daniele (4502) - ITALY - JUL 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, 15th June 2010 - the launch event. Deep reddish copper with a foamy off white head. Nose of caramel sugars and resinous hops. Some alcohol but definitely less than youíd expect, at least at first. As it warms, the booziness comes through. In the mouth, itís a similar story. This really does feel like 5AM Saint amped up - lots of alcohol, some red berries, sugary orange and toffee. Palate is rich and full without being heavy, without being harsh. Itís very bitter without many hop flavours making themselves known. I found it a bit disappointing as I was expecting to be challenged more with some confrontational flavours. This is best described as "6pm Saint".
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Clear, deep copper ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma awards my senses with pineapple, grapefruit, pine, muskiness and a whiff of caramel. Medium to full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. The flavor is an enjoyable blend of acidity, bitterness and alcohol. Numbs the tongue; not unlike Novocain. Lengthy, bitter, warming, Sahara-dry finish. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
ladnewton (1243) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on 15the June 2010. Russet with thin off white head. Very strong early malt kick and strong grassy hop tanginess. Slight notes of savoury vegetables and rich berry fruit. Very well crafted indeed but satisfaction already achieved on a single 1/3 pint portion. I should also like to thank Tommie C for arranging the event of that day at the CASK.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml. Another home run from Brewdog. The aroma on this is just sick. Huge pineapple and grapefruit rind. I wasnít expecting this at all. The alcohol is dominated by the hops in the nose, which is a very good thing. Doesnít smell boozy like you expect from a beer of 18%. Pours a burnt red with a large foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Flavor is slightly funky. Huge alcohol is actually not as present as you expect. Its got some burn but nothing near what it should be, you get a massive amount of fruit balanced by chewy vanilla caramel malts. Suprisingly well balanced. Light booziness and lingering bitterness thats not to aggressive. I really dug this, much more than I expected. Very well done. And the aroma was just absolutely amazing. I smelled this beer for a good 10 minutes before I took a sip.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish pour. Hoppy and alcohol nose. Flavor is pretty damn good considering the crazy alcohol. Lots of citrus hops, good malt bill, some fruity notes and the booze is hidden pretty damn well. Thanks to darkguardian!
bobinlondon (1242) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the C&K launch. Amber/ red with a tan head. Initially the massive hop count masks the excessive alcohol but in the finish this beer is un integrated and too strong for itís own good. Nevertheless, extra marks for an adventurous effort. It will no doubt round off with moderate aging and might well have benefited from cask presentation at a colder time of year.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th June 2010. Cask at Cask & Kitchen. Clear dark amber beer. Light carbonation providing a short lived bubbly tan head. Light crisp palate but has a prescense from the alcohol. Dark toffee malt supports some prickly hops. Piney, orange and a trace of pineapple and then some spice. Finishes with a warming dry alcoholic snap that also delivers more spicy fresh hop. Tingling spirity aftertaste. Decent but not a showstopper. I love big beers but I think this one would have benefitted a lot from being a mere 13% or 14%. A couple of years or more aging probably would not hurt either! I noticed a lot of unfinished glasses of this left around and managed to get fairly wrecked on them!
roryp1 (1) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just picked up a bottle on the way home from work at Cornelius Beer & Wine, Edinburgh. After chilling for 4 hours, and enjoying a bottle of Hardcore IPA while I waited, the cork is out and the nectar is poured!
I agree with the previous review, itís very much like a bigger, bolder 5am Saint! The floral, fruity and almost heather like aroma, a similar colour and thin golden head are all there.
The early palate is juicy but quickly quelled by burnt caramel, highland toffee, vanilla and I personally detect a bit of citrus lemon & lime in there too. Itís a long lasting finish, but not overpowering on the alcohol.
Special, Iíll be buying another, along with an AB:01 tomorrow to stash for 12 months.
Keep up the good work http://www.brewdog.com
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I have to say, I really didnít know what to expect with this one, but it sounded much more up my street compared to the AB:01. Mention dry-hop and Iím in... Any how, this is bottle 1956 of 3600, bottled 16.06.10 (only 3 days ago today!) cork pops out with a triumphant "POP!" Nice start, immediately a strong aroma of US style hops blast from the bottle up my nose, lots of wild strawberries, big amounts of resin, cinnamon, cloves and grapefruit. The nose is fantastic, it certainly has the trademark Brewdog hop aroma, but thereís way more depth than usual. The brew noses like a mix between Hardcore and 5am (my two favourite Brewdog Beers!) On a second whiff, the hops are backed up by gooey caramel, toffee and maple syrup, sweet and sticky smelling. The flavour is brilliant, once again it reminds me of a Hardcore 5am cross-breed. You have all the marmalde, caramel-toffee backbone of 5am with massive Hardcore style, earthy, glue/resin drenched hops. Obviously there is some warmth from the abv, but it certainly doesn;t taste as potent as 18%, the alcohol is very neatley controlled here, and these guys need praise if only for that, it is an achivement... Stouts are easier to hide high abvís in, but with a fresh style like this, it couod have been savagely unbalanced. The second big achievment here is how clean the finish is... ití;s not too cloying at all, itís quite a fresh almost neutral feeling on the palate that your left with. The flavour of Hops and caramel syrup linger on for ages, but the feel is almost, ALMOST refreshing! I think this is where the dry hopping really shines - all the aromatic poils are replaced in the beer giving it powerfull aromas and flavours, but without making it a totally palate killing beer. Itís a strange dichotomy of a beer, and I respect it for that. Another great point here, is that you sip the beer as you write, and as you write you get more and more merry, so by the end of a ratem your raving about it, very good tactic :) I suppose my only gripe would be price, but hey, it is 18%