gyllenbock (3688) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brownish/orange with a large white head. A lot of malt in both the aroma and taste, not that hoppy. I think that the bottle was on the old side. Still quite good but not that fresh anymore.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a two finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a bright, clear, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of nutty, sherry, caramelized cardboard, that sits in front ruby-red grapefruit zest, caramelized, citrus zest, and then a bright tangelo note that sits in front of a tobacco like note, perhaps a touch of menthol, some pine, and a citrusy berry character. A supporting whole grain character melds with the caramelized malt notes.
Amply bitter, quite light bodied, and the finish is hops and oxidation. A lingering nutty note melds with some cardboard, a bitter almost roast malt note that really lingers on the palate. The hop character is herbal, has a light pine, faded tangelo zest, Meyer lemon notes, ruby-red grapefruit, and a peppery, slightly green, spicy, essential citrus zest note. Sweet tea like caramelized malt melds with the nutty, slightly cardboard like, and definitely toasted whole grain in a brown bread sort of manner.
A definite aged example, the oxidation is certainly taking hold, but the hop character is still bright enough, the malt is really were the oxidation bites deepest. I really like how light bodied this beer is, it helps with the quaffability, but the oxidized malt makes this more of a sipping brew. If you can get past the oxidation, this beer still has a lot going on; certainly a beer to drink in a much younger state though.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a deep orangey/amber with a large slightly foamy off white head. Aroma is great with notes of wood, caramel, toffee, syrup, Ruby red grapefruit juice, bit o honey candy and alcohol. Medium to slightly thin bodied with average carbonation and a strong amount of heat on the finish. The flavor is not nearly as complex as the aroma and basically just a malt forward beer. Notes of some dried out fruit, dry wood, caramel and toffee blended with tonic. Although ridiculously overpriced this was a pretty solid brew.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle... more gimmicks or a solid brewdog beer? back to the gimmicks on this one, weaves a creative brewing story but falls flat in taste and execution, donít waste your money... the aroma has lots of alcohol, a bit of caramel, and citrus... lots more malt on the taste than anything, boring with an off finish... pass
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG in March 2010 (not long after release). The pour yields a lightly hazy, golden-orange amber body with just a wispy, swirly, off-white film at the head. Minimal, wet spotting marks the glass. Aromas include notes of biscuit and sweet grain malt in the forefront, hinting at dessert bread and even some unexpected coconut cream. Hops are (obviously) faded, showing remainder traces of tropical citrus and a touch of dried grass. Flavors are pretty well balanced, again kicking off with caramelized grain, bread, and biscuit, also suggesting a slight touch of toasted toffee. Aged citrus hops and mild grasses lend soft bitterness, bringing things to center. Thereís a hint of oxidation that is actually welcomed to some degree, as it just seems to work with this brew. Medium in body, with light to moderate carbonation and a very smooth consistency, the palate finishes semi-dry. Alcohol is not apparent at all, and Iím surprised to find that it weighs in at 8.5%. Interesting stuff. Absurdly priced, and not even remotely worth it, but it exceeded my expectations in most respects. Med body smooth semi dry.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Jay at Paulís tasting. Iím glad I got to try this, the idea was certainly novel and interesting sounding, but I wasnít going to spend $30/12oz on an old IPA, and that is exactly what this is. The aging has added much less to this than it has taken away. Skunky, cigar smoke, sausage and flower aroma. Hardly IPA anymore. The flavor has milk chocolate, plywood, salt water. Decent, just not exciting nor is it particularly difficult. Iíd say "what will their next gimmick be?" but we already know that was to make the strongest beer ever and then sell it for an outrageous price.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Rating #62. Dark gold pour with a pretty big and fluffy and white. Aroma is more malt than hops, the hop aroma was very faint after a lot of inhaling. Pleasant flavor, very subtle hops and some caramel maltiness, pretty enjoyable overall, but not worth the 20 plus it costs. (1114)
jeremytoni (2834) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle (28$, 12 oz.) poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor with a lasting finish.
tiong (2783) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle @ Kaunis Kampela, Helsinki
Pours dark orange with a tiny head. Aroma is woody and has hints of oak. Taste is malty with woody and oaky notes and hints of vanilla. Smooth, salty finish. Not your typical IPA, but a nice beer nevertheless.
Embrouille (2774) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 33cl. Salty hoppy aroma. Good bitterness. Dry finish. I really enjoyed this IPA.