zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: hazy dark orange/brown pour. arouma is citrus and wheat grass juice, danky hops. Up front you actually do get some sweet malts, a hint of caramel. The hops come up next and rushes up like a freight train, reaching a cresendo of extreme hoppy flavor and astringent bitterness and planty. lots of plantiness in the finish. Nice soft body, smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The beer takes a lot of work to get through, I wouldn’t recommend going solo on a bottle, but enjoy in sips!
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to zdk for a birthday bottle. Pours hazy copper/brown, bit of tan head that sticks around. Aroma is all hops, lots of flash squeezed orange, grass, floral, citrus, pine. Dry and fairly bitter, a bit harsh, herbal hop finish that lingers on and on. Overall very solid, regardless of the bitterness, quite a drinking experience.
avantdagare (147) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 375ml bottle, served in snifters and shared with two friends. 1" beige head. Dark reddish amber body. Nose: Anise and pine needles. Taste: Powerful tounge-numbing, "The king of Demark" (norwegian camphor sweets eaten only by old people), cough syrup (hop syrup?), anise, pine needles. Very dry with a woody aftertaste and masked alcohol. Lovley!!!
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber. Aroma is very hoppy. Taste is all hops. fairly bitter taste. Not my favorite beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Man not often has a beer left me speechless. This is one of those times another time was mikkeller black. Meh nostalgic beer. Overly bitter & astringent.
brinehart (212) - Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Max’s in Baltimore. Hazy auburn pour. Nose..like the rest of the beer...is all about hops. Huge pine aroma. Just like a glass of spruce sap. Huge pine and grapefruit hop flavors - Simcoe hops? Finish is super bitter - my mouth was numb! WTF?!? Never thought I would say this, but this beer is too bitter. No real balance at all...it would have to have an enourmous terminal gravity to get enough malt in there to balance these hops! Full mouthfeel. Some alcohol presence as it warms. This was an exciting beer with tons of hype - I’m glad I tried it, but not what I would consider a very drinkable beer.
Zoney (144) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml. Pours redish, brown on a short tan/white head. Aroma of hops. Taste is intence, aftertaste a little bitter. Taste also bitter, turning a little "old" in the end. Generally better then the barrel aged one in my opinion.
emacgee (4243) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Only way I was tasting this was if the bottle shop manager opened it. He did. Pours a clean copper amber with one finger of amber head. Rich resinous nose with some diacetyl and pine. Way astringent and bitter , almost soapy. Bleh, coating tannic palate.
mixmasterob (925) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another delight to see @ my home store. I am a sucker for all things these dudes brew. Dark murky orange pour with a creamy beige head, faded to a thin film and left lots o’ lace. Aroma was lots of citrus fruits and caramel malt. Like candied hops, lots of caramel. Flavors were brutally bitter, notes of caramel sweetness, floral fruity hops, some citrus. Long, long lingering bitter finish, damn. This is a palate wrecker by definition. Mouthfeel was full, carbonation big yet not fizzy. I loved this one.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 This beer is art. OMFG, OMFG, OMFG. There is an INSANE amount of hops in this beer. Complex hops flavors too, bitter resin, pine... but then citrus, grapefruit, sour unripened berries. There is a good amount of sugary, malty, caramel sweetness to this beer as well, which tames the unbelievable hop content with artful grace. Even the mouthfeel is well calculated. It starts out crisp and lively, and then smooths off in to a silky texture that helps relieve the bitter shock you receive from the hops. Absolutely incredible... only the aroma needs work. Pliny is perfect in the aroma department, this is close.