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Olde English 800 High Gravity - Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800 High GravityOlde English 800 High Gravity

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.19
pDev: 35.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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Reviews by Brad007:
Photo of Brad007
3.24/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First, a little story about how I came to possess this bottle of OE 800 HG. A friend was heading out of state and posted a picture of OE 800 HG at a liquor store to Facebook. I went, "Wow, I have to have this!", being that we can't find it in VT and I hadn't already ticked it off. I am the kind of guy who will try just about any beer once and it shows if you look at my reviews. It's who I am and it's not just beer. Anyway, friend snaps up the beer and being that we're both busy people, it takes a while to land in my hands. Now that I finally have it, I can't wait to review it. It helps that I have a pizza in the oven too.

Pours a nice yellow-gold color with a thin head into my glass. It seems pretty well carbonated too.

Lots of sweet, sweet adjuncts upfront. It's what I was expecting. Most malt liquors don't go past 6%-7%, despite our generous cap of 16%.

Ditto for the flavor. Corn, grain etc. But, it's mellowed out over time. It's actually pretty drinkable. I think that the higher ABV keeps the sweetness of the adjuncts in check.

Mouthfeel goes well with my pizza too. Washes it down clean. Very nice. No alcohol bite here.

I just want to say that this is a very nice malt liquor and I'm glad that I could try it. If it's one of those days where you want to drink cheap but you want a little more refinement, this does the trick.

Brad007, Nov 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -20.1%

cam477, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Dmann
2.35/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad at all for a "High Gravity" Malt Liquor. It poured a darker gold color than most of this style but with the same fizzy white head that left as quickly as it came. The smell was adjunct all the way with a very grainy, earthy scent that was not too pleasent. The taste was better than expected. The sweet malt dominated the flavor with a bit of grain flavor and an underlying aftertaste of alchohol. Better than Steele Reserve any day...but then again that isn't saying much!

Dmann, Aug 01, 2004
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2/5  rDev -8.7%

HerbMeowing, Aug 04, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -31.5%

bif_fat_sellout, Nov 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -8.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Retroman40
2.63/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a golden yellow with a one finger head that retreats to a good lace throughout.

S - Fruity with some grain.

T - Tangy with a fruitiness with some slight grain/hop taste.

M - A little on the syrupy side with a decent bite.

O - Considering the price and the 8% ABV this is not a bad beer. Granted, it must be served and consumed ice cold.

Retroman40, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of brewerburgundy
1.35/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

24oz can, jam jar for a drinking vessel, and I forgot to look for freshness dating (as if it matters).

The color of a dehydrated human's urine, dark apple juice. Rather a nice whitish head, better than some macro lagers, that fades to a ring in a minute.

Sweet with apple juice notes. Industrial chemicals, corn.

Sweet, very processed apple juice, preservatives out the ying-yang. Creamed corn, a sour, almost hoppy twinge on the finish fading into a continually objectionable and chemical laden aftertastes. You know there is 8% abv too.

Fizzy and light, though with more body than macro lagers.

None, I can't stand the manufactured and treated flavor. It isn't refreshing and it warms the belly, firewater in the truest sense.

Since I already consumed the KBS I had wanted to be my 100th review, I thought a gag (literally) review would be funny. Joke's on me, my 100th review ended up being my first drain pour.

brewerburgundy, May 16, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's nothing like pouring yourself an Imperial pint from a 40 of HG800! It just doesn't seem normal - and yet, it gives a much better appearance from a glass than a paper bag! But all kidding aside, this is not a bad malt liquor. This is the original, with an actual 8% alcohol by volume; and it's much better than their lower alcohol version.

The body is a clear yellow when held to the light, but appears more amber in the glass. It's creamy, bright white head holds surprisingly well for a beer with so much alcohol; and it slowly drops to a thin surface covering, leaving some nice lace at the outset. Sweet, very lightly grainy malt greets you in the nose with a very delicate fruitiness. It's quite clean. It's medium-bordering-on-full bodied with a fine carbonation that's lightly effervescent and gently caresses the tongue. Crisp yet smooth. The flavor delivers a lightly grainy maltiness that's somewhat surprising as most examples as so obviously adjunct laden, and it's sweetness is tempered more by its alcohol than its low-key bitterness. It finishes drying despite its sweet malt with a wash of drying alcohol and dull bitterness - although some malt does linger. Overall, it's a surprisingly clean and well-made malt liquor that probably deserves a little more respect than it gets.

NeroFiddled, Aug 22, 2003
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1/5  rDev -54.3%

DOCRW, Jan 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +48.4%

wejohnsn, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty. Taste is a combination of malts, corn, and alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew as far as malt liquors go.

tone77, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
2.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the 40 oz. bottle marked AUG3109-DO5111908. Sampled on December 15, 2009. After looking at earlier reviews I was expecting the worst. But quite frankly, I did not think this was as bad as all that. The pour was a hazy pale yellow with a generous supply of fizzy head. The aroma was of mild malts and hops with almost no noticeable alcohol, which tends to be common in these high gravity beers. The taste was a bit tart and pungent but not offensive. This is not the kind of beer I would buy regularly but for the purposes of this review, it was tolerable.

puboflyons, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of bigjohn
2.23/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As far as I am concerned, this is the best 40 available. That's not necessarily the highest praise, but on occassion, when cash is tight, a 40 is a nice option. This is not nearly as common as its non-high gravity cousin, in fact, I usually have a hard time finding it. The beer is a dark golden color, when consumed out of the bottle, some head is stirred up. The smell is somewhat unpleasant, it is reminiscent of burnt vegetables. The taste is slightly astringent, but it goes down smooth enough, in fact, I think it has a unique and fairly pleasant flavor. As far as drinkability goes, the alcohol definitely starts to get to you, and if you take your time finishing it, the warm remnants become extremely unpleasant. Gotta keep this one cold.

bigjohn, Mar 09, 2004
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1.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Beerman420
1.05/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, only a 40 of OE can give me a hangover. Not good. Have a glass of water nearby.
A - Like SR it does look like beer.
S - Oh no, if they had a -5 this is where it would rank.
T - Worse than Steel Reserve. That's pretty bad.
M - Not good. I guess the taste has a lot to do with the mouthfeel with this beer.
D - Bad. Of course once you're drunk it all tastes good until the morning.
Drunkablility - Way too high. +10

Beerman420, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of foxyaardvark27
1.5/5  rDev -31.5%

foxyaardvark27, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of CraigTravor
1/5  rDev -54.3%

CraigTravor, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckily, this sample, poured from a 40 oz. clear bottle was neither skunked nor spoiled. Olde English High Gravity 800 has a thick, white head, and a deep golden appearance, with spider-web lacing. Aroma is sharp, pungent, corny, and even bready. Taste is rich and fruity, but not overly sweet or alcoholic. Mouth-feel is medium and crisp. Overall, this is a very enjoyable drink; one of the better malt liquors on the market. Unfortunately, it has a limited distribution (not available in Louisiana). I like this one and would recommend that you try it.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 02, 2010
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1.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

40 oz clear bottle gives a crack and a hiss and off we go...pours a very clear, medium gold color with a fairly dense and creamy white foam. Retention is surprisingly good, as is the lacing. Pretty good looking beer if you dont know where it came from.

Nose is corny grain sweetness with a hint of cardboard and sweaty feet. Not appealing, but not necessarily horrid either.

Sweet and corn syrupy. Thick mouthfeel. I already know I wont be finishing this bottle, should have gotten this beast ICE cold first. I dont mind some regular OE every once in a long while, but this is not really all that fun to drink. Sweetness is pretty overwhelming with virtually no hops to help. The only other flavors I am getting is some lager yeast sulfur and heavy alcohol. Carbonation keeps things moving along better when drank straight from the bottle. Pretty foul concoction here, even by malt liquor standards.

twiggamortis420, Jul 08, 2010
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2/5  rDev -8.7%

warpedrevolution, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of FreshHawk
2.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Not a bad pour. Very light apple juice colored gold with a large, light, fluffy, sticky, bright white head. Somewhat thick, very good retention, and a decent patchy lace.

S - Pretty subdued. Sweet corn and malt with a touch of cooked vegetable. Some of that overly sweet, slightly tart and acidic apple, but not in a good way. Slight alcohol.

T - Typical malt liquor flavors. Sweet corn and malt flavors. A lot of sweet candish apple mid sip toward the finish. A bit of a cooked vegetable flavor as well. A bit of an off floralish flavor. Definite grainy finish.

M - Light, thin body with average carbonation. Dry, sticky finish.

D - Not offensive, but no where near easy to drink. Sweet, alcoholy, and a touch cloying/sticky. Not easy to drink plenty of.

Notes: Meh, not overly impressed, but what I more or less expected. Average high gravity malt liquor. Overly sweet with corn and apple and alcohol.

FreshHawk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of dreis
2.5/5  rDev +14.2%

dreis, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of erosier
1.73/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is basically to drink when you just want some booze for cheap. Pours the way it looks in its clear bottle - golden amber color with a tall but airy white head that settles fast. It smells of really pungeant malts and a touch of hops. These flavors aren't mixed well together and they don't really mask the alcohol at all. It has a sharp mouthfeel and it's not very drinkable.

erosier, May 09, 2008
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Olde English 800 High Gravity from Miller Brewing Co.
56 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.