Camo Black Ice
Camo Brewing Company

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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #87
Ranked #48,611
1.81 | pDev: 51.93%
Camo Brewing Company
Nevada, United States
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Photo of zalim42
2.24/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Look: are you kidding me, I'm not gonna pour this into a glass and make dishes for myself

Smell: hobo corn piss

Taste: a malty mess

Feel: feels like malt liquor

Gets you fucked up: 10/5 and it's $1.79 for a 24 oz can

overall: 5

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Photo of IJReilly
3.3/5  rDev +82.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In terms of ABV, the equivalent of more than four typical AAL for $1.19 for a 24 ounce can. Given what you could reasonably expect given that, I don't see how someone could complain -- indeed, how someone couldn't find this better than anticipated.

Still -- well, it's Camo. Whadjya expect?

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Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev +124.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

24 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours a beautiful straw color and is topped with a mountain of effervescent, white head that leaves some really nice spider web lacing.

The smell takes me back to when I was a child and my dad, who raised sheep, went to the local feed mill and had grain milled for the lambs. That smell is reminiscent in this wonderful elixir. I also get wisps of floral hops along with a healthy dose of alcohol.

The first few gulps make me winch due to the booziness. Once I get used to it I begin to pick out sweet grain notes along with some stiff alcohol.

It is quite thin which is typical for this underrated and undervalued style of beer.

This beer is not for the faint of heart. It is made to deliver a lot of bang for the buck, and believe me it does. Being a connoisseur of some of the finest malt liquors in the United States, I find this beer amazing. I love the strong taste. I love the fact that it is 10.5% abv. I love the fact that it is $1.79 for a 24oz can. I just wish I could find it locally. I had to buy it on a recent trip to Detroit and tote it home to enjoy after falling in love with it at my hotel room at 1:20am with a bag of White Castles. Craft brewers need to explore this style more or exclusively.

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Photo of Reiddrinksbeer
1.34/5  rDev -26%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

In my 3 years of legal drinking i have drank at least 200 brands/types of beers. This is the worst ive had. Taste is a mixture of nail polish remover and apple juice. Smell is of a typical high gravity but stronger. Poured about 1 ounce of this beer into a shotglass to observe its pale yellow color with a high white head that disappeared quickly. Drank the other 23 ounces from the can because honestly nobody that typically drinks this beer would pour it into a glass. This beer has one purpose in life and that is to get people drunk at 10.5% alcohol. However even rating it in that sense it is a terrible beer. Steel reserve, Hurricane and side pocket are all similar in alcohol content and price and they all have a much more tolerable to even slightly enjoyable taste. So realistically im not sure why Camo Black Ice even has a place on the beer store shelf.

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +94.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with one finger of short lived head. Some lacings.
Smell is typical M.L. not too bad for the style.
Taste is malty some brewers syrup hops are hard to find. No bad flavors and alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is mostly sweet and not too dry.
Overall a tasty M.L. for such a high abv. Would I buy it again? Maybe but just one 24 ounce can.

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Photo of Uinta
1.25/5  rDev -30.9%

I've tasted a lot of beers in my time, but this has to be among the worst. I know some people mentioning a head, but it had very little for me. The smell was okay, but the taste was like pure alcohol with a hint of apple to it. If there were any hops in it, they must have floated to the top and been scraped off because I could taste none. The ONLY reason I gave it more than a 1.0 is because you could easily hold your breath and guzzle the stuff down---little carbonation or aftertaste. Skip it!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
1.25/5  rDev -30.9%

This very harsh brew gets tastier as one drinks more of it. It has a strong alcohol smell and a golden appearance with a tolerable head. The flavor is strongly alcoholic and harsh. Camo Black Ice is stinging in the mouth and tough to take at first. However, by the time I was about half way through the 24 oz. can (poured in a pint glass), I began to enjoy it. I prefer milder beers for daily drinking, but this would be something to have from time to time. I felt woozy for about three to four hours after drinking this. It’s rough.


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Photo of TooManyShots
1/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm sorry, I haven't even wrote a review in a long time but I just had to log in to write this.
This is with out a doubt the WORST BEER I'VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. Its even an insult to call it beer or malt liquor because it is not in the same league as any other one I've tried.
Imagine taking old dirty wet socks and a bunch of leaves that you raked up, putting them together and adding lake water and letting it ferment and soak up all the flavor. Thats what this tastes like. It looks horrible, smells horrible, tastes, mouthfeel overall horrible.
Now for all the winos out there. This stuff is potent and will get you drunk very quickly so if thats your main goal and you can tolerate the taste, more power to you.
Note that Camo Silver Ice is 10.6% so just a bit stronger if your looking for that bang for your buck.
All in all awful beverage. You've been warned.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.4/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

one of those beers that was given to me as a gag gift awhile back, sat in my fridge for some time, and finally got opened out of curiosity. the looks of it are really nice actually, clear golden in color with an inch of reasonably well lasting head, pure white, and leaving lacing as i swirl it. the nose isn't bad either, not at all. slightly stale and rather sweet barley and dextrose aromas, and some slight metallic oddness, but nothing way off, and not at all super boozy. the flavor is another story. the first sip is rather pleasant, i surprisingly taste grain first. it gets worse from their though. the second sip reveals a ton of sweetness, unnatural and very dense, while the third sip shows just how alcoholic it is. its a mess, and downright revolting by the third sip, more can than beer at this point. honestly on the whole its better than anticipated for so long, but the huge can and huge booze makes me timid. this would be warm by the end of it, which totally turns my guts around.carbonation is fine though the body is sweet and big. lager yeast flashes in, an odd appearance, and I'm wondering why so much residual sugar, just sloppy technique by whatever factory produced this thing. serves a purpose i guess, but not a purpose i hope to ever have...

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Photo of Zorro
1.42/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up in Wyoming mostly for morbid curiosity. How good can it be? Got to see some bad countries on the Earth to appreciate how great most of North America and Europe are compared to most of Africa.

But I have had Super Brew 15 in my mouth so I know bad when I put it in my mouth.

Poured in a glass just to be fair and like most malt liquor it does a passable job at looking like a lager. Clear gold with a small momentary white colored head.

Smells fruity as in fusel alcohol from beer fermented hot and fast. Malty and toffee candy. It is a bit spicy and I got the smell nailed. This smells like spiced caramel apple. There is a strong apple butter scent to this. Might actually give this some credit except I know what Fusel Alcohol does for hangovers. But to be honest doesn't smell that bad.

Moment of truth the taste.

Starts of thin and boozy. Tastes a lot like apple cider. And that is about it, tastes like Vodka and apple juice.

Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation boils off pretty quick.

Overall this is a beer meant for hardcore alcoholics and college dorm parties.

But you already knew what you were buying a bad beer when you purchased it.

6 OZ drank 18 OZ to clean out the drain.

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Photo of friendofthefog
3.4/5  rDev +87.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Subjective tastes:
Wife: tastes like bourbon...hates!
Me: Tastes like bourbon...loves!

My wife says this beer taste like bourbon...and says she hates it.
I say it taste likes bourbon...and I say I love it!
Draw your own conclusions from this highly "scientific" taste test.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.08/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes.

A. Deep yet clear golden yellow, no head nor lacing at all, but there are fair amounts of effervescent rising bubbles.

S. Smells very much like cheap Manischewitz wine mixed with kerosene, some diesel, and a hearty side of lawnmower engine oil/gasoline combination. Warning flags and klaxon alarms are going off in my mind.

T. Gargh!! Almost pure fusel alcohols! My eyebrows have spontaneously dissolved! And I think a part of my brain has dribbled out of my ear canal as well! Is this really even beer?

M. Texturally, it even resembles the thin and strident feel of solvents. Only carbonated. Carbonated Solvents. Hey, that sounds like a good name for a band, hmm.

Seriously, this is the very textbook definition STANDARD of fusel fumigation madness. Maybe there's a pinch of white grapes in the finish after the gasoline / kerosene explosion, but I'm having a hard time finding it while being preoccupied with extinguishing my chest hair.

Possibly this "brew" could also be utilized as paint thinner or to help remove those stubborn concrete driveway oil stains.

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Photo of mrtbeerdesign
1.9/5  rDev +5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For a beer beer aficionado it's cheap swill. For a couch potato redneck it's and acquired taste the improves with time and the next beer. By the time you finish it, you care little for the can design, smell or taste. The mouth-feel can only be described as numb. It may even embolden you to register to a random beer review website to sing it's feint praise before staggering out in search of another can before the buzz wears off and you can again taste and smell again.
The overall rating includes the sack-of-hammers effect of the %10.5 ABV

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Photo of jsisko01
1.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Pours a bright golden color with a half inch head that dissipates somewhat quickly. The foam is literally crackling, it seems very carbonated.

Smell - Pretty sweet with a wine-like scent to it.. maybe some lemon zest. Malts and a sour alcohol aroma as well.

Taste - Oh my GOD.... there is literally no other flavors present to cover up the overbearing alcohol taste. It's like you're drinking gasoline. This taste very similar to a whiskey ale.

Mouthfeel - Light body with high carbonation.

Overall - After a few sips I'm literally gagging.. I'm dumping this tallboy down the drain.

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Photo of staticparadox
3.41/5  rDev +88.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

While it's one of the most bitter flavors I've ever had from a tallboy, CAMO Black Ice will really get you the most bang for your buck. This stuff carries a serious bite. The initial taste, although strong, is actually not that horrible. It WILL, however, give your face an oogly-moogly expression if you're not accustomed to drinking it. The nice thing about it is how quickly it can get you on the level. For the average person a single tallboy will get you a healthy buzz and anything beyond 2 is guaranteed tipsy-status. If you can get past the aftertaste this stuff makes a long day at work seem like less of a big deal at the end of the day.

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Photo of emerge077
1.13/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can dated "3330", brewed by "Five Star Brewing Co, Inc" in Lacrosse, WI and Latrobe PA. Wasn't Five Star going to be the new name of Viking before they went with Valkyrie? Don't blame them for the name change, I wouldn't want to be mistaken for being responsible for brewing this garbage either...

Into a large mug it does indeed pour urine gold with a rapidly fading white cap of fizzling bubbles. Rapid visible carbonation, crystal clear, looks like a sparkling cider.

Smells like a musty dishrag soaked with spoiled grape juice. Fusel alcohol fumes.
Starting to think this was a very bad idea.

Harshly astringent and overcarbonated. It tastes like alcohol and white grape juice that has started to turn. Sharp and lip-curling foul taste of fusel alcohol and sickly sweet white grape juice (likely from wine yeast). Just bad, real bad. One of the worse malt liquors on the market, pretty much the bottom of the barrel for a $1.49 can.

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Photo of C2H5
1.03/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - pours a orange yellow animal urine with a head that dissipates rapidly
s - smells like fermented corn syrup
t - it tastes bad, sweet and metalic, like bad beer mixed with a chemical.
m - you must focus your mind and overcome your natural response to spit it out, once you master that you then must attempt to swallow it.
o - This single 22oz can of beer will probably get you wasted and you will have a headache for a couple of days. Worse is that you wont feel right for a while, its like the impurities remain inside your body and reek havoc on your system. I hate this stuff, I sometimes buy it for people as a joke.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

The eighth entry in SwillFest 2011. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises bubblegum, vanilla, cream soda, and corn syrup. Boo. The taste holds notes of lemon rind, tart mandarin orange skin, corn syrup, and rotten vanilla bean. More boo. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a highly objectionable malt lickah, one that I wish followed the harshly sweet smell.

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Photo of Vdubb86
2.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tulip

This is part of swillfest...I'm so sorry body.

This is a pale straw color that isn't really appetizing to the eyes. The nose has some puffed rice and anise. I really think this smells like butthole. I truly don't think it's a very favorable taste as well. There is a lot of corn syrup and pain. It's seriously hard to get down. Overall this is a terrible beer. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of longbongsilver
1.91/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Felt like both something new & something ghetto, this fit the bill. Hence, the 24 oz from a gas station for 1.25.

Typical canary yellow pour, albeit w/ way more white head than I expected. Faint rice smell, followed by AL-CO-HOL. Figured it'd be obvious, but not that much. I'll try anything once though, maybe I'll be surprised...

Tastes weirdly like apple juice, with nowhere near the burn the paint-thinneresque scent suggests. No real mouthfeel to speak of, goes down like water because the carbonation vanishes within a minute.

This doesn't have the standard malt liquor funk to it. Problem is, for that category I kinda LIKE that funk. I'd rather a beer try for flavor and boldly fail than to not even make the attempt.

Enjoy that 1.25, Camo. You're not getting another one from me.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 24-ounce can into a half-liter beer glass. Not all at once.

Appearance: Slightly heavier than "straw-colored" and with a pretty decent head which recedes quickly leaving behind light-to-moderate lacing. Doesn't really look all that bad.

Smell: I actually kind of appreciate the scent here. There's a very distinct wine-like aroma with quite a bit of corniness to it. As a "beer" I would fail it, but being a "malt liquor" gives it a little leeway there. Slightly sweet'n'sour grape/rubbing alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dear God. It starts out very smooth, nothing too over-the-top. Beer is moderately oily with low carbonation. As it bubbles down, however, you get the feeling you have just imbibed some watered-down gasoline. Bitter to a fault, pointless alcohol content. On the plus side, it rinses very clean, leaving you free to eat some chips or something to wash away the taste.

Drinkability: Only drink it to get drunk for next-to-nothing. Would certainly never recommend this beer to anyone for any purpose.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
1.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thought I would switch it from craft brew tonight, and go back to the basics with a little malt liquor. On deck: Camo, and King Cobra. Let's get this party started...

Poured from 24oz can into an Old Raspy pint glass..

A - Pours an apple juice color with a two finger froth head. Head almost immediately dissipates...

S - Smells like wine. Grapes and alcohol...

T - Wow, the alcohol is very apparent. Starts sweet then you are slapped in the face with an alcohol bite. Pour a couple of shots into your morning glass of grape juice, and this will probably be close to the outcome...

M - Light bodied with lots of carbonation...

D - I like to pride myself on being a person that enjoys really good beers, but at the same time can still enjoy swill, but this one goes over the top. Won't be buying this again. If your on a really tight budget, and looking to catch a fast buzz; maybe. Otherwise, I would suggest to look elsewhere...


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Photo of TheSarge
2.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours decently for a malt liquor style lager. Nice head of white foam, and a clear dark golden body.

The aroma is very astringent, lots of corn and tobacco characteristics. Dry and powdery too.

Taste wise it is very rich in the tobacco flavor, and kind of leathery and buttery.

Crisp and lots of carbonation up front. Delves into a burning ethyl feel for the finish. It almost feels/tastes like somebody dumped a shot of shitty whiskey into a beer.

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Photo of troobie
1.8/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the 24 oz. can: "Brewed by Five Star Brewing Co., Inc. LaCrosse, WI & Latrobe, PA. U.S. corporate headquarters - Las Vegas, Nevada"

My review for the most current version of Camo's Silver Ice, at 10.6% ABV, shows that I really enjoyed that beer. I don't remember that review or enjoying that beer. Let's see how I feel about Camo's Ice Brewed Camo Black Ice High Gravity Lager Beer xxXxx, and how much I remember tomorrow.

I can't believe I'm pouring this into a glass.

A: Perhaps the worst I've ever seen, and bad for even this style. A paper thin patchy head that lasted about 10 seconds before disappearing. There isn't even a ring of foam left. No lacing (obviously.) Some rising carbonation from the bottom of the glass is the only thing keeping this from being exactly the same as apple juice.

S: It's rare that I shudder when smelling a beer, but I just did. Black Ice has that wine-like "grapey" smell that all cheap, super high gravity (think 9% and above) malt liquors have. To be fair it is consistent with the style. Think of a red Franzia wine and you're now smelling this beer (don't act like you haven't had Franzia.) There is some sweetness that seems to be corn. Almost some spiciness from the hops but it just isn't there. This reminds me of Natural Ice in a lot of ways, but turned up to 11.

T: Starts with a sugary sweetness that lingers well after swallowing. Bitterness comes in the middle and dies before the sweetness does. Spoiled grains. Medicinal. Almost immediate alcohol warming as it travels down to my poor stomach. There's not much here to indicate that this is beer. Almost like a beer-flavored Four Loko. There is a very light black licorice aftertaste.

M: The high carbonation helps to make this somewhat tolerable. More substantial than it needs to be. The density does not help with drinkability. There is a tea-like drying.

O: I'm glad this isn't available where I live because I can see myself buying it far too often for the price/effect since I'm frugal. This is pretty bad, and dangerous. Even for a seasoned high gravity malt liquor drinker like I am the alcohol in this can take you by surprise. Of course once you're under Black Ice's influence it can taste, well, acceptable! I've had one other 10.5% ABV high gravity ice malt liquor, Pit Bull Ice, with the same ABV, style, and price range but Pit Bull Ice is completely drinkable. Camo Black Ice is not.

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Photo of dditto2
1.28/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ive sold it so assumed it was drinkable.
A- watery cheap beer. Weak foamy head that seems unstable with itself for some reason. like some of it dies and some grows?
S- Lots of alcohol and a bad corn cheap ass beer smell.
T-Horrible. I absolutely cannot finnish this beer! Its just cheap nasty beer alcohol corn.
M- Feels like a typical ice beer but way worse.The last thing you will be thinking about.
D- Its really unpleasing. I cant even finish it. This is like a desperation beer( I dont care if it tastes like burning rubber i need to get hammered cheap!)
The upside is it is one of the cheapest beers you will find. The alcohol:price is very decent.

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Camo Black Ice from Camo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 53 out of 100 with 78 ratings