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Camo Black Ice | Camo Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Camo Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bditty187 on 12-29-2006

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1.79
pDev:
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 70
Photo of bsturges
5/5  rDev +179.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Camo Black is good for one thing - a high ABV. To discuss its qualities in detail would be akin to evaluating the finer points of Taco Bell. That being said, it really tastes no worse than any other malt liquor I've had, and it is extremely inexpensive. Seeing people mention here that they have picked it up for 1.25 makes me extremely jealous, as in my area I have never seen it cost under 1.75 after tax.

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +96.6%
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 staticparadox
3.41/5  rDev +90.5%
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 friendofthefog
3.4/5  rDev +89.9%
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.
Cheers!

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Photo of kguyty
2.68/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For it's 10.5% alcohol by volume mark, this beer is not the worst I have ever had. But beware! You must keep this can ice cold, lest you drink warm Camo, which is something I would not give to my worst enemy. A 24oz. can does me well, and for the price it's not bad - the taste is bad, but if you are a week from payday and need a beer to get you through an awful Royals game, this is the one to reach for - not Evil Eye.

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Photo of 86sportster883
2.63/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really didn't have high hopes for the Camo Black Ice high gravity lager, but I actually found it to be pretty smooth and drinkable from start to finish. It's a malt liquor, through and through, from its clear pale amber color to its mildly dry finish. The smell was the only aspect that really put me off, but the taste was much better than that. It does a decent job of masking its whopping 10.5% alcohol level, and the black ice remains drinkable at a wide range of temps. You'll find that out, as it takes a while to work your through a 24oz can. One thing's for certain, by the time you finish one of these you're going to have a different outlook on things.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.41/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Malt Likkapalooza X is here at last. Since I'm having trouble finding new malt liquors, there may not be too many more of these head-to-head grudge matches. This is the second of these competitions in a row to feature a Camo product. Will Black Ice do as well as Camo 900 High Gravity Lager? There's only one way to find out.

Rich amber that is almost as orange as it is yellow. The French vanilla colored crown looks pretty damn good. It's firmly creamy, is micropitting and is depositing an amazing amount of soon-to-be crusty lace. This is one of the best looking malt liquors that I've ever seen. Trash the brown paper bags, guys. Use a glass.

The nose is tremendously floral, almost perfumy. It's odd for a beer of this style, and not exactly 'tough guy' in nature, but I like it because it covers up the usual graininess and grain alcohol essence that these things usually deliver.

To my surprise, the flavor is where Camo Black Ice falls back to the level of its foe. I need to get deeper into the cans to pick a clear favorite, but they're close. The floralness and green apple flavor are a bit much. Okay in small doses. Less tolerable over all 24 ounces.

It's hard to completely obliterate a 10.5% ABV, and probably unfair to expect in a malt liquor, but a little more finesse wouldn't hurt. Of course no one who drinks malt liquor is looking for finesse... or probably even knows what finesse means.

It's hard to imagine the folks who usually drink this stuff standing around on the street corner discussing viscosity and the pleasures of 'energetic, yet soft-edged carbonation'. Hey, that describes the mouthfeel pretty well.

The appearance score might put Camo Black Ice over the top when it comes to the final score, but malt liquors are made for drinking (and, yes, tasting), so Schlitz High Gravity is my favorite beer of Malt Likkapalooza X no matter how it shakes out in the end. Looks like Camo 900 High Gravity is the best Camo of them all.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.4/5  rDev +34.1%
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 Vdubb86
2.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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 Lauthaha
2.22/5  rDev +24%
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 hopdog
2.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24oz can acquired in trade with Kevin (thanks, I guess!).

I've been trying to get the local PA crew to drink this one for a while now, but for some reason, it took some arm twisting and constant urging!

Poured a medium yellow color with an averaged sized head. Yep, smells and tastes like a Malt Liquor - corny and just nasty.

Notes from: 3/14/08

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Photo of TheSarge
2.03/5  rDev +13.4%
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 tone77
1.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of alcohol, some malts. Taste is of alcohol and not good at all. No real beer flavor here. Feels light with a slight burn in the mouth and is one of the least drinkable beers I have tried. Overall this beer is borderline disgusting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.94/5  rDev +8.4%
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 longbongsilver
1.91/5  rDev +6.7%
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 mrtbeerdesign
1.9/5  rDev +6.1%
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 tpd975
1.88/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why Dave why do you insist on doing this to me.

A: Pours a pale yellow with a foamy head. No lace.

S: Aromas of corn, bread, and a cat's litter box.

T: Sweet corn, cane sugar, floor stripper.

M: Light, thin, fizzy.

D: Would rather drink what's in the cat's litter box.

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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 DrainBamage
1.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a very clear gold color with a surprisingly decent head, going down for 1 inch to a lace.

S: The smell is very watered down, shocking with an ABV of 10.5%, and adjuncts are present also. Probably the worst smelling beer ever. Not to say bad smelling, but more of a lack of.

T: This bad. Real bad. It definitely has the fuel taste, but is extremely sweet. Reminds me of sweeter version of Camo Silver Ice.

M: Mouthfeel is decent, goes down reasonable smooth even with the slight burning sensation.

D: Overall this is a sorry excuse for a malt liquor, and ice beer, or a beer for that matter. I guess if your only goal is to get drunk off your ass, then you might like this. If you actually appreciate beer, then stay away.

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Photo of jsisko01
1.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 DESTRO
1.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

i usually dont drink this stuff, but it is not below me and i did have a can of this the other day during some an intense rockband xbox sesh. i didnt pour it out, but the can is pretty tight. i like the explosion thing and the military style font. unfortunatly its not very good after that. it smells like cornflakes and alcohol. it tastes like cornflakes and paint thinner. mouthfeel? i dunno i was drinking it as fast as possible to avoid the taste. drinkability is low seeing as how its 10.5% and terrible, BUT there is a silver lining, i felt pretty awesome immediatly following consumption. its a double edged sword.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
1.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Clear golden color with no head. Even though the glass is quite busy with bubbles.

S- Surprisingly enough I actually smell a fruity banana smell. It almost reminds me of a watered down red MD 20/20.

T- I'm a bit scared, so lets see how this goes: wow my gag reflex started to kick in. The can says 10.5%abv and it is there in full force. Wow. I can taste the banana taste but wow this is bad.

M- Feels like beer, I think. Perhaps its the spawn of the devil beer.

D- Hell no.

Edit: Dear god I had to pour this out, it was that bad.

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Photo of nicksta
1.7/5  rDev -5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Hmmmm, the National Championship is tonight. I want some beer, but I am hella broke. I know! I shall drink Camo and not just any Camo, but Camo Black Ice!" - me this morning

The beer is a a light straw yellow with no froth and lots of lacing and carbonation. Hot damn! It smells like year old Miller! So sweet, but kinda clean at least. Okay, the taste is like a light beer! Holy shit! It isn't horrible and adjunctly sweet at all! I am going to get blitzed off of these three cans that will go down easy. The only real problem is the alcohol burn at the end. Oh wait, the sweetness effects the chug; oh well! The mouthfeel is weak, by the way.

Maybe I should slow down. After all, it is only halftime.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
1.7/5  rDev -5%
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...

Cheers...

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Photo of bditty187
1.63/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Clear, gold in hue; I am pleased the color is not overly thin or sickly. Loud, talkative white head, at the apex the foam was easily three fingers tall. The bubbles popped and left pockmarks as it faded steadily. A small cap lasted the entire consumption (albeit brief consumption). No lacing of note. Overall, the appearance is quite standard.

The nose smells of malt and corn grist with fruit jelly and Vaseline mixed in for good measure. Alcohol is noticeable, it doesn’t seem overly hot to me but I fear it will open up once I take a sip. I have smelled worse Malt Liquors (and better ones). Offensive but it will not haunt my memories.

Sweet palate, it is malty for a brief moment before turning rather corny and a tad wheat-like. There are tons of fusel alcohol flavors, fruit jelly, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, and apples (grapes too?). The alcohol heat burns my throat on the swallow… I am forced to take little sips. I’ve had a couple good Malt Liquors but Camo Brewing Company has yet to delivers one. IMO, Black Ice is borderline awful.

Almost medium in body, minimal carbonation, the mouthfeel is thin but harsh. That is not a winning combo… The mouthfeel is poor but I’m not drinking enough of it to really matter.

Drinkable? Um, like, hell no. I purchased a massive 24-ounce can for $1.08 at a local grocery store. Why? So BA member Roydrinksitall can review this beer? Merry Christmas. To the rest of you, avoid this beer.

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Camo Black Ice from Camo Brewing Company
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