Zymurgeist2 (2349) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Out of a bottle at Martin’s West (Thanks, Moira!). Pours a whiskey like burnt orange-brown. Suprisingly clear from what I’d expected. Minimal head but the legs are amazing. Initial hop explosion turns into alcohol warming on the aroma, burning at the end . Almost four distinct flavour profiles on the taste - caramel and floral marry up front, bitterness spike blends with alcohol. Big alcohol warming on the last half and a crazy peat and smoked wood finish to the palate. Stays on the lips as a warming, sweet caramel, smoked treasure chest. Could be anywhere from a 1.0 to 5.0...who know’s what this "beer" is?!?! NosirIwont (2573) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle. Has been open for about a week, but kept tightly sealed. Pours a murky amber brown. No head. Sweet and tart citrus hop aroma, with a hint of old hops (cheese), mixed with fruity/berry notes and an alcoholic sting. Phat flavour; sweet and fruity with hops and malt. The finish is where it’s at though; sweet liquorice, dark fruits, hint of honey and old berries, and a good alcoholic burn lingering to boot. Overall pretty good and interesting, and the alcohol is well-balanced too. But like the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, it just didn’t knock my socks off. 18.05.11. HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Fred’s review indicates that Mr. Ciesla brought this to the EBF tasting. Thanks Ryan, for inflicting this hilarious punishment upon me for showing up late to the tasting.
Compelled by other tasting participants to drink multiple ounces, I obliged myself with a rather hefty pour. Sickeningly sweet hoppy rocket fuel down my throat. Almost gets to the point of being decent. Probably not a whole lot worse than 120 minute, to be quite honest. I guess this is a win, even though I won’t even rate it above a 2.5. phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle shared by Enjoyit. Pours amber with no head. Aroma is nice and hoppy, lots of simcoe, grape, pine, citrus, caramel. This is just an IIPA on steroids. Like in Tactical Nuclear Penguin, the alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma. But the taste has a massive alcohol burn, massive hoppy bitterness, lemon zest, high alpha acid hops. I like Tactical Nuclear Penguin better. RasmusOtt (2850) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Thanks to Enjoyit for sharing!.... Pours amber with no head. Aroma is actually kinda IPA’ish with hops, citrus and alcohol. Taste is alot of hops, huge bitterness, burning whiskey-like alcohol, lemon peel, citrus and extremely dry. This beer is a house ale which should be enjoyed through a funnel alone on your terrace before going to the mall and shop for groceries.
thebeermonk (24) - NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2011
Shared (ofcourse) bottle at Trappistenlokaal ’t Klooster. Liked it better then the T.N.P. Strange how a "beer" this strong can still tast like a beer. Lot’s of hops, but still room for more flavoures... Funny,strange, glad I tried it. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
375 ml bottle
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Rating #1600 - When I heard that this was on the menu of a local restaurant I talked a few people into splitting a bottle. That eased the financial pain somewhat but the only way to really justify a cost like this is that you aren’t likely to see it again. In a way I am glad because I would overall much rather have a case of Expedition Stout than a three ounce pour of this. Definitely a novel experiment they’ve managed to push the notion of beer far past anything recognizable.
Aroma / Appearance - Pouring more like a heavy spirit than a beer it has no carbonation, no head, and sits like lead at the bottom of the goblet. Oily and dense it does not so much pour as ooze from the bottle. Alcoholic warmth is the main aspect but somehow malts, hops, and raisins raise the profile. The total experience is a bit like drizzling fresh honey over oaked bourbon barrels and distilled alcohol.
Flavor / Palate - Syruppy and dense all pretenses of this resembling beer are lost on the first sip. Heavy alcohol hits the tongue like a premium scotch or whiskey. Immediately warming the mouth with a healthy glow it bites back. Some malts and hops do manage to survive the deluge. However I have no idea how one would drink an entire bottle of this. Fortunately because it is so strong you can simply reseal the bottle, drink it another day, and lose almost nothing. I’m glad to have tried it once but I have no desire to sample the Penguin now.
Even a beer with this high of an ABV retains some of its style’s expected properties... not many, but just enough. It has an incredibly clear orange color, like a watered-down IPA (although we all know that’s not water). Airy in the nose, you can’t really smell as much alcohol as you’d think you would, but it really hits your nasal passages once inhaled. Big time. Once the alcohol infiltrates your system it’s hard to tell this is/was even an IPA. Thin and POTENT! Its flavor reminds me of an herb you’d find on a pizza. Hops are detectable, but the alcohol reminds you that this isn’t your everyday imperial or double IPA (quad IPA?). Although stronger than any other IPA I’ve had, the alcohol presence is still very well-disguised. Here’s some perspective: Less than two ounces of this is equivalent to an entire serving of your everyday craft beer. Less offensive than the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and lighter in color, but thinner and almost easier. Warm and spicy on the tongue, this beer kicks you in the mouth like you’ve never been kicked before. A once in a lifetime experience... everyone must try (at least) this once. Everyone. Great job, boys! ekstedt (6948) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 Bottle (33 cl) at Rotary Pub, Göteborg, Sweden. Hazy copper, no head. Intense hoppy aroma, resiny, sweaty. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Harsh bitterness. Luckily we were 11 people sharing a bottle. Still, I could not finish my share of 3 cl. gnoff (10859) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2011
Bottle at Rotary, Göteborg. On April 8, 2011
Clear copper color, no head. Oxidized hoppy scent with some cheese, also citrus. Thick, salty, lemon, booze, banana taste. Warming alcohol, solvents aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Arome is OK, taste, is horrible!