shrubber85 (8306) - 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.
MartinT (8281) - 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 donít think Iíd 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.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010-10-11. Crisp dark amber body is syrupy on the glass. Powerful aroma, sweet citrusy hops, light green touches. Alcohol. Flavour is intense, briefest touch of sweet malt up front is quickly savaged by rough bitterness an alcohol. Leaves the mouth tingly. Smooth medium bodied palate is hard to appreciate with the burning alcohol. Glad to try it, its intriguing but not all that fun to drink. Sipper. Overall impression is of a cute fluffy bunny being violated by a grizzly bear. Bottle shared by Tuqueboy
JorisPPattyn (8196) - Ursel, 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!
gnoff (8112) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2011
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle at Rotary, GŲteborg. On April 8, 2011
Clear copper color, no head. Oxidized hoppy scent with some cheese, also citrus. Thick, salty, lemon, booze, banana taste. Warming alcohol, solvents aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Arome is OK, taste, is horrible!
mcberko (8036) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 12 oz. bottle from the brewery, split with Matts_Property and a few others - had a 4 oz. sample for myself, which was way more than needed. Pours a vibrant orange amber. The aroma is ridiculously insane - intense hop oils, liqueur and of course, copious alcohol - sort of like a hop liquor. The flavour offers no mercy either, with a ridiculously hoppy
palate amplified with liqueur and a colossal alcohol blast to bring out the hop juices more so - doesnít exactly feel like 41% (more like 20% or so). Sort of a turpentine / paint thinner quality also. Glad I got to try this, but I canít say this is exactly enjoyable. Tactical Nuclear Penguin is more enjoyable. Quite the experiment here.
Scopey (8035) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many times (including the launch at the Rake), most recently at Brewdog Aberdeen. Pours cloudy orange with non-existant head. Nose; powerful citrus hop, varnish, floral, wood, alcohol. Taste; like hardcore IPA concentrate, great alcohol warmth, citrus fruits (oranges, lemons), varnish, pine. Great fun to drink.
Fin (8005) - 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
BMan1113VR (7890) - 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!
DrSilverworm (7777) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Swingtop bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing at his Weird Beers Tasting. Batch 11, best before September 21st, 2029. 2009 vintage, apparently. Mostly clear brown color. Some fine dark particles in the body. No head, but AWESOME legs. Maybe the best Iíve seen for a beer, very active, big, tall legs. Very intense nose. Jet fuel. Donít get too close, the smell alone will burn the inside of your nostrils. Besides the intense heat, some raisin, vinous, dark fruit in the nose. Spiciness, but that just may be heat in my nostrils. Now for the first sip... Wow, a lot of anise. Dark fruit, molasses. Black licorice, tons of it. Bigger body. Little to no carbonation. Drying finish. You can only take teeny tiny sips of this stuff, but still there is a lot of burn on it. OK, some people add a drop of water to whiskey, right? Maybe Iíll add a bit from this Brita pitcher (accidentally added a bit more than a drop, woops..). A little more tolerable that way, though. Quite a bit better that way. Still, lots of heat on the end, some burn. Anyway... Hard to force myself to drink much more of this in a tasting setting. Would be an interesting one to sip if I wanted to get totally blasted, maybe. I feel like if I force myself to continue Iíll be in trouble. Overall, very interesting, very fun to try... One Iíve wanted to try for some time. But as a drinking experience, itís a bit rough and punishing. Pretty much what I expected a 41% beer to be like, though. Not magical, though. 41% just for the sake of being 41% is pretty much what defines this beer.