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Stack High Gravity Lager - United Brands Company

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Stack High Gravity LagerStack High Gravity Lager

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57
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.14
pDev: 44.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tone77 on 12-10-2009)
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aaroncom2005

California

5/5  rDev +133.6%

12-29-2012 23:07:20 | More by aaroncom2005
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illuminutteh


5/5  rDev +133.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually liked this beer. It is nice and thick and heavy. This stuff gets you messed up fast(10% abv), so be careful of driving after drinking a can. I paid $1.69 for a can(24oz) just to try it, and it was worth every penny. I have seen a lot of bad reviews elsewhere about this beer, but hey, it is BEER, and a LAGER at that, so what do you want??? In my opinion, you can't get a better beer for the money. You may be able to find better beer, but NOT at $1.69 for a 24oz can...cheers!

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 23:46:36 | More by illuminutteh
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +75.2%

03-04-2013 16:45:38 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tall can generously shared by Bobby at a tasting.

A: The pour is a crystal clear pale golden color with an initially fluffy white head.

S: The nose is sweet and almost corn syrup like, but not the usually offensive aromas of malt liquor.

T: Like the nose before it, this one is surprisingly decent. I found the sweetness of this beer to be almost like apple juice.

M: The body is obviously lacking in this one, but not to the extent of many other malt liquors. The finish is crisp and actually moderately refreshing.

D: This is easily the best malt liquor that I've had. While it is very sweet, I found it to be lacking in the usually bad traits of malt liquors. If you're ballin' on a budget, this one might be for you.

Serving type: can

02-08-2010 19:41:46 | More by womencantsail
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crankyguzzler

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I was seriously mistaken in this purchase. Since I bought it at a store that sold high-end beer, at the same time I made a purchase of some Chimay Ale, I assumed that it was a quality product in a funky package. You know how some companies push the edge. I really don't look at price when I purchase individual bottles for tastings, but I was amazed that the Stack High Gravity Lager was one of the inexpensive ones. The cashier pointed out the high alcohol content - I dismissed it having recently read about BrewDog's greatly expensive highest alcohol content beers in Wired Magazine and seen their U-Toooob videos touting how they froze and extracted the beer to concentrate the alcohol and flavor... Sink the Bismark!!! Now admittedly, I had the Chimay first because I am somewhat enamored by those Belgian monks and their ales and cheeses - and this may have affected my taste buds somewhat. However, while the Stack is somewhat weaker in flavor, a cider-like poor cousin character and significantly thinner in appearance than the Chimay Red, I found it strangely acceptable. As with any beer above 5 abv, one begins to note the strong aroma and characteristics of a high alcohol brew. Would I like it as a stand alone, perhaps not. Would I have it again, perhaps not. However, I find that the F's and D's offered up by the BA community are also applied to some magnificent brews - Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale for instance. Give it a chance. In fact, if served to your friends after some fine Chimay Grand Reserve or Red ale, they might not notice you paid next to nothing for the 24 ouncer. It is what it is.

Serving type: can

07-24-2010 04:21:35 | More by crankyguzzler
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz can.

A: Pours a light orange color, minimal fizzy head with no retention or lace. Clear, no visible carbonation.

S: Hmmm, boozy, fruity smell, strange, but oddly nice. Cherry? A little funk in the nose as well. Aroma is solid throughout the course of the can.

T: Well, wow, much better than expected. Dark fruits and molasses. Alcohol is a bit too present, but I've had worse. Lot of spice on the finish.

M: Medium body, could use more carbonation, but not bad.

O: Well, I'll be. Picked it up on a whim to see how bad it is, and it turns out not to be. Honestly, I can see myself buying this again. Drinks more like a strong dopplebock than a malt liquor, although the appearance wouldn't tell you that.

Serving type: can

04-28-2011 02:35:35 | More by AmericanGothic
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to joshuaseresse for this gem. Split with Jason after enjoying Boobs of Khan: A Star Trek Burlesque. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin collar and tiny spots of lace. Slightly hazed orange peach body.

S - The aroma is initially quite understated, although as it warms up there is some grain and strawberry sweetness, as well as a mild sharp fusel alcohol note. Pretty tame for the listed 12% ABV.

T - The taste is actually a bit better, with some sugar sweetness, white grapes, and neutral grain character. Alcohol is well-hidden and finish is pretty smooth.

M - Medium grainy body, medium-high carbonation, low alcohol warmth. Very smooth stuff.

D - I was actually a bit pissed off when Jason poured out the can remnants before I could refill my glass, although in retrospect he was probably doing me a favor. Still, for a 12% high-gravity lager, this one can't be beat. Shockingly drinkable and inoffensive - gonna have to seek this one out again to share with the BAs who missed out.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 19:23:51 | More by MasterSki
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Seven

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Beer is 9.9 ABV, in my area, its low price point is why its a top seller in this catagory, here in the Mt. Hood region.
The appearance is light Gold, lose's its head within two minutes.
The smell, is of green Apple's.
The taste is of Corn, a very sweet flavor with the hint of molasses for sweeteness. This is not a high quality Beer, its not as bad as other's in this group.
The flavor is a, full tongue burn, front, middle and back, very steady and over whelming alcohol flavor.
This is not designed, to be a high priced flavored, Beer. This is a Beer designed to be an affordable way to catch a buzz, keep that in mind.

Serving type: can

11-10-2012 23:10:34 | More by Seven
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industrialswill

Washington

3.3/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this stuff for the first time yesterday.
The 12% alky content made this one a "must try" for $1.50.
I was kind of excited about it thinking I had made a new ML discovery, but to my surprise I see several before me have slurped it already.
I cracked it open today and poured it into my finest beer glass...it has a dark piss color.
The first taste said, "wine" to me. After considering that thought a second sip reminded me of apple wine.
This is definitely brew to be sipped and regulated if you have any ambitions to continue your daily activities. I see no reason to downgrade it or to rate it against my favorite styles of beer.
This stuff is in a class of it's own and I think it is fantastic for a low priced and highly alcoholic beverage.

Serving type: can

04-01-2010 21:19:01 | More by industrialswill
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Frobisher

Idaho

3.04/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I am comparing Stack against other malt liquors of it's type - high gravity "lagers." As such, it is one of the best in the pack -- highly alcoholic, cheap and drinkable. Compared to larger brands such as Colt 45 or Schlitz this is a much better experience. It's obviously not a good beer in comparison to all beers on the market, but it's a great cheap malt liquor.

It's not as smooth as Old English but it is almost there and has a higher alc/vol. If you are choosing something that is cheap and will get you drunk, I recommend this. If you are looking for a quality beer experience then obviously this is not a good choice.

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 19:03:42 | More by Frobisher
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vacax

California

3.03/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the creators of Mamba Joose and Panther Joose comes this dynamic new malt liquor, reportedly clocking in at 12%. My fellow BA and intrepid malt liquor enthusiast t0rin0 located this brew at a liquor store next door to a porn shop. Pours deep gold and clear with about a finger of head, fair retention, and very good lacing. The appearance is quite quality. The aroma has a fruity maltiness to it with apples and pears, but no real off notes besides a touch of plastic.

The taste is quite sweet, rank with pears to a cloying extent and with a spicy bready finish. Now this is quite sweet and not appealing, but it is not as awful as a 12% malt liquor by all accounts should be. In this respect, this is actually quite a good malt liquor. The body is medium to full with a high amount of carbonation. I'd prefer less carbonation, as if you are drinking this beer it impedes the shotgunning capability. I most likely won't be sampling this beverage again, but if I was broke and wanted some malt liquor... well this is an adequate choice. I'm not saying this tastes good, but for a 12% malt liquor it tastes better than it should.

Serving type: can

02-14-2010 21:20:36 | More by vacax
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Spikester

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer was listed as 9.9% not 12%.
Good looking pour for the style.
Smell is pretty boozy
Taste is very close to a barleywine but on the low end of the scale. No bad flavors but the booziness is a bit hard to take. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a lightly bitter finish.
Overall not my type of beer but not bad for the style.

Serving type: can

07-01-2014 03:51:31 | More by Spikester
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stack High Gravity Smooth Lager has a surprisingly thick, white head and relatively high carbonation. The beer has a somewhat cloudy orange-gold appearance. Aroma is stinging, with strong apple and alcohol notes. Taste is very fruity and alcoholic; this drink tastes more like wine than beer. Mouth-feel is heavy and wet. There is almost no lacing with Stack. Although the term "good" may not enter into the discussion, bland does not either. It's worth a try, if only for the shocking and unusual aspect of it.

RJT

Serving type: can

04-26-2010 21:09:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 24 fl. oz. can 1161-2008. Sampled on September 6, 2010. This "craft" malt liquor pours a golden-yellow with a fizzy white head that dissolves to a thin ring. Like the macro malt liquors on the market this one bursts with the aroma of barley, grains, and malt. The taste adheres to the malt liquor style with an explosion of barley malts immersed in an obvious alcohol casing. But there is a slight sweetness that accompanies the sour. Not my kind of thing but hats off to the brewer for emulating the malt liquor tradition.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 22:05:17 | More by puboflyons
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BLACKENEDPLAGUE

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +28.5%

04-11-2014 21:13:36 | More by BLACKENEDPLAGUE
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Boozyrican


2.75/5  rDev +28.5%

06-19-2014 05:52:43 | More by Boozyrican
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mostly of alcohol, some malts and slightly sweet. Taste starts of sweet and finishes with alcohol. Did someone drop a shot in my beer? Feels light in the mouth. This is definatly not a session beer, 1 of these cans was plenty for me. Overall if you are looking to get slam faced cheap, this one is the way to go. Otherwise avoid it.

Serving type: can

12-10-2009 14:47:50 | More by tone77
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Hoagie1973

New York

2.5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-03-2013 15:05:38 | More by Hoagie1973
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BieberHoles69

Washington

2.5/5  rDev +16.8%

06-15-2014 09:10:26 | More by BieberHoles69
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BamfBacon

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev +5.1%

02-19-2013 18:17:25 | More by BamfBacon
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Zorro

California

2.05/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Might say United Brands but this was brewed in La Crosse Wisconsin so you can guess who really brewed it.

Clear deep golden colored beer that manages to make a small white head.

Smells very fruity from the characteristic scent of beer brewed fast creating a lot of fusel alcohols. Corn smell is there but the fusels mostly dominate the scent.

Starts out quite sweet with an alcohol burn and the taste of raw ethanol. That is about it for taste, sweet and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium, alcohol doesn't quite dissolve everything.

Drinkable as in you can swallow it. Pretty much gives what you would expect, cheap ethanol delivery device. Not going to finish the glass though.

Serving type: can

12-20-2009 22:16:10 | More by Zorro
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

2.05/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: dark gold, much like a borderline amber. Head is white rose roughly a 1/4" off the body.

Smell: really smells like alcohol and raw hops.

Taste: high alcohol, I mean seriously, you taste rolling off your taste buds. Hops but light and slightly bitter.

Mouth: light to medium carbonation, little flat if you ask me.

Overall: this beer has one purpose, get you drunk for cheap. It is described as a smooth lager, maybe of your idea of smooth is like a thumbtack on the bottom of your foot. Salud!

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 02:34:05 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.03/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. But hey, I love reviewing beers.

Drank straight out of the tallboy can. I can just imagine some douchebag in an Ed Hardy tshirt and hat slamming this. The can matches that motif perfectly.

Smell is noticeable even from a distance. Has that distinct smell of a nightclub - red bull and vodka on top of bud light and sweat. Sweet and sour.

Holy god, this is sweetened or something. Bitterness and alcohol poorly covered up by some sort of malt flavoring. Really awful and fake tasting. No smoothness about it. Each new sip is a shock to the system. So time to chug. No that's not exactly possible either, as it's so distasteful that it activates the gag reflex.

Man, this is really bad - just a vehicle to deliver 12% straight to the dome. I'd rather pay 8 more dollars for a bottle of a really satisfying 12% beer and enjoy it. But then again, the two worlds in which these occur hardly ever meet.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 23:45:18 | More by BucBasil
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BrewMaven

New York

2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Haven't had a new "beer" to review in a while so while out getting my daughter some ginger ale, I spotted this and was feeling a little daring..

Daring? Any beer that claims 12% abv and rings in at $1.39?! has to be an adventure in a 24oz can.

Pours a nice, clear deep gold and sports a stout 2" head..yeah the 12% made sure said head was gone in a flash..My senses were gone shortly after. It DID leave a ring which deposited some splotchy lace.

Smell was clearly green apple and somewhat grainy.

Taste is very sweet up front with a sometimes biting carbonation, (green apple!!!) obvious alcohol and getting sweet again on the finish. Mouthfeel (before your mouth goes numb) is just touching on medium..or, as I like to say, somewhat viscous.

Not really bad once you get past the first few swigs..The sheer strength of this brew clouds your sense of taste and judgement fairly quickly.

Really good choice to jump start an evening where you're hellbent on getting trashed without resorting to grain spirits!

3/29/2014 Update..New cans are rated 9.9% abv and the brew is MUCH more tolerable..actually not bad at all now!

Serving type: can

01-20-2011 00:21:51 | More by BrewMaven
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tdm168

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -6.5%

09-06-2013 00:56:54 | More by tdm168
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Stack High Gravity Lager from United Brands Company
57 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.