bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: didn’t write any notes on the spot so trying to do this from memory, dark black with a tan head, malty and coffee aroma, dark fruit, malt, coffee, bitter chocolate flavor, full bodied.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark dark pour nice brown sugar colored head omg the smell is like port wine chocolate coffee nose hair burning alcohol and raisins and earth. taste is throat burnin alcohol with heavy chocolate and burn ruins the palate think this brew would be fifty times better with half the alcohol
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
vanilla, raisin, port, tawny, cobwebs, brown, hazy, tan foam, medium sweetness, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Any beer that comes in at this ABV has to be making a statement indeed. Those punks sure know the meaning of moderation as indicated on the bottle. And, also as stated decide to ignore any semblance of the term when it comes to this beer. I took this out of my boot today and chilled it in the freezer for about 5 minutes max, about the time it took for me to eliminate last nnight’s vindaloo...........oh I guess that isn’t relevant to the rating is it? So, this looks superb in the glass, very dense and syrupy. It laces very well and the cremata of a head sits there in the manner of a delightful macchiato. Nose is all vanilla and chocolate, mmmmm. While the punks state a huge volley of hoips are pitched the bitterness only comes through in the ennd of a satisfying draught. Pudding and some scant spice. Well done you Scottish lads, a cracker of a beer which takes the concept of a sippin ale to new heights.
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Disappearing cream-brown fluffy head over totally opaque beer. Fierce alcoholic/strong drink/dark malts nose. Liquorice, sushi sauce (soy+wasabi) and fusels. Wood. Ethanol. Liquorice. Whisky. Vanilla. Fusels. Peat. Earth. Flowery - this last must be the jasmine, no? Explosive alcoholburn. Smooth and fiery. Outspokenly carbonated. Oh wow. This is really amazing. One of BrewDog’s best tries for me, so far. One to sample with true respect.
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by jbye4334. Pours clear tawny with a large, creamy tan head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast with notes of raisin, plum, prune, date, wood, brown sugar, cranberry, jasmine, and spicy alcohol. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, and lively carbonation. Long duration, heavy sweetness and bitterness, light acidity.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Cap Ale. They had it listed at 13% ABV. This was absolutely not even close to 13%, happy to see that they had it listed here at 18.2%. Pours black, actually had a head for a while. Aroma is intensely chocolate and coffee, with a definite boozy liqour note. Great sniffing beer. Flavor matches - alcohol intensity reminds me of port. Excellent, in the same vein as DFH WWS. But in a way perhaps better executed. Side note - the wife liked this, probably because it was reminiscent of port in some ways. Closer to liquor than "beer." Really good stuff.
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmmm tough one at first I thought this was a mess but as it warmed it improved considerably. Still not up with the big boys though. Really stong cranberry colliding with alcohol on the palate with a long bitter sweet finish. Quite unusual and the french oak gives it a smooth quality that keeps it from being too in your face. A bit confused but at it’s heart it has something going for it.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle 330ml. Full marks. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, herbs, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle bought at Ølbutikken. Solid steady, fawn coloured head. Spotty lacework. The body is black as coal. Sweet malty aroma with warming alcohol. The flavour brings slightly roasted malts, some hints of liquorice, prunes, dark vanilla and woody dryness. Full bodied. Very good sipper (hotel room, Copenhagen 08.05.2010).