When Beer Is Not A Tasty Beverage

This doesn’t apply to the recent trial of Antares Scotch, which by the way is currently sold out in the local supermarkets–luckily there is still some Porter laying around though. I really want to try the Scotch again since there was obviously something wrong with either me or the bottles I tried that day, but that is another topic. What I am about to talk about today are two beers that were so utterly vile that I gag and shiver just thinking about them. In case you’re thinking, “heh, if you were not sure about Antares Scotch, how can we trust you now,” just hold on. This is the real deal.

There is absolutely no possible way for me put into words describing one of these beers as elegantly as a commenter on Ratebeer.com did with Amsterdam Maximator….

Pours a clear shining golden color, but the white creamy head dissapears fast, leaving only a decent lacing. Aroma is harsh, medicinal with notes of vegetables and pure alcohol. There are hints of chemichals and distilled drinks. My nose says ’don’t drink this shit, man’. Flavor is ultra-sweet, alcoholic and crappy. The typical cheap beer to get wasted.Medicinal flavors come one after another until a burning alcoholic finish. It’s almost like drinking poison. I wonder what would be my liver’s reaction to this. Body is big, thick-full mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. A very unclean Malt Liquor with a posionous sensation. I’m sure this could work to kill rats. The finish is extremely alcoholic and the aftertaste is the same you get after drinking bad-quality rum or tequila. Bad stuff.

Amsterdam Explorator was slightly better.

These situations suck because I feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store when new items, foreign or domestic, fill the shelves at various stores. Sometimes you win (Beagle, Antares, and Sugar & Spice cookies) and sometimes you lose (Amsterdam beer).

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5 Comment(s)

  1. So far I did not have the pleasure of a good tasting beer of above 8% alcohol. Amsterdam Maximator, I think in Holland sold as Grolsch ‘Het Kanon’, contains over 11% alcohol and is therefore not really comparable with the standard pilsener beers. It does give a nice buzz on long cold winter nights though.

    Ronald | Oct 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. >So far I did not have the pleasure of a good tasting beer of above 8% alcohol.

    Yeah, I’m always skeptical with anything above that. I had an idea of what I was going to jump into but just wanted to see if they could pull it off. I think Antares Imperial Stout and Chimay Blue, for example, are excellent beers in the 8%-9% range though.

    Asado Arg | Oct 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. *adds Antares Imperial Stout and Chimay Blue to the grocery list*
    I did not really dive into the special beers here yet. So far the only one that strikes me as better than the standards, like Quilmes Heineken and Warsteiner, is cerveza
    .(So not the equally named one from Quilmes). I like the bitter German taste. To bad it’s way overpriced.

    Ronald | Oct 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. Ah the one in your picture is available in my area but not the other one that you mention. (from Quilmes?)


    I don’t know if their beers are still imported. Jumbo always had it though.

    Asado Arg | Oct 22, 2007 | Reply

  5. I haven’t seen or tried the one from quilmes either, I noticed it when I was searching for a pic of Patagonia beer. You can see some reviews here

    Anyway, since it’s a Quilmes product, I won’t bother to try it anyway.

    Ronald | Oct 23, 2007 | Reply

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