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Werewolf - Rinkuškiai

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 124
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 23.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Vvall on 02-01-2008

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Photo of Zach136
3.94/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy orange, with a one finger rocky light beige head.

Aroma/Flavor: Fruity, yeast driven aroma, with a touch of acetaldehyde. Some bready malt character as well. Malt character is more present on the palate as caramel and bread with aforementioned yeast character. Less green apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body (336 characters)

Photo of justinp444
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smell of raw sweet malt, peach, apple, dried, fruit, and candi sugar. Taste of candi sugar, sweet malt, apple, prunes, figs, dried fruit, and syrup. It is overly sweet with a moderate to full mouth feel. (246 characters)

Photo of wedge6128
3.66/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is great beer! I like almost exclusively Stouts with deep flavor and this is not that, and yet it is great, the flavor is rich with hints of honey and orange. Id love to have this on a hot day. THe 8.2% ALC by volume doesn't hurt either. If you are on the fence about this one pick it up it is fantastic! (309 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Oddly reddish brown in color with a murky complexion. There's a trace of beige head mostly present around the rim of the glass and barely elsewhere. The aroma is rather off putting with loads of malt and alcohol. The flavor is packed with loads of malt and the alcohol is detectable. The mouth is sticky and chewy. (318 characters)

Photo of barczar
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper with a frothy cream head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

Booze, dark candi sugar, nutty caramel malt, raisins, and plums form the aroma.

Flavor is less appealing, beginning with a metallic note that lingers throughout. I can tell the base toasted malt is nice, with brown sugar sweetness accenting the underlying notes of dates, figs, and prunes.

Body is a tad light for the style, with fairly low carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Could be a really nice beer, but that metallic/tangy character kills it. (536 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Quique for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable and not all that bad for what it is. (563 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber pour with a dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing. The nose is of malt against a strong alcohol background. Medium body with a smooth texture. Low carbonation level. The flavor profile is two dimensional - caramel malt sweetness over a strong alcohol background. The hop level is so low it's almost undetectable. As it warms, and the palate becomes accustomed to the alcohol, the sweetness comes forward. On the finish, it flows from sweetness to an alcoholic aftertaste. A good, but not great, beer. More hops and dark malt would improve this one a great deal. (571 characters)

Photo of Burzhuin
5/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is the best Beer I ever tried. The only problem it is hard to find it in Boston area. I agree that it would be useful to have expiration date. But based on my experience in our local store Winchester Wine and Spirits (Winchester, MA) you should buy all what you see. I remember they got 20 bottles and I (how stupide of me) bought only six. I came next Saturday and they were already sold out. Now I have to wait till they get another shipment. (447 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I found this 500ml bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $2.99. Cool label but no freshness date.

The beer poured a murky apple cider color with a 1-finger white head. Short lived retention and almost no lacing.

The aroma was on the sweet side Toffee/maple syrup smell with bready malt and a good dose of alcohol.

Very sweet caramel and bready malt flavor with a lot lot lot of alcohol. Huge and unpleasant alcoholic aftertaste as well. Yuk!

Medium bodied with medium high carbonation.

Not very drinkable. A waste at any price. (537 characters)

Photo of AmitC
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So picked this stuff from a bottle shop in Chattanooga, TN out of curiosity of trying some import from Russia. Turns out this is from Lithuania.

Anyways.

Pours a brown colored liquid. Deep amber with copper and brown hues inside the glass. Almost one finger thick tan colored head that disappears very very quickly. Leaves nothing behind. No lacing. Some bubbles seen rising up. Slight haze.

Extremely rich malty sweetness with caramel and toasty character. Alcohol is not apparent. Seems like some dry fruit as well, some figs may be. But very off setting aroma. Not inviting at all. No phenol, alcohol or hops are felt.

Hits the tongue with all the sweetness there is. Looks richer in molasses. Full of caramel, bad toffee taste and flat single sided malt taste. Tastes a bit unfermented. Finish is sweet. Some alcohol is felt. A bit of carbonation and alcohol add some value to an otherwise flat malt taste. No bitterness, but some hops must have been used to prevent the sweetness from overpowering.

Medium to slightly full bodied. Moderate to slightly high carbonation. N oastringency except for some moderate alcohol feeling that creeps in with taste. Sweet on palate. Difficult to finish.

Style Rate: 3.75
Personal Rate: 2.75 (1,244 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours an amber/copper color with a thin head, leaving almost no lacing at all..

Smell - The smell is amazing. Toffee, very malty and bready, brown sugar, and syrup..?

Taste - Extremely sweet.. almost overbearing. Toffee, sugar, malt, bready, and a pretty strong alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - If not for the alcohol bite, I would probably like this very much. (420 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark purple and brown with a little white head. I like the color.

S - Woozy boozy alcohol and grape flavored Tootsie Roll Pops. Smells potent.

T - Heavy on the grainy cereal flavors with some molasses on the back end.

M - Heavy and thick. This is a beast!

Not so good. I found all of these Lithuanian beers at a really low price so I had to pick them up, but none of theme have been anything special. They are all REALLY high ABV too. (443 characters)

Photo of ChaserBD04
2.37/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber hue, nothing special. Didn't get much lacing.

S - Sweeter, malty scent. Made me moderately excited for the taste.

T - Extremely metallic up front!!! Others have said this but before I even read the reviews this was the first thought that came to mind. The metallic taste is there at the beginning and especially strong in the end. Yuck.

M - I felt this beer to be very flat and metallic. It's a pretty difficult beer to get through.

O - I have realized over time that this company makes a lot of coin off high alcohol content beers. Maybe the fact that I was paying three bucks should have tipped me off and although this isn't worse than Before After, it's still extremely difficult to get through a bottle. (722 characters)

Photo of mscudder
2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've seen this on the shelves a number of times and I finally bit the bullet and grabbed a bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours an amber hued copper with a thin off-white head, despite my best efforts to force a head out of the bottle.

S - Some bread and sweet malts. Pretty boring.

T - I get some metallic hops up front, kind of painful to be honest, alongside some fruits and apple. The metallic note sort of lingers on throughout the taste making this a rough experience. As the beer warms the fruit becomes more dominant and the metallic notes recede. This is still far from desirable, although a sharp jump from its cold counterpart.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some strong carbonation. Bottom line this is hurting my mouth a bit.

O - There are few beers that I refuse to finish until it warms, otherwise it is unbearable. (834 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Pours out a beautiful amber that is strangely opaque and not translucent. I cannot see my hand on the other side of the glass in spite of the liquid looking clear. Very strange. Almost no head to this beer, just a slight foamy residue on top after the pour.

-Smell 4.0: Very, very nice bouquet. Deep aroma of barley and grains. Slight hop overtones. Promising.

-Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sour with a pleasant bitterness. Also somewhat sweet. Middle is big and filled with barley and caramel malts. Finish is slightly sour again and has a very subdued hoppy kick. Aftertaste is long and after a mild, high-palate bitterness, there is a very refreshing and long alkaline hop flavor. There is, however, a troubling metallic aftertaste.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: A higher level of carbonation could have really elevated the taste of this beer.

-Overall 3.5: This beer sat in the cool temperature of my basement for over a year before I tried it, so that may explain why my review is so wildly different from others. It is my opinion that this beer is refreshing and has a depth of flavor and aroma that sets it apart from many other beers. I never tasted the high alcohol content; everything was smooth and enjoyable. I did, however, notice a large amount of sediment on the bottom which is a result of the beer aging in the bottle. (1,377 characters)

Photo of jmunsters
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber color with almost no carbonation and absolutely no lacing. Smells like what you would imagine an artificial lager syrup smelling like. Incredibly sweet and malty with a lot of cheap alcohol. Leaves a metallic aftertaste. Overall about on the equivalent of any generic malt liquor in the States. Absolutely nothing about this is Belgian in style. Drinkable, but only for a purpose other than enjoyment. (422 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.7/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Straight amber with light bubbles on the body. Head is fragile literally as I am sipping it, it starts dissipating. Head which is white is roughly 1/3".

Smell: Light light yeast, a feel of hops but still satisfying.

Taste: This taste is every where almost marzen like with it's cream feel. You feel the yeast in the taste, improving more and more as you get closer to the end.

Mouth: Not as sticky as I like but in the end really smooth, barely even taste the 8.2 abv level.

Overall: Listen for under four bucks this beer was a steal, I have paid more for much crappier Belgian style beers and this will leave you with a smile. I hope you enjoy and appreciate it as much as I have. Salud! (736 characters)

Photo of Derranged
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a Palm tulip.

A- Pours a nice dark amber color with a thin white head. So far so good.

S- This is where it takes a bad turn. Very malty. Sugar, toffee mixed in with cheap lager. I'm also getting a metallic solvent like aroma.

T- A little better than the smell but not by much. There isn't much to the flavor other than malt and artificial sweetener. Solvent like flavor at the end. But overall pretty bland.

M- Medium carbonation and thickness, numbs lips a little.

O- A Belgian Dark Ale? Meh, I guess. Not really sure what the brewery was trying to accomplish with this one. I have another bottle which of course I will drink. (662 characters)

Photo of FDNYemt
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very light amber color with no visible head upon pouring. The beer had absolutely no ribboning. It was very sweet. Overall not a horrible brew but not one of the best either. The bottle appearance is unique with the half wolf label. The high alcohol content is a nice feature. (276 characters)

Photo of Zorro
1.65/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Severely hazed amber colored ale with basically no head.

Smell is sweet malt syrup and nothing else. Yeah it is that lame.

Starts out sweet and noticeably alcoholic. Malt with some fusel alcohol tastes and a slight bitterness. Frankly though this doesn't get quite to the level of St. Ides Malt Liquor for taste.

Mouthfeel is average or so.

Overall this is a big bottle full of crap. There is nothing to recommend this beer at all. AVOID! (442 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.82/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light red, almost amber in color, relatively clear, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty smell, plus some other aspect I can’t quite identify. It’s sweet and slightly starch-like in smell – i.e. somewhat toasty or bread-like. Very interesting smell though.

Taste – much like the smell, there’s mostly a malt taste, but there’s more hop taste there than what is noticed in the smell. The sweet bread-like aroma is also there in the taste. Interesting aftertaste that’s almost like a Pilsner.

Mouthfeel – good balance in general, but it leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall – very interesting and thought provoking taste, which in itself is also pretty good. Good brew overall! (806 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.92/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewery Rinkuškiai : Werewolf
Bottle States "You must be sure you wanna taste it"

Appearance: Cloudy maroon color with soapy white head and quite a bit of yeast sediments, this is ale.

Smell: Fruity, malty and alcoholic, like most of the range from this brewery. No detectable Belgian yeast, but some ale yeast of some sorts is responsible for the fruityness.

Taste: Malt forward with some brown sugar, caramel and faint date notes. Hop bitterness is enough to keep the syrupy sugary malt character in check. Some warming alcohol is noticed. To get a beer this high in ABV, a rediculous amount of malt was used. It tastes like that.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, semi smooth with lingering hop bitterness riding a wave of caramel.

Overall: Not sure what to call this. There is nothing Belgian about this, so it may be mis-categorized. It is strong ale, but if anything it most closely resembles an English Barleywine. Interesting, and not without its charms. (980 characters)

Photo of bluHatter
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with almost no head, deep red/amber, slightly cloudy.

S: Strong cinnamon overtones, apple, spice, cherry and everything nice. I really like the smell.

T: Cherries, cinnamon, tart. Easy.

M: A little carbonation, wish it had just a little more.

O: A great beer for October, but make sure to inhale as you drink, as over half of the flavor comes in through the nose. (377 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting label and bottle. Poured into my crystal mug the beer has a murky amber red mahogany color. A tan head builds about
One finger high but disappears immediately with no lacing.
The smell is quite fruity. Cherry, plum, peach, fig and sweet malt.
Tasting this beet I was reminded more at a Doppelbock than a dark Belgium Ale. The fruity notes up front, the sweet malt notes kick in, in the middle, being finished with a distinct alcohol taste.
Very sweet beer, interesting in character. (494 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up to check "Lithuania" off my list of countries. Bought at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a stagnant reddish copper with a two finger head that quickly faded to leave minimal halo.

S - Some sweet malts and some cherries. Not digging it, smells very sweet and fake, and metallic.

T - Not digging the taste either. Mor eof the same with super sticky sweet fruit easters. Metallic is still slightly there.

M - Only halfway decent quality about this brew. Somewhat crisp, but, still syrupy.

O - Overall, really didnt care for this beer at all. So many, hell, "average" examples of this style, not this junk. Still, go Lithuania! (656 characters)

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