jamestulloch (1448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Hazy amber/brown body with a large off-white head. Excellent lacing. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, liquorice, nuts, pine and mint. Flavour of toffee, nuts, plum and a faint citrus note. Lovely bitterness. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft carbonation. An impressive feat of brewing to get this much flavour and bitterness into such a low ABV beer. This version was 2.8%. However, without the alcohol content, it just feels a bit empty.
Scopey (7054) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thought I would finally add my rating of the original. I purchased heaps of this stuff when it was released. It pours clear brown with a medium off-white head. The nose is zesty orange, peachy, grapefruit, wood, toast and earth. The taste is aggressively bitter, orange rind, zesty grapefruit, background earthy element, mild toast, watery and toffee with a dry, bitter finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. As will the Nanny State it is surprising how long the bitterness persists even after a few years before drinking. A beer that divides opinion. Very light and aggressively bitter, but I kind of like it...
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First there was Floyd, then there was Radiohead! I traded a Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic for this one for God’s sakes! Pours thick, unclear, murky amber with a creamy white head. Aroma brings some grassy hoppy notes, subtle with a bit of wild aging. The flavor is similar, got a little soapy but still palatable.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pale copper, thick bubbly white head. Surprisingly juicy hop nose, peach and grapefruit, quite grassy though, lightly sweet caramel too. Tastes a bit tired though - light malts, some soap, pine grassy bitterness on the finish. Very tired but not disastrous.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
29th March 2010
Cloudy brown beer. Thin off white head. Malt and a good amount of hop on the nose. Crisp palate. Toffee malt base plays second fiddle to aggressive hops. Very bitter orange and grapefruit. Toasted malt bitterness adds to the aggression. The bitter attack lets up a little as the beer warms up but overall the beer is too aggressively bitter.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle at Craig’s BrewDog tasting. Pours a dark amber colour with a decent yellowish head. Aroma of pine, pineapple, grapefruit and caramel. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Moderate bitterness also. Not bad.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense earthy leafy hop aroma. Clear bronze. Great contrast. Light caramel, heavy hops! Black pepper and a raised eyebrow.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with no best before date, but I am assuming it is pretty old. Slow gusher. Pours with a hazy deep bronze body, large, off-white head. Creamy, good retention. Aromas are still very hoppy. Immediate notes of grapefruit, orange and tangerine peel. A bit harsh and grassy smelling. A medium amount of papery oxidation. Cigar humidor, peppery, cedar, tobacco aromas as well. Caramel and toffee. Flavors are roughly bitter, very ashy, earthy, soil, tobacco, dirt. Vegetable, coffee grounds. Minimal hop flavors remaining. I am giving it the benefit of the doubt scoring wise. I am pretty sure it is not a fresh bottle, but there is no best before date filled in. Strong bitter balance. Surprisingly light oxidation. Astringent, lively bubbles. Not very dry either. Benefit of the doubt, but not a good beer now, score is on the generous side.
Koelschtrinker (10831) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 1, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Herber, ziemlich bitterer Antrunk, im Ansatz merkt man aufgrund einer penetranten Andeutung, dass das Bier nur wenig Alkohol enthlt. Weiter bitter, was das Bier deutlich dominiert. Zitrusnoten im Abgang. /8/8/8/9/8
Blairgus (2640) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
smells like holding whole leaf hops in your hand. almost too hoppy, which slants towards a pellet hop flavour in my mind. or in some way fabricated.
amber colour, clear and slightly fizzy
i liked the first two bottles but this finally seems over the top.