altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bierkoning. Amber colour with tall head. Malty nose. Very hoppy taste. Obviously very low ABV which is a bummer but the hops are quite nice and even more pronounced. Also nice sweet tastes of malt, caramel. Well done, for a one-off.
Dedollewaitor (15109) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Hj Hansen, Odense. Pours amber/reddish with a creamy lasting white head and lacings. Nose is pine, citrus and grapefruit. Low carbonation and a bit thin and watery palate - smooth however. Taste is again citrus and pine - aggresively hoppy. Interesting indeed though the body of course is weak!
joergen (24789) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home.
Clear red brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Fruity aroma of hops, grass and pine needles.
Fruity flavour of pine needles, citrus and grass with notes of ash tray.
Hoppy finish, but light watery.
Theis (14797) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Cleardark red/brown - offwhite head. High hoppy, resin, grass, bitterness, citrus, wooden notes, nice malty, roasted, fruity, caramel, light sweetness, ryebread, dark fruit, dark berries, bulldog, bisquit, herbal. Very nice - high drinkability.
Defreni (2883) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske: Fantastisk flot rød øl med et kæmpe skumhoved. Dejlig duft af citrus humle. Smagen er også dejlig velhumlet. Mundfylden lider dog tydeligt af de meget lave procenter. Med et par procenter mere ville denne øl ligge solidt på den anden side af 4 tallet. Men fantastisk ide, og yderst vellykket øl.
tdtm82 (1522) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very strong mild from the Bew Dog people. Extremely low abv retaliation beer to the media criticism received from Brew Dog Tokyo which was stupid anyway.
I requested a half on tap. A very mild style arrived. A small fluffy head and dark ish red texture in the glass. A lovely drop of complex character. I felt hints of spices; cereal, and bitter fruit. Hebal hops maybe.
An awesome session beer to say the least. If they could release this nationally and other brewers do too we could all enjoy a session whenever we want! Low abv beer is a great slap in the face of the establishment.
Mild beer is exactly what needs to be encouraged as it is an old English style which has recently become forgotten about. Before the war mild used to be much stronger abv but since duties and tax mild fell to 3-4% and now a 1.1%! If you want to tell people you can enjoy beer on all forms of abv just not the strong Belgian or the ultra strong bock beers then MILD is the way forward.
I would like Brew Dog to bottle this and to sell nationally. Just another style of beer people should not forget. Just like lambic and gueze we need to keep these styles available and away from media criticism.
On tap from the Rake. Review from memory.
joet (2463) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fantastic experiment. Ever bothered by brewers claiming they’re required to seek balance between bitter and sweetness (almost always ending in colossal sugar bombs)? You know what unsweetened tea and coffee tastes like. This is beer without sugar. And it’s delicious. Real and strong resinous hop aromas and bitterness - real bitterness - with a strong roasty backbone and finish. Lightly effervescent. Even at 1%, it held up well to coming overseas. No flaws.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Mario (Brewed for Thought). Thanks! Pours a medium, clear brown color; golden edges; thin off-white head with patchy web-like lacing. Huge notes of earthy bitterness and tea in the aroma. Nicely complex bitterness; lots of tongue-numbing citrus and earthiness, heavy tea, tongue-scrapingly dry character; I could (by ABV) drink a ton of this, but I’m not sure I could really drink a ton of this; impressive hoppiness, but somewhat singular and the rough tea presence and high bitterness is a bit much; interesting experiment, and overall a reasonably ok beer with a nice hop character. Long, long finish of tea and roasted malts (nice!) and lasting bitterness; very dry.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask in The Rake. Alround rating: This really does blast the tits off you when you first smell it fresh from a just vented cask. The hops are massive, similar to the how to disappear, lots of lychee and orange peel and generally yee haa goodness, the taste is like holy shit massive bitterness loads of fruit, but its not too easy to drink as you can imagine. Still a great experiance.
bierkoning (11681) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! Dark brown color. Tremendous aroma of oily hops, melon and red berries. Thin and watery, but also an oily hopbitter flavor, earthy with plastic and red berries and a hint of licorice. Long aftertaste. Perfect beer if you have to drive and want to drink a bit.