MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate: bottle at the Rake tasting session.
I drank rather too much of this, and as a result it kicked my arse quite heavily. Thankfully, my notes are from early on when I was still compus mentus. A very attractive hazy orange brown colour, obviously no head but there were lots of hop leaf floaters. Aroma is just the most amazing blend of hops, cheese and alcohol you could possibly imagine. Bugger me, itís just sublime. Sod it, Iíd had it down as a nine but itís clearly a ten. I simply can not describe how good this smells. You really have no idea. Citrus from the Amarillo comes through in droves, cheese of the highest quality, Iíve never had such amazingly funky hops in my life. In fact, this is certainly the most challenging snout I have experienced. There is some faint boozy sweetness but no where near as much as I was expecting. The fruit of the malt shows through really well too. Basically itís about as good a smelling beer as the world has ever been blessed with in my opinion. This all follows on into the mouth almost effortlessly. Huge cheese and funk, massive sweetness and booze but somehow the insane amount of hops just about holds it in check. There is something quite toasty about it too. Liquid sugar but ooooooooh so fucking good. There is just so much going on and Iím gobsmacked itís not all over taken by the booze. The hops, the hops, MY GOD the HOPS!!! One of the best and certainly the maddest beers Iíve ever had. Intensity is through the roof. BrewDog I love you.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer (?) pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a thin white head that disappears to a film quickly. Mead-like legs on the glass that coat and stain the sides after the beer is gone. Aroma of citrus and alcohol. Rich, extremely syrupy body with a burst of booze up front that gave me goose bumps. Some flavors of burnt malt and dark fruit in the background. The finish is warming alcohol. Decent for what it is, a gimmicky crazy high-ABV sipper beer (?).
jtclockwork (6919) - , 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.
Fin (6893) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at Pre ZBF March 5th 2010, cheers Craig for saving me some of this pricey little number. Craig very kindly saved some of this for me and thrust this into my hand as soon as I got into the door. Furiouslly bitter with an amazing depth of flavour. This really warms on the way down, but the alcohol isnít as overpowering as I expected. Smoother than anticipated but the hops are really in yerí face. Iíve got to be honest I wasnít that bothered about trying this beer, the whole thing was becoming a bit of a charade, that said this really is a very good effort. I would have done a more detailed review but the sample I got (lets face the only sample Iím likely to try) was quite small. Good stuff. A7 A4 F8 P4 Ov15 3.8
DruncanVeasey (6810) - NUNEATON, Top 4, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nip, Birthday Feathersí Owl-Drawing Crawl, BrewDog Nottingham...erm, Nottingham, 30/07/12. Still leggy copper. Sweet beautiful caramel and peach aroma. Hot, thick and fruity with peach and retronasal warm; chewy nougat and honey. Figs. Legs like no beverage Iíve ever seen. No subtleties. Full of warm, cool heat. Pint next time, please.
shrubber85 (6804) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bitter orange peel, sour milk and alcohol aroma - a bit fusely. Amber color with no head. Sweet orange malt, floral/pine hops and alcohol flavor. Lingering bitterness. Would probably be a nicely drinkable beer at 7-8 times less alcohol.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Joeís ridiculous going away party tasting courtesy of Ryan. Just what I needed when I was already gone, a 41% bomb! Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Smells just like what I thought it would, a hop cordial. Spicy hops, big earthy pine, lots of booze. Vanilla, caramel, and loads of citrus. Tough to drink, but certainly interesting.
Theydon_Bois (6471) - The íSham, 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 Iíd expected.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to askdrtodd for the share. Pours clear deep copper with thin white to off white head. The aroma is thick sludgy malts backed up by mild yet intense citrus hops and followed by the expected burn to the nose near the end of the draw. The taste is rough with a brief moment of malts rushing headlong into syrupy yet tart hop bitterness and astringency and then getting more and more boozy and rough. It continues to warm deep into the long after taste. Interesting. I doubt I can take much more than an ounce of this without something to re-set my palate.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2010
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Ever had absenthe? Same difference. Bitter, fusel and undrinkable crap. At least it looks okay in the glass.