winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was given a bottle for a tasting at a homebrewers case swap. Over-the-top as expected and not particularly easy to drink. Aroma totally dominated by hot alcohol with some toffee/carmel notes emerging from underneath. Head consisted of a scattering of coarse bubbles that quickly vanished. Viscous and really sticky mouthfeel. Hot alcohol lingeres throughout the finish although there is a pleasant malt/toffee presence at the end. Still I was glad to have had it.
Ret12 (450) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a wild experience. Very warming with a heavy dark fruit flavor. Overall not as bad as I thought. Syrupy as well
Jaksmart (394) - Aarhus, 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.
natejgood (390) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUN 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
smells extremely malty and strong. Medium clear brown in appearance. Light brown. Tastes like a very strong barely wine, only more malty. This beer was not brewed for the taste. There are many other drinks at this alcohol content that are more appealing, but as an experiment as to what what a beer can do this is interesting. I won’t drink it again, but this is an interesting experiment.
Mjollnir (386) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2012 production, thanks to a friend in England for mailing a bottle, saving about $110 over the best store price in Australia. Pours clear amber-red with no head, leaving some thin legs, any number of aged spirits would be doing quite well to look like this without artificial colourant. Malty and slightly hoppy aroma with a lot of alcohol. Flavours of clean malt as if it’s a scotch malt whisky but the alcohol very quickly overpowers the early sweetness, with a reasonably amount of bitterness too, with a yeast extract note mixing in later on. Unfortunately the hop bitterness is not clean or sharp and only reminds me of a tainted scotch whisky. Medium bodied, no carbonation, fairly dry and very hot with a fading bitter finish. Within in this small universe of fractionally frozen beers, it’s not nearly as balanced or enjoyable as the much cheaper Tactical Nuclear Penguin.
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. It’s 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.
aleksander9 (366) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Bottle. Whiskey with no head appearance. Smells alcohol, sweet, grain. Full mouth feel with stingy alcohol. a lot of licorice, some hops, and nice alcohol burn in the stomach. Overall: super nice, But why not buy whiskey?
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... It’s quite rewarding, actually. A lot more refined and ’mature’ than I’d been expecting, given the headline-grabbing ABV. Very nice.
Hanoi (353) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, from Brew Dog’s grim Manchester pub. From notes. Nose cream, fudge, toffee, caramel, spices, slight brandy. Taste, caramel, hops brown sugar. Alcohol burn high.
Overall, the nose is spectacular, the taste less so. Interesting to try
GODiSSOUTHERN (353) - 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.