LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, yeasty amber with a awesome looking fluffy foamy white head.
Aroma: A strong whiff of earthy Euro hops and an equal sized amount of sweet and spicy malts.
Taste: Starts with a subtle bitterness, followed by a moderate amount of caramel malts and a layer of roasty chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy.
Overall: To date, the best BrewDog beer I have had. I enjoyed the character the beer had in its appearance and taste.
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 [9/5/09] Bottle sample during LCRBM at Kulminator in Antwerp. Murky amber color with a white head. Aroma of hops with some earth and some fruits. Dry hoppy flavor with some spicy hop notes, a bit of earth and citrus hints and some malt sweetness in the back. Medium-bodied.
darkguardian (728) - Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear amber with a billowing beige head with huge staying power and ample lacing. Beautiful beer. Nose is vanilla and wood with lively pine and resin notes. A little citrus. Big full body on this beer. Maybe a little to full. A little caramel and vanilla up front but huge woody notes with a hint of scotch peat. Complicated beer but it lacks the hop flavor I think most expect. As a beer of its own its kinda neat but the bitterness is fairly high and not really connected to any hop flavor so its somewhat off putting. This is cool experiment though, it just needs a little more hop flavor to make it all come together. Fantastic body for an ipa. Well done if not quite great.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
A gorgeous clean gold colour with a superb tight white head. Fruity hop aroma with plenty sprucey notes and a little dusky wood. Similar flavour but just seems a little too “old” to really shine. Maybe it was the stress of the epic journey. Good chewy malt base however. And the finish is really dry and bitter. Certainly makes me want to take another sip but overall not one of Brewdog’s best beers. Hats off to the fellas for an utterly superb experiment however.
pivnizub (9728) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (LCRBM 09): Amber coloured, hazy, bigger - stable - off-white head; big hoppy nose, some fruity traces underneath; solid dry bitter flavour, some malt detectable; lingering hoppy and fruity finish. Great beer............
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Hazy amber with a medium, quite lasting head. Aromatic hops (British-style) in the nose, with some added exotic fruitiness. Flavor is grainy-malty, fruity, moderately bitter, salty-woody-aromatic, and drying towards the grassy-bitter finish. Some minor gluey and roasty notes. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Pretty good, but slightly unrefined as a whole. Feels like something you’d get by mixing aged North Bridge Extreme and Bigfoot.
TBone (14902) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (from Utobeer, no batch or BB).
Amber color, big cloudy off-white head. Caramel, piney hops and yeast in the nose. Chewey caramel malty flavor with quite robust body. Some tobacco ash, piney hops. Quick finish. Easy to drink. Suprisingly more caramelly (with sea wind touch) than hoppy bitter.
Bov (11181) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson and Melissa Cole - clear reddish-amber colour with a persistent beige foam; aroma of dust and aromatic hops, almonds and wood; moderate carbonation and with a good malt backbone; creamy mouthfeel, quite woody and hoppy finish
cgarvieuk (19023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting 2009... Copper light fruity hop ... big big hop nose little dry ... little malt ... light salt but huge pine hop ... little toffee ... pine linger... 3.6
bottle at home ... with Douglas88 ... copper ... thin white lacing ... light sweet hop ...light toffee nose ... soft sweet toffe fruity malts ... juicy light pine ... light pinapple hop . 3.7
Bottle at home ... sweet fruit sherry ...light blackcurrent ... soft cardboard fruits .. soft salty fruits .. ligth sweet fruits ... soft sweet floral fruits ... 3.4
thebeertourist (5158) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Utobeer, ABV 8.5%. Hazy amber with a big yellowish head. Comfortable citrus, vanilla and caramel aroma and flavours. More oaky vanilla as well as vinous notes in the mouth. Dy throughout. This beer does not scream, but has a very complex personality. I rate that highly.