KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/2/2011. Served on tap in a chalice at Northdown. What the hell, it’s Three Floyds, let’s dive into some malt liquor!
My glass arrives with an already subdued head, more of a thin off-white film with a bit of a collar. The beer itself is a mostly transparent golden color that is a little hazy in the center.
The aroma is relatively faint. Gentle bready malts, some honey and caramel sweetness, creamed corn, grass, hay, and some herbs.
The flavor takes a few strange twists and turns. That is not language I would normally use, but the progression of flavors is more of contrast than flow. It starts out sweet, with some honey and bready grains. Next I get a tinge of herbs, grass, and spice. The flavor switches gears again with notes of sweet creamed corn, before finally finishing with a light prickly ethyl alcohol flavor.
There is some sweetness throughout, giving off a juicy or vegetable quality. The body is definitely on the full side for the style, which is definitely an improvement over most other offerings. The carbonation is slightly crisp and creamy, which is also better than average. There is a slight stickiness.
If I am to believe Three Floyds description of this beer, "this is what a malt liquor should be,""I think I might just not be a malt liquor guy. dinkle50 (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Super caramely. Tastes like a cheap malt liquor. Clear in appearance. No head. What Three Floyds did here is exactly what they wanted to. Malt Liquor at its finest. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours with a clear pale yellow hued body with a small white head that does not last. Aromas are grainy, grassy and corny. Some minerallity and mild sulfur. Flavors are sweet, corn, mild DMS, floral, light metal. Well hidden ABV. Lively bubbles and somewhat dry. Pretty decent. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Draft at 3F. Yep, this is still around. Something about fermented corn at a high percentage is just off putting. Very clear gold in a plastic cup, no head. Nose is grainy, no discernible hops, weird vomity note as well that is really gross. On tasting, initially it is pukey tasting, but that fades. Corn forward and boozy. Pretty miserable shit. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours a pale yellow color with a short lived white head. Smells like malt liquor. Really sweet and simplistic aroma. Sugar and corn with a bit of cereal and not much "real" malt aroma. Some sweet fruit esters, though. The sweetness dominates the flavor, too. Sugar, apples, cereal, and corn make up most of it. No hop flavor or bitterness to speak of.
Travlr (26070) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Draft at the source. Hazy yellow color, small white head. Aroma of grapefruit and straw. Taste is lemon rind and hay. Decent. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap at the Pizza Port Carlsbad pouring up deep gold with faint haze and small near white head. The aroma has fresh floral hop notes, a bit of spicy hops and then a pretty good load of malt sweetened lageriness. The taste is similar with a pleasing prickly yet gentle floral and spicy hoppiness that only briefly ventures away from hop flavor toward hop bitterness. It has a robust base of honey like sweetness and apple like sweet esteriness within an undercurrent of sugar sweet malts and lager yeastiness. I found really no flaws that just about define the style. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Gold with modest white head / Clean nose of corn and resin, / Medium body, sweet, fat with soft carbonation, and with good finish / Soft floral flavors of honey, popcorn, and candied orange / Not something that requires a lot of reflection, but fun and tasty. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
On tap at The Bavarian Lodge. Pours a clear, yellow-gold colored body with a finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is corn, sweet grain, and a touch of florals. Flavor is similar. Sweeter grain and cereal malts, corn, some florals, and a very light grass. Finishes dry and clean with a very light bitterness before leaving a short aftertaste. Medium-light, somewhat sticky body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty bland and generic beer, but it is a malt liquor and this is exactly what I expected. Very clean and lightly sweet while hiding the alcohol well. Not bad for the style. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Draft at PP Carlsbad. I think this is the first time ever that I have had a malt liquor on draft, and I paid a premium pint price. Golden pour, quite cloudy, with a thin fizzy head. Sweet corn, bad malt liquor fruit notes, rotten grain, and grassy bitterness. Yes it’s definitely a real malt liquor, but a pretty good one at that.