Before-After - Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
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1.43/5 rDev -43%
500ml bottle - $2.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Crystalline, light golden-amber body with a small, sudsy white head.
Smell: Shockingly corrosive ethanol and a secondary whiff of something artificial, something ominous wafting up from this sad, shameful brew. It's a real feat to pick up any accents of malts or dark fruits.
Taste: Sugar and palate cutting alcohol annihilating any complexities, any subtler flavors, or really any hope for anything beyond a truly dreadful beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Reprehensible before, during, and after.
01-06-2012 17:47:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.45/5 rDev +37.5%
Semi fizzy head fades semi quickly with no lacing and head is completely gone soon, over golden nectar orange color.
Nose plenty of wheat, reddish malts, a light syrupy molasses candy aroma, some dark fruit raisin, fig, dried apricot, little booze.
Taste very sweet, wheats, malts, reddish wheat and malt, syrupy candy, some booze, hot, candi sugar, dried fruits white raisin, dried fig apricot and date, chewy malts. Finishes still semi sweet, lingering sticky malts, bit of fruit too.
Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, low carbonation, hot booze.
Overall not bad, nice wheat and malt flavors, chewy malts, good fruits, but too sweet and not enough carbonation.
06-10-2011 02:15:49 | More by jlindros
3.53/5 rDev +40.6%
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy slightly dense deep orange body with a thin bubbly head that breaks up soon and is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.
S- The soft sweet malt aroma as a melanoidin quality and a touch of honey but is otherwise pretty clean.
T- The slight taste of butter blends with pot caramel and a light melanoidin note to the dry finish. There is some honey notes and a caramel banana ester note that comes through as the beer warms. As it warms the malt takes on a pale malt jolly rancher flavor.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has an alcohol heat that is gentle in the beginning but grows to a full burn in the back of the throat.
O- The clean lagered beer has some nice malt notes with some ester character but this beer is a bit thin for the big alcohol that soon dominates.
06-27-2011 20:33:27 | More by rhoadsrage
3.38/5 rDev +34.7%
Pours a one, three-finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied (thinner than I expected). Light alcohol and caramel nose, flavor has hints of alcohol, caramel, hops are in background, not cloying. Not as bad as the ratings suggest. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
01-13-2011 23:22:37 | More by jdhilt
1.7/5 rDev -32.3%
With a tag highlighting the 12% abv around the bottle, you know what the marketing angle is for this beer (too bad it wasn't 12% off in price). Poured into a tall pilsner glass.
Off the pour manages a small yellow caramel like head with a hint of orange, doesn't stick around or leave a collar, no lacing at all either. The body color is strange. It's a very obvious orange to some amber, cloudy, even some flakes in the glass also. This looks strange.
Nose is not too bad, but smells mostly like artificial candy and a small dose of cinnamon. Where is the malt, or even something like chocolate? Not even very sweet smelling, just some noticeable alcohol, odd.
Taste is a major letdown but what else with this sense of heat and artificial candy nose coming? Boozy hot, feels seltzer like, over fermented orange juice, not cinnamon candy not in a fun way, more like cough syrup. Fusel alcohol finish, faint malt just barely making a presence but can't make a dent.
Overall, this is really terrible, when you can have standard like Ayinger Celeberator or Weihenstephan Korbinian why would you even want this? Troegenattor please!
03-11-2012 18:42:26 | More by smakawhat
2.42/5 rDev -3.6%
Grabbed at the local food coop. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy orangeish-yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.
The aroma was alcohol and bananas. Maybe a hint of rum. The flavors were pretty much the same. The body was thin, yet still managed to be sticky. While not terrible the beer was unpleasant enough to make 10 ounces tough to drink. I'm glad I shared the rest of the bottle. I'm not sure how the guys I shared it with felt about it though.
Overall, a below average beer. Try it for the hell of it, but you won't be missing anything if you skip it.
12-31-2010 03:09:43 | More by beertunes
2.15/5 rDev -14.3%
Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice orange amber with virtually no head no lacing. Sour grain aroma. Taste is light sweet malt and alcohol. A kind of caramel flavor in the middle, but it is overwhelmed by alcohol and an acidic, estery flavor. Not very good. Hopefully won't give me a headache.
08-01-2012 22:25:54 | More by LiquidAmber
2.33/5 rDev -7.2%
500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt, sugar and booze. Unfortunately the taste is similar to the aroma. I think it tastes mostly like sugary booze, with some grainy malt noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's syrupy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. This certainly wasn't one of the better brews I've had lately. But I also finished the bottle without a problem so it wasn't exactly awful either. $2.49 a bottle.
11-23-2013 22:52:59 | More by bluejacket74
2.25/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured with a small, short lived, off white head and no lace. Color is a clear amber. As soon as I opened the bottle I got a whiff of the malt. Aroma also has lots of grain, caramel and circus peanuts. Flavor's about the same and very sweet. Body is like I'd expect from a beer this sweet, full and thankfully there's enough carbonation to cut through it. Finish is like flavor and has some length. Probably won't finish it.
08-14-2010 22:10:20 | More by drpimento
2.03/5 rDev -19.1%
Pours a golden, dark orange color. Definitely a bit too bright. I must have agitated the bottle a bit on the way, cloudy yeast poured out near the end. Started with a cream colored couple fingers of head, but dissipates to nothing pretty quick. Aroma is malty, fruity sweet. There's some fusel alcohol that burns the nostrils. Same for the taste: some malty, fruitiness and alcohol. There's nothing complex about it. It's straight forward sweetness and alcohol. It's creamy, and mostly full bodied, no real carbonation to speak of though.
It's not the worst thing... but it's not to style even despite the alcohol, and it's just not worth drinking.
01-20-2012 04:40:02 | More by EgadBananas
2.15/5 rDev -14.3%
I wish I had remembered that I had tried Lobster Lover's beer from this brewery, and really didn't like either version that I tried. I thought this bock was worth a try, but I was sadly mistaken.
In a pint glass this beer was a gold color with just a rim of white head.
Strong aroma of alcohol, not pleasant, with a bit of sweet malt.
Mostly boozy taste, a tiny bit of caramel malt.
The mouthfeel was very sharp. Can't believe this is a bock. It bears no resemblence to a bock.
08-07-2010 01:08:19 | More by lordofthewiens
1.1/5 rDev -56.2%
Pours a deep amber color, mild clarity. Super thick looking, low carbonation, and minimal head, even after an abrasive pour. The smell... ugh, the smell. The alcohol in this beer is WAY too overpowering - smells nearly like rubbing alcohol. Other hints in the nose: musk, mold, cheese, onions, corn, wheat, dirty grains, wet cardboard. The taste isn't too far behind - hot from the alcohol with notes of musty old basement, dirty earth, cheap corn grains, and funky onion. Taste like absolute puke, and I'm trying to be nice here. Sweetness is abundant from the malt, as well, so much so that it's cloying and nasty. Hops? Where are they? It doesn't matter, nothing could save this beer. Thick, syrupy, sticky, and heavier than lead on the mouth.
Good God, this beer is downright awful. I tried, I really did. I muscled down about half the glass and had to pour the rest down the drain. It got far worse as it warmed up. A colossal train wreck of alcohol, adjunct grains, malt, and whatever the hell else is in this beer. Head for the hills, this is the worse beer I've had.
11-21-2012 17:55:43 | More by tectactoe
3.73/5 rDev +48.6%
Nifty label, like the Founders Double Trouble. The 'before' shot (upside down bottle) is some bow-tied homer, the 'after' shot (right-side up) is a lady with much hair.
Appearance - a honey-amber pour, a thin head of foam struggles for coverage, yet manages a few lace legs. This still had a few patches of cover despite some extended minutes of sippage.
Aroma - a heavyish grain aroma, a note of sweetness but a pretty tight nose for the most part.
Taste - pure malt-driven as any uber-bock should be. The sweetness is interesting, brown sugar-like, maybe licorice, maybe it's just the grain showing a touch of roast. The abv is clean, complementary, not really hot like I thought it'd be. Swallows very warm, and the finish is neat with a slight drying and hop bite. It's a doppel on steroids and a little off balance at 12%, but it's pretty tasty.
Mouthfeel - smooth, not too heavy for the style, well done!
Drinkability - a thumbs-up for this Lithuanian surprise. Pretty nice value too at just $3 a half-liter. I'll have to set one of these down for posterity to see how it ages.
06-12-2010 06:04:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5 rDev +48.6%
$2.79 for a single @ Merchants. Opens with a very mild "Psssht", pouring out to a limpid golden-orange, not really forming a head. The aroma is of port, mead, and bananas foster. The mouthfeel is syrupy with a very dense body. The taste is a combination of port and mead sitting on top of a lightly boozy huge pale malt middle, with a mild bitterness, richly sweet, and a grainy finish. This is like liquid bananas foster...sweet, syrupy, rich, thick, gooey. 1 bottle is plenty to share. I feel warmth down the gullet. Interesting.
I was a little scared of this beer. I thought it would be a hot adjunct laden mess, but it's actually quite tasty when you're in the mood for something like this. Try it out. It's worth the $3 for sure.
01-05-2011 02:05:48 | More by Mitchster
2.75/5 rDev +9.6%
Look: Translucent brownish orange in color with 1/8 head and no retention or lace
Smell: Sweet caramel malts, candy syrup and dark fruits
Taste: Follows the nose. This one is very sweet to the point were I didnt want to drink it anymore. Caramel malts and some dark fruits prunes and raisin
Mouthfeel: Was thinner than I thought it would be but still medium body with light carbonation and a bit of alcohol burn
Overall: Glad I tried this but I will not make that mistake again
07-16-2011 20:26:01 | More by DarthKostrizer
1.43/5 rDev -43%
I found these single, brown, 500ml bottles on the shelf at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $2.51 each. The label is kind of cool. When held with the "before" side up you see a caricature of an ugly woman. Turn the bottle upside down to the "after" side and she transforms into a beautiful girl. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the bottle.
The beer poured a clear brownish/orange color, but it only made a 1/4-finger's worth of white head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing whatsoever.
The beer smells really sweet with lots of caramel, candy-like sugars, and dark fruits. There is also a very pronounced alcoholic smell, which would be expected in a 12.0% abv beer.
Ugh, this beer is dreadful! Sweetened grain alcohol in a bottle. The caramel and dark fruits are in there but they can't overcome the power of the alcohol. No attempt to mask or blend the alcohol at all. It's terrible.
Thin for a dopplebock despite the sweetness. The low to moderate carbonation level is much too low for me.
I don't like to throw beer out, but this was complete drainpour.
07-18-2011 17:39:00 | More by matjack85
1.5/5 rDev -40.2%
I purchased this bottle lured in by the cool optical illusion label and the promise of 12% ALC. Unfortunately, these turned out to be the only highlights of the experience. Out of the bottle the beer was a dark golden color with a very short lived head of tan foam. Minimal lacing. The aroma was of booze, ethanol and some skunked malt. The flavors were about the same, dominated by the booze and ethanol with hints of something fishy and an acidic bite. Pure unadulterated garbage. The mouthfeel was slick, the body medium and the carbonation average. Not worth it and sadly one of the worst beers I’ve had in a while.
01-28-2012 12:04:57 | More by thekevlarkid
3.08/5 rDev +22.7%
I was not expecting much but was intrigued enough to try this "triple bock." After all, according to the label, "[t]his naturally fermented beer has the highest alcohol content in the Beer Country." The label defines "Beer Country" to be the Birzai region of Lithuania. Anyway, this is a decent, if strong, beer that actually does a good job of presenting a reasonably interesting, enjoyable beer for 12% abv. Overall, it is actually fairly reminiscent of another 12% abv beer, Bush/Scaldis de Noel, although I like this one a little better.
Orange-gold, it has a smallish off-white head immediately thinning to a very thin ring and leaving no lace.
Aroma is very malty - a meaty, syrupy raisiny character with light soapiness. It is very simple, very pungent, and not very pleasant. It is almost identical to the aroma of Bush/Scaldis de Noel and a lot like a really high abv, malty take on a malt liquor like, say, Steel Reserve 211.
Thankfully, taste and feel are a lot better. It is malty and overall like the aroma, but more pleasant. It has a spicey-sweet, faintly meaty, raisiny character with a hint of dough and rather like cheap, fortified wine with a hint of basic blended American whisky. It is one-dimensional, devoid of complexity, but nevertheless fairly pleasant. Alcohol is evident, but amazingly smooth, with a strong warming quality and not rough or unpleasant. It is surprisingly drinkable for all of this and for the high abv, but rather boring.
10-07-2010 21:00:32 | More by Offa
1.58/5 rDev -37.1%
A - Dark amber with absolutely no head.
S - This is so heavy on the alcohol that it actually sort of smells like vodka. Grainy, musty, and nasty.
T - Better than the nose. Yeasty, boozy, bready.
M - Heavy and sickly sweet. Not good.
This is really not a good beer. Ugh.
11-04-2012 18:22:27 | More by pmcadamis
Before-After from Rinkuškiai Alaus Darykloje
63 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.