popery (1639) - 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 (5067) - 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 (922) - 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.
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Patricks. Itís a clear, dark golden beer, or should i say drink, I have a hard time convincing myself itís a beer. No head at all, still beautiful to look at. The aroma punches you in the face with its massive amounts of citrusy hops and stinging alcohol. Thereís malty elements too, and overall it is lovely even though it is so intense. In the mouth it is full as hell, and very warming. Very high on bitterness, and with a good dash of malty sweetness. Citrus and pine in copius amounts. The finish is bitter and warming, leaving very little room for the malts. A wonderful beer, maybe in a non-beery way, actually itís the insane levels of hops and alcohol that drives it forward. Thx Brewdog for doing this limits-pushing experiment. 100610
sfhodense (4790) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma is high concentrated hop, heavy alcohol, caramel, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Flavour is extreme burning alcohol, heavy hop, grapefruit and citrus.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with minimal head (a few bubbles), with a clear auburn-amber colored body. LEGS, laser etched! Aroma is quite hoppy, caramel, cotton candy, burnt flan, astringent, but not SUPER boozy. Taste is herbal, spice, dank, burn, tons of bitterness, candied tangerine peel. Very warming. Incredibly bitter. Kind of messy. Thick and soo bitter!
swaeni_eric (3) - Grendel - Attert, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extreme beer but very excellent.
patrick767 (3725) - 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.