JorisPPattyn (8016) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazed red-brownish beer with (surprise!) no head. HOPS!! God, this is a hopbomb. And then- the pure nose of a rum-bonbon; straw. Cocos, hops, sweet and fiery alcoholic, alcohol-preserved fruits as apricots. More alcoholburn than a maltwhisky at equal strength, but way more flavourful. The hops really make the difference, I assess this even better than the TNPenguin - and not because of the ABV!
Borresteijn (4860) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at BrewDog Tasting at BeerTemple, bottle. Huge thanks to James BrewDog who brought this along as an extra. Clear amber colour, no head. Looks like whiskey. Aroma of full on strong sharp piny and spicy hops, resin, alcohol, pepper. Flavour is strong woody, sharp, alcohol, malts, fruity, strong bitter hoppy and burning alcohol finish. Fullbodied. Wow.. I canít say this is really good, but definitely very interesting.
thirdeye11 (5620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) nice burning amber/red color with absolutely excellent laser-etched alcohol legs. Nose of huge juicy grapefruit, light bread, very little alcohol, candied oranges, tons of citrus. Smells delicious! Unfortunately it doesnít taste like it smells. The taste is heavy on the alcohol (expected), bitter bitter hops, no sweetness to match, hot and spicy, some candied fruit, and bread. Hot finish, pine bitterness, smooth palate finish but it is still hot. I liked TNP better, but this was still very interesting/enjoyable.
Beer4000 (4572) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
4cl sample. Itís A Beer Itís A Bird! Itís A Plain! NO! Itís.. Supermanís favorite drink! I have sampled this one three times now at Patricks bar and cannot still decide exactly how to rate this. There might be some arguments about if this is a beer or not, but it might be more interesting to find out what to compare with. There isnít exactly to many ďquadruple IPAĒ to compare with out there. So today I have come to the conclusion to not give a shit about what this is and try to compare it with anything else that I now about. I have enjoyed this drink a lot every time had it and I wan to have it again, so letís just celebrate that there is innovative brewers all over the world who still are able to come up with new crazy ideas and push the limits. I wonder how people would had react to e.g. Three Floyds Dreadnaught if it just had appeared in the marked in 1975? But on the other hand, Iím not sure if we need a bunch of similar products in the above 20% ABV league.
Anyway, the body has a nice, clear amber color with obvious no head. There is a strong aroma of alcohol and hops mixed with caramel and syrup. A bit overwhelming in the start maybe, but just relax and take youíre time, this is actually really nice to just sit back and smell while youíre getting prepared to take the first sip. And what a sip! When this nectar hits my lips and attacks my palate this is just like an explosion of flavors. A chaotic mix of burning alcohol, aromahops, bitterhops, really sweet caramel syrup and fruits. The amazing thing is that there is a balance to this madness, again just relax and let the palate moderate the whole situation (or maybe we are talking about local anesthesia here!) This is very extraordinary stuff, it might not be everybodyís cup of tea (hop liquor), but I just love it and was really exited the first time I tasted it so I have to praise it.
Sigmund (5277) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 41%. Sold as "spirits / hard liquor" ( 4 cl shots) in Norway. Deep reddish orange to amber colour, No head, nor any carbonation. Aroma of piney and catty American hops, hints of fusel alcohols and red berries. The flavour is very sweet, very bitter and loaded with alcohol. Not good.
popery (1450) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was interesting and Iím grateful for having the opportunity to try it, but I canít say that I particularly enjoyed the experience. I will note that, despite my expectations, Sink The Bismarck! was the clear winner over Tactical Nuclear Penguin. However, it was still just a novelty, rather than an enjoyable beverage. The beer pours a deep amber with great highlights, and itís got good legs, for what itís worth. It looks like whiskey, really. The aroma is exceedingly strong and hoppy. Itís one of the strongest hop aromas that Iíve ever encountered, and thatís kinda neat. However, itís a hop aroma that lacks all delicacy and depth. Itís mostly turpentine and booze. I was quite interested by the aroma, initially, but after my shock at the strength of it wore off, it was actually a bit disappointing. Itís all candied, paint thinner hops, citric with some soapy floral notes. Thereís a ton of spicy pepper in the aroma as well and, of course, lots of alcohol heat. I got an even bigger dose of booze on the palate, though not as bad as TNP. Mouthfeel is quite rough, like a bizarrely dirty whiskey. In some ways, though more enjoyable, this beer struck me as even more of a gimmick than TNP. The hops are indelicate in the extreme and seem to cover up the beerís faults more than they add to its quality. Plus, the beer had that unpleasant acrid flavor also present in TNP. I appreciate the effort, I appreciate the experimentation, but I donít much like the beer.
TheHorizon (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
APPEARANCE: Poured by James (thanks) into a small, fluted sample glass. Straw/Slightly Amber color with a transparent thickness to it. Tiny, fluffy, and sticky white head.
SMELL: Outstanding and quite impressive. Overall, an intense bouquet of aromatic hops with a Perfumed Lemon Rind, Flowery Orange Zest, Peach Fuzz, Lime Juice, Thyme, Pineapple, Cotton Candy kinda feel to it (<--most to least order) over a backbone of slightly piney and oily grapefruit rind/zest, blended with a fairly boozy, somewhat sweet IPA/almost-butterscotch aroma quite seamlessly. Again...quite impressive!
TASTE: Similar to the smell but much more boozy with rye whisky and Jamacain dessert rum aromatics and heat playing nicely with the rest of the flavors described above. Also, unlike the nose the taste included more malty sweetness than hop flavor (although both were definitely present).
MOUTHFEEL: Sticky and a bit oily, but fairly thin (considering the amount of water that had been removed from it) with plenty of heat and acidity to balance out the sweet/sticky feeling on the palate (like an elephant balances with a school bus on a see-saw)
DRINKABILITY: Extremely impressive and dangerously drinkable. More drinkable than many fine single malt whiskeys that I have had with almost as much (and a much different breed of ) complexity (and much more drinkable than the penguin).
OVERALL: A very impressive and well-crafted beer (assuming that word still applies to something 41% ABV)
thedm (4968) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This bottled brew from the UK brewery marked batch -2- best before 18/03/20 with UPC 5 060154 910803 came in a brown paper bag marked 41% with a white pull string cord. After undressing it and pouring it into a snifter, it formed a small sized head of clear colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated transparent light brown colored body wit a pink hue and an oily lacing. The strong aroma was vinous, complex, medicinal and much like a Sam Adams Utopias or Millennium ale . The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a WHAM BAM!!! strongly vinous burning alcohol aftertaste. The strongly vinous lingering alcohol flavor contained notes of strong alcohol and vinous malt hop notes. Definitely a palate ruiner! One sip and my mouth still burns. Vinous out the ying yang. Quite the sipper it was. There is nothing else like it that I have ever tasted. Perhaps the Schorschbrau might be similar at 43%. Quite the novelty until the 43% Schorschbrau came out. A wonderful best in class brew.
espenra (880) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4cl sample at HŚndverkerstuene. An amber, bordering on red colour with no head. Needless to say the alcohol is the first thing that hits your nose, but there is hints of cherries, caramel and oak as well. The flavour is very bitter and strong, and at 41% ABV it should come as no suprise. The alcohol is the most noticable feature, but thereís also notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. A fun beer for sure, but I still think that Samuel Adams Utopia is better.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 330ml Bottle (care of James the brewer): Aroma of alcohol, hops, tropical fruit, tangerine, and resin. Poured amber/orange in color with no head. Hazy. Not sparkling. A few small particles throughout. Flavor is heavily bitter and heavily alcoholic. Tastes of alcohol, hops, hop oil, resin, cedar, and wood. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Soft carbonation. Hops and alcohol finish is dry. 41%ABV is very present.