HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok fine it is novel. Tasted about 2 oz o f it. The aroma is actually not too bad, a bit of malt vinegar I would say but certainly no hops or pine. Flavor is just alcohol. Tastes like some badly done grain alcohol with no nuance. One and done.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Wes. Rating #236. Clear dark brown color with no head. Aroma is a big boozy hop bomb, but not so fresh, a bit of cardboard and a little oxidized. Sweet, sweet and a little more sweet and really hot. Not terribly enjoyable. (2056)
sebletitje (6582) - 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. I’d definitely like to try this DIPA with about 30% less abv.
Don’t 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 I’d drink that, and this beer does just that, add to the wow factor. The price certainly does not warrant what you are getting.
johnnnniee (2150) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I shared a bottle of this with 4 friends and still took some home to "enjoy" at a later date.
Pours a cloudy deep orange/amber color with no head at all. Smells of serious pine, citrus, resinous hops and lots of alcohol. Not the good kind of alcohol mind you we are talking about solvents and rubbing alcohol. There’s a sweet fruitiness in the aroma I imagine apricots covered in corn syrup. As my sample warms the fruit disappears and is replaced with hopped rubbing alcohol. The taste is unique! Strong, burning alcohol with resinous hops covered in a sugary glaze. Slightly smokey taste in the middle somewhere. There is a long lingering hop bitterness mixed with alcohol burning in the finish. I can feel this beer burn its way down my throat into my stomach. Thick chewy body with a sticky syrupy mouthfeel and light level of carbonation. I’m glad I got to try this unique "beer." Smooth it is not! Beer it is not! 41% abv it is and I can taste and smell every bit of alcohol in my glass. As is I find this kind of meh, but if this were put into some oak and allowed to mellow out some, this might make a damn fine spirit.
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 Pours a dead amber color that seems very viscous. I prefer this aroma and actually found I prefer the sink the bismarck over tactical nuclear penguin. Even though the alcohol is still very prevalent, it is surprisingly drinkable.. in the recommended small amounts, obviously. Still no way it is worth the price, but fun to try.
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
. Had the last ounce for a bottle previously opened at Brew Dog Camden. Paid 6 Quid for a pour and shared with a friend.
A - Light wooden brown. Looks like corn syrup.
S - Smells like crappy whiskey. Burns my nostrils
T - Oh god. Big dry good but drinks like motor oil. Huge bright hops for grapefruit. Absolutely atrocious.
M - Mouthfeel is rotten candy.
O – 40/100. This was even worse than the penguin. We tasted them side by side. Atrocious taste. It took a lot out of me to finish this beer.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle-thanks jtclockwork for sharing-pours no head and orange color. Aroma is initially resin/lemon, 2nd medium malt-caramel. Then iodine/acetone. Taste is biting hops, then turns to grain alcohol, warming/burning all the way down the gullet. Both aroma and taste start impressively, then goes explosively downhill. Initial 9/3/7/4/15=3.8 then 4/3/4/2/10=2.3
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Date: July 30, 2010
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark amber, thick and viscous with legs
Aroma: strong sweet aroma, dark candy caramel
Flavor: hot caramel flavor, huge bitterness, lots of concentrated hops, long bitter finish, alcohol lingers forever
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 8/20
Score: *+ /4
neur0 (848) - GERMANY - AUG 5, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
(flasche) farblich dunkelrot, klar filtriert, ohne schaum. das aroma ist fruchtig, sehr alkoholisch und suesslich. Der geschmack ist alkoholisch, sehr bitter, viskos, alkoholisch, suesslich und etwas wuerzig. Tut mir leid aber nicht nochmal....
Sigmund (4936) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 41%. Sold as "spirits / hard liquor" ( 4 cl shots) in Norway. Deep reddish orange to amber colour, No head, nor any carbonation. Aroma of piney and catty American hops, hints of fusel alcohols and red berries. The flavour is very sweet, very bitter and loaded with alcohol. Not good.