, thick alcoholic taste, with a nasty cereal head on it. Dosent taste anywhere near fresh or clean or crisp, but thats no surprise. Gotta love the ABV though. oh yeah, and this had one of the most metallic tastes ive ever tasted in a bottle.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2002
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Like a low-class hooker...cheap, gave decent head, you wouldnt want anyone to see you with one. (and no, I havent)
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 I got a 6% alcohol version and it is almost watery. There is little flavor. After I tasted it, I forgot I was drinking a beer it is so bland. The 8.1% version at least had a touch of alcohol.
timbrew99 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quite possibly the best commercially brewed beer in America today. Joyously malty and smooth on the palate, with just a kiss of hoppiness, this beer is reminiscent of a fine doppelbock or Oktoberfest. Those accustomed to the lifeless character of most mass-produced American beers may find this brew uncustomarily full of body and flavor - but it has everything that you would want in an Ultimate Beer!
P.S. If anyone knows where in the Boston area I could get some Steel Reserve, please post and let me know - otherwise I have to travel all the way to the West coast to enjoy some!