gEUS (1676) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml bottle at home, shared with close family and shared from a sniffer glass. This beers pours deep dark amber. Nose is alcohol burn and soy sauce, completed with chocolate and slight vanilla. Body is even worse; despite the initial salty caramel, hopiness is just too too much, not to mention the alcoghol buuuuuuuuurn... Worth the try... for once, just because of the experiment... *SIGH* nothing beats the Struise Messy...
tmrmwel (1645) - 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 there’s 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.
Zymurgeist2 (1644) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle at Martin’s West (Thanks, Moira!). Pours a whiskey like burnt orange-brown. Suprisingly clear from what I’d expected. Minimal head but the legs are amazing. Initial hop explosion turns into alcohol warming on the aroma, burning at the end . Almost four distinct flavour profiles on the taste - caramel and floral marry up front, bitterness spike blends with alcohol. Big alcohol warming on the last half and a crazy peat and smoked wood finish to the palate. Stays on the lips as a warming, sweet caramel, smoked treasure chest. Could be anywhere from a 1.0 to 5.0...who know’s what this "beer" is?!?!
tfredvik (1636) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This flat "beer" pours a clear, golden and incredibly viscous body with no head. The aroma is intense and very hoppy, with heavy notes of tropical fruits and caramel. The flavour is burning alcoholic, ridiculously hoppy and immensely malty: this is pure IPA concentrate! Also some hints of herbs. The taste is harsh bitter and heavy sweet, and the boozy aftertaste lasts until the next morning. The body is fuller than full and the texture is thicker than crude oil. This is a crazy, fun and absurd brew, but not exactly pleasant. Compared to e.g. Tactical Nuclear Penguin this is just a novelty.
[Tiny sample from 37.5 cl bottle, shared with Svensenga smak & behag, from cnesmark’s beer cellar]
msbernac (1618) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma-brandy, toffee, caramel, alcohol
Appearance-amber, clear, minimal white head,
Taste-very bitter, heavily sour, light sweetness,
Palate-full body, slick feel, flat, bitter finish
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at MesandSim’s wedding. Sorry, don’t know who shared it with me. Pourty a dirty looking pale brown amber with no head. Almost normal aroma wise, nice amount of hops for sure but major alcohol lurking in the shadows. Flavour has caramel, honey, walnut. It burned my lips. Dangerous stuff. Thanks but I’d probably leave this experiment next time, interesting to try though.
alex_leit (1592) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish amber color, almost no foam. Powerful aroma of ether, acetone and alcohols, malt, dried fruits and raisins, dried pears, figs. Taste: burning, spiritus, pepper, sweet liqueur, dried fruit, dried apricots, whiskey. Spiritus Sancti!
mateuszk (1583) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours amber in colour, no head of course. Leaves nice marks on the glass, like whisky. In aroma alcohol, some caramel notes. In taste similar, alcohol + malt with some hoppy bitterness. Very difficult to rate it as a beer, it is far worse than any alcohol beverage you can drink for that price and on the other hand yuo can buy few world class beers instead of it. To sum it up - interesting but not worth the money.
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
small measure at brewdog Newcastle. Clear amber with legs similar to Courvoisier or similar. Aroma of alcohol and minimal hops if any. Taste is similar with a very warm liqueur taste and alcohol rather than that of beer. A novelty.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 oz. sample. Gorgeous honey pour with no carbonation. Beautiful legs on the glass. Aroma is spicy hoppy, and alcohol hot. Hops just ooze out of the aroma of this. Resin and citrus and spiciness. Flavor is knock you on your ass hoppy at the front, but surprisingly smooth for all of that. Hop bitterness is present for sure, but is not as concentrated or harsh as I was expecting. Spicy is the best word. This is like concentrated hop juice. Not sure if the hops are masking the alcohol or if it really is that smooth, but the alcohol burn was minimal.
Impressive beverage. Very tasty.