rosenbergh (9502) - 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
altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small glass at Beer Temple. Dark amber with no head. Nose is medicinal and highly potent. Texture also very syrupy. Taste medicinal, sweet, alcy, with notes of licorice, port and chocolate. Quite warming. The hops were spotable but way to much drenched in alcohol. Reminds me a bit of an ijsbock. Anyhow, fun trying.
dnstone (2431) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper-orange in color with no head. It has a syrupy-sweet, hoppy, alcohol-tinged aroma...like a hoppy tequila haha. The taste starts sweet and IPA-like then quickly becomes aggressive with alcohol tones and a serious hop strength. The hop tones are floral. The alcohol is very warming and it lasts long after a sip...it actually boarders on a burn (in a good way!). I enjoy this one quite a bit, like a liqour.
Notes: Pour from a bottle at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First sample was room temperature
aromas of citrus hop, grapefruit, strawberries.
looks like an amber ale, no head, no bubbles
hops are in the background and there are a lot of fruity aromas
thick but not as thick as TNP
very bitter, long finish
it should have been chilled
second sample was chilled
smells the same (great!) slightly fizzier and still burns my lips a bit (due to the alcohol)
definitely nicer chilled
maybe more strawberry flavour comes out and hints of orange now as well
there is soooo much happening in this beer but the alcohol makes it hard to sift through.
i could possibly buy the TNP again but not this. alcohol obscures the beer
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home from Carringtons, Chorlton. Slightly hazy burnt orange coloured pour with no head. Powerful, sweet, alcohol heavy and hop laden aroma with notes of vanilla and tropical fruits. Slightly sticky syrupy mouthfeel, but slid down silky smooth. The flavour had all the characteristics of the nose with some caramel malts and spice present too, plus of course a big warming boozy kick in the nuts. Whilst obviously being evident, overall the 41% ABV is very well masked. Immense hop bitterness that just goes on and on like the duracell bunny. In beer terms this is the personification of pushing the envelope. A fantastic drink.
anders37 (20882) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with no head. Has a hoppy bitter aroma with hints of grapefruit. Sweetish malty and very hoppy bitter piney flavor. Has a warming malty hoppy bitter finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
baker with the oddity on 7/29/10.
coppery amber color with no head.
the nose is insane.... dank, resinous, wort sweetness, caramel grain, spicy alcohol and another bag of hops.
the flavor is the same... super sweet but balanced by super intensified hop oils and bitterness. it feels like hop flavored whiskey. it is very hard to think of how to rate it. what evs, it’s good. 8/3/8/4/16/3.9
GRM (3500) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample, draught, at Saint-Bock’s 4th anniversary, savoured on October 16 2010; eye: orangey with a cognac hue, clear, no effervescence, no head; nose: alcohol, sweat, Cointreau; mouth: alcohol, Cointreau, malt, finale in Cointreau, full body, alcoholic texture, rather sweet, not much carbonation; overall: interesting
Échantillon, en fût, bue au Saint-Bock, soirée 4ième anniversaire, savourée le 16 octobre 2010; œil : orangée avec une teinte cognac, claire, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse; nez : alcool, sueur, Cointreau; bouche : alcool, Cointreau, malt, finale en Cointreau, corsée, texture alcoolique, plutôt sucrée, peu carbonatée; en résumé : intéressante
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by rciesla - many thanks. Deep amber pour - almost still. The nose is massively hoppy. A huge resinous burst of hop oil and resin. Soft and hoppy with a lot of light bright ethanol. Thick and oily palate with a lot of booziness. As it warms up, the hoppiness becomes incredibly intense. It’s like a hop liquor - intense, unique but not at all unpleasant. It’s hard to compare it to beers or IIPAs, because it’s so unique.