Haffenreffer Private Stock - Private Stock Brewing Co.
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3.03/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Spent a good week in the car, so...
Pours a brilliant light golden yellow with a foamy one inch white head that dissipates somewhat quickly with large bubbles.
Corn, grain, and alcohol esters are accompanied by light floral notes. There's a bit of a solvent scent.
Flavor is somewhat sweet, with a grainy astringent character hitting mid palate, finishing slightly bready. The underlying estery alcohol character dominates as it warms.
Body is moderate, with carbonation moderate to a touch high, and a hint of alcohol burn.
Not very experienced in the malt liquor region, but it's better than some I've had. Definitely hot, but at least the esters aren't offputting, and there is some malt backbone.
Serving type: can
07-13-2013 00:17:29 | More by barczar
4.33/5 rDev +46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This is a really great malt liquor. I'd heard of it and picked some up when I was in Massachusetts. I had no idea it was actually MADE in Mass. at the time. This is definitely one of the best malt liquors I've ever had. It's been sitting in my fridge for months, too, so it may have been ever better fresh. I don't think I like it quite as much as Olde English, but it would definitely be absolutely perfect if I was in the mood for something less sweet than an OE. This has a lot of similarities to it. The unmasked corn flavour and muskiness are both there and it has a very pleasant "old man beer" flavour to it. It's just a little drier than most malt liquors. There's definitely some hops in there providing a little bit of balancing bitterness and while there is sweetness, it is more in the background and not as "in-your-face" as in a lot of malt liquors. If you're looking for something in a 40 oz. bottle, this is an excellent way to go. It's almost too good to be marketed that way. Almost.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2013 04:00:46 | More by ElCommodoro
2.95/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Do they still make this stuff? And perhaps more importantly, do people still drink Haffenreffer???? Okay, I'm going to cheat on this review, and proceed entirely from memory, as the last time I sampled one was in my college days, 28 years ago. I have not had one since. Although in fairness, maybe I am fit to be a proper judge, as I must have consumed dozen upon dozen cases of the stuff. I'm really curious if the modern version, tastes anything like the version from 25 years ago. The drinking age was still 18 years old in those days.
The one poster who stated- "This was the King, the Elite of malt liquors" was right. At that time, we drunk it from green bottles, often a bit skunky tasting, something like Heineken but with an alcohol kick to it. My dorm-mates and I always had cases of this stashed for parties and beer busts. And of course, the parties had predictable results- People passed out and strewn about on the floor, fights breaking out, students running through Boston naked at 5:00am and jumping into the toxic Charles River for a swim, students disappeared for days, etc. Wild stuff. Forget Mezcal con gusano, absinthe, etc... Haffenreffer will take your mind places it does not want to go, places where it should not go. When consumed in mass quantities, it feels more like magic mushroom trip than an alcohol buzz. But getting back to taste- We would freeze these things, and they would slide down easy, smooth for a malt liquor and had a dry finish even. I have not seen it for years in any stores, this might be a regional thing. I will have to hunt some down for old times sake! Remember the little symbol puzzles on the bottom of the cap??? Classic stuff.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2012 22:48:36 | More by at7000
Haffenreffer Private Stock from Private Stock Brewing Co.
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