Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Aroma hints of grass and pine from the hops and some sweet caramel from the malt. Pours a dark amber with a thick off-white foam. Taste is somewhat sweet with a whole lot of bitterness that stays on the tongue even after the beer has gone down, very, very nice for any hop lover. Mouthfeel is excellent as well, feels thick and pleasant in the mouth. There is no evidence at all of the high alcohol content.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a metallic brown, darker than copper. Off-white, one-finger head.
Very lush, fruity hop smell. Grapefruit, bananas, orange.
Taste starts off with the big, fruity hops. Grapefruit and orange. Then a huge dose of dry, caramel, toasty malts comes behind it. Huge malts. The hops are big but are quickly swallowed by the malts.
This is a great beer. It’s not a hophead’s dream, but it’s delicious, with tasty hops upfront followed by rich, tasty malts in a big way.
Kavu (2663) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a medium head. Aroma is strong hops and fruits. Flavor is malts and fruits at first with a huge amount of hops in the finish. Very nice.
jkwood04 (4434) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep ruby amber with a lingering, lacy, beige head. Aroma strong of citrus, floral and pine hops, with a little caramel malts and alcohol. Flavor mainly of the hops, but the malts have a presence that balances it well. A nice toffee/hops bitterness/alcohol finish. Smooth texture. A pretty good imperial IPA.
Erasmus_ro (1667) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2013 Bottle on 2.9.2011: Pours a burnished, reddish copper with a large, yellowish-brown, long-lasting head. Gorgeous. Aroma is strongly juniper and its berries; BrewDog’s house flavor. But also exotic fruits: pineapple and passion fruit at least come through strongly. Some caramel malt in there as well. Pretty nice. Taste is stingy juniper that turns into a mixture of the junipery hops and caramel malts so common for imperial IPAs. Very dry, a little bit of the infamous cat urine I hear so much about. Palate is dry and stingy , full and a bit carbonated.
Cask @ RAF2011, Gallow’s Bird, Espoo, 25/02/2011: Pours amber with a bit of red and a small, white head. Aroma is florally hopped. Taste isn’t as bitter as you’d expect, quite fruity. Average body.
cfrancis (2637) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, cloudy golden with a frothy white head and good lacing. Aroma is heavy on the hops, somewhat candied sweetness and resin. Taste is a bold smack of hops, mild bitterness. Well balanced and very enjoyable. I wouldn’t label it an explicit imperial ale but it is a fine example of the style.
fugitive (1512) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught. Color red with medium head. Aroma hop, grapefruit, fresh. Taste bitter, hop, fresh, grapefruit, sweet notes.
maneliquor (3391) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 This is a classic. Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a red-amber with a small, thick white head. Big hops on the nose. Citrus, pine, caramel and hop resin are all prominent. Has a sweet caramel malt backbone which seems to be subdued by the big hop presence that takes over completely. Overall a fantastic beer and one that I will always hold in high regard
zvikar (3903) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours red to bronze with a nice head, aroma of pine, orange, pineapple, marmalade and lemon, flavor of malt, tangerine, grapefruit peel, quite bitter with a medium to full bodied, nice but not outstanding
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bishops Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm. Pours out in a shady reddish amber colour with a small creamy white head. Hoppy and rather sappy aroma of pine, resin, plums,, Sevilee oranges with hints of caramel. Nearly full-bodied with notes of bittersweet notes of pine, resin, red grapefruit,, mango, Seville oranges and caramel. Well-hidden alcohol but a bit rough carbonation. Bitter finish of of grass, pine, grapefruit and sweetish notes of Seville oranges. Much better than their earlier version but nit’s still not over 4.0.