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. Mad_Ferret (1024) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2011
Clear copper amber with no head.
Malty sweet boozy aroma with toffee, caramel and heavy alcohol plus maybe a hint of dried fruits.
Taste is sweet malty and heavy boozy with caramel, toffee and licorice and herbs.
Full bodied with no carbonation.
Tasty but very boozy and burning.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a light ruby red when held up to the light. No carbonation. Appearance seems quite oily as it coats the side of the glass. Huge initial aroma of dried apricots. Some honey, resiny hops and alcohol in the back ground but for me it is all about the dried apricots. Taste is initially quite bitter followed by alcohol burn and more hop bitterness. Resiny hops dominate the finish and hang around for a long time. Mouthfeel is quite full and oily. Definately better than expected. espenra (1017) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2010
4cl sample at Håndverkerstuene. An amber, bordering on red colour with no head. Needless to say the alcohol is the first thing that hits your nose, but there is hints of cherries, caramel and oak as well. The flavour is very bitter and strong, and at 41% ABV it should come as no suprise. The alcohol is the most noticable feature, but there’s also notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. A fun beer for sure, but I still think that Samuel Adams Utopia is better.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby brown with no head.
Aroma: Fruit cake, resinous, treacle, liquorice, spice, spiritous, dried fruit, subtle grapefruit.
Taste: Medium sweetness and bitterness with low sourness.
Palate: Very thick smooth texture, thick body, no carbonation, lingering, dry, fruit cake, treacle, liquorice finish with citrus pith notes and a lot of alcohol warmth.
Comments: Good. More like a liqueur. Batch 917.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
330ml bottle split 6 ways. Foggy burnt amber pour with zero head. Nose of dog food and deeply resinous hops with some candy. Not nearly as hard on the nasal passages as the TNP. I don’t even know how to describe the taste of this stuff. It was resiny, very, very resiny with a big licorice kick and a sticky cough syrup finish. There’s no benchmark for evaluating things like this. Hanoi (971) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle, from Brew Dog’s grim Manchester pub. From notes. Nose cream, fudge, toffee, caramel, spices, slight brandy. Taste, caramel, hops brown sugar. Alcohol burn high.
Overall, the nose is spectacular, the taste less so. Interesting to try DrewFace (969) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Share thanks to petersluhale. Sweet, huge booze, tons of caramel, some dark fruit. Brown color. Huge booze flavor, straight alcohol, and then a face full of caramelized molasses. Warming alcohol (obviously). Lingering heat. MotherBrother (945) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2011
More of All, that’s it. Simply more of all. More sugar, more caramel. A bit like wine. Would rather have this than a whisky. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
First of all the aroma is like you stuck your head in a bale of hops. Very viscous, coating the mouth with hop resin and alcohol. Very warming sensation as it travels to the stomach. Overall a very interesting beer.