kmweaver (3200) - 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 (5596) - 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 (9586) - 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.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Cask at The Rake.
My god, what an aroma. Massive MASSIVE hoppage. Only twice have I experienced something like this. One was the Mikkeller 2005 IBU madness and the other was Urbain’s hop juice that Ang has already mentioned. Both times I was floored by the aroma and disturbed by the flavour. This is no different. It’s like climing into a sack of hops and getting someone to top it up with water. It’s the full on, in at the deep end experience. The flavour is boarderline intollerable. I mean, it’s bloody amazing, it’s just too much even for a hop head. It feels like I can taste coffee but I know it’s just the hardcore bitterness making my brain freak out. The length is phenominal, obviously. But it’s kinda like taking LSD. Fucking brilliant at first, but there’s always a point where you think, ok, I need a bit of normality now. Exceptional fun. Not something I’d want to do often.
harrisoni (12088) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2009
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
Cask handpull at The Rake. Huge, I mean massive hop. Huge flowery hop. Then in the mouth there is malty water and then a burning hop, like the hop tea that reakt aludes too. Couldn’t finish a pint of it. Just too harsh, too unbalanced and too much overall. Good condition though. Bit of a waste of all of those lovely hops.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Rake. Looks great, a lovely deep amber color, topped with a lasting off white head. Nose of leafy hops, sweet caramel & chocolate malts and a hint of tea. Taste has lots of bitter juicy/orangey/piney hops, caramel, a touch of chocolate and again tea. Quite thin on the swallow with a huge hop bitterness and a little sweet malt for balance, it fades a bit in the middle but returns with a long dry bitter finish. Reminded me of a hop tea experiment Urbain did @ The Twickenham Brewery once.
Bullit (3725) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog shop. Ruby red colour, firm beige head. Nose is initially flowery hops, followed by pine. Flavour of dry pine hops. Slightly malty. Fairy bitter and very dry finish. This makes it not the ideal session ale, but still very tasty and interesting experiment. Slap in the face to the political correct, hypocrite AFS who can’t get their priorities straight. Well done!
cgarvieuk (12271) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2012 Gravity at the Bow Bar ... This needs to be tried along side the How to Dissapear as from memory this is just so simelar but 2%+ lower ... Nice ruby red ... thin white lacing ... lovely light smokey big hop nose ... dull soft massive bitterness ... long linger pine hop hop bitter ... light malt in background ... little thin in body ... but more than compensated for by the flavour... 3.8
tk 2 bottle side by side with 0.5 version ... deeper red brown than .5 ... thintan head ...richer hop nose with some malt ... muchfuller body ... deeper richer flavour ... bitter hop resins ... 3.8
Bottle at home ... at the vintage brewdog tasting ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... liht toffe malt ... barest woody hop nose ... dry woody zezty ... dry fruits ... light pine zezty ... soft bitterness .. mellow and woody ... i still really like this and despite its age and ABV i think its held up really well 3.6