cgarvieuk (14176) - 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 (3001) - 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 (2427) - 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!
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now, there I was, strolling through Southwark, late on Friday night, when I chanced upon a large gathering of ístreet communityí types, loitering and merrily drunk on the fringe of Borough Market. I was rather surprised to encounter an unsavoury crowd like this, in such an upmarket area, but on closer inspection it seemed that they were using a door adjacent to a public house to gain access to what I assumed to be some kind of soup kitchen. Being extremely cold and hungry myself, I saw no harm in joining the queue to this admirably charitable venture. Once through the door and up a steep flight of stairs, I was greeted by a jovial but rather intoxicated Scot, proudly sporting a blue tartan shirt. To my horror, he produced a drinks tray filled with small measures of what appeared to be some form of spirit! Then, in a broad Glaswegian accent (so prevalent amongst these types) he started some inane gibber about how the Bismarck was sunk by nuclear penguins (or words to that effect). I thought it best to humour him and accepted the drink, but beat a hasty retreat when he then started ranting something about enjoying his latest Hardcore release! Once safely outside again, I rather enjoyed the drink that he had given me. It was certainly a warming beverage and quite unlike anything that I have previously tried. It had elements of both beer and spirits but itís rather oily, almost medicinal quality drew me to the conclusion that it must have been something along the lines of a Methadone type treatment for alcoholics. What I had witnessed was obviously a pilot scheme, as a camera man later appeared and proceeded to interview some of the red nosed guinea pigs. Word on the Street was that this drink is currently changing hands at about £40 for a small bottle! Delicious as it may be, I for one, will be waiting until it is available on the NHS.
Ok, the above may have been what I told my wife, but in reality, contrary to my honest expectations, Sink THe Bismarck is certainly no joke (or gimmick). My main reason for visiting the Rake on Friday was to try the latest batch of Hardcore IPA and catch up on RB banter. I wasnít expecting to particularly enjoy an "Uber Eis Viermal Indische Helles Altbier" but was nevertheless curious to try some. THANK GOD I DID! Iíll leave it to the experts for more eloquent descriptions of what an incredible achievement this beer represents. Yes, it definitely IS beer. An incredibly concentrated one, but with sublime balance and depth. A small sip of this from a hip flask would leave you with the lasting hop aftertaste of several pints good IPA. A tiny drop of it on your pillow would surely promote the sweetest dreams. I am a little sceptical about the alleged strength and am keen to hear if anyone has tested itís flammability yet!. Itís very difficult to rate as I am not aware of anything remotely comparable. If dispensed quickly from a syringe into the glass to create a head, it could well stretch to a perfect 5! Head apart, all that it needs is another, less daft name. Something more snappy and a little less likely to hinder certain export markets.. Brauhund Uberhopfenblitzkriegbier for example?
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the free sink the bismark tasting at the rake. Im going to rate this fully rather than just alround experiance. Aroma is incredible, massive hops, very piney, citrus, lychee and tangerine, some underlying toffee malt, but its probably the hoppiest thing iv ever smelt. Lightly hazy apperance. Taste is huge, intencly bitter, piney, citrusy, toffee/caramel malt, big peppery hop/alcohol hit. The finish i timed at over 10 mins, i started drinking something else so couldnt say how long, but seriously the longest finish iv ever experianced, dry, massively bitter and fresh hop bite. Perfect mouthfeel for the type of drink. Overall its an absolutly blasting drink, the best drinking experiance iv had in about a year. High 5, chin chin!
harrisoni (13577) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Rake launch of the beer. Wow this is just so much better than I even thought it could be. Big intense hops, which are strangely really well balanced, dry frozen with Amarillos. In mouth, yes some hot alcohol as you would expect, but the malts really do actually carry the intense hop through it onto a finish that lingers all week. The hops, my god the hops. Stunning really and so much better balanced than you would think and better than the Penguin I thought. Would be perfect with some 3 year old aged gouda cheese.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dangerously intense IPA. Hedonistic; violent and aggressive. This hits you for six and knocks you back for more. More is exactly what I want. Intense hops. Intense malt. Intense kick up the arse. Lovely stuff. Hops aplenty and a bomb of malt. This baby is taking the USA style and slapping it about like itís a loose duck. An awesome brew and a beer I would love to sample again. Amarilo hops; honey, caramel and spices. A tender session beer to warm your heart and have you steaming for more. Cheers, James. Thanks Magic Dave for the service.
bfields (6) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle at a tasting conducted by James of BrewDog at The Rake in London. Wow. This is beer reimagined. The aroma is an exact replica of opening a bag of fresh amarillo hops. No head to speak of, but given the ABV that doesnít really matter. Not at all clear, sort of seems like bit of starch floating about. Lead to believe this was an artifact of dry hopping in the freezer. Taste has a touch of those amarillo hops but is principally about an extremely complex alcohol. taste is closer to a clean scotch whiskey then most any beer Iíve had. Finish is dry with a wonderful dance between the hop bitterness and bitterness from the alcohol. Phenomenal beer. Wish I had a bottle in the flat.