MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Copper, not much head. Nose is pretty clean, bit grassy. Flavor is reasonably crisp, a bit oversweet due to the strength of the brew but has a decent fruity base. Not too bad. reebetar (1) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
I used to think this had too much of an alcohol taste, but 'not' true... it has the classic Czech 'nutty' lager taste, with malt in spades, hops maybe as an afterthought... medium amber color, and an aroma that reminds me of driving by the Anheuser-Busch Fermentation building back in the Eighties, except that this delivers on the promise of all that aroma MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2003 This bottle may have been slightly old, but not mishandled. Pours dark yellow with a thin white head. Rich grassy and malty aroma. Clean, not fruity. Rich malty flavor, and no hop. Lingering malt flavor. Very nice, like a German Mai-Bock, or Urbock-23. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Flavors grows in your mouth with every sip. Gets stronger and stronger. Gold in color. Very pleasant do drink. Not a session beer though. High in alcohol. Fruity aroma. Has a thin palate. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
Not sure if it is the flavour or the 8% but this beer grows on you. Tastes a little "dirty" but overall rather interesting. Light fruity aroma. Dirty gold appearance with a light lasting head and lacing. Palate is thin if drunk cold, but smooths out with a warmer temperature. Slightly fruity, pleasant alcohol taste in a creamy blend. Not a Belgian but not bad at all.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Darker gold, with a small foam collar but it leaves decent lace. Interesting variation on malty aroma, with some grapey and meaty aspects folded in, leading into a fairly full bodied mouthfeel with a rough hewn, one might even say rustic malt flavor, but smooth and clean, just some earthy, smokey things lurking around the edges. Fairly deluxe, too bad about the simple bottle and limited availability of this though... Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2003
I disagree with some of the other reviews in that the alcohol is not hidden. There is a sweetness to the intial pull and it goes down well. I would not call this a session brew in that with the alcohol it would be a short session. andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Murky copper in color, almost opaque. Very small head. I don't really know how to describe the aroma, but it's not particularly inviting with alcohol present. Tastes like no other beer I've ever had. It's a rich flavor that lingers, nutty almost. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. This beer tastes better with each subsequent sip. Goes down very easy and the 8% alcohol goes straight to the dome. There may not be a finer beer for just getting drunk, because the taste doesn't blow you away. PorterPounder (8066) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2003 Hesitated opening this late at night for fear of a hangover the next day - but it was a long day at work...so - here goes. No head whatsover to this other than a microsecond gravity induced white skin cap - alcohol probably killed it. Attractive light orange appearance. The aroma is surprisingly sweet and fruit-like with a heavy alcohol backdrop to it. Flavor has a hint of a cheap Belgium to it - with some faint raisiny notes - but the prominent flavor is alcohol - but with more character than an American Malt Liquor. Goes down fairly smooth despite the high ABV - but not something you would want more than one of. You have to love the name too - Extra Boom! Wonder if they have some good Czech TV commercials for this? Ernest (7713) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, dense small/medium particles. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with a note of honey, hint of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Tons of yeast in the bottle was quite a surprise. Unexpected for a Czech strong lager...old bottle perhaps. Almost Belgian styled, like a biere de garde. The sourness that comes out in the finish doesn't seem quite right, so I will have to try again when I am more certain of freshness. Interesting at the very least.