esp0r (2459) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ōlbutikken enjoyed at home
Deep copper red, big tanned head. Smells of grapefruit, citrus zests, grass and malts. Taste is medium malty and there is also some sweetness, but itís hard to focus on the body - the finish comes early with this beer. Boom, iím suddenly assulted by bitterness, tons of bitterness. Super hoppy tones of grass, grass, grass and citrus zests. Very nice. After some time enjoying the finish i also notice that the feel is quite nice and a little oily or sticky. Very nice beer, very bitter as expected.
Hammy78 (903) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at "The Blue Monk" in Buffalo, for the Mikkeller tap take over. Pours a dark cloudy mahogany colour, with a off white head some clumpiness and full sheet of lace left behind. Aroma is like you walked into the bush, but the bush is mixed with citrus hops like grapefruit and some pine. Taste is a almost mouth puckering bitter. Thereís so much going on flavor wise. Citrus and pine. Just hits the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat. Drying it up yet not. Itís really like your eating a mouthful of whole dry hops. I really enjoyed this.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber. Aroma is earthy and floral hops. Flavor is anise hops, slight floral notes, along with more earthy hops. Bitterness not so much evident in the flavor, but it has a lingering bitterness that stays on the palate long afterwards. Nice enough, but I would have liked more fruity notes.
obguthr (4905) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry and aspirin nose. Clear auburn medium yellow head. Aspirin, overripe oranges. Bitter aftertaste lingers a long time on the palate. Good, but I donít buy the bitterness for bitterness sake concept.
pete4999 (1311) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. Poured a hazy dark gold with frothy head, long-lasting. Smell is strongly of pine, and taste is similar as well. Certainly bitter, a lot of bite in it. Not an exceedingly deep taste to it. Pretty good, but nothing Iíd go out of my way to seek out, especially considering the price.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Redís. Poured a murky, somewhat fluorescent, medium orange color. The head was thin and yellowish white. Fruity aroma, ala bitter orange juice with additional perfume, pine, and toffee notes. Medium bodied with delicate sugars up front which were brutally suppressed by assertive bitterness. Amongst the most bitter beers Iíve sampled, possibly THE most bitter. There was an array of jumbled flavors that included pine, grapefruit zest, vodka, earthy root, and subdued bitter orange juice. A bit much for me, but worth a try.
BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep orange with lots of sediment. Good hop aroma. Taste is pleasant. Not too citrusy, fairly tame taste-wise for a beer of this nature. Fairly good malt backbone, slight caramel edge with oranges. Nice
ekoerper (596) - Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Aroma: smells like sticking your nose in a bag of hops; pine sap, citrus, very floral, tropical fruits. Pours a very murky amber-light brown, about 1/4" of off-white head, average retention. Flavor is quite bitter, lots of strong pine hop flavors, some grapefruit and tropical fruits, but the pine and resin are dominant. Bitterness is impressive, but somehow the hop and malt flavors come through. Full body, medium carbonation, some astringent bitter aftertaste, which is not surprising given the amount of hops in this monster. Very interesting brew, if done in moderation.
Scopey (10037) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Craft Beer Co. It pours clear amber, with a thin foamy white head. The nose is intense hop, grapefruit, resin, grass, pine, cheese and earth. The taste is resin, grass, pine, intense fiery hop, caramel sweetness and alcohol warmth, with a long, insanely bitter-dry finish. It felt like I was eating raw hops (again) and temporarily destroyed my palate. For me this is an interesting experiment, but it is too extreme to enjoy.
VsXsV (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. Hazy, dark amber liquid with small off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of hop cones, grapefruit, resin, pine and some caramelly malt. Maybe some alcohol. Taste is extremely bitter and also dry. Not balanced at all, but that isnít the intention either. Scores very low on the drinkability-scale. Light to medium bodied with OK carbonation and looong finish. I had to let my mouth rest for a while before ordering the next beer, but my taste buds were a bit off a long while after. A bit of an awakening for a hop head like me, for the first time in a long time Iíve considered a beer "too hoppy". All in all, a really interesting and fun creation but already the 20 cl glass that I ordered was way too much. Really nice aroma though! Gets an extra point in overall since it was a fun experience, but Iím very ambivalent towards this beer. I almost felt a bit sorry for the poor fellow at the table next to me who ordered 40 cl of this.