KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks yespr. Clear reddish amber with no head. Sweet aroma with alcohol, toasted malt, dried druits and hoppy notes. Extremely sweet flavour with ripe fruits, caramel, loads of hops, pine and plenty of alcohol. Finished bitter and sweet. Boozy stuff. I liked the Penguin being dry but this one was way to sweet I’m afraid.
Ungstrup (29334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. A hazy dark red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has strong notes of hops, citrus, and alcohol, as well as medium notes of caramel, but also a bit of dextrose - a bit of a drawback. The flavor is very sweet and very powerful with strong notes of dextrose (a drawback), caramel, alcohol, as well as a good hop presence. The alcohol burns my palate. But unfortunately the hops can’t hide the dextrose. Too much for my weak palate. Huge thanks yespr for sharing this low-ABV beer ;-)
fiulijn (14609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at Papsø, thanks to Yespr!
Hazy amber color; a few thin bubbles disappear quickly. Very nice hop aroma, fruity, a bit sweaty; fine alcohol too; actually the combination of alcohol and hops gives a nice result.
There should be caramel flavor, but with all the alcohol, the attention is quickly detoured; the mouthfeel, even if not thick, is extremely oily; there is some toffee and liquorice flavor.
The bitterness is massive but purposeless, the palate, besides being busy with all this, is not so interesting; it’s even a bit dusty. My mouth will burn with hops and alcohol for the next hour, I would prefer a Bowmore for that.
The aroma is very nice, but overall it’s not a beer I will crave for.
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cL bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a fully gone head. Aroma is dense grapefruity and peachy, sugarish/dextrose malt sweetness. Alcohol dense, overly solid hoppy and sugarish dense dextrose. Burning alcohol and dark hops flavoured finish.
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an almost clear amber with no head. Very fat and intense hop aroma, juicy and yummy. Massive body, a slight tickle of carbonation on the tongue but the alcohol burns my lips. Very heavy on the caramel, fruity, with a massive bitterness all through the finish. A little wood and fustiness. Not exactly a "balanced beer", but as always an interesting experiment. 010410
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2010
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Ever had absenthe? Same difference. Bitter, fusel and undrinkable crap. At least it looks okay in the glass.
JohnnyJ (4362) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at Stone Bistro, my friend actually was given the last of the bottle (about 1/4 full), so got to try a decent amount of it. Orange pour, no head. Punch you in the face hop aroma, with butter and alcohol heat. Similar flavor... REALLY hoppy, some honey also. Super bitter hoppiness and alcohol. I am confused on whether I like this one, interesting, crazy beer, but I can’t decide on liking it.
NEA (4) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this last night at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, CA at their meet the brewer night. Small sample out of the bottle. Intense orange amber with intense earthy hop aroma. Hoppy fruit flavor with subtle sweetness and alcohol. Warming feeling (you can feel it all the way down). Be sure to have some food in your stomach as some of my colleges’ stomachs had trouble with the alcohol. This is an intense hop experience! Not much malt to it, but if you like hops then definitely indulge!
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle, at pre-ZBF March 5th, 2010. Pours orange-amber, topped with a minimal head of off white bubbles. Fairly intense earth hop aroma, with notes of orange rind, whiskey, and plenty of alcohol. Flavor is super hoppy as well, coating the palate with earthy resin. There is some overripe fruit, as well as herbal and nutty notes in the background, but the flavor is still heavily hop focused. This is quite warming, with a good amount of alcohol burn. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes with earthy hops, menthol, and alcohol. This was better than I expected, but I enjoyed the Tactical Nuclear Penguin a bit more.
Beaux043 (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010 does not count
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
What a wreck! Tried some at a tasting on St. Paddy’s Day with James Watt in the house. I might as well have been drinking hop resin. No discernable malt. I will say the 41% ABV is incredibly well cloaked, probably by the overwhelming hop additions. For you unabashed hop heads out there, here is your elixir of the gods. For those who like more balanced and well rounded beers, avoid this at all cost.