HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Fredís 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 wonít even rate it above a 2.5. 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. kingstoni (2079) - FINLAND - NOV 7, 2012
4 cl from a previously opened bottle. Dark reddish copper color with no head. Strong aroma of caramel, sugar and alcohol. Flavors are salt, cyrup caramel. Oily and sticky feel. Nice warming finish from alcohol. dfearnley (2071) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
2 year old bottle to shot glass
Smells like an IPA syrup, with some booze, chili, and oregano. This doesnít smell as good as it did 2 years ago, but itís still pretty rocking. Colour is an opaque reddish brown with no head. Lots of pepper, chili, booze, oil, and ending with a slam of hoppy bitterness. tmrmwel (2058) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
Sample @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours dark amber and without any signs of head at all in the small sampler glass used. Aroma is actually quite malty, with oak, tobacco and roasted malts, but thereís also a hoppy, almost vanilla-ish, sweetness. And lots of alcohol. Of course. Feels like the hops are drowning a bit behind the high ABV. Flavour is sweet and fruity, with rather strong liquorice and tobacco presence, as well as the same hoppy vanilla-like notes found in the aroma, giving a long almost kandi and bourbon-sweetly finish. Not your average IPA. Obviously. But quite nice, nevertheless.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2010
I was actually quite surprised that I liked this as much as I did. Big piney hop aroma reminds me very much of Dogfish Head 120 Min. Flavor has massive hops and is a bit hot but, when compared to spirits, itís fairly smooth sipping. Put yourself in the "slow sipping spirit" frame of mind when trying this, and it is quite nice. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pours a rich amber brown color with no head. Aroma is fruity, citrus, caramel, and fruity. Flavor is caramel, fruity, caramel, toast, citrus, and a alcoholic finish. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2010
Two, 1/15 ounce samples at Chancey Smithís. Turbid orange with no head. Doesnít look good at all. Nose is surprisingly appealing, with pine, pineapple, some alcohol, citrus, resiny hops. Taste is very strong. Really like a scotch. Intense alcohol with pine and sweet candy, some butterscotch, pineapple. This really kicks you in the ass. My mouth puckered with each sip. It is also very hot, but at this alcohol percentage, that isnít surprising. Hot, piney finish. Wow. StevieT (2000) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2016
From a bottle. Wow, heaps of aniseed mixed with the massive alcohol flavours that punch you in the face, not really for me. Itís a bit over the top. bluejacket74 (1991) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2012
330 ml bottle, Batch 009, best before 16-08-20. Iíve had this bottle for at least a year so I know itís not exactly fresh. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a very small fizzy cola-like head that went away pretty quickly. No lacing at all. It also has legs like liquor does when I swirl the beer around the glass. Aroma is mostly boozy, it also smells like dried fruits, apricots, candied oranges, plums, caramel and some hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like sweet booze, dried/candied and tropical fruit, pine hops, honey, and also an herbal/medicinal flavor. Itís weird, I can feel the alcohol burn going down my throat when I drink it, but the other flavors linger around a while in the finish so I can actually taste something other than the booze. Mouthfeel/body is full, itís syrupy, slick and coating with low carbonation. I have to say itís a unique brew, and overall I did like it. Iíd try it again in the future, but next time I should probably split the bottle with someone instead of drinking it all myself.