Papsoe (25060) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an almost clear amber with no head. Very fat and intense hop aroma, juicy and yummy. Massive body, a slight tickle of carbonation on the tongue but the alcohol burns my lips. Very heavy on the caramel, fruity, with a massive bitterness all through the finish. A little wood and fustiness. Not exactly a "balanced beer", but as always an interesting experiment. 010410 Leighton (21874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle at the Ginger Man, NYC. Pours a cloudy, amber-red with very little head. Strong hop aroma with pine, citrus and alcohol. Flavor has some sweetness like caramel and lots of earthy, fruity, resiny bitterness. The body is thick and full, with slight carbonation and tons of warmth. Finishes hoppy with lingering bitterness and boozy burn. Not too shabby. Rasmus40 (21474) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2011
Clear amber without head. Aroma is very sweet, quite alcoholic and rather hoppy - citrus. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet finish with burning alcohol. Better than the Penguin. 260511 fiulijn (20992) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Tasting at Papsø, thanks to Yespr!Theydon_Bois (20214) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Hazy amber color; a few thin bubbles disappear quickly. Very nice hop aroma, fruity, a bit sweaty; fine alcohol too; actually the combination of alcohol and hops gives a nice result.
There should be caramel flavor, but with all the alcohol, the attention is quickly detoured; the mouthfeel, even if not thick, is extremely oily; there is some toffee and liquorice flavor.
The bitterness is massive but purposeless, the palate, besides being busy with all this, is not so interesting; it’s even a bit dusty. My mouth will burn with hops and alcohol for the next hour, I would prefer a Bowmore for that.
The aroma is very nice, but overall it’s not a beer I will crave for.
Nip at Brew Dog Camden - 21/12/12.
Dark amber no head, still as.
Nose carries more flavours than I expected having rated TNP previously which was booze forward in terms of aroma. I picked up light pine, tropical fruit notes, booze still dominates and is pretty intense so much as to make the nose tingle a little, a bit like hot mustard!
Taste comprises dark orange rind, caramelised sugar, a decent hop presence, pine, booze - lots of it!
Full full full body, cloying and rich.
Overall a decent sipper, more flavours broke through the alcohol than I’d expected.
harrisoni (19023) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle at The Rake launch of the beer. Wow this is just so much better than I even thought it could be. Big intense hops, which are strangely really well balanced, dry frozen with Amarillos. In mouth, yes some hot alcohol as you would expect, but the malts really do actually carry the intense hop through it onto a finish that lingers all week. The hops, my god the hops. Stunning really and so much better balanced than you would think and better than the Penguin I thought. Would be perfect with some 3 year old aged gouda cheese. saxo (18960) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
Sample at Copenhagen beerfestival. Small head with short duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are extreme hops, alcohol, caramel and malt. rlgk (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2010
Sample at Stockholm Ber Festival 2010. Golden color, no head. Malty fruity aroma, of course with some alcohol. Malty flavor with hoppy grassy notes. And alcohol... mcberko (18434) - 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. chrisv10 (17936) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with no head. Flavour is malt, hops, alcohol, burning and bitter.