decaturstevo (5535) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold/amber pour with white head and lace. Resiny hops and abv and a paint thinner kicker. Harsh like eating orange and lemon zest combined with pga and a chemical flavor and some sweet.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle-thanks jtclockwork for sharing-pours no head and orange color. Aroma is initially resin/lemon, 2nd medium malt-caramel. Then iodine/acetone. Taste is biting hops, then turns to grain alcohol, warming/burning all the way down the gullet. Both aroma and taste start impressively, then goes explosively downhill. Initial 9/3/7/4/15=3.8 then 4/3/4/2/10=2.3
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Stockholm Ber Festival 2010. Golden color, no head. Malty fruity aroma, of course with some alcohol. Malty flavor with hoppy grassy notes. And alcohol...
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I had this beer at Churchill’s in San Marcos during the New Brew Thursday 1st Anniversary Party. I just didn’t enjoy this beer; it seemed tart, but not in a good way.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a beautiful auburn with some great legs!! aroma was pine, butterscotch, maple, and fusel. flavor was fire!!! Hot!!@##$ pine, and bitter. I really enjoyed this and I think that brewdog is one of the few breweries that can pull off a monstrosity like this.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Joe’s ridiculous going away party tasting courtesy of Ryan. Just what I needed when I was already gone, a 41% bomb! Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Smells just like what I thought it would, a hop cordial. Spicy hops, big earthy pine, lots of booze. Vanilla, caramel, and loads of citrus. Tough to drink, but certainly interesting.
finol (2600) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours boozey amber. Very intense hop aroma, like a fruity pale ale such as Alpha King.
Taste of licorice, hops, Cointreau and anise.
More beery than expected, like a whiskey where the smokyness have been exchanged with hops!
Some recemblances with Nanny state in extreamity.
hirigalzkar (2593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I was really surprised with this one! The aroma is great. Intensivly hoppy, sweet and with some nice alcohol in the background. The taste is very hoppy at first, but has also got notes of licorice and aniseed. I prefer this over a lot of liquors available.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Joe’s: Headless orange- buttery, boozy, cheap berryish Euro hop aroma. Nauseating. Slick, hot, oily, hoppy, honeyish. A gimmick.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed and caramelized cereals are balanced out by piney hops and their bitterness until an alcohol storm hits this lean Liquor of IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no foam (obviously) atop the translucent amber-laced golden.
-One sniff of this fiery liquid can clear the nostrils...
-I was ready to hate this, but the aroma actually suggested a Barley Wine of some sort, and the flavor profile was indeed that of a strong ale; not a liquor. That alcohol is obviously intense though...
-I don’t think I’d ever buy this (or try it again, for that matter), but I am still happy to have put my lips on it.
From a bottle.