hopscotch (8912) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle… South Florida Throwdown 2010… Clear maple syrup-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. Smells like boozy, woody, strawberry cough syrup… only worse. Light to medium-bodied and abrasive with tickling carbonation. The flavor is a boozy, bitter, fruity and acidic mess of a concoction. Finishes astringent and dry. Well, everyone else at the throwdown liked it a good bit. I think it’s a total mess of a beer. It rubs me in all the wrong ways and in all the wrong places. I’m a big BrewDog fan, but this one was a major disappointment for me. I’m still grateful to have had the opportunity to try it. Thanks go out to darkguardian for providing the bottles for all of us to share! I’m glad I was in the absolute minority at the Throwdown as far as the level to which I disliked this beer. Admittedly, only my craft beer bias prevented me from scoring this as low as the BMC beers.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to DarkGurdian for sharing this one at a recent tasting. The aroma just explodes with a massive amount of chocolate and strawberries. I noticed a little bit of sediment floating around in the glass, but I figured that it was just from the whisky casks that were used to age this beer, so therefore no harm done. For a beer being at 11%ABV it’s incredible smooth and easily drinkable. It’s got a good amount of carbonation with a very thin head to it. A great beer!!
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out transparent red with an orangey colour to it and a beige bubble bath looking head. Aroma from the bottle is quite nice and the aroma starts well in the glass but quickly seems to fade just leaving a carbonated metali aroma. First up you get the lovely raspberry aroma with a touch of cream soda in the back ground and the tinniest hint of strawbs, but the raspbs dominate. Not really much of a the whisky on the nose, the faintest trace of spirit perhaps, but not at all boozy. Flavour once again starts with the dominant Raspbs, moving to a slightly tart, but more over bitternece in the mids which persists and becomes stronger into the finish joined by a vague warmth from the whisky. The bitterness becomes a bit overwhelming and, I feel, smothers some of the more interesting flavours. It feels much akin to when you accidently get cologne on your tongue, not to pleasant. The abv is hidden very well, and the mouthfeel is just right for the style, lovely and light and effervescent, almost mouse like at times, making this more like a sparkling wine than beer, as so I’m drinking it from a flute. This has been reported to me as the least favourite of the 3 so far, and I really wanted to back the trend, but I have to agree. It’s a bit confused and lack direction. It could do with being either sweeter, or if not then tarter and more sour, it could definitely do with out that bitterness which feels like the spirit and beer conflicting with some clumsey musty oak getting in the way. Most frustratingly, I think this could have been the most interesting of the three, but has just lost it’s way. Roll on AB:04 I say.
tobydarling (31) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: intially, powerful sharp fruit (reminds me of a childhood sweet thta I’ve long forgotten the name of). This softens over a couple of minutes
A: Medium red, 1cm white foam that dissipates to a covering
T: initially a little sweetness with the fruit, but whisky and a dryness follow quickly
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Cask at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Pours a lovely red colour – as you’d expect given the ingredients. Aromas of tart berry fruit mingled with aromatic whisky and a slight hint of peat. The strawberries came out straight away on the taste, followed by a large dose of whisky. At the end, the raspberries round out the finish, which was interesting. It doesn’t taste anywhere near 10%, and is very fruity. You’d expect this to age well if put away for a decent amount of time. Another good addition to the Abstrakt series. 
Leighton (10543) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Rake, London. Pours amber-red with a strong, off-white head. Pungent strawberry aroma with lighter raspberries, honey and malt. Sweet flavor with light bitterness. Fairly fruity, with a nicely attenuated character. Medium in body with very little carbonation. Finishes quite boozy and warming, with some lingering berry notes. Good stuff.
tommann (2629) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. Pours dark orange/brown with no head. Aroma is whisky, strawberries, grapefruit and slightly sour. Some alcohol. Taste is fruity to start. Whisky on the finish, with a grapefruit bitterness. Not as full as could be. I am very much enjoying this beer.
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2013 Bottle at home aug 2013... Copper... Zezty raspberry nose... Wow awsome. Nose... Tart front.. Juicy raspberry... Floral fruits... Light malts massive rasp...i think this is got better 4.0
cask at cloisters ... deep copper red ... sweet creamy raspberry ... big tart front ... little cremola foam ... some strawberry in middle with a lightmtart raspberry finish ... quite nice... oh yum...3.9
bottle at home ... copper ...raspberry nose ... juicy sweet fruit front ... tart raspberry linger ... alcohol hidden well... but the BOTTLE 30/10/10...is way to FIZZY... little bitter fruits... 3.7
harrisoni (13288) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at The Rake. So much better in bottle than on tap downstairs. Strawberry is more to the fore. Slight sour then a good raspberry caramel flavour. Very subtle whisky. Fruit is lovely in the bottle.
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg and bottled (I assume) at the Rake. Amber/red with an off white head. Hugely complex with woody malts and spritzy raspberries. Good smooth carbonation and well disguised alcohol. Unlike a few others present on the night, I thought this was superb.