Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 50cl bottle. Pours deep brown with fluffy off white head - last a good long while. Aroma: wow! Absolute hop attack with tropical fruit, orange, floral notes & spice all assaulting the senses alongside a huge dollop of sticky caramel malt. Taste is full of tropical notes, deep caramel flavours from the big malt background, harsh citrus zing comes in near the end adding a bit of sourness to the equation - long and full bitterness to finish. Full bodied, outrageously hoppy, absolutely delicious.
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours an opaque ruby colour. Amazing, rich nose, orange, passionfruit, aromatic hoppiness and a touch of marzipan. Some treacle notes in the flavours, with banana, honey, and more marzipan, orange and passionfruit. Totally awesome.
Lonick (1121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewdog Edinburgh - Tap - Dark, if anyone has sailed on Loch Ness well then you would understand just how dark this beer is, its Dark. A little sweet-ish for my tastes but only just, nice fruit, balenced (almost). I’d happily drink it again, a great beer.
zvikar (4118) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours a rusty orange with a decent head, aroma of lemon, pineapple, marmalade, peach, flavor is reach with, marmalade, nice sourness, cherries, tangerine, peach, nice carbonation, full bodied, nice one
nearbeer (4628) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. Opaque dark brown, with a lasting creamy film and delicate lace all around. Aromas of raisin, toffee, light grapefruit, and earthy molasses. Flavor is the same, with a little more earthiness and wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and well balanced. Really seems more of a Norwegian Barleywine, or Strong Ale, but very tasty nonetheless.
McNeillR (2141) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sternly IPA scent, tight brown clumsye. A real double barrell on both a fizz and fuzz palate, finished with a steely zip. Just left of centre in its field. (Draft, Brewdog, Edinburgh)
DSG (10564) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Dagan. Slightly hazy deep amber color. Hoppy piney aroma with a bit of citric malt and some malt. Flavor has some fruitiness with some slightly honey-ish sweetness and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium-bodied.
Beersiveknown (4820) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby amber, lacing of head and a spicy seville marmalde nose. Very fruity up front with a lot of candied orange peel, fruity treacle and slight bitterness in finish.
Pyobon (1251) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Cloudy dark amber with little head. Aroma citrus and floral with some harsher notes in the background. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour starts with plenty of sweet malt and toffee with raisins, port and a hint of orange and moves to a big finish that balances these rich flavours with some nice bitterness. Overall an excellent beer, but perhaps there is a bit of a cacophony of flavours.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle/500ml - Pours a dark ruby-orange-brown in color with small light tan head that settled quickly to a thin covering over the top of the beer, producing some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a heady mix of slightly sweet caramel-toffee malts with some plenty of dark fruitiness and some quite strong pine and citrus hops. Flavor is not nearly as bitter as I expected. The dark fruit along with some peaches/apricots really come on strong in the initial taste and then are beaten to the background by the pine hops. The caramel-toffee malts provide a nice, slightly sweet, balance to the strong hops. Finish is medium bitter and dry. Alcohol in flavor profile is not strong in spite of the high ABV, even for an Imperial IPA. The strong dark fruit flavors give this a bit of a twist, but I like it like it... really good!