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Zhiguly Grande 12 - Rinkuškiai

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Zhiguly Grande 12
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 22.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lauthaha on 10-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
2.72/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Random supermarket find, bombs away. Pours into a tulip glass with little fanfare, a thin film on the surface and a bright glassy orange color to it.

Butterscotch candy aroma, big and sugary, somewhat one dimensional but not bad when cold.

Flavor is cloyingly sweet, somewhere in the realm of cough syrup and squeeze bottle butterscotch topping. Ever just drink that stuff? Then this is the beer for you my friend. Harsh astringent alcohol on the back end. Peppery would be putting it lightly. To be honest, it's as if some medicine were mixed with sugar so a kid would swallow it. Slick and syrupy, boozy and incredibly sweet. Some oxidized malt notes surface as it warms. Low carbonation.

This is more of a Tripel Malt Liquor than any Doppelbock. Gross stuff, curiosity got the best of me after seeing the red bottle hang tag proclaiming 12% abv. Avoid.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Zhiguly glass at Vintage 301 a amber/bronze mix with a thinner slight off white head that was gone pretty quickly.Faint brown sugar and alcohol sweetness in the nnose,not much like a "real" doppelbock.Flavors of caramel and drunken fruit,a little grainy and toasty.Well its not a drain pour but it lacks in alot of things to be called a doppelbock in my opinion.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug) no date code
A- This beer has a slightly dense deep orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a thin wisp of off-white head that is soon gone before the first sip.
S- The aroma is pretty clean with a faint hint of pot caramel. T- The light caramel hint gives way to a carbonic acid bite in the finish and an alcohol fusel finish. There is some candy caramel sweetness in the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat but it shows up more in the flavor than in the mouthfeel. D- This beer has a light flavor with a big sweetness and a big alcohol bite in finish. It doesn't have many other flavors.

Photo of markzab
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of PorterPatrol
3.55/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big surprise in a 500ml bottle. I figured at this price, the "doppelbock" would taste like gasoline. A 12% lager?

Taste is strong, but uniquely well balanced for such a strong lager. Again, it's a lager. It's priced at $3.00 retail. Quite a steal actually.

You can feel the warmth of alcohol in your chest after the first sip. A nice winter warmer perhaps. Possibly a summer sipper.

Priced well for what it is. Big, strong, chest-hair beer from the Baltics!

Pours with average head, with a lightly alcoholic nose and a touch of obvious sweetness from the brewing process.

Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of miggy2tone
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of krome
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of irishgreensoda
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of ncstateplaya
1/5  rDev -66.1%

Photo of brucato
3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like a dark mead, fairly clear. Doesn't cling much from the high alcohol content. For this style, should be darker, and more opaque.

The smell is remarkably mild given the strength of the flavor and the high alcohol. Nothing good or bad about it - surprisingly mild.

I was surprised to read the average reviews on the taste htere, because I thought the taste was fantastic. I would say this is an abnormal flavor for a bock, either doppel or tripple. The hops are very balanced, giving it a mild floral flavor with some spice, but very understated. Not overly yeasty - again very balanced. Strong alcohol flavor. You'll know you're getting a 11.9% beer here with a small sip.

Overall, the flavor is outstanding. The beer is cheap, but worth twice the price tag. It's not a world class example of a doppelbock or for the tripple it's advertised as. If weighing it against its style, I would give it lower marks, but in considering it as a drinkable, enjoyable beer, it's worthy of a solid 4.0. I'll return to this again and again when I want the strong stuff for a low price.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Ingjald
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours clear, golden-orange color with one-half finger of off white head. Minimal retention and lace.

S: Sweet fruit, banana and cherries. A little too sweet, but pleasant.

T: More sweet fruit-- stewed plums and cherries, also light caramel. Hot alcohol on the finish, but really not bad. After a few sips, some pepper joins the finish.

M: Smooth, fair amount of oil.

O: It's a little short on refinement, but really not that bad. Pretty reasonably priced. Worth a try.

Photo of Lauthaha
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

Appearance: Pours much like soda, lots of fizz sound. Pokey looking head fizzles down to nothing after only 30 seconds or so. Clear amber color. Light carbonation.

Smell: Raisins, cloves, bananas, touch of alcohol. Lots of bready, malty character to the nose. Cinnamon perhaps? Not bad.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, gentle carbonation. Malt, sugar, a light burned bread taste. Cloves, for sure. A little overwhelming, and not the best tasting brew, but not bad either.

Drinkability: Slightly below Diet Dr. Pepper. It's alright...but I would never buy it for myself.

Very similar to their Before-After, but with less of the nasty punch and more flavor.

Photo of BillHilly
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found at a local Russian store. Think it's 16.9 oz bottle, no date.

A: Nice bronze color, little to no head.

S: Malty, almost tinnish tint - probably the booze

T: First sip was sharp, then faded to a sweet malt

M: Light on carbonation, heavy chest thumper

O: For the price, not bad, cheap and will make you go streaking me'z thinkin'.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy orange color with one finger of off-white head. The retention was ok and the lacing spotty. The aroma was subtle, centered around sweet malt and vodka-like booze. The flavors were of caramel, raisins, dark fruit and, of course, booze. Still, for nearly 12% ALC I was amazed by how drinkable it was. It was also notably better than the 9.5% ALC beer made by the same company under the same name. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation mid-level.

Photo of Mitchster
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Listed as a triple-bock, which really equates to Ice-bock as it's 11.9% ABV. $2.79 for a bottle at Merchants. Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, forming a limp off-white head with poor retention and no lacing. Mildly carbonated. The aroma is akin to Before-After, another beer from this brewing company, but listed as 12.0% ABV. Very syrupy sweet nose of candied fruit and cola. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a dense body. The taste is no different than Before-After...syrupy sweet candied fruit, distant bananas and bubble gum...not that this is awful....you just have to be in the mood for something like this and know what you are getting into. Still, it's an interesting beer that feels more like a meal. Worth trying.

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of VirtueVsVice
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Zoidzilla
2.53/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to Pilsener Glass

Appearance: an honey to amber in color. Almost no head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: A sweet, yeasty, alcohol smell, a little bland overall.

Taste: You can taste the alcohol, to be sure Very bland overall but with a hint of cinnamon.

Mouth-feel: Slight Carbonation good feel overall, a little thicker then your average beer, with a slight tang after.

Drink-ability: Easy to drink not to much, pro or con about it with the 12.5 alcohol content easy to get drunk and considering i paid only $1.50 for a pint bottle you can get drunk for cheap.

Zhiguly Grande 12 from Rinkuškiai
73 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.