hopscotch (8862) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks on so many levels!… Hazy, dirty orange ale with no head. The aromatics here are terrific and very Imperial IPA-like. Quite shocking when one considers that this beer, clocking in at 82 proof, is a liquor/spirit in all facets other than dictionary definition. Boatloads of resiny, grapefruity, earthy, musky lupulin with a heavy dose of toffee and very little ethanol or methanol burn in the nose. Full-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. The taste is as delicious as it is intense – praline and extremely earthy, pissy, musky lupulin… a virtual alpha acid bath for my tongue. Blistering, yet surprisingly Imperial IPA-like and very un-liquor-like. Heavy toffee and caramel sweetness intermingles fantastically with off-the-charts hop flavor and bitterness. Sweet, tangy, boozy finish. Relatively smooth. Wow… I’m blown away! This world class bottle of beer was shared with many by a very generous darkguardian!
Sammy (8397) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from the brewer, wrapped in a paper bag with a 41%! warning on it, and a bottle stopper should you choose self-control and drink some many hours later. Grapefruit colour with amber highlights, and lacey. The aroma of many hops is a side-show. The taste, and its a sipper and full mouthfeel, is a bitter hops in high alcohol, and a little sherryish. Undertstated carbonation.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by rciesla - many thanks. Deep amber pour - almost still. The nose is massively hoppy. A huge resinous burst of hop oil and resin. Soft and hoppy with a lot of light bright ethanol. Thick and oily palate with a lot of booziness. As it warms up, the hoppiness becomes incredibly intense. It’s like a hop liquor - intense, unique but not at all unpleasant. It’s hard to compare it to beers or IIPAs, because it’s so unique.
jtclockwork (7976) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger and decaturstevo. Pours amber. Deceptively nice nose at first inhalation. Hops and grain alcohol. Then the true beast reveals itself. Rubbing alcohol, paint thinner and iodine permeates the nose in follow up whiffs. Hops become more muted. The first sip is also deceptive. Slight burn with hop malt character throughout. Subsequent sips tell a different story. The beer quickly becomes a Jack Daniels cough medicine of sorts, lots of rubbing alcohol and burn with little hops in background.
leaparsons (7965) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Brewdog Nottingham. Ruby red with a thin foam. Aromas are red wine with toffee and brandy. Marzipan with pepper and raisins. Soy sauce with meaty notes and whisky grain. Flavours are spicy with brandy burn and toffee. Woody with whisky and alcohol. Fruity with a warming, peppery finish. Excellent. B
Theydon_Bois (7937) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nip at Brew Dog Camden - 21/12/12.
Dark amber no head, still as.
Nose carries more flavours than I expected having rated TNP previously which was booze forward in terms of aroma. I picked up light pine, tropical fruit notes, booze still dominates and is pretty intense so much as to make the nose tingle a little, a bit like hot mustard!
Taste comprises dark orange rind, caramelised sugar, a decent hop presence, pine, booze - lots of it!
Full full full body, cloying and rich.
Overall a decent sipper, more flavours broke through the alcohol than I’d expected.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with minimal head (a few bubbles), with a clear auburn-amber colored body. LEGS, laser etched! Aroma is quite hoppy, caramel, cotton candy, burnt flan, astringent, but not SUPER boozy. Taste is herbal, spice, dank, burn, tons of bitterness, candied tangerine peel. Very warming. Incredibly bitter. Kind of messy. Thick and soo bitter!
JorisPPattyn (7809) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazed red-brownish beer with (surprise!) no head. HOPS!! God, this is a hopbomb. And then- the pure nose of a rum-bonbon; straw. Cocos, hops, sweet and fiery alcoholic, alcohol-preserved fruits as apricots. More alcoholburn than a maltwhisky at equal strength, but way more flavourful. The hops really make the difference, I assess this even better than the TNPenguin - and not because of the ABV!
Rune (7775) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not exactly pretty to look at with its cloudy, almost muddy, apricot coloured body under film-like layer. Hoppy aroma with a solid punch of alcohol. Taste of orange and apricot with strong but surprisingly well integrated alcohol. Bittersweet fruity ending with alcohol sharpness. Good for late night sipping. (Ølbutikkens smagning at Ørsted Ølbar, 06.11.2010)
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed and caramelized cereals are balanced out by piney hops and their bitterness until an alcohol storm hits this lean Liquor of IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no foam (obviously) atop the translucent amber-laced golden.
-One sniff of this fiery liquid can clear the nostrils...
-I was ready to hate this, but the aroma actually suggested a Barley Wine of some sort, and the flavor profile was indeed that of a strong ale; not a liquor. That alcohol is obviously intense though...
-I don’t think I’d ever buy this (or try it again, for that matter), but I am still happy to have put my lips on it.
From a bottle.