larsga (6374) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head. Deep golden body. Intense tropical fruit and hop oil aroma, not very complex, with mango notes. Can’t pick up the alcohol, interestingly. Taste: Intense hoppy mango and tropical fruit explosion. Probably the most intense thing I’ve ever tasted. Hot, oily mouthfeel. Can’t really tell about the body. Intense, intense grapefruit and alcohol aftertaste wth long lingering salty mango taste. Like pouring hop essence into vodka, except the alcohol is well hidden. Impresssive. I could actually drink a little bit of this with enjoyment. (Tiny sample, Håndverkerstuene, Oslo.)
MiP (13913) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a small jam jar, thanks to yespr. Distinct piney hop aroma, also very caramelly. Clear dark amber colour. No head. The flavour is a lot like the aroma. Quite sweet and nicely hoppy, but very bitter. Distinct bitterness, but clean. I rate it rather highly, but only in 2 cl servings.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thimble-sized taster courtesy of the Cad at the Abstrakt launch, 22nd April 2010. Clear copperish colour with a line of white head. Nose of sweet citrus, pineapple and (of course) alcohol. Starting to drink it, at first every sip made me twitch! It’s fierce stuff all right but it’s clear it’s not a spirit but something that’s closer to an IPA (but a way beyond it). In the mouth there’s alcoholic warmth, heated citrus and pine resin. The texture is no different from say a 10-15% beer. Smooth, with a similar aftertaste. Well worth sampling.
caesar (5468) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled thx to Bullit. Lovely hoppy aroma, hint of alcohol. Taste is only alcohol, way 2 much, more like whisky. Totally overdone. BrewDog, stop this nonsense please.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewdog beer tasting Oslo------ Nose is vanilla, strong vanilla, competing with the intenseness of amarillo. No head, pours red, yellow, copper is what im trying to say, back to the nose, Hops, orange, resinous, orange peel, lemon zest, best nose ever. Taste is salty, orange rind, biscuit, malt, vanilla, strong vanilla undertones, definitely alcohol all over the place that probably should have been mentioned first. Lots of amarillo. incredibly sticky mouthfeel. really sticky long bitter finish. An experience. Some sort of mix of beer and scotch.
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled@Håndverkerstuene, Oslo. Shining orangey-amber body. No head, no carbonation neither. Smells like a liqueur with armloads of fruity hops. Massive aroma of peach, citrus and tropical. Taste is burning hot, sweet malty and intense hoppy. The intense fruity bitterness provides a superacidic, almost sour mouthfeel. Fat body, syrupy texture. Burning alcohol and everlasting hop linger in the finish. Appears more like an überhopped fruit liqueur than a beer. An intersting experience though.
Ibrew2or3 (7232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to askdrtodd for the share. Pours clear deep copper with thin white to off white head. The aroma is thick sludgy malts backed up by mild yet intense citrus hops and followed by the expected burn to the nose near the end of the draw. The taste is rough with a brief moment of malts rushing headlong into syrupy yet tart hop bitterness and astringency and then getting more and more boozy and rough. It continues to warm deep into the long after taste. Interesting. I doubt I can take much more than an ounce of this without something to re-set my palate.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl (5cl sample), Batch 2, new exclusive Scottish brew Anno 2010, from Bier-winkel Oudehaske, complex bitter brew/spirit, but too heavy, not balanced, clear, nearly no head, nice brew, yet very original brew!, but way too expensive, WOW!
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home. We had 2 of these big guys in a row. Beautiful hop aroma, super grassy. Very aggressive hop extract flavor with loads of alcohol of course. Undrinkable but so good! How can you rate this? Fascination for sadomasochism I guess.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one in Scotland and UDRBM, Oirschot. Orange colored brew. Intense hopped aroma, very nice. Overwhelming, the alcoholic boom too. Flavor is hopped all over, grapefruit, pine, peach, malty. It’s like hopjuice on steroids. Sip this one, but not all at once ;)