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Voodoo Brewery – #22oztofreedom (Hashtag Series)

For best effect, play this in the background as you peruse this post:

And now, for something completely different.

I’m no stranger to malt liquors, having even reviewed one previously. What we have here is Voodoo Brewery‘s craft malt liquor, offered up as part of their ongoing “Hashtag Series”.  A nod to the popular Sublime song, #22oztofreedom was available at Voodoo during my Christmas trip back home to Northwest PA, tempting me with thoughts of what mysterious wonders might await inside this bottle. Plain white handwritten label? Hashtags? Served in a brown paper bag? It’s made by Voodoo, of course, what’s the worst that could happen?

I’m in a bit of a dilemma here. I know that I’m supposed to review to the style – the style, of course, being American Malt Liquors. However, I’m also tempted to evaluate from a purely objective standpoint – how much did I enjoy the beer? If I’m reviewing to the style, how good can an American Malt Liquor honestly get?  What is going on here?

Voodoo Brewery #22oztofreedom
This one pours out of the bottle a distinct golden color. I'm going to be completely honest here though, my first thought was that this is what it looks like going to the bathroom after a night of heavy drinking. Roughly a quarter inch of head forms that hangs around for a while, but dissipates as you drink.
Rice, corn, cheap grain, and alcohol dominate the nose here. It smells like most malt liquors you may have come across in your wilder days, perhaps a bit more potent, yet less offensive.
Well, it is what it says it is. This is a malt liquor that packs more flavor than what you might be used to. Take your given light beer, or forty of choice, and crank up the flavor to eleven - that will give you a good perspective of what you're experiencing with #22oztofreedom. Nothing unexpected, just intensity, if that's a good thing with this kind of beer.
With a medium-light body characteristic of the style, and a lively amount of carbonation, this is probably a highlight of the beer. I wouldn't want to get blasted with these flavors without the carbonation. As far as aftertaste goes, these 'cheap' flavors stick around long after curfew, throwing dice around on the stoop that is your palate.
This could be found at the brewery and in limited distribution for a while for around $10, but supplies may be drying up at this point. It's tough to evaluate this one from a value perspective, when what Voodoo is vying for can be acquired deliberately cheaply.
This is exactly what it claims to be - a craft American Malt Liquor, with a certain flavor intensity that only Voodoo knows how to bring to any given style. If you're a fan of this kind of thing, and can find it, it might be worth picking up for the experience alone. As for me, I genuinely don't dig this too much. Maybe that's the point.


Beer Stats
Style: American Malt Liquor
Serving: Bottle
Size: #22oztofreedom
ABV: 8.20%
BA Score: 86
RB Score: N/A

As I walk away from this beer, I find that I can only paraphrase Sublime:

Twenty-two ounces to freedom is the only chance I have to feel good, even though I feel bad.
And I know that ohhhhhhhh… I’m not comin’ back.

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Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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