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.
jvhemert (334) - 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.
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.
thepeter (281) - 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.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Deep amber in color with no carbonation. Nose is just awesome. Big hop aroma despite high alcohol - very surprising. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Nice spicy hop flavor, followed by alcohol warming. Overall a great beer for one this big.
aleph (231) - - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep golden color approaching amber. Hops mostly, alcohol (although it was really well masked, given the ABV). Sweet and malty backing. Syrupy body with low carbonation contributing to the effect. I was surprised that this tasted better than Tactical Nuclear Penguin, given the higher ABV and the fact that this is an IIPA.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. 82 proof. But possibly, the smoothest, most complex 82 proof I have ever experienced. You tastes malts, hops, sweet and floral fruity notes, and of course... booze. The warming effect is absolutely wonderful. Itís really like drinking a wonderfully complex belgian quad that warms like a shot of bourbon. I think itís easier to drink than 120 min IPA, which has less than half the alcohol content.