Before-After - Rinkuškiai

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 84
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 23.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Lithuania

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-12-2010

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Photo of mariposafan
3.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was looking for a solo bottle that was relatively inexpensive. This one fills the bill.

Pours bright, bright orange with a pure soda-pop head. Very fizzy and the head dissipates almost immediately.

The aroma is interesting. It's very fruity - as much or moreso than some of the fruit beers I've tried. Sweet and malty with just a little alcohol peeking through.

The taste reminds me of bitter orange but it definitely has the sweetness of a high ABV dopplebock. The alcohol is very well masked for something with 12% ABV - it tastes more like 7%. As I drink more of it the maltiness starts to come forward but that odd orange flavor is still there. It's not bad, just odd.

The mouthfeel almost needs to be two different scores. The viscosity is almost perfect - not too thick, not too thin. The carbonation is overwhelming - more like soda than beer, very fizzy and coarse.

Overall I like it better than the scores would indicate, but it almost seems like a fruit beer instead of a dopplebock. The fruitiness just overwhelms the maltiness that I associate with dopplebocks. (1,078 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (663 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow amber with thin tan head and poor retention. Sweet boozy wheat aroma. Sweet and sour booze with touches of wheat and lager. Slick, sharp bite and a light fuzzy.

One word to sum this one up: Booze. It has one hell of an alcohol burn but what flavor there is (other than alcohol) is balanced but really it's just sweet grain alcohol. Nothing but a buzz in a bottle. (377 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.57/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cool bottle... the whole reason I bought it. Very thin head which immediately dissipated. Clear with bubbles rising. Smell is of rich full caramel malt and well straw actually. The taste is of fruity esters in a rich caramel brew... alcohol flavor is not prevalent despite 12%ABV. Mouthfeel is cheap and expected @ 2.75 per 16.9oz bottle. Overall definitely worth the experience and a hella cool bottle. (408 characters)

Photo of Fatherskull
2.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear Amber with ~1 finger of head. No lacing.

S - Little bit of butter and alcohol. Mild skunky smell, not all together pleasant.

T- Buttery (in a good way), lots of alcohol, sweet, sugary, grainy almost.

M - Light for the alcohol content.

D - I finished the pint but it was a lot of alcohol. Will not be having again. (327 characters)

Photo of abriggs1
4.01/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a surprise! This tasted boosey, but not as much as I would think being 12%. Very refreshing for such a powerful brew. A nice profile of caramel and skunky hops. I expected this beer to be terrible, but for less than $3 I was very happy. It went down way too fast for how strong it was. Probably why I'm feeling it so much today. Will seek out more. (353 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (373 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.71/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$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. (735 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (608 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.61/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Crazy Lithuanians!!! Pours a cloudy amber with zero head and very little carbonation. I assume this will be two things: overly sweet and very slick in the mouth. Nose carries some pineapple and caramel. Really sweet overripe pineapple at that. Maybe caramel-covered pineapple. Tiny bit of spice - maybe nutmeg, in there too. Flavor is to be expected. Very rich, sweet and no carbonation to balance it. Finish is almost non-existant and what there is is kind of unpleasant, like a metallic bitterness. The sweetness isn't as cloying as expected, but the middle carries almost only alcohol. This isn't great, but it's priced well at $2.49/half-liter. Kind of unique but ultimately not satisfying.

What I like Most: The price of $2.49/half-liter and ABV at 12%.

What I like Least: The lack of carbonation.

Verdict: Weird but well-priced and fun. (845 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
1.67/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a beer stein.

Appearance: Pours a lot like soda, except without the head. Absolutely no backbone to this beer. Clear, orange/lemon color with very light carbonation. The lack of head disturbs me.

Smell: Buttery alcohol aroma. Some clove action, perhaps, prunes, toffee (or caramel), very malty. It grows on you, just a touch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: An almost undetectable amount of carbonation coupled with the sweet, sickly taste of what may or may not have been sugar at one point make this one a real challenge. Banana, sage. Burnt sage. Goes down thinly, yet oily in its finish.

Drinkability: None. If I were not a man on a quest, it would easily be a drainpour.

The main selling point of this brew was the ABV (displayed in huge lettering on a tag on the neck of the bottle). That, and an increasing interest in bocks. I wasn't pleased, but I have had worse, so I can't fail Before-After. (929 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.01/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,469 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (424 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.18/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (477 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
2.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no freshness information on the label.

A- this one pours out a lighter than expected golden colored body with a small white head on it. the head is quick to fade and doesnt leave behind any lacing.

S- alcohol is the first thing that i notice, and its pretty intense. generic cereal grains. overly sweet. this is starting to be what is expected from a $2.50 bottle of beer.

T- the taste starts out with an overpowering sweetness. lots of bready malts and cereal grains. maybe a little bit of toasted bread. a strongly alcoholic bite.

M- the body is very thin for something this big. lots of warming from the alcohol. the carbonation is just about right.

D- i dont think ill have another of these anytime soon. (765 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,089 characters)

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