maledictum (713) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUN 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown edges and not much of a head to speak of. The aroma is mazzive Port Wine Vintage with hints of oak, dark charred sugars, and a massive ethanol presence. The flavor comes through with caramelized molasses, chocolate, vanilla, booze, wood, and more booze. The palate is medium to full with little effervescence and a warming finish. Really tasty, and one of Brew Dog’s better offerings.
chrisv10 (12505) - DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Very dark brown with tiny tan head. Flavour is roasted malts, vinous, notes of alcohol, sweet, little liquorice, dark fruit, hops and plume.
stouby (4039) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at DBF 2011.
Dark red with a brown head. Aroma alcohol, malt (caramel), fruit (craneberries). The flavor is sweet and sour, vinous and some alcohol felt. Fantastic.
johnnnniee (2827) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a solid black with a surprisingly large tan head that dissipates quickly to form a ring. Smells of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, treacle, sweet dark fruits, a non-descript floral component, and a hint of alcohol. Wow this really has a lot going on in the aroma! Taste is sweet with thick chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars, a little fruit and a lot of harsh alcohol. Leaves a long lingering sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and vodka in the finish. Thick body, light carbonation, creamy Hershey’s chocolate syrup type mouthfeel. This one packs a punch! Its a sipper for sure, but I would have liked the alcohol burn to be a bit less harsh. I enjoyed this one for most of the night.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woo-muthafeckin’-hoo! Quite an incredible beer, this one, one of my fvourite ’crazy-spec’, high ABV, high price beers. 1/3 pint, on tap at BrewDog Edinburgh. Enticing black colour which, oddly, actually has a small head. Scent of alcohol is quite strong, and a lot going on simply in the overall aroma. This translates to the taste - chocolate, honey, caramel, coffee, liquorice. It seems to take your tastebuds by the scruffs of their necks and beats them about until they run away crying and giving the beer their pocket money. By which I mean this is intense, very intense. Absurd, even, and I love it.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just had a Dogfish Head World Wide Stout before this, so much of this review may seem like a comparison to that beer. The aroma is similar to WWS, but a little more "UK". Sweet, meaty, and oh-so hearty. Much darker, practically black, with a light/medium brown head. Alcohol is soft as well, but a little harsher than WWS. Flavor is great, but really... not as good as WWS. Meaty, fibrous, and hefty. Alcohol is more apparent than it is in WWS. Smooth down the throat, a little spicy. Really good, but too easy for what I thought this would be. I almost expected more from BrewDog in this... it seems the higher the ABV they get the less they care about flavor and overall experience. They may be focusing too much on upping the ABV and caring less about producing a good flavor (not that I could do a better job!). I can’t tell too much once they get high enough in the ABV, so that’s okay, and maybe that’s the reasoning. Middle-road between a hyper-beer and a normal beer (classifying this 18.2% as such) you can tell where things get lost. Still, an incredibly good beer, but I think I’d prefer a WWS. Less sweet than WWS, a little drier if anything.
erickok (4246) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Wood, coffee, cream and raisin. Very concentrated flavour with powerful sweetness and backup hops. A sipper that can almost be enjoyed like a whisky. (33cl bottle, 9,95 EUR) (Rating re-indexed)
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and mysterious. Despite the high alcohol content a strong smokey and fruity flavor is the backbone of this offering but make no mistake this stuff is potent.
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle ’cellared’ for about a year, shared with Octo. Pours oily and deep with a creamy beige collar shrinking to the edges of the glass. Aroma of soy sauce, carob, locust bean, malt loaf drenched in sticky sweet port and sherry. Orange liqueur warmth on the palate; gentle roast, soy and Xmas pud, burn like ginger. Light orange and floweriness on the belch, even some milk choc. The Belch is more interesting than the beer; orange smarties steeped in port and soy sauce. Black Jacks as it warms. Tooth-rot sweetness with not enough hop or roast for my liking, a little flimsy at twice the strength of Hardcore. Still, drank my share and in about 15 mins with no discernible ill effects. Good sessions beer, but whatever exotic ingredients The Dog sprinkle in it they make for an underwhelming experience I’m unlikely to repeat at a tenner a bottle. A beer of 18%+ has got to beat me over the head with character; make me gasp, get a buzz on, go dancing, re-hallucinate what beer can be....or I just don’t see the point.
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared a 12oz bottle thanks to willblake back in March. 18%abv! Yes it was. Rum cake, ginger bread, had ery sweet notes. Poured a coca-cola color and had a lot of setiment on the bottom of the bottle. Figs and dried fruits were highlighted.