LoFi (1708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2011 Bottle. Pitch black with a cappuccino head. Aroma: alcohol, acetone, nail polish remover. After a while some chocolate and licorice. Taste: salmiak, alcohol, sweet onions. In the background chocolate, berries, vanilla. Full-bodied, oily, medium carbonation.
Way too fresh, I think. A pity, the last time I tried it it there was still lots of alcohol, but also a lot of chocolate, licorice and wine gums. I have to rate it after what’s in the glass though.
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Geln’s bevereage.
Appearance : Pitch black almost no head.
Aroma : Lots of sweetness, molasses, raisins, figs. Very rich and sweet.
Taste : Lots of molasses, sweet roasted malt. Lots of alcohol. Finish has real nice raisins and figs with lots of alcohol.
Overall : Very sweet but very rich and complex. Nice notes of molasses, figs and raisins but overdue. Alcohol was quite present even if sweetness did it’s best to mask it. Overall big sweet and alcoholic beer. Not very cohesive. A bit messy. Disapointing and too expensive.
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Murky, Dark Brown pour with amber highlights; modest beige head that does not retain well into this glass - the nose is syrup, port, chocolate, and booze. The flavor profile is very sweet, syrupy, dark fruits, vinousness, oak, and a bit of bitterness at the finish. Ultimately though, this thing is a boozy desert beer, isn’t it
Mjollnir (396) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL bottle with a high class of wank on the label. Pours hazy dark red-brown with a thin tan head that settles to a ring and a faint swirl on the surface. The aroma’s sweet, malty and floral with dried fruit, fortified wine, a little oak and lots of alcohol. Fairly sweet and alcoholic flavour with some dried fruit, grapes and a little roasted malt. Full bodied, thick, almost syrupy, soft carbonation, not amazingly smooth, quite hot and a sweet and roasty finish.
maledictum (745) - 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 (14821) - 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 (4418) - 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 (3660) - 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.