JanEric (944) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a small head. Aroma:hops. Bitter in the nose,also some figs. Bitter full bodied taste, with a bitter aftertaste. Not easy drinakble, but a nice one. Also some hints of dates and almonds.
DanielBrown (3592) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. The aroma is my favourite thing about this delicious beer: it combines hops, sherbet and fresh fruit. Flavour is deep and crusty hard. Syrupped hoptastic. The strength is wardrobe heavy, but spring laden.
bmeup (496) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great beer. dark orange and highly aromatic, buscuit, orange citrus and spice. Sweet taste of candy, orange peel and caramel. As it is sweet it is also massively bitter and the balance of the two is spot on. No session beer, but oh so nice.
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle from a beer retailer. It pours an unclear deep amber / brown / ruby liquid with a medium and consistent beige head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is unbelievable: typical grassy and citric IPA hops with a good deal of malt. You can smell notes of caramel, toffee and even ripe strawberries. Truly delicious. It has a little booziness, but does not spoil a fantastic aroma. The flavour is very good, but not that surprising. The malt is intense, with caramel and toffee, and there is the bitterness of the herbal hops everywhere. It is medium sweet, and not that bitter in the mouth. It has medium body and a very dry and bitter aftertaste. This guy’s at Brewdog are going to change the world; if not, at least they’re gonna bring us some very good moments. (Presentation, as always, pretty cool). Nice brew for my 100th rating :-).
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 (1893) - 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 (3213) - 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 (1129) - 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 (2093) - 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.