Brandman (2955) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 4, 2011
Dark mahogany body, small tan head. Aroma of hop oils, alcohol, caramel, portwine, raisins. Flavour has roasted liqourice, caramel, cognac, alcohol, raisins. Out of balance, oily some bitterness but more from the alcohol. mcberko (18389) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 12 oz. bottle from the brewery, split with Matts_Property and a few others - had a 4 oz. sample for myself, which was way more than needed. Pours a vibrant orange amber. The aroma is ridiculously insane - intense hop oils, liqueur and of course, copious alcohol - sort of like a hop liquor. The flavour offers no mercy either, with a ridiculously hoppy
palate amplified with liqueur and a colossal alcohol blast to bring out the hop juices more so - doesn’t exactly feel like 41% (more like 20% or so). Sort of a turpentine / paint thinner quality also. Glad I got to try this, but I can’t say this is exactly enjoyable. Tactical Nuclear Penguin is more enjoyable. Quite the experiment here. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle from the brewery, split with mcberko. Pours a clear mahogany with no head. Aroma and flavour of syrup, alcohol, and quite spicy. Initial flavour is sweet, the the alcohol kicks in sharply. Easier to appreciate the alcohol flavour after a few sips. Leaves a lovely warming spirit-like sensation in your chest. Glad i was fortunate to try it. Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011. Thanks Ryan for bringing this one.rosenbergh (11653) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2011
Appearance : Clear amber with no head.
Aroma : Nice hops with notes of fruity peaches.
Taste : Very syrupy and hoppy. Veru syrupy finish with bitter hops and note of peaches. Finish is very messy and astringent. Very hot also (like one would expect).
Overall : Nose was rather nice. Nice hops and everything but taste is too messy and syrupy. Also way too hot. I agree that one is to expect something very hot and syrupy but.... I’m glad I tried it once but I don’t expect to try this again.
330 ml bottle. Batch #2. From Scotland. My rating #2 000.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - MAR 27, 2011
Clear mahogany colour with no head.
Portwine, cognac, strong bitter hops, malt, brown sugar, sweetness and strong maltiness once again in aroma. Flavour is very strong in every way. Burning alcohol. Everlasting bitterness and alcohol burning. As DIPA this is not that good but as 41% alcohol drink this is quite drinkable. Quite unusual. No need for another though.
Very cool. Got a few sigs out of my buddies bottle. Its thick, syrup, sweet, coffee, hoppy, DIPA, roast malts and hop afterbite, its so distinct and over the top and strong its very bold, but different. Really cool. Oh, did I mention 41% ABV altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Small glass at Beer Temple. Dark amber with no head. Nose is medicinal and highly potent. Texture also very syrupy. Taste medicinal, sweet, alcy, with notes of licorice, port and chocolate. Quite warming. The hops were spotable but way to much drenched in alcohol. Reminds me a bit of an ijsbock. Anyhow, fun trying. dnstone (3442) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Copper-orange in color with no head. It has a syrupy-sweet, hoppy, alcohol-tinged aroma...like a hoppy tequila haha. The taste starts sweet and IPA-like then quickly becomes aggressive with alcohol tones and a serious hop strength. The hop tones are floral. The alcohol is very warming and it lasts long after a sip...it actually boarders on a burn (in a good way!). I enjoy this one quite a bit, like a liqour.
Notes: Pour from a bottle at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
First sample was room temperature
aromas of citrus hop, grapefruit, strawberries.
looks like an amber ale, no head, no bubbles
hops are in the background and there are a lot of fruity aromas
thick but not as thick as TNP
very bitter, long finish
it should have been chilled
second sample was chilled
smells the same (great!) slightly fizzier and still burns my lips a bit (due to the alcohol)
definitely nicer chilled
maybe more strawberry flavour comes out and hints of orange now as well
there is soooo much happening in this beer but the alcohol makes it hard to sift through.
i could possibly buy the TNP again but not this. alcohol obscures the beer wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle at home from Carringtons, Chorlton. Slightly hazy burnt orange coloured pour with no head. Powerful, sweet, alcohol heavy and hop laden aroma with notes of vanilla and tropical fruits. Slightly sticky syrupy mouthfeel, but slid down silky smooth. The flavour had all the characteristics of the nose with some caramel malts and spice present too, plus of course a big warming boozy kick in the nuts. Whilst obviously being evident, overall the 41% ABV is very well masked. Immense hop bitterness that just goes on and on like the duracell bunny. In beer terms this is the personification of pushing the envelope. A fantastic drink.