buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this nuclear drink at the Brewdog meeting at Craftheads back in feb. 2010. Truly a mindblowing brew. Difficult to classify as "beer" but works well as a bridge between whiskey and beer. Very very strong alcohol flavors...but fun to share and sip!
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - SEP 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkbrown color, no head. Whisky, smoke, tar, vanilla in the aroma. Also some chocolate and toffee. Flavour is whisky, chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Medium to fullbodied, very soft carbonation. Fun to try!
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is like a beef jerky liqueur, taste is hot, hurts the lungs, very smoky, complex, should suck but is actually very damn good.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, batch 5, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a brown body with crazy legs. Aroma of butter, caramel, wood, diesel fuel, smoke, tar, and butterscotch. Flavor of wood, alcohol, ash, and roasted malt with a dry finish.
anders37 (19331) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brownish/black color with a small fast disappearing off-white head. Has a smoky roasted caramel aroma with alcoholic hints. Roasted malty licorice and caramel flavor with smoky hints and some hints of alcohol. Has a warming roasted malty smoky licorice finish.
berlinoise2go (665) - NORWAY - AUG 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Øl og Mat 2010, Oslo. Rich herbal and malty nose. Alcoholic, herbal taste. I don’t really associate this with beer, it’s more like Fernet Branca with a dash of malt. Intriguing though.
RyansRatings (43) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber golden colour, coppery hue. Still. An enormous nose; polished boards, raisin, spice, cream, cocoa. Epic. Enticing. The spicy, hot palate delivers warm dried fruit flavours. Very hot, prickly and raisiny. Lengthy, hot raisiny, spicy mulled wine aftertaste. Fails to match the nose. I don’t know what to make of it. If indeed it is a beer, then it certainly raises the bar, in terms of interest. However, if distillation makes it something else, it’s at best an average, interesting spirit.
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown-red-black with almost no head. A smoky deeply sweet nose, with traces of caramel, alcohol and wood. 32%? I can’t believe it; extremely well hidden strength. Leaves small legs on the glass, very smooth. Sweet, making me think of Tokay again (as did Tokyo*). Chocolate and some ripe fruit. Much better than I thought it would be. An Internet classic: I wish I could afford having a few bottles at home because it’s a damn good sipper to share with select friends!
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[330ml bottle, Cornelius Beer & Wine, Edinburgh] Really impressive stuff, it pours utterly tar black and sits there menacingly. Has a massive peaty smokiness about it, both in the aroma and taste – reminiscent of Islay single malt. Clearly meant to be sipped, drunk as a de-facto spirit (which it may actually be depending on your definition of brewing), it’s got a very whisky-like warming burn as it goes down. In context (with a Burns supper?) it would be very good indeed, or drunk by a roaring fire with snow on the ground. I would definitely drink this compared to most spirits, just a pity the price is quite prohibitive. As my friend said “I can imagine Russians drinking this…” [01/01/2010]
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Poured a dark brown, very little bubbles. This was very interesting, I got a ton of smoke flavor. It smelled like a camp fire. At 31 percent it burned and it is a definite sipper.