Hell On High Quad Bock - Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
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1/5 rDev -58.3%
dull bronze hue that's surprisingly clear and no head. Smells extremely phenolic and boozey, lots of yeasty notes, banana with some esters. Body isn't as thick as youd expect but still pretty syrupy with dull carbonation. Cloyingly sweet like unfermented malt extract. Almost undrinkably sweet but the beer surprisingly hides the boozey notes pretty well. Almost no detectable hop character whatsoever and lots of DMS. If you can handle the sweet it makes for a quick and cheap buzz but other than that a pretty terrible beer. Astringent with the mouthfeel of blended porcupine. Sweetness lingers far too long and makes you want to gag unless you're into getting your years with carbs in a single serving.
02-26-2014 15:42:03 | More by jtierney89
2.25/5 rDev -6.3%
Bought this for the ridiculously bad label.
Dull brassy orange, with a thin flaccid layer of white foam that disappears quickly. Good clarity, there's the stray solitary bubble rising now and then.
Dull aroma of wet grains, some sweet apple esters and slight alcohol as it warms.
Taste is harshly astringent with strong overt alcohol presence overshadowing the beer. A little syrupy and sticky in the finish, with lower carbonation. Bland and blah tasting, like concentrated envelope glue with a poorly masked alcohol burn. I guess the jokes on me... Dumped half the glass of this foul Lithuanian swill.
12-12-2013 01:19:08 | More by emerge077
3.29/5 rDev +37.1%
At 14% this beer is way too sweet for casual drinking. Honestly it tastes closer to a cheap wine than a beer. When poured into a glass the overpowering aroma of malted hops hits you like a ton of bricks. The color is a darker golden hue, with minimal lace, average carbonation and minimal foam. The taste is heavy and strong, sweetened by the overabundance of malts and sugars. A very strange brew indeed, hard to classify or review. In other words, you gotta try this one for the novelty factor. Satan in a trench coat and glasses smoking a cigarette and holding a poodle on the label tells you off the bat that this is not normal.
03-15-2014 19:43:38 | More by ronniebruner
3.79/5 rDev +57.9%
Didn't realize this was Lithuanian when I bought it, and then after reading these reviews I was worried I'd made a big mistake. But alas, I shouldn't have been. The beer pours a rather yellow light color with no head, but smells fine with no hint of the high alcohol content. Now I like strong beers and this doesn't disappoint in offering a good warm feel. Given it's 14% strength, it is fairly well hidden and entirely drinkable, abet in smaller quantities. It's sweet banana taste quickly abates with a pleasantly soft aftertaste. This is certainly not a 'by the glass' session beer, but I find myself returning to fill my 2 oz mini-glass many times. I would definitely buy this again, it's just the thing to keep the cold winter chill at bay. At $3.69 for 16.9oz this is really quite the deal. "I sveikata!"
02-11-2014 22:03:04 | More by tigermuffin
2.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Quad bock is all that caught my eye and I was sold. Had to try it... Never heard of the brewery..No biggie.. Only costs $3.49 for a 1PT .9FlOz .. suspicious.. Looked fine in the glass... All downhill from there. initial flavor quickly overpowered by sweet /sour high alcohol flavor. Continues to burn the whole way down, and tounge still feels the tang 15 minutes later.... I have had acid reflux with a better mouthfeel than this. Made it though 1/3 and the drain enjoyed the rest.
10-27-2013 02:39:35 | More by vladimerjr
2.91/5 rDev +21.3%
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has lousy retention. The head is an off-white while the body is a pale amber that looks like a mix between pale amber and golden straw when held up to the light. There are a few traces of lacing.
Nose- Lots of caramel. Some brown bread, a little bit of raisins. A lot duller than I expected which is somewhat of a positive as I expected it to be really messy and boozy. Swirling reveals some light bubblegum.
Taste- Starts with caramel, brown bread, some burnt toast, raisins, and slight bit of woodiness. All of this melds together to show a lot of bubblegum and generic lollipop/hard candy. Not impressive except for the fact that it is a lot less offensive than I expected it to be. Low heat which is perfectly acceptable for a 14% beer. Reminds me a lot of some of the stronger scotch ales. Woodiness (mostly oak) and the burnt caramel grow to produce a less desirable flavor profile. A little too sweet on the linger for my tastes. Pretty much an average beer which doesn't really represent either of the styles it alleges to represent. It has some characteristics of a doppelbock but really none of a quad. Both the booze and sweetness escalate, making this a less palatable beer. I suspect that this might be better served chilled. Some notes of honey add to the cloying sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a touch of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation.
Drinkability- More easygoing than I expected. Pretty consistent with the quality you would expect for 3.50. It could definitely get you drunk for pretty cheap.
Overall- Surprising considering it's below poor rating. You might want to try- it's not that bad and it's pretty cheap. Won't buy it again though.
11-29-2013 02:09:36 | More by artoolemomo
3.04/5 rDev +26.7%
Appearance - If this is a bock, it must be a blonde doppelbock. The color was a golden yellow with a modest white head. Little lacing was left on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The beer smells like liquid candy. It smells sweet and certainly does not smell like beer.
Taste - My first impression of the taste is banana liquor. There really is not anything malty about this one that suggests a bock. The banana and candy notes may be more emblematic of a quad, but not a good one. The aftertaste contains notes of bananas that are not yet ripe. The taste is not bad, but it fits neither style in the name.
Mouthfeel - The beer is thick and coats the tongue. Again, I do not feel like the mouthfeel fits the profile of either style.
Overall - The beer is not as bad as I feared based on the reviews. That said, I am not exactly going to recommend this mess.
05-22-2014 00:13:09 | More by JohnnyHopps
Hell On High Quad Bock from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
64 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.