elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7oz corked & caged bottle, difficult to open as the synthetic cork didnít give any grip. First time Iíve used channel locks to open a brew. Recent batch delivered to Georgia. Should be fresh and hopefully will be good considering the $11.99 price tag.
Pours murky copper/brown with lots of floaties and a thick, large foamy off-white head that leaves rings of drippy lacing and holds a rocky island forever.
Aroma is pungent and strong hops, citrus, pine, dank, resinous hops. Incredible strength. Never met more hops per square sniff in my life.
Flavor is resinous hops upon resinous hops, tons of bitterness, some caramel malt that is obliterated by more resinous hop bitterness. An overabundance of hops and I love it!
Mouthfeel is oily, medium to full, medium to high carbonation.
Yes, we are well into the realm of theoretical IBUs, but the bottom line is this is bitter as hell. One-dimensional, but it is the one dimension that I was seeking and expected from this over-the-top brew.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried from the tap at the Sail & Anchor. Tried several times and enjoyed it all times, grapefruit, pine and resin notes, plenty of bitterness and that is the whole point of it.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. I love this beer! This beer reeks of bitterness and is a wonderful experience for all the hop heads out there. The beer pours a deep orange with a good amount of sediment and a solid 2 finger white fluffy head. Amazing nose filled with oranges, fresh pine, grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of pepper. A thick body coats the mouth with a layer of dense bitterness. Citrus notes pop out along with loads of pine. In the background, a sweet caramel malt layer melts into the hop juice. An intense bitter finish leaves the tongue completely scraped and dry. The bitterness lingers for a long time and really makes an impact on the mouth. This has got to be the most bitter beer Iíve had to date - and I love it!
lamas (1546) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL corked & caged bottle. Pours a murky dark copper/rust color with tons of chunky little floaties and a thick and creamy sandy head on top. The aroma features lots of fresh oranges, grapefruits, rinds, pineapples, pine trees, some biscuity maltiness, and a big peppery spiciness. Goes down full-bodied with a major tongue-tingling bite. The taste starts with some drying biscuity maltiness and rye. LOADS and LOADS of grapefruits, rinds, grass, and white pepper follow. Ooh wee! Finishes bitter and resiny as hell! The aftertaste is kinda medicinal. Some warming alcohol throughout. Not exactly the most drinkable brew, but definitely a unique experience.
Tmoney99 (13250) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Pours a cloudy copper color with an average rocky off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture, thin particles and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy hop bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate duration. Very good brew, not great.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was lucky enough to receive this as an extra in a recent trade, and am thankful for that since Iíd feel really ripped off if Iíd plumped for it on my own. How can Mikkeller make such rad beers and such god-awful beers? This is emphatically among the latter. Soupy light brown pour, with a strong sticky head. Nose is harsh yeast and sediment, with some hops on the loose from some asylum. Mouthfeel is sticky and wicked hot. Very little character to the flavor either. Imagine a well aged barleywine. Now imagine more specifically the last inch in that well aged barleywineís bottle. Now imagine a whole beer of that shit. Ta-da!
Maris (1350) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2015 From a 375ml bottle on 23/02/2011. Pours a dark cloudy brown (almost looks like a porter), with a substantial head. Has a huge fresh hoppy aroma with a good dose of caramel malt. The hops explode in the mouth and are joined by an extreme amount of sweet caramel and toffee malt, and some dark fruit. The bitterness is intense and lingers as expected. Thereís a fantastic hop/malt bitter/sweet balance here, and itís actually a relatively easy drinking Imperial IPA. Yet another outstanding beer from Mikkeller. Rating 4.3,
Re-rate: From a 375ml bottle on 27/2/2015. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a moderate head. The nose features lots of fruity hops against a background of caramel. The flavours are huge and complex. Thereís lots of sweet citrus and stone fruit (orange and apricot), berries, grapefruit, caramel malt, brown sugar and treacle. While having a good dash of the sweet, it is defined by the hops which are just huge - spicy, resiny and lingering. My only serious retraction from my initial review is that I wouldnít describe this as an easy drinking imperial IPA. Itís big and challenging, and may be too much for some. But itís an extraordinary brew none the less.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sail and Anchor. Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head. Some orange sediment. A Very intense aroma. Lots of pine and earthy hops with some very rich malts. Flavour is big grassy pine, hop resin, sweet malt backbone. Big BIG hops. Good intensity from a good IPA
Maverick34 (2915) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. A dark resiny orange. The nose is 1000 ibus but the rest of it just tastes like youíre sucking a 2x4. Mediocrity reigns. Not what I was expecting.
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent dark orange. The nose isnít particularly sharp - just intensely pungent - lots of resiny hops, right up front, with actually a decent balance of caramel malts. A sip shows you where that bitterness comes in - inTENSEly bitter, and that taste lingers forever. Although... honestly? If someone told me to guess, Iíd have pegged it at about 150 IBU. Cool to try this one, though!