Olde English 800 High Gravity | Miller Brewing Co.

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Olde English 800 High GravityOlde English 800 High Gravity
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Olde English 800 High GravityOlde English 800 High Gravity

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by Retroman40:
Photo of Retroman40
2.64/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a golden yellow with a one finger head that retreats to a good lace throughout.

S - Fruity with some grain.

T - Tangy with a fruitiness with some slight grain/hop taste.

M - A little on the syrupy side with a decent bite.

O - Considering the price and the 8% ABV this is not a bad beer. Granted, it must be served and consumed ice cold.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

24 oz. can:

Pours golden with a foamy head that descends, leaving broken rings of lacing.

The smell is pretty much typical malt liquor. Decent for the style. Some alcohol. Clean.

The taste is of alcohol, sweet corn. A tannic-like dryness in the finish.

Smooth for the style. Alcohol is not harsh. Some malt smoothness closer to a strong lager than a traditional cheap malt liquor.

Drinkable for the style and abv. Scored in style, it's a decent cheap brew. Not as thick or syrupy as the original. I like this one better.

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Photo of cam477
1.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Dmann
2.31/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad at all for a "High Gravity" Malt Liquor. It poured a darker gold color than most of this style but with the same fizzy white head that left as quickly as it came. The smell was adjunct all the way with a very grainy, earthy scent that was not too pleasent. The taste was better than expected. The sweet malt dominated the flavor with a bit of grain flavor and an underlying aftertaste of alchohol. Better than Steele Reserve any day...but then again that isn't saying much!

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Photo of HerbMeowing
2/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of deebo
2.29/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank 3 40s of this as a young guy and can vouch for its dominating almost Hullicegenic effects. This is pure gasoline with hints of adjunct grains to make your head spin. A bold heavy highly carbonated mouthfeel to let you know that nitro glycerin is about to put every cell into a hyperbolic overdrive. Buckle up and hope you wake up with minimal bleeding.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
1.31/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Awful. Slightly worse than ordinary OE 800. Unless I'm just wanting to get drunk really quick, and can't stomach the notion of cheap fortified wine, I steer clear of this one.

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Photo of bif_fat_sellout
1.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of HighlandCraftsmn
4/5  rDev +84.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
1.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

24oz can, jam jar for a drinking vessel, and I forgot to look for freshness dating (as if it matters).

The color of a dehydrated human's urine, dark apple juice. Rather a nice whitish head, better than some macro lagers, that fades to a ring in a minute.

Sweet with apple juice notes. Industrial chemicals, corn.

Sweet, very processed apple juice, preservatives out the ying-yang. Creamed corn, a sour, almost hoppy twinge on the finish fading into a continually objectionable and chemical laden aftertastes. You know there is 8% abv too.

Fizzy and light, though with more body than macro lagers.

None, I can't stand the manufactured and treated flavor. It isn't refreshing and it warms the belly, firewater in the truest sense.

Since I already consumed the KBS I had wanted to be my 100th review, I thought a gag (literally) review would be funny. Joke's on me, my 100th review ended up being my first drain pour.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's nothing like pouring yourself an Imperial pint from a 40 of HG800! It just doesn't seem normal - and yet, it gives a much better appearance from a glass than a paper bag! But all kidding aside, this is not a bad malt liquor. This is the original, with an actual 8% alcohol by volume; and it's much better than their lower alcohol version.

The body is a clear yellow when held to the light, but appears more amber in the glass. It's creamy, bright white head holds surprisingly well for a beer with so much alcohol; and it slowly drops to a thin surface covering, leaving some nice lace at the outset. Sweet, very lightly grainy malt greets you in the nose with a very delicate fruitiness. It's quite clean. It's medium-bordering-on-full bodied with a fine carbonation that's lightly effervescent and gently caresses the tongue. Crisp yet smooth. The flavor delivers a lightly grainy maltiness that's somewhat surprising as most examples as so obviously adjunct laden, and it's sweetness is tempered more by its alcohol than its low-key bitterness. It finishes drying despite its sweet malt with a wash of drying alcohol and dull bitterness - although some malt does linger. Overall, it's a surprisingly clean and well-made malt liquor that probably deserves a little more respect than it gets.

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Photo of fthegiants
1.25/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of ordybill
2.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 24 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a small white head. The aro.a is grain and alcohol. The taste is bland and slightly creamy. This is a "gas station beer" . it's not the worst of its kind but it is completely forgettable.

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Photo of DOCRW
1/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of wejohnsn
3.25/5  rDev +49.8%

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
1.04/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a clear 40 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty. Taste is a combination of malts, corn, and alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew as far as malt liquors go.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.87/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the 40 oz. bottle marked AUG3109-DO5111908. Sampled on December 15, 2009. After looking at earlier reviews I was expecting the worst. But quite frankly, I did not think this was as bad as all that. The pour was a hazy pale yellow with a generous supply of fizzy head. The aroma was of mild malts and hops with almost no noticeable alcohol, which tends to be common in these high gravity beers. The taste was a bit tart and pungent but not offensive. This is not the kind of beer I would buy regularly but for the purposes of this review, it was tolerable.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
1.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can. Wow, I’m surprised this got even this high. I was expecting bottom of the barrel stuff, but it’s not as bad as some other beers I’ve so far rated. Actually poured a nice head. Aroma is of corn. Tastes metallic. All in all, pretty horrible, but not as bad as I was expecting. Now, where’s my paper bag?

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Photo of bigjohn
2.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As far as I am concerned, this is the best 40 available. That's not necessarily the highest praise, but on occassion, when cash is tight, a 40 is a nice option. This is not nearly as common as its non-high gravity cousin, in fact, I usually have a hard time finding it. The beer is a dark golden color, when consumed out of the bottle, some head is stirred up. The smell is somewhat unpleasant, it is reminiscent of burnt vegetables. The taste is slightly astringent, but it goes down smooth enough, in fact, I think it has a unique and fairly pleasant flavor. As far as drinkability goes, the alcohol definitely starts to get to you, and if you take your time finishing it, the warm remnants become extremely unpleasant. Gotta keep this one cold.

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Photo of Basoos1
1.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of fivetime
2.5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Spikester
3.64/5  rDev +67.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear deep golden with three fingers of white head lasting about ten minutes. Sheets of fine bubble lace.
Smell is malts grain bin and a hint of grape skin.
Taste is grain bin malts with just mere bump of grassy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is slightly wet and a bit sweet.
Overall I normally get the 7.5% version but I thought I would rate this version as well. It is better than I expected for this type of strong lager.

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Photo of Beerman420
1.06/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, only a 40 of OE can give me a hangover. Not good. Have a glass of water nearby.
A - Like SR it does look like beer.
S - Oh no, if they had a -5 this is where it would rank.
T - Worse than Steel Reserve. That's pretty bad.
M - Not good. I guess the taste has a lot to do with the mouthfeel with this beer.
D - Bad. Of course once you're drunk it all tastes good until the morning.
Drunkablility - Way too high. +10

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Olde English 800 High Gravity from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.17 out of 5 with 153 ratings