ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 oz. sample. Gorgeous honey pour with no carbonation. Beautiful legs on the glass. Aroma is spicy hoppy, and alcohol hot. Hops just ooze out of the aroma of this. Resin and citrus and spiciness. Flavor is knock you on your ass hoppy at the front, but surprisingly smooth for all of that. Hop bitterness is present for sure, but is not as concentrated or harsh as I was expecting. Spicy is the best word. This is like concentrated hop juice. Not sure if the hops are masking the alcohol or if it really is that smooth, but the alcohol burn was minimal.
Impressive beverage. Very tasty.
leaparsons (7937) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Brewdog Nottingham. Ruby red with a thin foam. Aromas are red wine with toffee and brandy. Marzipan with pepper and raisins. Soy sauce with meaty notes and whisky grain. Flavours are spicy with brandy burn and toffee. Woody with whisky and alcohol. Fruity with a warming, peppery finish. Excellent. B
to14go (29) - ISRAEL - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really sweet and concentrated.
almost no memory for the hops in the original beer.
harrisoni (13217) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Rake launch of the beer. Wow this is just so much better than I even thought it could be. Big intense hops, which are strangely really well balanced, dry frozen with Amarillos. In mouth, yes some hot alcohol as you would expect, but the malts really do actually carry the intense hop through it onto a finish that lingers all week. The hops, my god the hops. Stunning really and so much better balanced than you would think and better than the Penguin I thought. Would be perfect with some 3 year old aged gouda cheese.
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from the brewer, wrapped in a paper bag with a 41%! warning on it, and a bottle stopper should you choose self-control and drink some many hours later. Grapefruit colour with amber highlights, and lacey. The aroma of many hops is a side-show. The taste, and its a sipper and full mouthfeel, is a bitter hops in high alcohol, and a little sherryish. Undertstated carbonation.
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks on so many levels!… Hazy, dirty orange ale with no head. The aromatics here are terrific and very Imperial IPA-like. Quite shocking when one considers that this beer, clocking in at 82 proof, is a liquor/spirit in all facets other than dictionary definition. Boatloads of resiny, grapefruity, earthy, musky lupulin with a heavy dose of toffee and very little ethanol or methanol burn in the nose. Full-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. The taste is as delicious as it is intense – praline and extremely earthy, pissy, musky lupulin… a virtual alpha acid bath for my tongue. Blistering, yet surprisingly Imperial IPA-like and very un-liquor-like. Heavy toffee and caramel sweetness intermingles fantastically with off-the-charts hop flavor and bitterness. Sweet, tangy, boozy finish. Relatively smooth. Wow… I’m blown away! This world class bottle of beer was shared with many by a very generous darkguardian!
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear amber colour without any foam; aroma of cognac, oranges and hop resin with a very apparent burning alcohol presence; no carbonation here and absolutely incredibly bitter; very long hoppy notes and insanely bitter finish, salty with notes of peated whisky and oranges - "hop-scene" and pretty incredible stuff; a unique experience - the 16 yo Isle of Jura we had just after tasted pretty watery in comparison
Balazs (785) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with fellow Hungarian beerfans. Poured amber color with no head. Sweet aroma, honey, citrus, coriander, caramel and strong hops. Medium dense body with some carbonation. Dry, hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol is there, but much smoother than with distilled drinks. Strong aroma matches the strong ABV, so in that sense I think it’s balanced. Unique, enjoyable, for special events for sure.
TheHorizon (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
APPEARANCE: Poured by James (thanks) into a small, fluted sample glass. Straw/Slightly Amber color with a transparent thickness to it. Tiny, fluffy, and sticky white head.
SMELL: Outstanding and quite impressive. Overall, an intense bouquet of aromatic hops with a Perfumed Lemon Rind, Flowery Orange Zest, Peach Fuzz, Lime Juice, Thyme, Pineapple, Cotton Candy kinda feel to it (<--most to least order) over a backbone of slightly piney and oily grapefruit rind/zest, blended with a fairly boozy, somewhat sweet IPA/almost-butterscotch aroma quite seamlessly. Again...quite impressive!
TASTE: Similar to the smell but much more boozy with rye whisky and Jamacain dessert rum aromatics and heat playing nicely with the rest of the flavors described above. Also, unlike the nose the taste included more malty sweetness than hop flavor (although both were definitely present).
MOUTHFEEL: Sticky and a bit oily, but fairly thin (considering the amount of water that had been removed from it) with plenty of heat and acidity to balance out the sweet/sticky feeling on the palate (like an elephant balances with a school bus on a see-saw)
DRINKABILITY: Extremely impressive and dangerously drinkable. More drinkable than many fine single malt whiskeys that I have had with almost as much (and a much different breed of ) complexity (and much more drinkable than the penguin).
OVERALL: A very impressive and well-crafted beer (assuming that word still applies to something 41% ABV)
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle from Vino, thanks Sev! I like this beer, There is nothing subtle about it. It pours a thick, reddish-amber colour with no head. The aroma is of a very strong barley wine, lots of sugar and resinous hops. Tastes lovely. The hops are still present after having this bottle opened with the provided closure for several months. Lovely oily mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. We treat this like a malt whiskey. Very nice.