Sigmund (5447) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 32%. Sold as "spirits / hard liquor" ( 4 cl shots) in Norway. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black. No head nor carbonation. Strong aroma of fusel alcohols, oaky and roasty notes, hints of smoke. Intense flavour of smoke, tar and salt. Moderately bitter finish. To be honest, this was not very good.
popery (1535) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 City Beer Store, BrewDog night. How exactly do you rate these super high alcohol beers? I didnít enjoy it and wouldnít ever pay their asking price, but I also donít want to pan it as itís an interesting exercise in brewing. In terms of appearance, itís dark brown with lighter highlights and no head. Pretty good legs, I guess. The smell is sorta acrid. Bitter walnut shells and booze dominate the aroma. Thereís some big smoke and, maybe, caramel, but itís all just kinda odd. I was expecting it to taste more like whiskey, but itís much too dirty and rough - makes me appreciate proper distillation. Anyway, the flavor is even boozier and lacks the smoothness that I think necessary for this much alcohol. Itís not awful and thereís a chance it could be quite good with a long, long stay in the cellar. Iím definitely not won over to the super high alcohol beers, though I definitely appreciate the effort.
ilovedarkbeer (2374) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Cool bag on the outside. Pours a nice dark tawny color with no head. Notes of soy, roasted malt, pure grain alcohol, and raisins. Hard to get many descriptors because this thing is so damn hot. Sticky long lasting mouthfeel.
tomthompson89 (1922) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great concept and I do loe Brewdog, but not one I liked. poured thin dark and with little head. nose was smoke peat and booze. flavor followed suit you can definatly taste the scotch barrels, but little else about the beer. too thin
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Almost no head and very dark brown. Smoke city, in the aroma,and in the taste. Almost pure smoke and peat, impeding drinkability. A touch of lace. Average mouthfeel. A little Scotch
MeadMe (1338) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ratebeer Winter Gathering thanks to Diego.
A: Pours a deep brownish black with no head.
S: Evil smelling. A blend of liquid smoke, soy sauce, dirt, ash, and devils breath.
T: Earthy as hell. To call it smokey is an understatement. Lots of peat and moss with dirt still attached. The booze is there and does not even try to hide itself.
M: On the fuller side of medium, earthy, very bold.
D: Not at all. take an ounce or two of this one and sip for awhile. It really is not as bad as people say it is just overthetop in every way.
thirdeye11 (5671) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle thanks to James at BrewDog! Best by 2020) deep brown with absolutely HUGE alcohol legs that last forever. Nose of alcohol, butterscotch, maple and whiskey. Rich aroma. Taste is rich, alcohol, smoke, barbecue and ash. Nicely done and pushes what is possible in beer!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle thanks to thirdeye11 via james at brewdog) Pours a clear dark brown, red hues, no head. Aroma isnít very strong, notes of light peat, burnt caramel, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, burnt caramel, wood, faint peat and a 9 volt battery. Mouth feel is very heavy body with no carbonation. Overall, WoW! Certainly worth a try!
vtafro (4042) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle thanks Rciesla, at post EBF tasting. When a 1 ounce pour is more than enough, you know something is different. Black pour with a slight head. Huge boozy bourbon, peat and smokey aromas. Huge warming, well what would you think, taste more like a whiskey than beer. Now to try StB.
olsvammel (3701) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost pitch black with a minimal ring of foam on the side of the glass.
Booze, whisky, wood, mostly oak.
Lots of booze and alcohol. Almost like drinking a smoky whisky. Also allot of licorice.
Dry, medium smooth, thick body.
Wow what an experience! This is an exceptional beer. It is very alcoholic and has lots of booze in both the smell and flavour. It tastes almost like a whisky but in a beer form.
Itís definitely a beer to lean back and sip at. But is it good? Hard to say, I have mixed feelings about the beer. I wouldnít order it again as it is way to strong for my taste. I would prefer it with allot of flavour but with less alcohol. But yet again the main purpose of the beer is for it to be strong. Considering it as an extremely strong beer I actually like it, not a new favourite but good. Lots of flavour, lack of balance but still nice.