MartinT (7797) - 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 (7790) - 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
gnoff (7782) - 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!
Meilby (7569) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma has notes of alcohol, malt, caramel, herbs, grassy and fruity hops. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter with an insanely strong and bitter finish. Body is full, texture is sticky, carbonation is flat.
shrubber85 (7561) - 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.
Fin (7364) - 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 (7157) - NUNEATON, Top 23, 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.
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.
Ibrew2or3 (6854) - 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.
Scopey (6719) - 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.