patrick767 (3571) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle very generously shared by thedm and hotstuff - Pours amber with a little carbonation and no head. Swirl it and note the long lasting legs. It reminds me of scotch in that sense. The aroma is of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and also a touch of citrus and spice. The flavor is heavily sweet up front leading into dark fruit, big hops bitterness, and alcohol warmth. Itís hot on the palate as one would expect at 41% abv, but not as hot as you might think. The finish lasts damn near forever. This brew is hard to rate. Itís so completely different that what one normally thinks of as beer. Itís definitely a novelty beer, but I enjoyed it. Itís an experience.
bhensonb (11054) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bierkoning. BB 2020! Pours ruddy copper. Itís hoppy in aroma - with a boat load of alcohol. Numbs the nose. Thick bodied with virtually no carbonation. Heat is very present. Yet there is a lot of hop bitter. And the malt is detectable. Fun sipper.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by bhensonb. Pours clear reddish copper with no head, just a few bubbles. The aroma has enough alcohol fume to clear ones sinuses. I believe they froze all the IPA out of this one, except maybe the hops, leaving very little beer-like flavor. Might as well have been distilled. Nevetheless, I really enjoyed this unique beverage for what it is - exactly what the brewer set out to produce. Thanks, Bill.
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a small white head. Malty aroma with citrus hops. Rough on the mouth with hot alcohol and bitter hops. Good job getting so much beer character in a 41% drink! Itís a hit
ladnewton (1413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on launch night of 20 May 2010. Thick, cheesy and grassy flavour bomb. Satisfaction derived by sipping a mililitre at a time! Long-lived bitter aftertaste, with caramel balancing the act. Packs a punch, and quite an experience.
pilsnerrogge (2497) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours deep amber, no head whatsoever. Aroma is quite sweet and alcoholic, some notes of raisins. Thereís some raisins in the flavour as well but most of all: alcohol and hops, loads of it. No balance at all. Tastes a lot like the swedish schnapps "Bšska droppar".
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with fellow Hungarian beerfans. Poured amber color with no head. Sweet aroma, honey, citrus, coriander, caramel and strong hops. Medium dense body with some carbonation. Dry, hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol is there, but much smoother than with distilled drinks. Strong aroma matches the strong ABV, so in that sense I think itís balanced. Unique, enjoyable, for special events for sure.
armando629 (2408) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33 l bottle, shared with friends, just a few slip to taste it.
Cler deep amber beer with a small head that diminishes quickly, disappeares fully. Not a surprise. Fantastic IPA-like aroma with resiny, citrussy hop, grapefruits, caramel, honey and some liqueric malt, some fermented cheese. Oily body with a syrupy mouthfeel, caramel, honey and the fantastic and balanced hops. According to the incredible high abv, the alcohol is very well hidden. Congratulations!
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ CBF, 2010.
Nice clear amber with no head. Malty aroma, sweet, resiny hops, raisins, viniousness, caramel. Mild to low carbonation, super oily fat mouthfeel. Flavour has a shit-load of alcohol, lots of dry fruity hops. Pure spirits. Very unbalanced.
oh6gdx (20313) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber colour, no head. Aroma is flowers (tulips), sweet nectar, sweet malts, honey, alcohol and more sweetness. Flavour is much the same with also liquorice kicking in rather strong. Otherwise quite nice but the sweetness is a bit too much...