Travlr (21640) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Churchkey. I tried to share this one, but no one would accept. I had one of the best bowel movements of my life after trying this beer, and that alone was worth the sticker price. Bright amber with 3 tiny bubbles and no detectable carbonation or head. Aroma of pine sol and rubbing alcohol. Taste is massive pine, too overwhelming to finish. Causes tingling in the parotid glands and nasal passages, that eventually transitions to pain. I donít know what else to say.
fiulijn (19347) - 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 PapsÝ, 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; itís 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 itís not a beer I will crave for.
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at the Ginger Man, NYC. Pours a cloudy, amber-red with very little head. Strong hop aroma with pine, citrus and alcohol. Flavor has some sweetness like caramel and lots of earthy, fruity, resiny bitterness. The body is thick and full, with slight carbonation and tons of warmth. Finishes hoppy with lingering bitterness and boozy burn. Not too shabby.
rlgk (18322) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Stockholm Ber Festival 2010. Golden color, no head. Malty fruity aroma, of course with some alcohol. Malty flavor with hoppy grassy notes. And alcohol...
Rasmus40 (17803) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber without head. Aroma is very sweet, quite alcoholic and rather hoppy - citrus. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet finish with burning alcohol. Better than the Penguin. 260511
harrisoni (17352) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nip at Brew Dog Camden - 21/12/12.
Dark amber no head, still as.
Nose carries more flavours than I expected having rated TNP previously which was booze forward in terms of aroma. I picked up light pine, tropical fruit notes, booze still dominates and is pretty intense so much as to make the nose tingle a little, a bit like hot mustard!
Taste comprises dark orange rind, caramelised sugar, a decent hop presence, pine, booze - lots of it!
Full full full body, cloying and rich.
Overall a decent sipper, more flavours broke through the alcohol than Iíd expected.
saxo (16972) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Copenhagen beerfestival. Small head with short duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are extreme hops, alcohol, caramel and malt.
yngwie (16520) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Patricks. Itís a clear, dark golden beer, or should i say drink, I have a hard time convincing myself itís a beer. No head at all, still beautiful to look at. The aroma punches you in the face with its massive amounts of citrusy hops and stinging alcohol. Thereís malty elements too, and overall it is lovely even though it is so intense. In the mouth it is full as hell, and very warming. Very high on bitterness, and with a good dash of malty sweetness. Citrus and pine in copius amounts. The finish is bitter and warming, leaving very little room for the malts. A wonderful beer, maybe in a non-beery way, actually itís the insane levels of hops and alcohol that drives it forward. Thx Brewdog for doing this limits-pushing experiment. 100610
TBone (16196) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 4cl sample @Beer Hunters, Pori
Deep ruby-copper color, no head. Very strong nose: pine, pine needles, fresh hop pellets, herbs and alcohol. Thick palate, but a bit thinner than in TNP. Very hoppy bitter front. Flavor has mainly licorice, salt and resin. Very warming, almost burning aftertaste - like drinking Vodka schnapps. 4 cl is more than enough. TNP is actually quite good beer, but donít believe the hype with this one.