nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010. Dark brown and not surprisingly no head whatsoever. A noticeable dark sediment floating around in the glass though. Aroma is dominant of peat and smoke, roast and chocolate. Flavour carries the same but the alcohol really creeps up and sucker punches you in the face. Hugely bitter finish but the heat from the booze really shows through. Itís like a dark malt whisky and at that approach itís something quite interesting. One glass is more than enough though, just too intense.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleÖ RBWG Ď10Ö Pours very, very dark (burnt orange when held up to bright light). No head. The aroma is incredibly smoky, peaty and Scotch-likeÖ absolutely love it. Mega full-bodied and oily with very low carbonation. The flavor shows huge, unpleasant oxidation. Bad bottle. Big-time cardboard to go along with ridiculously hot ethanol. Being a fan of spirits, the heat doesnít bother me at allÖ bring it on, bitch. The finish is very hot and boozy and ALL THAT! Looking forward to trying a good bottle one day.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle @ RBWG 2010. Iíll give this beer the benefit of the doubt and say that I may not have the palate to fully understand and enjoy this beer. Poured a dark, near black amber with no head. The body I found a bit on the thin side and itís almost completely flat. I can live with all that but all I got in both nose and flavor was the most over the top peat character with huge plastic, phenol notes. I find this beer completely undrinkable.
zdg (1) - USA - APR 2, 2010 does not count
1.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
When Iím on my deathbed, I wonít ask for extra time with my kid, or more sex with that girl in high school, or a better outside shot that would have given me a chance at pro basketball. But I will want my $42 and the last hour of my life back. Itís not even that this is a silly waste of money (look, if you didnít know that when you bought it in the first place, youíre not paying attention) itís that it might be the worst "beer" Iíve ever had. I can drink just about any strong beer and find something redeeming. Not this junk. BrewDog should be embarrassed to be selling this as an "accomplishment." It smells fine, nothing interesting, but nothing bad. It seriously is one of the least drinkable concoctions Iíve ever tried to put in my mouth, including the milk-and-mustard thing my friends tried to pay me to drink in junior high. Oh, and the time I went down on that hippie chick after a night of dancing.
I want to believe that itís "complex" and "requires a more refined palate" (which I think I have) but no; the words my wife and I came up with were "impossible" and "the hurting" and "remember when that homeless guy came into the Whole Foods and starting peeing on the wall and they cleaned it up with some industrial cleaner and the mixture of the three smells was unlike anything youíve smelled since Mardi Gras í95? yeah, itís like that." Avoid this for all the right reasons -- spend the cash on any number of other fantastic extreme/micro/art beers that wonít make your esophagus angry.
LAWof1318 (6) - USA - APR 1, 2010 does not count
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
scotchy and chocolatey? zero head. seemed flat. definitely not worth the money. a "YUPPY" drink
Dogbrick (7054) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small sample from a bottle at Winking Lizardís 2nd Annual Real Ale Fest (03/27/10): The beer is a clear dark brown-amber color with a minimal off-white head. Nil lacing on the glass. Aroma of alcohol and peaty malt. Rich and smoky with a burning alcohol character with notes of malt in the background. The finish is Scotch with a simmering boozy burn left over. Interesting story behind this one and I am glad I got to try it, but I am happy I didnít invest in a bottle.
stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark/black beer without any head. The aroma is alcohol, smoke, bacon, licorice and chocolate. The flavor is alcohol, smoke, peat smoke, sweetness, licorice and chocolate. The palate is alcoholwarmth and smoke. Overall this beer has a lot of alcohol, and is closer to a bold whisky. Very complex and interesting.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: sweet smokey aroma, huge roasted and smoke, strong scotch
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong smokey scotch, big sweetness, long alcoholic burn
Overall: like a shot of scotch
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Score: ** /4
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is something else entirely. Aroma wasnít super hot and alcohol laden, just a bit smokey, so I wasnít expecting a lot of burn in the flavor. I was wrong. Fiery, spirituous flavor with notes of leather and smoke. Like Utopias, a much better stand-in for a spirit then a beer.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2010
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
In short: A sickening punch in the mouth. Disgusting.
How: Bottle 22oz. Post-EBF tasting session #2 with east-coast crew. Bottle brought my MrX (his identity shall remain a secret)
The look: Clear dark amber body with almost no head
In long: Ok, how to go about rating a 32% ďbeerĒ? First the thought of sharing a single 12oz bottle between many of us seemed kind of ridiculous. But looking back at it I wish there could have been more of us. So anyway, I get my 1.5oz sample and move aside with my notepad. That thing costs a bundle so letís at least give it a fair review. First, the nose is surprisingly light for such a monster brew. Just some alcohol fumes and light malty notes. Smells like a very cheap scotch. So far it is boring. I wish it could have been boring. Boring is not so bad. Boring is just boring. What comes next is nothing but boring. Unfortunately. I needed something like 6 sips to go through my tiny 1.5oz sample. Thatís how bad this atrocity is. And donít give me that crap about rating it as a liquor. I can drink whisky straight from the bottle. I used to drink fucking Jack Danielís straight from the bottle. And I still could. I just donít want to anymore. But that thingÖ no way. Unpalatable. With each tiny sip I felt like I puked in my mouth, I was making faces and cursing the extreme brewing movement. Thatís all I can say about the taste: puke and alcohol. Thatís it. And to think that a friend of mine paid over $100 for this atrocity. Letís just say that he wasnít too pleased with his investment. Because of the shame I will keep his identity a secret. Letís just call him MrX
Me: How much did you pay for that crap?
MrX: Iíd rather not talk about it. A lot. Over $100.
Me: What the hell were you thinking about Ryan?
MrX: I donít know. But as true as my userid is Rciesla, I will not spend crazy amount of money on a mega-boozy over-hyped beer again. I feel like such a dumbass sucker, please donít tell anyone I did that
Me: Donít worry Ryan Ciesla my friend, your secret is safe with me