Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from brewdog.com. Itís hard to rate this one because as the bottle went on I started to enjoy it more and more. For the strength there was a lot of flavour but I expect this was more a technical exercise.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer, this one. The high ABV (and associated drinking habits) appeals to my liqueur side. Very impressed with the complexity and interest in the taste of this for such a high ABV - when 41% of your beer is a given, single chemical, you only have 59% of the total volume to play with to affect the taste, and BrewDog have done a great job of utilising their 59% to very good effect. Highly complex aroma, strong alcohol (obviously), but hops and caramels are also there. Taste is again very complex, sweet yet bitter, honey-ish, kinda fruity and a small hint of cheese. Lovely mouthfeel (reminds me of Drambuie), except when it gets on your mouth ulcer. My god, can this stuff HURT! Finish, oddly, has high alcohol burn... Itís quite rewarding, actually. A lot more refined and ímatureí than Iíd been expecting, given the headline-grabbing ABV. Very nice.
Jaksmart (357) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4xIPA for the dedicated! Deep amber color, absolutely no head. Aroma has simcoe-ish hop notes, nice freshness, considering the alcohol. Some booze but not as much as you might expect. Very spicy with a resiny feel. Taste is very nice - in small amounts. Plenty of hops, spruce, pine, alcohol and a caramel base from which malt and honey provide a nice balance. Enjoyable as something like a whisky. Heavy-duty and interesting.
BitchPls (352) - FINLAND - JUN 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper orange beer with no head, some bubbles. Leaves angels tears on the glass. Deep caramel, syrup and ripe orange fruits on the nose. Mouth feel is thick and soft and full. Very nice syrup and caramel taste combined with a deep bitter finnish. Ripe sweet orange fruits again in the flavors. As a whisky drinker and an IPA lover I am just so excited about this drink! This is a truly pleasant surprise for me. I love it! Itís just so unique and exciting.
GODiSSOUTHERN (323) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. A lot of people have a lot to say about this one. I was surprised how smooth it is for the percentage. Extremely warming with the alcohol but also complex spicy fruity hop character. Definitely worth trying.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bismarck pours a very light amber color. The bottle opened up with a big pffffffffft but there really isnít any carbonation on this beer. Itís dead. While the Penguin might of dislodged some of my nose hairs when I took a whiff, this destroyed anything in my nose. I wonít have to clip any nose hairs for a while. They got burned away by the huge presence of alcohol and hops. The hops in this bad boy are just huge and itís actually a lovely smell even though the alcohol is so big. Huge amounts of citrus, pine, and other fruits. Words just cannot describe.
The taste is basically like a hop liquor. Like they took vodka or whatever alcohol and infused it with hops. Huge presence of alcohol that warms the throat was it goes down. But once again the hops mix in well, they donít totally make up for the big alcohol but itís close. There is a actually a noticeable malt presence but it hides pretty damn well.
Mouthfeel is sticky, oily, and thin. For the amount of alcohol in this beer it goes down fairly nice and itís a good sipper.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle from Jimacks. Pours a orange color with no head just a few bubbles. Has a hop and nail polish remover smell. Wow this smells aweful. At first taste you get vanilla followed but a massive burn. One sip sits with you a while to. This beer is fucking terrable. Iím not sure what I was expecting but I should of known this was going to be shit when I knew it was brewed by Brewdog.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow $120!! tastes like bearded fire. look likes copper with hints of rich mahagony tracing through. first things first this smells like pine tar and gasoline. its think and rolls around in the glass. hints of godís vagina on the palate mixed with satans hairy grundle.
jvhemert (281) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
AROMA: resin, balsamic vinegar
APPEARANCE: brown, sirup, no head
TASTE: medium sweetness
PALATE: medium body, oily feel, sticky, flat, bitter
OVERALL: the balsamic vinegar ruins it, better stick with nuclear penguin.
thepeter (275) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Amber and a tiny film head but since I only had a shot glass full not sure how head or lacing would be in a larger glass. i do know how I would look after a larger glass and it is not good!
S- Burst of hops with quite a bit more sweetness than I ever expected. Lotís of citrus especially pineapple and grapefruit zest. Then of course the, inescapable alcohol smell is present but very pleasant and warming.
T- WOW! Massive Hop Flavor, sticky pine and sweet citrus all together with a very warming alcohol presence. Even at 41% the alcohol does not overwhelm the other flavors. Everything is pretty equally intense.
M - Not nearly as full or viscous as I would have thought. Medium/light bodied. As expected you can feel the booze heat up the as I swirl it in my mouth.
D - Well there is only so much you can drink safely but if a serving is only an once or two (which is what it should be) then I could definitely have at least one more. This is where I found the rating difficult, but had to give it a decent score as for itís strength it is very drinkable.
This is a tough one to review as it may be a beer but had all of the qualities of a Hop Spirit, and pretty much is the result of a pissing contest with Schorschbršu for the worlds strongest beer.
Really, a Fantastic experience that I am so happy to have been able to sample as I am not spending £40+ for a bottle.