jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Sampled during RBWG Tampa 2015. 2007 vintage. Thanks to whoever supplied this .rar tick! Amber pour with a small head. The nose is a totally unappealing bomb of soy sauce and general signs of oxidization. Paper. Some red apple skin. Sherry. Flavor is similar. Knackered grain. Soy sauce. Caramel. Cloyingly sweet/salty. Not great, even in tiny doses. PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Liquors - 32 oz latch top bottle - dark golden pour, little to no head - attractive bottle and fancy gift box bumped the appearance up to a 3. Tried and tried - but cannot get a whiff of an aroma. Flavor has hints of vanilla, some cake mix sweetness and a lot of booze. Reminds me of some Eastern European Premium lagers. Very smooth for a malt liquor and does not have the feel of a 8.5% beer. Probbaly should not have drank this on an empty stomach.... BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
2006 Vintage bottle. Pours with a hazed golden body and a somewhat slow to fade white head. Aroma is straight unfermented wort, tons of crystal malt, raisins and apples. Smells very sweet, but tastes even sweeter...cloying infact. Toasty, sweet and raisins. Lots of oxidation. Did they forget to add yeast, or are there just WAY too many unfermentables in the grain bill? Lively bubbles. Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bottle, Vail Beer Fest.
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing.
Body is clear medium yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (grain), with strong notes of DMS and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, husky, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
I must say I had higher hopes (laugh if you will), but when I smelled the glass all I was confronted with was the usual riff-raff of a malt liquor (hell, I didn’t even know we had it classified here as such when I was sampling it). Whereas the Michelob Celebrate might actually fool a beginner into thinking it was a serious beer, this one couldn’t fool anyone. Total drainpour and I had to hold my tongue when the rep pouring asked what I thought of it. Could be worse I suppose, but it sure could be a lot better for such fancy-ass packaging. Glad I didn’t have to pay for this one. Sledutah (7527) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
2007 bottle at RBWG grand tasting
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Cloudy brown with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts and woody. Flavors of toasted malts and leather
Big f’in bottle (1 Quart, 14.5 oz), 2007 Vintage. This poured a clear, brilliant reddish orange with a nice cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up deep, artificially-sweetened caramel and toasted grains with hints of dark fruit surrounding.. also an odd alcohol-fueled metallic & herbal thing going on. The flavor had toasty drawn caramel, hints of chocolate, and peppery-spiced dark fruits.. decent components, but a messy presentation that culminated in a tacky, hot herbal finish. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the middle, but hot alcohol marrs the finish a bit. This was OK. GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Flip top bottle (2007) at Coppertail Brewing during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of malt, wheat, caramel. Tastes of caramel, malt, toffee. Medium-light body with a dry finish. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours a clear golden with a well-lacing frothy white head. Potent alcohol and noble hop aroma has some grainy corn to it. Starts dry and thin with lots of adjunct flavor and burning alcohol. Slightly better than regular Budweiser, but charging $12 for this is absolutely rediculous. Thanks to JPDIPSO for sharing his bottle so I didn’t have to waste my money buying a bottle. There are a lot of better malt liquors for much cheaper. Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Big headed, yellow and very still. Silky consistency. Pretty corny ... not just the concept, but the flavor, too. Pretty much a Bud, but with the warming power of the 8.5%. Look, I really appreciate A-B’s attempts to do something better, but is an aged, amped-up version of their adjunct-heavy pale lagers really a step in the right direction? Patrickctenchi (6592) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle: 2005 Vintage
Deep, clear, bubbly golden-amber with a yellow-white head.
Aroma is strong hay, wood, syrupy fruit, butter.
Taste is a bit oxidized after 9 years of aging, but still remarkably carbonated.
Sweet hay, grass, caramel taste.
Feels darker than it is...not bad for such an old-timer.