cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I tried this beer on January 17, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a translucent golden red with no head. The aroma was alcohol, pine, and hops. The mouthfeel was full bodied with no carbonation and burned going down. The flavour was citrusy hops and tons of alcohol.
neur0 (1085) - GERMANY - AUG 5, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
(flasche) farblich dunkelrot, klar filtriert, ohne schaum. das aroma ist fruchtig, sehr alkoholisch und suesslich. Der geschmack ist alkoholisch, sehr bitter, viskos, alkoholisch, suesslich und etwas wuerzig. Tut mir leid aber nicht nochmal....
ComradeK (1084) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle. Pours a clear deep copper, viscous and with no head. It looks a bit like slightly carbonated whisky. Oily resinous hops, with orange and aniseed notes and a little roast almond make up the aroma. Whisky-like heat up front brings plenty of aniseed. Oily resin comes in next, with burnt caramel and orange in the mid-palate. Cointreau orange gives it a smooth finish. This is an interesting experience, a little like a blend of good Scotch and potent IPA. It certainly shows its strength more than Tactical Nuclear Penguin, but that means it is one to sip and savour. Nice.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Enjoyit. Pours amber with no head. Aroma is nice and hoppy, lots of simcoe, grape, pine, citrus, caramel. This is just an IIPA on steroids. Like in Tactical Nuclear Penguin, the alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma. But the taste has a massive alcohol burn, massive hoppy bitterness, lemon zest, high alpha acid hops. I like Tactical Nuclear Penguin better.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a light ruby red when held up to the light. No carbonation. Appearance seems quite oily as it coats the side of the glass. Huge initial aroma of dried apricots. Some honey, resiny hops and alcohol in the back ground but for me it is all about the dried apricots. Taste is initially quite bitter followed by alcohol burn and more hop bitterness. Resiny hops dominate the finish and hang around for a long time. Mouthfeel is quite full and oily. Definately better than expected.
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.
tarmok (1002) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber liquid without head. Aroma of hops malt and alcohol. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Full body, long bitter finish
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle split 6 ways. Foggy burnt amber pour with zero head. Nose of dog food and deeply resinous hops with some candy. Not nearly as hard on the nasal passages as the TNP. I don’t even know how to describe the taste of this stuff. It was resiny, very, very resiny with a big licorice kick and a sticky cough syrup finish. There’s no benchmark for evaluating things like this.
espenra (968) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4cl sample at Håndverkerstuene. An amber, bordering on red colour with no head. Needless to say the alcohol is the first thing that hits your nose, but there is hints of cherries, caramel and oak as well. The flavour is very bitter and strong, and at 41% ABV it should come as no suprise. The alcohol is the most noticable feature, but there’s also notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. A fun beer for sure, but I still think that Samuel Adams Utopia is better.
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Share thanks to petersluhale. Sweet, huge booze, tons of caramel, some dark fruit. Brown color. Huge booze flavor, straight alcohol, and then a face full of caramelized molasses. Warming alcohol (obviously). Lingering heat.