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 collegesí 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. Paddyís 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.
Bullit (4025) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2010
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from brewdog online shop. Amber colour, tiny off-white head. Aroma is extremely hoppy, intense bitter, pine, Feigling, sweet orange, alcohol. Flavour is extremely bitter, pine hops, strong malty. Burning finish.
Except the aroma, it does not work for me. Maybe Iíll make a marinade with the remaining stuff.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate: bottle at the Rake tasting session.
I drank rather too much of this, and as a result it kicked my arse quite heavily. Thankfully, my notes are from early on when I was still compus mentus. A very attractive hazy orange brown colour, obviously no head but there were lots of hop leaf floaters. Aroma is just the most amazing blend of hops, cheese and alcohol you could possibly imagine. Bugger me, itís just sublime. Sod it, Iíd had it down as a nine but itís clearly a ten. I simply can not describe how good this smells. You really have no idea. Citrus from the Amarillo comes through in droves, cheese of the highest quality, Iíve never had such amazingly funky hops in my life. In fact, this is certainly the most challenging snout I have experienced. There is some faint boozy sweetness but no where near as much as I was expecting. The fruit of the malt shows through really well too. Basically itís about as good a smelling beer as the world has ever been blessed with in my opinion. This all follows on into the mouth almost effortlessly. Huge cheese and funk, massive sweetness and booze but somehow the insane amount of hops just about holds it in check. There is something quite toasty about it too. Liquid sugar but ooooooooh so fucking good. There is just so much going on and Iím gobsmacked itís not all over taken by the booze. The hops, the hops, MY GOD the HOPS!!! One of the best and certainly the maddest beers Iíve ever had. Intensity is through the roof. BrewDog I love you.
Fin (7538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at Pre ZBF March 5th 2010, cheers Craig for saving me some of this pricey little number. Craig very kindly saved some of this for me and thrust this into my hand as soon as I got into the door. Furiouslly bitter with an amazing depth of flavour. This really warms on the way down, but the alcohol isnít as overpowering as I expected. Smoother than anticipated but the hops are really in yerí face. Iíve got to be honest I wasnít that bothered about trying this beer, the whole thing was becoming a bit of a charade, that said this really is a very good effort. I would have done a more detailed review but the sample I got (lets face the only sample Iím likely to try) was quite small. Good stuff. A7 A4 F8 P4 Ov15 3.8
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
In Denmark, I have gotten a chance to sample a variety of schnapps. This ďbeerĒ would make an excellent hop schnapps. The aroma is parfum de houblon. I thought about sprinkling a little behind my ear as pheromones for my husband. The color is like orange Ceylon. The texture was more similar to a liquor. The flavor was full of hop fruitiness with some sweet honey and alcohol sublimation in the finish. Sink the Bismark is pretty delicious, but the thing that was a little off-putting was the syrupy film it left on my tongue. That said, I could see drinking it again as an aperitif for something greasy and uncomplicated from a chip shop or some pork cracklings from a traditional Danish roast.
cgarvieuk (14680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 From bottle at Pre-ZBF ... Nice orange red colour ... thin lacing ... WOW deep rich intense blood orange bright hop nose... again powerfull flavour ... but even before that you get a light burning spice... given there no chilli in this that i know, im assuming that this come from such intense hopping ... warming ... light pine ... huge hop .... sweet fruits ... quite a bit of grapefruit and yet more pine ... light strawberry ... and little more spice burn on linger ... I really loved the kick and intensity and in particularly the spice.
btl at home ... copper... big big big spirity pine hop nose ....juicy pine with loads of bitterness ... but bitter is balanced with spiritness... again that lovley burn... im amzed at spicyness.... deep rich .... little toffee... amzing berry fruits raspberry and strawberry ... 4.3 up to 4.5
with water ... light hop ... much softer ... little burn ... very sweet .. very orangy ... sherbert ... wow just like a whisky a little water opens it up 4.4
bottle at friends ... amber ... light cheesy hop.. some pine nose ... big raw alcohol.. loads of hop ... big bitterness... no real fruit this time...still like how hoppy this is but another inconsistant brewdog beer 4.0
Marsiblursi (3021) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2010
2.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 (Bottle, thanks Schnille and Schmak) Pours hazy orange, almost muddy. The aroma is supper hoppy with tones of grapefruit, white flowers and canned pineapples. Good deal of alcohol warmth on the nose. Sugary backbone. The flavour is light (to medium) sweet, heavily bitter and medium acidic. Lots of resin, grapefruit and alcohol alongside some tropical hints. The mouthfeel is thick and astringent (from the hops) as well as numbing from the alcohol. Fiery and quite dry finish with lingering aggressive citrusy hops. Near full-bodied. So it is true - more alcohol makes a better beer.
BeerViking (2564) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Small sample from a bottle at the Brewdog tasting in London last Friday. Ok, it looks worryingly hazy and oily, but to smell it is like sticking your nose is a hopsack, no, itís like burying your entire head in hops and then recycling it as firelighters. Then when you taste it, itís totally contradictory, the texture says it should be syrupy-sweet but itís as dry as a bone. Flavours lurking in there include liquorice, lemon, and pepper, plus thereís a salty-iodine seaweed that reminded me of one of the island single malts. Itís better balanced than the Penguin and is an amazing artefact. Is it still beer? Iím not sure, but Iíd sure like another glass of it while I ponder the question!