Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle served at the Common Table in Dallas.
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the alcohol along with some brown sugar and piney hop notes. The beer smells a lot like a super-hopped American Barleywine.
The flavor is more of the same with a few notes added. I get a ton of alcohol - which is expected when the beer is 82 proof. However, as the beer warms, I also get a lot of the resiny and piney hops, as well as a lot of caramel malt. There is a ton of alcohol in the flavor and the beer is very warming as you drink it. It may not taste like 41 percent, but the beer definitely tastes like a drink that is 15 plus percent alcohol by volume. That being said, even with all of the alcohol, the beer is drinkable and tastes like a quadruple IPA or whatever BrewDog wants to classify this beer.
The beer is completely flat and has a medium to full mouthfeel. A very interesting beer. Not sure if it is worth the price, but definitely something worthy of trying one time if you can get it at the right price. deyholla (12589) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Sampled from the bottle. Poured a clear sappy amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma had a bit of caramel and sweet grain but was mainly just full of extremely hot alcohol that burned the nose. Flavor was more complex with caramel, sweet grain, molasses, raisin, syrup, grass, a hint of pine and resin. The finish was still intensely boozy, but much less so than the nose. Warms the tummy. gowdy (1116) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2010
Nip at Craig’s house. Wow. It is beer but I couldn’t drink a whole bottle. Very heavy taste. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
In short: Sweet malts, A LOT of alcohol (d’uh!) and pine-tree hops. A bad idea done rightAdenila (1560) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
How: Bottle sample at Saint-Bock, Montreal
The look: Clear dark golden body with no head
In long: Nose is obviously all alcohol but somehow manages to stay clear of higher alcohol/fusel territory. Taste has some caramel, maple syrup, a ton of alcohol and inexplicably a nice pine-tree hops presence. I never thought the hops could pierce through the wall of alcohol but they do. Minimal carbonation and syrupy body. Obviously I found it too boozy to be enjoyable but I must admit that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected and much much much better than their terrible Tactical Nuclear Penguin. It was a fun experience and Brewdog did a good job with it. But a 40% beer is just a bad idea. That leapfrog game that Brewdog and other breweries are playing to make the strongest beer in the world has got to stop. This is the worst games since W_eel _f F_rt_ne.
Sampled at "the strongest beer in the world" tasting session on Ørsted Ølbar.Orange look with no head. Extreme pine hop aroma with lots of skunk/pot and alchohol. Strong bitter flavor with the piney/skunky hops comming through in the moutharoma aswell of course along with the alchoholic burning finish. Still a nice experience.
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle for Christmas from my uncle! (loveliest ever!) This stuff looks like oily pondwater, smells of botanical disinfectant with a bit of sour milky yeast. But is bz far one of the loveliest liquids to ever touch mz lips. But then i am a complete nutter who loves hops. DEVINE MADNESS KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2010
official BrewDog tasting in Oslo.
IPA-like nose. Hops, herbs, mint. You feel intoxicated by the aroma alone. The flavour is liquor-like, it has cough syrup, very herbal. Very bitter. More toothpaste than beer. But keep them coming! badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2010
From a wonderful coworker as our Christmas Day treat on the job, out of a paper coffee cup. Dark copper color with no head. Monster hop aroma. Sherry and toffee. Big toffee and caramel flavor. Burning hop bitterness. Very syrupy. Smashingly bitter orange. Really enjoyed this. Crazy bitterness, but delicious.larsniclas (7297) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
By the way, it eventually started eating through the paper cups. Awesome.
Sampled at SBWF-10
Some sweet fruits and hops but mostly an overwhelming alco-chock! chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Deep amber in color with no carbonation. Nose is just awesome. Big hop aroma despite high alcohol - very surprising. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Nice spicy hop flavor, followed by alcohol warming. Overall a great beer for one this big.