Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle
Rating #1600 - When I heard that this was on the menu of a local restaurant I talked a few people into splitting a bottle. That eased the financial pain somewhat but the only way to really justify a cost like this is that you aren’t likely to see it again. In a way I am glad because I would overall much rather have a case of Expedition Stout than a three ounce pour of this. Definitely a novel experiment they’ve managed to push the notion of beer far past anything recognizable.
Aroma / Appearance - Pouring more like a heavy spirit than a beer it has no carbonation, no head, and sits like lead at the bottom of the goblet. Oily and dense it does not so much pour as ooze from the bottle. Alcoholic warmth is the main aspect but somehow malts, hops, and raisins raise the profile. The total experience is a bit like drizzling fresh honey over oaked bourbon barrels and distilled alcohol.
Flavor / Palate - Syruppy and dense all pretenses of this resembling beer are lost on the first sip. Heavy alcohol hits the tongue like a premium scotch or whiskey. Immediately warming the mouth with a healthy glow it bites back. Some malts and hops do manage to survive the deluge. However I have no idea how one would drink an entire bottle of this. Fortunately because it is so strong you can simply reseal the bottle, drink it another day, and lose almost nothing. I’m glad to have tried it once but I have no desire to sample the Penguin now.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Even a beer with this high of an ABV retains some of its style’s expected properties... not many, but just enough. It has an incredibly clear orange color, like a watered-down IPA (although we all know that’s not water). Airy in the nose, you can’t really smell as much alcohol as you’d think you would, but it really hits your nasal passages once inhaled. Big time. Once the alcohol infiltrates your system it’s hard to tell this is/was even an IPA. Thin and POTENT! Its flavor reminds me of an herb you’d find on a pizza. Hops are detectable, but the alcohol reminds you that this isn’t your everyday imperial or double IPA (quad IPA?). Although stronger than any other IPA I’ve had, the alcohol presence is still very well-disguised. Here’s some perspective: Less than two ounces of this is equivalent to an entire serving of your everyday craft beer. Less offensive than the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and lighter in color, but thinner and almost easier. Warm and spicy on the tongue, this beer kicks you in the mouth like you’ve never been kicked before. A once in a lifetime experience... everyone must try (at least) this once. Everyone. Great job, boys!
ekstedt (6232) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 Bottle (33 cl) at Rotary Pub, Göteborg, Sweden. Hazy copper, no head. Intense hoppy aroma, resiny, sweaty. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Harsh bitterness. Luckily we were 11 people sharing a bottle. Still, I could not finish my share of 3 cl.
gnoff (9257) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2011
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle at Rotary, Göteborg. On April 8, 2011
Clear copper color, no head. Oxidized hoppy scent with some cheese, also citrus. Thick, salty, lemon, booze, banana taste. Warming alcohol, solvents aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Arome is OK, taste, is horrible!
Brandman (2533) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany body, small tan head. Aroma of hop oils, alcohol, caramel, portwine, raisins. Flavour has roasted liqourice, caramel, cognac, alcohol, raisins. Out of balance, oily some bitterness but more from the alcohol.
mcberko (11001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 12 oz. bottle from the brewery, split with Matts_Property and a few others - had a 4 oz. sample for myself, which was way more than needed. Pours a vibrant orange amber. The aroma is ridiculously insane - intense hop oils, liqueur and of course, copious alcohol - sort of like a hop liquor. The flavour offers no mercy either, with a ridiculously hoppy
palate amplified with liqueur and a colossal alcohol blast to bring out the hop juices more so - doesn’t exactly feel like 41% (more like 20% or so). Sort of a turpentine / paint thinner quality also. Glad I got to try this, but I can’t say this is exactly enjoyable. Tactical Nuclear Penguin is more enjoyable. Quite the experiment here.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery, split with mcberko. Pours a clear mahogany with no head. Aroma and flavour of syrup, alcohol, and quite spicy. Initial flavour is sweet, the the alcohol kicks in sharply. Easier to appreciate the alcohol flavour after a few sips. Leaves a lovely warming spirit-like sensation in your chest. Glad i was fortunate to try it.
Fred82 (2126) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011. Thanks Ryan for bringing this one.
Appearance : Clear amber with no head.
Aroma : Nice hops with notes of fruity peaches.
Taste : Very syrupy and hoppy. Veru syrupy finish with bitter hops and note of peaches. Finish is very messy and astringent. Very hot also (like one would expect).
Overall : Nose was rather nice. Nice hops and everything but taste is too messy and syrupy. Also way too hot. I agree that one is to expect something very hot and syrupy but.... I’m glad I tried it once but I don’t expect to try this again.
rosenbergh (9501) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle. Batch #2. From Scotland. My rating #2 000.
Clear mahogany colour with no head.
Portwine, cognac, strong bitter hops, malt, brown sugar, sweetness and strong maltiness once again in aroma. Flavour is very strong in every way. Burning alcohol. Everlasting bitterness and alcohol burning. As DIPA this is not that good but as 41% alcohol drink this is quite drinkable. Quite unusual. No need for another though.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cool. Got a few sigs out of my buddies bottle. Its thick, syrup, sweet, coffee, hoppy, DIPA, roast malts and hop afterbite, its so distinct and over the top and strong its very bold, but different. Really cool. Oh, did I mention 41% ABV