ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. Pours a hazy mid-amber, with lots of floating sediment - Iím guessing, given the beer, that he sediment is not the usual yeast, but is instead hops. Its large off-white head lasts well and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is, oddly enough, extremely hoppy, to the exclusion of anything else. Grapefruit, pine resin and some weak floral notes are the main aromas. There is a brief moment of nothing much at the start, before an absolute avalanche of bitterness hits. White pepper and an almost chilli-like burn assault the tastebuds in a way that no other beer that I have tasted does. A touch of ginger plays a supporting role, much as it would in a fiery curry, and a hint of pine is introduced in the body. The merest touch of caramel malt appears towards the finish, before being overcome by grapefruit and pine in the aftertaste. After swallowing, the front of the tongue especially is left with a similar prickling, stinging sensation to that left by strong chilli on the lips. An insane brew, this stretches the limits of beer like nothing else I have encountered. Being both a lover of extreme beer and a certified (or certifiable?) hop-head, the sense of anticipation I had before this beer was immense. It didnít disappoint. A gibbering, raving lunatic of a beer. Great stuff.
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. July 2011.
An inferno of bitterness, the aroma is heavy with sticky resin and pine with some grapefruit notes. The taste and mouthfeel is just as extreme with a heavy dominating bitterness. Though itís not bad, defiantly drinkable if youíre looking for something really bitter. I can see myself enjoying this!
burkyburk (16) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a true to form IPA. I feel privileged to have enjoyed it. The hops were spot on and very powerful.
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-brown with a thick grey head when poured from a generous angle. Pleasant dusty aroma with a lot of hops (of course) but also with a malty caramel-base. The flavour is surprisingly balanced for a such a hop monster. The hops are aggressive, but the malt keeps it in check. It burns a bit though, but considering the high alcohol, thatís no surprise. The texture is creamy, almost sticky with flat to no carbonation. I could not drink a whole bottle of this, but itís a great sipping beer.
Mad_Ferret (965) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bishops Arms Folkunga.
Murky redish brown with a nice creamy yellowed head that leave a nice film on the glass.
Aroma is superhoppy with lots of pine, resin, herbs and some catt piss. Just the bitter stuff. In the background caramel, grapefruit, mango and peach puts up a good fight but lose in the end. Same goes with the flavour. Its an onslaught of bitterness that puts camp in the back of your mouth and never seem to stop pounding. Like Omhper said, its a freak but still it kind of works. Like training martial arts, afterwards it feels good though you got a good beating.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle from State Line Liquors at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter citrus and resiny hops with a nice toffee mop backbone. The taste is bitter citrus, resiny and herbal hop notes. Some faint maltiness, but the bitterness dominates. Medium-full bodied.
davidm (2057) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at biero. Masterpiece, massive beer. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and dark fruit. Taste has perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.
esp0r (2665) - 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 (957) - 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 (3709) - 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.