phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from michael-pollack in a trade we did 4 or so years ago - thanks again, Pollack! Best before September 21, 2029, so Iím guessing this is a 2009 vintage. Appears to be batch 11 (?). Pours a mostly clear tobacco-amber-brown color with no head. Leaves heavy legs inside the glass. The aroma goes straight up the nostrils and pokes at the brain. My cold is officially gone. Intensely boozy, with some dried and dark fruits, resin, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, anise, and oak. The flavor has mostly the same, simple slate of notes. Not quite as aggressive as the aroma, but probably because it didnít feel like it was going straight to the center of my head. Still, itís more intense than many distilled spirits of the same proof. A few of us cut this with water eventually, which seemed to help. Before that, this is full-bodied, with a hot, sticky, resinous, sweet, and bitter mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Really interesting and fun to try. Hard to rate, though.
DrSilverworm (9099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Swingtop bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing at his Weird Beers Tasting. Batch 11, best before September 21st, 2029. 2009 vintage, apparently. Mostly clear brown color. Some fine dark particles in the body. No head, but AWESOME legs. Maybe the best Iíve seen for a beer, very active, big, tall legs. Very intense nose. Jet fuel. Donít get too close, the smell alone will burn the inside of your nostrils. Besides the intense heat, some raisin, vinous, dark fruit in the nose. Spiciness, but that just may be heat in my nostrils. Now for the first sip... Wow, a lot of anise. Dark fruit, molasses. Black licorice, tons of it. Bigger body. Little to no carbonation. Drying finish. You can only take teeny tiny sips of this stuff, but still there is a lot of burn on it. OK, some people add a drop of water to whiskey, right? Maybe Iíll add a bit from this Brita pitcher (accidentally added a bit more than a drop, woops..). A little more tolerable that way, though. Quite a bit better that way. Still, lots of heat on the end, some burn. Anyway... Hard to force myself to drink much more of this in a tasting setting. Would be an interesting one to sip if I wanted to get totally blasted, maybe. I feel like if I force myself to continue Iíll be in trouble. Overall, very interesting, very fun to try... One Iíve wanted to try for some time. But as a drinking experience, itís a bit rough and punishing. Pretty much what I expected a 41% beer to be like, though. Not magical, though. 41% just for the sake of being 41% is pretty much what defines this beer.
tmrmwel (1432) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours dark amber and without any signs of head at all in the small sampler glass used. Aroma is actually quite malty, with oak, tobacco and roasted malts, but thereís also a hoppy, almost vanilla-ish, sweetness. And lots of alcohol. Of course. Feels like the hops are drowning a bit behind the high ABV. Flavour is sweet and fruity, with rather strong liquorice and tobacco presence, as well as the same hoppy vanilla-like notes found in the aroma, giving a long almost kandi and bourbon-sweetly finish. Not your average IPA. Obviously. But quite nice, nevertheless.
Alengrin (3674) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 íQuadrupleí IPA, one of Brewdogís incredible experiments in search for the strongest beer ever, the strongest beer in the world at the time it was launched and the nec plus ultra of IPAs. Exclusive and apart from one of the strongest, also one of the most expensive beers Iíve tasted so far. Thin, off-white, loose head which dissolves almost immediately, warm dark amber colour without any sparkles, thick viscosity. Extremely strong and agressive aroma almost like pure hop extract, impressions of single malt, dissolvent, orange peel, grapefruit, straw, hemp, tomato, tonic water and pharmacistís ethanol. Very, and I mean very, strong and intense taste, more concentrated than whisky, thick and oily mouthfeel, caramel, pepper, orange, tomato, burning alcohol right from the start, and even those strong flavours are still overpowered by an agressive hop bitterness reminiscent of undiluted hop extract, drying mouth and throat together with the brandy-like alcohol. The taste remained with me for many a day but all I remembered after a while was alcohol and hops. I admit this kind of extremes are intellectually interesting and I applaud Brewdog for it, but this was just too much for me - letís get back to balance and elegance. Give me Tactical Nuclear Penguin instead!
Jow (2906) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
2nd of the big guns Craig had me taste. pours reddish brown with a nose of sweet liquors. tastes of very sweet toffee, raisins, brown sugar, plenty of hops, and alcohol burn. a small taste is all you need on this but not half bad on that front
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear ruby brown with no head.
Aroma: Fruit cake, resinous, treacle, liquorice, spice, spiritous, dried fruit, subtle grapefruit.
Taste: Medium sweetness and bitterness with low sourness.
Palate: Very thick smooth texture, thick body, no carbonation, lingering, dry, fruit cake, treacle, liquorice finish with citrus pith notes and a lot of alcohol warmth.
Comments: Good. More like a liqueur. Batch 917.
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass at Brewdog Edinburgh. Reddish brown, no head. Booze aromas, fruitcake, sugar. Taste is alcohol heat, spirits, sweet dried fruit. OK.
SperkeleForce (791) - FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 37,5 CL. Pours brown reddish with no head. Notes of chocolate, raisins, plums., dades. Insane. "Beer".
Hermod (4965) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle, batch #910. Huge thanks jookos! Deep brown, no head. Dark fruits, soy sauce in aroma. Flavor has sweetness, soy, nuts, soaked plums. Hard to rate this, but surprisingly enjoyable.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Dfonorow (1748) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pre-DLD bottle share in 2014. Iím not sure why everyone rating this is saying its clear copper or amber, this thing pours deep opaque brown with no head. Aroma of booze, dried fruit, caramel, and alcohol soaked cherries. Flavor is strong alcohol at first and transitions into a heavy citrus and roasted malt finish. Eh.