Olde English 800 - Miller Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Pegasus:
2.85/5 rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
I have wanted to sample Olde English "800" for quite some time. Friends who grew up in the inner city swear by this beer, so my curiosity was piqued.
Pours a medium gold color with a quite modest head. A pint glass will contain the contents of a properly poured 16 oz can with little overflow, so the head is pretty limited. Lots of lively carbonation, but not much lace. Strong aroma of cooked grain and alcohol. Taste is a bit rough, the heavy carbonation provides a stinging bite at the opening, followed by grain flavors, then a shift towards a subdued malty sweetness and moderately bitter hops. Alcohol presence is strong, quite potent and warming. This beer is best consumed quite cold. Lots of uncouth charm; if you want to hang with St. Inebrius, two or three 800's should do the trick.
Thanks for providing this sample, Johnny-Boy.
Serving type: can
06-15-2002 09:57:50 | More by Pegasus
More User Reviews:
2.13/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
2013 Olde English “800” - Reviewed 2/12/2013
"Michael Hagan's idea of a good time is to guzzle a few bottles of Olde English "800" Malt Liquor and smoke PCP with his fellow gang members in the slums of south central Los Angeles. There is no telling what might happen."
-"Life and Death with the Gangs" Time Magazine, August 1987
Olde English is poured tonight into a fluted crystal glass to best harness the carbonation and divert the aroma upwards. This does great things for the presentation of the malt liquor. The bubbles caress the sides of the glass and invite the drinker to partake in its refreshment.
Olde "800" stank like the back alley in funky north Philly where I once bought some black market copper pipe fittings. It stings the nostrils with hints of sex-panther and moldy soap. After careful consideration, I have determined that this is possibly the worst smelling 40 that we have ever tasted, but honestly when was the last time that anyone smelled something they tasted?
What is it that gives Olde English "800" its signature flavour? Is it the mysterious tang that accompanies the carbonation? Is it the back-sweetened corn malt? Is it the extra "e" in the word "Olde"? Does it bother you that I am spelling "flavour" like an englishman? All questions that come to mind when tasting the quixotic liquor.
I've run out of ways to describe how beer feels on the tongue. It feels like beer.
The aire of mystery that surrounds the 40 is palpable (or maybe its just the weird after taste). The sarcastic quotation marks that surround the "800" taunt the drinker. A true connoisseur will know that this is indeed what olde england would have enjoyed. Olde English "800" pairs well with traditional Bangers n' Mash, or even a mouthful of dirt with a side of monty python if real english fare is unavailable. This malt liquor is as dry as British humor, and as inviting as an Oxford boarding school. I will definitely be enjoying the 40 maybe eventually sometime in the future. Enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 16:52:59 | More by Newrad2
3.4/5 rDev +65.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving type plastic 40 oz bottle, with a football style grip.
Appearance, the beer is a light golden color. Just enough to obscure anything viewed through the bottle.
Smell Is Malty And Almost Metallic.
Taste follows the smell quite nicely, I do detect a subtle banana flavor like a hefe, but very light on the tail end
Smooth as can be
Overall a perfect malt beverage. If you are looking for a world class beer, stay away. No hops or sour to speak of, but for an American Malt Beverage, this is amazing and it gets better after each sip.
Not a big fan of the new plastic bottles, but I feel like it would hurt less to get hit by one of these.
Seek out the glass vintage, it seems to taste better.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 04:52:42 | More by tikk
Olde English 800 from Miller Brewing Co.
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