Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chad9976 attempts the 40oz Chug Challenge (Mickey's Malt Liquor review)


So I'm about 2 years behind the times on this challenge. I always said if I ever attempted to do the 40oz Chug Challenge that I would do it when everyone was LEAST expecting it, so I hope you're surprised! :D

I wanted to do this challenge now as an early Thank You to everyone who has participated in Chad'z Charity Challenge. Even though there's still two weeks left until the deadline, the response rate has been great!

If you haven't seen the Chad'z Charity Challenge vlog you can watch it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pnFuY7S7SE

You can see ALL the response videos at this playlist here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Chad9976#grid/user/59DD0C64BA674D56

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, USA - AUG 15, 2011
I chugged a 40oz straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Since the bottle is green it’s difficult to tell what this beer really looks like. I’d venture to guess it’s extremely clear and pale lager-like with no carbonation visible. Even inside the bottle it forms a good-sized head and it never vanishes completely.

Smell: Initially quite skunky like a Heineken, but not nearly as potent. Mostly it smells like a bagful of empties waiting to be returned for redemption.

Taste: What taste? Craft beer enthusiasts are under the mistaken impression that true malt liquor must taste like the worst macro adjunct lager to the Nth power, but they’d be wrong. Malt liquor, and in this instance - Mickey’s, tastes more like water than anything else. Seriously, even some mainstream macro economy lagers are more foul and more sour than Mickey’s. The taste is watery, with a grainy, wet malt, slighty bitter flavor. Really, it’s much more bland or neutral-tasting that it is foul, but there’s definitely nothing to enjoy or appreciate about the palate here. It does begin to develop a metallic flavor towards the bottom, but I drank it fast enough to beat it to the point where it would taste disgusting. Not that this is the kind of beer you drink for the flavor anyway.

Mouthfeel: thin, watery, wet, slightly fizzy.

Drinkability: Drinking a 40oz malt liquor straight from the bottle is quite challenging. In fact, there is an internet meme of sorts where drinkers attempt to chug (or at least drink) an entire 40oz in less than 10 minutes in order to gain respect from their peers. I was able to accomplish this feat but it wasn’t easy. The carbonation and the apparent heaviness of the brew really sat like a brick in my gut. The 5.7% ABV is nothing, as I was only moderately buzzed even after the equivalent of 3 1/3rd servings of beer. It’s not particularly refreshing, but it’s not heavy and dense as some of the "high gravity" malt liquors.

Overall, Mickey’s is a pretty bland, but mostly inoffensive malt liquor. If you absolutely must chug a 40oz this is probably the easiest one to stomach - literally.

Grade: 3/10