Hurricane High Gravity

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Joined: April 1st, 2008, 12:04 am

July 14th, 2008, 2:42 am #21

8.1% Black: definitely very smooth and trounced 211 because of many factors. This is my go-to 40 which has held its own over the years and has satisfied my thirst many a time. Its full body with smooth taste gives this 40oz 8/10

8.1% Black Ale: Has the same qualities as black 8.1 except for its smooth ale taste. I prefer the lager but the Ale variant represents a variation that should not go unnoticed with its smooth after taste and Ballantine like qualities (Except this beauty is 8.1% ABV). 8/10

8.1% Silver: Has an extremely similar taste to black Hurricane but the labels peel off quicker which looks like manufacturing was a little cheaper and the side by side comparison makes it look just a hair bit lighter to the black. In a taste test it would be extremely hard to compare with black HG if a taste test was evoked 7.9/10
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Joined: September 3rd, 2008, 3:21 am

September 3rd, 2008, 3:37 am #22

A delicious malt. Could get you ready for a night out. Enjoyed this one will grilling some meat. 8/10
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Joined: October 27th, 2008, 10:01 pm

March 6th, 2009, 3:41 am #23

Just killed one of these last night for 40maltliqourtv.com. A dude hit my up on one of my YouTube vids telling me he was cooming to my town and that he could hook me up with a few, so I meet up with him and we riped a vid together in the parking lot of his hotel. I was suprised how smooth it was being such a strong percent alch at 8.1% it didnt taste harsh at all. I think that this one has jumped ahead of St Ides in my book. Most likely its becuase I dont get to drink this on the reg, and new shit always tastes better.
Anyways I would say 9/10 for taste and 8.5/10 for buzz and 9/10 for feeling like shit the next day (the other shit I drank is what gave me the hangover but I had a ruff day at work none the less)

Thanks to Fraginat0r for the hook up one this one


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Joined: January 7th, 2008, 12:21 am

March 6th, 2009, 6:00 pm #24

Killed one of these HHG's for a vid last night. The top 3/4 of the bottle was amazing, however for some reason, the swill was horrible! I really wasn't expecting that at all. It however gave me a wicked ass buzz. Great malt in the long run. 7/10 swills on taste, just because of the horrible swill. 9/10 buzz, 8/10 overall.
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Joined: October 17th, 2005, 12:39 pm

March 27th, 2009, 2:18 am #25

This is honestly my favorite 40 of all time. That's not based on taste or buzz or anything like that, but just because I drank this stuff all the time my last semester of school and it lead to many a good time to say the least. First time I had this I was surprised by how bad it DIDN'T taste because I expected it to taste like shit for some reason. The buzz was also a nice surprise that kicked in only about 3/4 of the way through. For some reason this stuff gives me that happy drunk feeling that comes with cheap wine. I try to get a hold of this stuff whenever I can, but the only place I've been able to find it is central PA although I've seen 16oz cans in Philly and have seen someone drinking it at a party here.
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Joined: June 17th, 2007, 9:15 am

June 23rd, 2009, 4:23 am #26

Alright, I've had the HHG with the black label out of the 40. But I neither took a picture of myself drinking it, or recorded it. I'm trying to do that with every new or not-everyday 40 I get. But I dropped the ball on that. (I got the black label from 91firebird, and really the only thing that I remember from it is my letting it get relatively warm before finishing it... yet it still maintained a very acceptable taste) I've had Hurricane HG, both silver label and the older black label, a number of times in 24s. But for some absurd and unfortunate reason HHG simply does not exist in Michigan. Our loss to be sure.




I, however, do not plan on giving this silver label HHG 40 oz that I got from Karpis time to warm up. It's good. It outclasses a lot of HGs. As I'm drinking this I can tell that the ABV is above the normal. But it just doesn't FEEL like it's up there with the 8.0+ crowd the way it tastes. I know when the silver label first came out there was actual debate as to whether this is still an HG.

Well, as I'm getting down there you can definately tell that it's an HG. I guess if you were pretty well done-up before diving into this it would flow down like a normal malt. It really does have a "normal malt" type taste until you're done and you're hit with the HG alco-after-taste, but it's completely tolerable. Doesn't seem like there's a lot of carbination for some reason. Not rippin burps.

Still going strong. I realize my reviews, like my posts, are long. OK, getting a little rougher down near the end of the label. I cannot do a 40 in 10. But hey I don't drink fast I drink steady. Kinda like the turtle in the story where he beats the rabbit. OK . Well there's obviously some HG proporties of this since I just typed that.

Anyway. It's done. It's got the HG swill. But it's good. It's really good. Like no more Ides or 211 good, but I don't have it.

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Joined: March 21st, 2009, 6:31 pm

July 7th, 2009, 3:56 am #27

I scored this bad boy when on a venture in Greenfield, Mass with Bwill40s, and two other friends at a beer store called Dad's Liquors. Random name. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have found this in the 40 oz version, considering it's only available in the 24 oz cans; anyways, on to the review... Cracked this open just after getting home after work. The crack and hiss were one of the loudest I have heard so far, which is always a great thing in my opinion. First taste is shockingly smooth and nearly sweet for an 8.1% ABV Malt Liquor. I also liked the dark, almost-reddish tint that it has. The lack of carbonation, though slightly disappointing, because I like belching, was not a factor at all.

If I had easier access to this 40, it surely would be in my immediate rotation. Anyone that calls themselves a Malt Liquor fan would be a fool to pass this one up.
Label: 10/10
Taste: 10/10
Swill: 10/10
Buzz: 10/10
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Joined: July 18th, 2009, 4:09 am

July 25th, 2009, 3:19 am #28

HHG 8.1% Alc./Vol. Silver Label.

Of the best 40s I have experienced to date. I find that this is my favorite with respect to taste, potency, and drinkability.
Characteristics:
1. Excellent sweet, malty taste
2. Prefer to savor this ice cold
3. There is a distinct nutty aftertaste to me in this lager that enjoyable enough to down without food, or snacks.

Label: I happen to like the silver label best, aesthetically, as it looks thirst quenching when the cold bottle is sweating during drinking.

From the crack of the top to the last swill of the bottle, I don't grow sick of the taste as I approach the finish. Unlike some other 40s.

9.5/10.0
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Joined: July 3rd, 2009, 5:59 am

August 20th, 2009, 3:25 pm #29

8.1% Silver: I cracked this with very low expectations, I've heard some things about HHG that kind of made me want to put this one off. I have 8 40s in my refrigerator right now though and this is the only one I can get locally, I like having a nice selection of 4s that I can't get from around here in the fridge so I cracked this one open. I cracked it and I got a mild hiss, then I took a whiff of the brew and it smelled very bold. I took my first sip of it and was put off at first, then the initial blast of the malt had cooled down and gave me a decent aftertaste. I have conquered my fear of HHG, this malt is not half bad at all. I put it down in about 15 minutes while playing some video games, everything stayed cold the entire time (which is actually something I was worried about). I got a very mild buzz, if I had 2 I think I would be in a fantastic state of mind.

Label: 9/10
Taste: 7/10
Swill: 7/10
Buzz: 6/10
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Joined: June 22nd, 2009, 10:06 pm

August 20th, 2009, 6:02 pm #30

got this in a trade. rustythepelican. it was byfar one of the better malts ive ever had. we have the regular hurricanes around here, and theyre good too. with this being a high gravity and the higher abv i wasnt expecting to care for it, as i didnt care too much for the LN 7 11 with about the same abv... 8.2. had a good crack and hiss. first taste was good and smooth as shit. and it didnt get worse as it got warmer. and the buzz hit me like woah. it lasted a good while. so my ratings...

label 9/ 10
taste 8.5/10
swill 9/10
buzz 12/10

we need this locally
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Joined: January 16th, 2004, 9:51 am

August 29th, 2009, 2:40 am #31

I must re-review because forever I have protested against the difference between the silver and black labels ever since the silvers came out. Despite the fact that I never had the silver before now, I was 100% convinced it was the same shit. Now I got a silver label after 2 1/2 years or so finally courtesy of hawaii 4-0, and I can officially confirm it is exactly the same shit. People contend the color is different. It would maybe seem counter-intuitive to some that the contrast of a "lighter" label would make a seemingly lighter-colored brew, but it's quite the opposite. If you think the brew is lighter, it is actually directly influenced by the lighter label color. It can trick the minds of the weak. This brew is fucking dark, almost like a black 211. In reference to the taste, I have a malt palette like an elephant. This is my favorite HG taste-wise of all times, and despite the time lapse I know the HHG steez like it was earlier this afternoon. This particular 40 tastes a little more like the HHG cans than I remember it (i.e. a bit sweeter and fouler aftertaste). I recall a major metallic flavor difference with the cans, and I stand by that, but I can see the similarities to the cans now sort of. No one ever claimed that malt liquor did not play tricks at times. HHG is HHG no matter the color of the label, and it is excellent. Taste B+ Buzz B+. Same as it ever was.
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Joined: June 3rd, 2009, 10:05 pm

September 12th, 2009, 10:09 pm #32

I have drank the 24s for years now and never had a chance to try the 40 until i went to northwestern washington and found it there drank it pretty quick got me pretty messed up. The taste is so much better in a bottle wish i could get these in vegas like i can get the 24s overall taste 9/10,buzz 10/10, went down smooth and i will definitly buy this again if i can have the chance.
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Joined: November 9th, 2009, 11:12 pm

November 21st, 2009, 8:02 am #33

yellow body with a foamy white head.sweet malts in the aroma and flavor.although the alcohol is pretty well hidden at %8.honestly its a bit to sweet for me.

6/10 swills
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Joined: December 14th, 2009, 12:20 pm

December 14th, 2009, 12:37 pm #34

Ive only tried the silver and to be honest, it was absolutly terrible.
maybe im a pussy but id rather have mickeys or king cobra before this.
I couldnt stand the tase, the only thing good about it is the alcohol level that isnt even that much.
2/10.
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Joined: March 30th, 2009, 9:19 pm

April 4th, 2010, 3:31 am #35

It's 10:30pm on a saturday night, and I'm helping Mrs.Fear put away groceries. Cause that's how we roll.I decide to crack this HHG 40 to make some room in the fridge. First taste, only one word comes to mind. Outstanding! Not sure why I don't drink this 40 more often. It's absolutely the best high gravity product out there. I realize 8.1% doesn't seem like much amongst the new breed of 10,11 and 12%ers, however HHG will get the job done and it actually tastes really good. About 20 minutes deep and a lil more than half way through I finally detect the HG bite. It's actually a pleasure at this point. Great 40. 10/10

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Joined: August 11th, 2010, 12:27 am

February 22nd, 2011, 2:05 am #36

I just finished a silver label Hurricane High Gravity. I am generally not a high gravity fan but this is pretty outstanding. It tastes pretty much like a clean tasting standard malt, like King Cobra or Magnum, with a little bit of that alcohol bite. For being 8.1% this goes down extremely smooth. For under $2.00 you will be hard pressed to find a better buzz for the money. Overall for a HG very smooth.

9/10
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Joined: December 18th, 2010, 1:13 am

February 22nd, 2011, 11:47 pm #37

8.1% silver

Cracked this one open and gave it a smell, stunk a little but not too bad. took a sip to get a feel for the flavor and was surprised by the fact that it tasted good, especially for a high grav. it was easy to drink until it warmed a little then it became a little difficult but nothing too bad. killed it in about 12 minutes and had a good buzz going for about an hour. This is my new regular and pre gamer.
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Joined: August 2nd, 2011, 8:24 pm

August 26th, 2011, 1:39 am #38

(Silver 8.1%) Another score from the Chinamen store in Philly (haven't seen this in B'more yet).

First swill was kinda harsh, but it smoothed out quickly (had it in the freezer for 30 mins before cracking it open).  Good crack, not much hiss.  Flavor is on par for a AB malt.  Still, I've had a more pleasurable experience with St. Ides.  At 3/4 the way through, the buzz is kicking in.  The Swill wasn't terrible, reminded me of a Bud Ice bowling pin bottle swill.  For a HG, this is very palatable!  However, I think I'd choose St Ides over this any day.

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Joined: October 2nd, 2009, 11:51 pm

August 28th, 2011, 5:36 am #39

(8.1% Silver) Cracked this during Hurricane Irene in Jersey, about 2 hours or so before the storm is really gonna hit. Yeah, it's cliche to drink a Hurricane 40 in a hurricane. Fuck you for pointing that out, if only in your head.

It's much like I remembered it to be; a high-gravity 40 that tactically masks its true power. That, to me, is what any HG 40 should strive to do, within limits of its brewery's meager budget. This being an AB brew, though, obviously the budget is rather fat. Initially it has that dirty little bite that all AB malts have, followed by some minor ethanol and grain. If you told me this was 6.0%, I'd believe you.

Halfway through the label, and the rain pattering on my in-window AC is becoming a bit more violent. Already feeling a buzz, but that's most likely due to whatever bullshit excuse lightweights come up with.

Killed the 40 while outside on my porch, watching trees become ragdolls and rain become sheets of water. The 40 was smooth all the way through, and while the swill was indeed warm and a but scuzzy, it was completely tolerable. An excellent 40 all around, and my favorite HG 40 to date. Score: A
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Joined: March 21st, 2018, 5:29 am

April 15th, 2018, 5:07 am #40

I drink HHG (silver) more in 25oz can than in 40s. I think this is the smoothest HG malt liquor on the market but there is something wrong about the 40 as it warms, shit tastes like copper as If I dumped some coins in it. That's why I always throw the bitch in the freezer 1hr before drinking it. Strong Buzz, it will creep up on ya. Good 40. 7/10.
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