djd07 (9563) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Joey. Pours a clear brown with no head. The aroma is a strong smoke, booze, and hairspray. Thin mouthfeel with strong smoke and alcohol burn.
j12601 (9549) - 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.
gnoff (9509) - 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!
Fin (9358) - 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
JoeMcPhee (9268) - 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. Itís like a hop liquor - intense, unique but not at all unpleasant. Itís hard to compare it to beers or IIPAs, because itís so unique.
allmyvinyl (9255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass at Brewdog Edinburgh. Reddish brown, no head. Booze aromas, fruitcake, sugar. Taste is alcohol heat, spirits, sweet dried fruit. OK.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle from michael-pollack in a trade we did 4 or so years ago - thanks again, Pollack! Best before September 21, 2029, so Iím guessing this is a 2009 vintage. Appears to be batch 11 (?). Pours a mostly clear tobacco-amber-brown color with no head. Leaves heavy legs inside the glass. The aroma goes straight up the nostrils and pokes at the brain. My cold is officially gone. Intensely boozy, with some dried and dark fruits, resin, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, anise, and oak. The flavor has mostly the same, simple slate of notes. Not quite as aggressive as the aroma, but probably because it didnít feel like it was going straight to the center of my head. Still, itís more intense than many distilled spirits of the same proof. A few of us cut this with water eventually, which seemed to help. Before that, this is full-bodied, with a hot, sticky, resinous, sweet, and bitter mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Really interesting and fun to try. Hard to rate, though.
JorisPPattyn (9253) - 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!
MartinT (9191) - 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.
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
cheers to askdrtodd for opening this one.
pours deep orange, no head.
Aroma, thank goodness for having some hops in there covering the mess that felt almost as huming boozy fumes. Just that could get you wasted.
Flavors, lots of booze with an acetone/alcohol. Despite the whole boozy moutfeel, the hop profile is decent adding some nice citrus and grapefruit presence. Some caramel malts to be noticed as well. Iíd definitely like to try this DIPA with about 30% less abv.
Donít know what else to say, this race for strongest beer is getting a little ridiculous. I feel if I wanted to try a good whiskey Iíd drink that, and this beer does just that, add to the wow factor. The price certainly does not warrant what you are getting.