TheHulk (485) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, this much overkill really does taste good! There is just something wierd about the smell, like old B.O. or old people sitting around in older chairs... itís just off-putting. Itís from Mikkeller so it looks amazing, this particular hue of amazing is a very deep reddish brown, very red. You can only see the colours around the edges where the light gets through. If they made IPA into a candy and then made that candy into a beer so all the kids who grew up on hops candy could drink their childhood memories, this would be that beer. With a smell that reminds you that you, too, are going to get old some day, so put it in 10X overdrive! This beer is my first 20 Overall.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle.. 375 mil, drunk at home.
Pours a great white head, looks apaque roasted brown. Aroma is pure bang on the hops, pine, hey, straw, pineapple, grapefruit, fresh bread, gorgeous. Taste is Speyside whiskey, gorgeous chocolate malt, succulant lingering grapefruit clashes against pineapple, cream soda, fresh bread, vanilla, oak, wood chips, Speyside whiskey and a big lumpy mouth feel. This is a magical ipa and something Mikkeller should be very proud of. This baby is complex and aggressive and off the scale IBU. What is amazing is how bloody well balanced and drinkable this is which is a testimony to the work. Burning peppery finish and long. Iím so gob smacked yet again. Sheer class and DONíT STOP THIS.
Noudsch (69) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber, compact head. Hoppy smell with some wood. Strong wood flavour. Big bitter hop taste. Nice bitter aftertaste.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Savvy1982. Thanks very much Kyle....I think. High expectations for this one. Sex in a bottle? Pours murky brown, large head. Settles to about a half inch. Aromas are strong. Alcohol and fire right away. Some gasoline as well. Sounds horrible, but itís not. I get big strong mean hops. deep caramel, lots of earthy notes, resin and some burnt notes as well. First taste burns like hell, then creates a fire in the back of the throat. Reminds me of the screaming mosquito from Bushwakker. Lots of heavy malts, some resin and lots of hops. Some more earthy notes too. Spicy herbs as well. Body is fairly full and very mean. Some sweetness comes through after burping. This is an aggressive IPA, I need more.
yespr (28651) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy deep amber with a huge creamy and tan head. Aroma is malty, caramelish and light fruity. Mild smoked and dark malty. Smooth smoked, roasted and only vague hoppy and bitter. Lingering lovely malty and dense roasted caramelish. Bitterness nicely breaking the smoked notes into the finish. Fantastic.
robinvboyer (2762) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of citruc hops, mixed with lots of wood. Big woodsy flavors and aromas, like sniffing a plank of spruce or pine, but with touches of vanilla, and dried dark fruits. The body was a little viscous, and finished not as bitter as i had expected. A great sipping beer, well worth it if you can find it.
Vaiz (2939) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at 2nd BBF @ De Molen. What an overload to the senses. Everything is in there, starts sweet and even somewhat bocky, but then come along the hops followed by an almost smokey finish. Great brew.
canuck_j (52) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
AROMA: Big piney hops and malt with a wood -like note
APPEARANCE:very dark cloudy coppery colour .3/4" head of tan.Laces nicely
TASTE: Wow big barley wine-like malts with notes of dried fruit and brown sugar, as well as caramel, toffee, raisins, and of course hops. Aftertaste is of whisky , alcohol, and wood.
PALATE: big full bodied flavour with a bitter hop finish. Good carbonation for an IPA.
OVERALL: Wow, what a BEER!! this is an extremely complex, full flavoured beer that I donít seem to have enough descriptors for. Very, very good beer, approaching a barley wine or an old English ale, but with big hops. Excellent.
Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown head with off-white head, Aroma is cedar, earth, smoke and some hops. Taste is much of the same, but the hops tend to be missing. A great barrel aged beer, but there I am lacking the hops.
VertBaconStrips (1951) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excited to try this. No let down! WOW! What an awesome beer! Poured out a very very dark red crystal clear brew (only 3/4 of a bottle at this point - I looked into the bottle and I see stuff), massive tan foamy cap that leaves so much permanent lacing that Iíll probably just throw my glass away. Iím pretty messed right now! Listening to Pennywise for 4 hours. The aroma is so fine.. man.. so fine! Strong appealing aromas of wood, faint smoke maybe, solid fruit punch, hints of pine and pineapple, very fragrant, caramel, whisky, mmmmmmm. more wood, light alcohol maybe. Maybe Iím on my second bottle and maybe I wonít get to work until 10 tomorrow. This aroma works for me at a high level. The taste is also exceptional. Heavy on wood with a hint of alcohol and peat, man, I love the aroma. back to flavours: thick malts of caramel, light toast, toffee. Huge bitterness that is not a distraction - I wonder if my stomach and related organs will suffer? Syrupy goodness, bit of pine, grapefruit, citrus, more caramel, prune, hints of chocolate? 25-75 on that one. Some tropical qualities, more wood. Excellent. Hints of smoke at best. Goes back very smooth and thick, lingering bitterness and obvious wood. I have wood. I also have an excuse not to go to work in the morning. Another another bottle is in order down the road.