Crazy Stallion | City Brewing Company, LLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC
Wisconsin, United States
citybrewery.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 11-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
44
Avg:
2.53
pDev:
30.04%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Georgiabeer
1/5  rDev -60.5%

Photo of AndAShotAJameson
1/5  rDev -60.5%

Photo of longisland1983
1.06/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I happened to be at a local deli. Scrapping spare change and decided for only a dollar
Why not give it a try.

This beer is downright gnarly.

Out of the can its even worse

The taste is metal
And the smell is also a metallic funk

Hands down the worst beer I have ever had. Try it for a review, that's about it.

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Photo of Raime
1.08/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Pours dark nasty gold with a one finger head. No lacing.

S - metal, aluminum. That's it.

T - Metal, aluminum. That's it.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, pretty much a nice big load of garbage. Perhap s SLIGHTY above Steel reserve.

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Photo of Comparison_Ford
1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

A totally crummy beer that tastes like liquid aluminum and smells like it too. But hey it was 99 cents. Wouldn't buy it again unless I had only a dollar to my name though.

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Photo of Damian74
1.5/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of aforbes10
1.5/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another contender in Malt Liquorpalooza 2006. This ML poured out very watery looking with a big old white head. smell was predictably skunky, cornwater like. taste was metallic and sour, alcohol laced. full bodied, but in a way that was disconcerting considering its a malt liquor and you expect those to be pretty thin and easy drinking. no more crazy stallion for me please.

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Photo of PeteyPiranha
1.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer doesn't deserve a fancy review, much the same way a frozen dinner wouldn't be admitted in a cook-off. This beer costs a buck, and you get exactly what you'd expect to get - you get trashed for a couple bucks. This is a great later-in-the-night beer when your taste buds are already fried, or for beer pong and other fast & loose drinking games, or for severe money-savers. Either way, don't expect much. Really, don't expect anything except a metallic, very hoppy yet somewhat easy-going-down ghetto swill. I'm no beer expert but you really don't need to be when the price is blaring on the can: 99 CENTS. So enjoy your dollar beer or four - hell, it's still a great value.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
1.75/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of beerpadawan
1.75/5  rDev -30.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.77/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a small white head.

Smell: Why do I continue to subject myself to these things? Sweet-smelling aroma of cereal, fake flowers, ethanol, and household cleaners.

Taste: Chemo-corny flavor with an odd, troubling sweetness and lab-created floral hints. Heavy pour of rubbing alcohol. Tough to get down.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Thickish mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I mustn't let the Crazy Stallion win, I mustn't let it beat me, but I'm afraid I'm done for. Ugh.

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Photo of AllanPatchin1016
1.83/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not as terrible as I expected it to be. With that being said, horrible beer.

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Photo of gainesvillegreg
1.84/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.
The old adage "never judge a book by its cover" has nothing to do with malt liquor. American Malt Liquors always give you an indication of how the brew will treat you depending on the label design and Crazy Stallion is no exception. The use of large or ferocious animal will let you know you will feel as if you were attacked by said creature after a few drinks. The minimalist style of font or background often belies the thin, watery nature of the liquid within.
The dappled horse background design and the name "Crazy Stallion" let the drinker know, they are in for some serious pain. Although, the Stallion comes from the same people that make Earthquake HG, so I have nothing to fear.

Head is pure white, thin and effervescent over a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is of permanent markers, the last drops of stale church wine and wet grain.
No taste in my mouth gives any indication that this is beer. Cloyingly sweet cereals and the familiar fusel oil flavors of grape and apple that don't often come out in MLs with lower alcohol contents. I can be sure by the intense heartburn I have already that there is a lot of rice in here.
Very watery mouth feel and minimal carbonation.

As much trash as I talk about this beer, there is no beating the price. At $0.99 for a 24oz can, it might even be cheaper than the Walgreens beer, Big Flats.

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Photo of nortmand
1.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Actually pours a fairly dark yellow, nearly amber. Bleachy white head.

Smell is grass and corn. Or corn and grass, depending on your preference.

Slighlty sweet flavor up front. No hop presence until a very light bitterness at the end. Metallic and swampy. Alcohol burn lingers.

Very carbonated, thick and greasy, high alcohol and little balance makes this a tough one to drink, although not as bad as anticipated.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
1.91/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jslice99
1.94/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of kojevergas
2.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

First impression:

D / NOT RECOMMENDED

***
03/23/17 2nd impression from a 24 fl oz can I couldn't resist picking up for a scant $1.25 in Brooklyn.

"Ale." "American made." "Strong lager." "Brewed by Hornell Brewing Co., La Crosse, WI."

APPEARANCE: Off-white head retains for about 2 minutes, leaving no lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean, with no yeast/lees within.

AROMA: Malt syrup/extract, corn adjunct, metallic off-notes, graininess, stale grass.

The graininess is nice, but the rest suggests an abysmal overly sweet sticky brew that will be a chore to finish. Aromatic intensity is subdued.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Syrupy and sweet, with an off-puttingly thick hefty presence on the palate that's quite poor when coupled with its sharp overcarbonated. Metallic off-flavour really cripples this brew, but it's cloying and corn adjunct-emphatic besides. There's not a lot to like here, and I think I'd take a watery thinness over this syrupy consistency.

Alcohol isn't disguised, but it's not a hot or boozy beer by any stretch.

OVERALL: Quite poorly executed fare for a malt liquor (or "strong lager," as they style it). The adjunct isn't necessarily what bugs me; the bigger issues are the mouthfeel and off-flavours. I've encountered more offensive beers with far more imbalance, but this isn't a beer I'd revisit over others in the budget category, and I think Ballantine XXX is worth the extra ~4 cents per ounce more, unless your only goal is intoxication (in which case, why aren't you drinking St. Ides or High Gravity Steel Reserve?). Certainly a student beer to put it politely, but neither the worst nor the best of them. I'll finish the can with some effort, but I can't recommend it to anyone.

D (2.12) / NOT RECOMMENDED

***
07.13.17 impression from a budget can acquired at a wrap party after a film shoot:

Clear pale copper body with a thin white coloured cap atop. Head retention is okay; 2-3 minutes but reducing inconsistently and with abrupt "pops" of head loss. Leaves some inconsistent cobwebby lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Aroma is of corn adjunct, slightly syrupy 6 row sweetness, and a borderline funky skunkiness as though the beer is lightstruck in spite of coming from a can. Has an off-putting stale metallic edge. No real hop aromatics aside from faded grass. Reticent aromatically but nevertheless suggestive of a largely insipid brew aside from its evident off-flavours. I've encountered far worse aromas and it doesn't seem *that* syrupy.

Taste isn't awful but it has an off-putting syrupy mouthfeel coupled with a style-inappropriate dryness on the finish that really brings it down for me. The adjunct isn't actually all that noticeable, hiding beneath the more overt up-front cheap 6-row barley sweetness. Hops aren't a factor in this build, with none of the stale grass the aroma suggested coming through...though it'd be strangely welcome.

Not dreadfully overcarbonated, nor is it watery - which is more than I can admit about many a beer offered at this price in the U.S.A. to its credit. One can imagine the off-flavour(s) more prominent.

It's a poor brew, no doubt, but it isn't repugnant or egregious in its bad execution. I've had worse, and this isn't as syrupy or boozy as many malt liquors. Its main draw for any drinker - casual or discerning - will be its price, but that has no effect on my rating. It's a rough garbage brew that even buzz-hungry students in its distribution region will turn their noses up at, and you can do far better even with less money in terms of purely-for-drunkiness beers, but all things considered it's not abysmal...and that might be the best thing I can say about it.

Low D / AVERAGE

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

The seventh entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear straw topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises harsh vanilla and cream soda, wheat, and corn syrup. Hoofah, indeed! The taste unfortunately brings in more of the same, though the corn syrup is slightly sweeter and there's a bit of light wheat thrown in for good measure. Well, good is a strong word. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dryly syrupy feel. Overall, a malt lickah that wants to be a cream ale, but instead fails at both professions.

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Photo of emerge077
2.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

5.9% abv, $0.99 24 oz. can. Brewed by "Hornell Brewing Co., LaCrosse WI".
Native American themed malt liquor, City Brewing, have you no shame...

Used to see empty cans of this on the street in my old hood, booze of choice among the transient population. It's definitely a cheap buzz.

Poured into a shaker pint, as cold as possible without freezing. Bright clarity, urine gold, steady streams of rising carbonation. Feeble broken veil of skim across the surface, initial pour didn't get much of a head to form, but there was a bit of foam the second time, when poured straight down the middle.

Swilly, cidery grape and dull wet grain aroma. Something artificial and unnatural about it.

Harsh astringent feel, a winning combination of coarse overcarbonation and sharp astringent grape/apple flavors. This needs to be consumed with pretzels or something to cleanse the palate immediately, the aftertaste is taunting my gag reflex. Wet manila folders, grape juice, communion wine. Watery and fizzy, a flaccid and utterly bland industrial lager. Not planning to finish the rest of this.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 40 oz bottle split with PiecesOfFlair. Pours out to a medium orange golden color with a spit-like head. No lace. I can't smell anything. Maybe some malt? I can't tell. Taste is tolerable but far from enjoyable. Light sour malt, sweet alcohol, corn. Ugh. Mouthfeel is rather rich but doesn't make up for the poor flavor. Drinkability is questionable. A decent malt-liquor, but does that really give you any indication of how good it is? Pass on it, unless you must.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I find it interesting that the picture shows a can of Crazy Horse, a name that hasn't been used since 2001 because of a lawsuit threatened by the Sioux people and the Crazy Horse estate. The settlement included 32 Pendleton blankets, 32 braids of sweetgrass, 32 twists of tobacco and 7 thoroughbred race horses. Seriously.

This can of Crazy Stallion will be going up against a can of Haffenreffer Private Stock in Malt Likkapalooza V, the latest in my series of head to head comparsions of... what else... malt liquors. It's too bad that something called Custer's Choice isn't being brewed, but then we'd know the outcome in advance.

First off, I like this can much better. It has better graphics with a much better color scheme. The HPS can is a little too old school. There's a more subtle difference between the beers themselves. This one is darker amber and could almost be called orange. The cap is a more dingy white and isn't nearly as creamy or as sticky.

The noses are almost exactly alike. They both smell like simple, untoasted grain with a whiff of musky hops. If pressed, I'd say that Crazy Stallion's nose is a wee bit less powerful.

Neither one of these (not so bad) bad boys sets my world on fire. I purposely chose two contestants that are relatively close in ABV since I think that makes things more fair. This beer is 5.9% and Haffenreffer is 6.9%. I wonder if the extra 1.0% makes a difference. Private Stock tastes slightly better, more malt liquorish. This one is too sweet and lacks power.

The mouthfeel is somewhere within the broad range of medium for the style. It may be a fraction more full, due to the increased sugar load, and it may have a few more bubbles. There's very little difference, though, which seems to be the theme of this contest.

I haven't yet thought about the specific numbers, much less added them up, but my gut tells me Crazy Stallion fades on the final turn and loses at the wire. Neither one of these beers is all that wonderful, possibly because the ABV isn't high enough for some serious malt liquor action. I tend to like the 'no holds barred' versions of this style the best. In short, Crazy Horse could stand to be a lot more crazy.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.23/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - amber clear color with giant fluffy soapy head. Mild continued carbontation.

S - oil drum,recently used, can filled with hay

T - sweet medicine and aspirin. With some canned air and a pinch of grass clippings

M - airy watery but also with alcohol burn.

D - 99cents for 24oz. Maybe paid a bit too much. An extra 50 cents gets you more flavor and more abv.

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Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

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Crazy Stallion from City Brewing Company, LLC
2.53 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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