mnoud (230) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013.03.03 - Brewdog/Flying Dog International Arms Race - 11.2oz bottle in pint glass. Bottle marked batch 163 best before 22-05-13.
Aroma: as on the label, berries and herbs.
Appearance: Pours around 12-16 on SRM scale. Very clear nice mid copper. Not much head/carbonation but a sticky lacy ring, and a few bubbles here and there from bottom.
Taste: Follows nose, berry floral notes and spices. A cinnamon-y dryness without obvious cinnamon taste, other herbs I cannot pick out. Interesting. I wouldn't drink a ton of it but I think it may be rated too harshly here at RB.
Palate/Mouthfeel: medium light.
Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 5/10, Palate 2/5, Overall 13/20
javiercrasher (84) - Granada, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2013
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Rojiza, luminosa. Con muy poca espuma que desaparece rapidamente.
Olor a frambuesa y jengibre.
Poco cuerpo, muy ligera y poco gas.
En boca muy dulce, sabor a frutos rojos y ligero aire a vermuth.
Esperas que el sabor despegue pero no lo hace.
Un verdadero desatino. Eso si, el alcohol muy bien integrado, ni se nota.
En casa tengo infusiones mejores.
Geiserich (2900) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Intensive notes of herbs and berries. Sweetish and bitter notes, ginger. Amber color, low head. Flavor is sweetish, very herbal with again ginger notes, vermouth, and a lot more. Nice.
Hopfemandli (94) - Zug, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @Erzbierschof’s -- Copper/amber color, foam disappears immediately. Modest aroma. Flavor is herbs, a bouquet of different garden herbs. It is medium bodied, refreshing, with balanced sweet and acid elements. A nice experiment.
tricyclist (470) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weird one... Sample pour of deep golden amber. Nose is malty sweet, no citrus, some herbal... Flavor is sweet malt, some light citrus, herbal and sweet. Light and drinkable, just not a favorite..
ElDesmadre (1191) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Almost no head but no floaties compared with the Flyng Dog version. Even better aroma. Some toasted malt is detectable. Citrusy, minty and floral, with elderberry championing the citrus, an alpine herbal feel, rosemary and juniper, and berry-like undertones. The taste is significantly better than the FD version yet still rather amateurish. This beer has also an evidently alcoholic mouthfeel, albeit less than the FD version. The anise-like finish is better, the taste more aromatic and the whole is better balanced. Still, it basically fails as an IPA and fails even more as a gruit which both beers actually are. The whole experiment was a challange to my wallet and my palate was not impressed. The philosophy of overloading a beer with a ton of hops and seeing what comes out does not work well when transposed on a gruit.
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Keg at The Anderson. Watery, slightly hazy amber body with no head. Aniseed, ginger, floral tasting.
Koelschtrinker (9451) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hellmalziger Antrunk, Fruchtnoten, aufkommende Hefenoten. Im Mittelteil intensiver nach Kräutern und Früchten, weich, süffig. Geringe Herbe zum Ende, weiterhin Kräuter, vollmundig. 12/12/11/11/8/11
zacgillbanks (1465) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A dark amber-brown beer that pours without a head. It has a sweet floral fruity flavour with ginger and herbal notes and a sweet lemon and slight bitter finish.
Abrakarl (190) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2013
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Odd, spicy aroma. Can’t place the spice though. Not totally positive. No hops really which is negative. Will not have this again. It’s strong but not good. A waste of time and money and brain cells, although I applaud them for trying something different.