bfields (6) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010 does not count
From bottle at a tasting conducted by James of BrewDog at The Rake in London. Wow. This is beer reimagined. The aroma is an exact replica of opening a bag of fresh amarillo hops. No head to speak of, but given the ABV that doesnít really matter. Not at all clear, sort of seems like bit of starch floating about. Lead to believe this was an artifact of dry hopping in the freezer. Taste has a touch of those amarillo hops but is principally about an extremely complex alcohol. taste is closer to a clean scotch whiskey then most any beer Iíve had. Finish is dry with a wonderful dance between the hop bitterness and bitterness from the alcohol. Phenomenal beer. Wish I had a bottle in the flat. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2010
A Mes rate: bottle at the Rake tasting session.swaeni_eric (3) - Grendel - Attert, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2010 does not count
I drank rather too much of this, and as a result it kicked my arse quite heavily. Thankfully, my notes are from early on when I was still compus mentus. A very attractive hazy orange brown colour, obviously no head but there were lots of hop leaf floaters. Aroma is just the most amazing blend of hops, cheese and alcohol you could possibly imagine. Bugger me, itís just sublime. Sod it, Iíd had it down as a nine but itís clearly a ten. I simply can not describe how good this smells. You really have no idea. Citrus from the Amarillo comes through in droves, cheese of the highest quality, Iíve never had such amazingly funky hops in my life. In fact, this is certainly the most challenging snout I have experienced. There is some faint boozy sweetness but no where near as much as I was expecting. The fruit of the malt shows through really well too. Basically itís about as good a smelling beer as the world has ever been blessed with in my opinion. This all follows on into the mouth almost effortlessly. Huge cheese and funk, massive sweetness and booze but somehow the insane amount of hops just about holds it in check. There is something quite toasty about it too. Liquid sugar but ooooooooh so fucking good. There is just so much going on and Iím gobsmacked itís not all over taken by the booze. The hops, the hops, MY GOD the HOPS!!! One of the best and certainly the maddest beers Iíve ever had. Intensity is through the roof. BrewDog I love you.
Extreme beer but very excellent. 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. beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 8, 2011
WOW!!!! I really didnt expect this to taste like a beer after sampling sam adams utopias which tastes like a brandy. If someone handed to me and said it was a new DIPA from Brewdog but didnt say it was 41%, I wouldnt know until I was on the floor. Thank you to my lovely cool wife for getting me a 12oz beer for $100 against her better judgement. Poured into a snifter, amber color, and smells as most DIPAís do, citrus, floral, hoppy. Tastes is complex hops, definitely the abv comes through, difficult to make it disapear. very enjoyable and for someone who is sick of the imperials and crazy abv beers out there, this was an experience ill never forget.
Odland (137) - NORWAY - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle shared at home. Pours golden amber. Oily texture and smells of hops and toffee. Described by the taste panel as a well balanced hop liqueur. Prominent alcohol but not to disturbing. A fantastic IIPA. Meant to be shared. 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. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Wow. A lot of people have a lot to say about this one. I was surprised how smooth it is for the percentage. Extremely warming with the alcohol but also complex spicy fruity hop character. Definitely worth trying. BitchPls (807) - FINLAND - JUN 16, 2013
Copper orange beer with no head, some bubbles. Leaves angels tears on the glass. Deep caramel, syrup and ripe orange fruits on the nose. Mouth feel is thick and soft and full. Very nice syrup and caramel taste combined with a deep bitter finnish. Ripe sweet orange fruits again in the flavors. As a whisky drinker and an IPA lover I am just so excited about this drink! This is a truly pleasant surprise for me. I love it! Itís just so unique and exciting. ComradeK (1230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2014
375ml bottle. Pours a clear deep copper, viscous and with no head. It looks a bit like slightly carbonated whisky. Oily resinous hops, with orange and aniseed notes and a little roast almond make up the aroma. Whisky-like heat up front brings plenty of aniseed. Oily resin comes in next, with burnt caramel and orange in the mid-palate. Cointreau orange gives it a smooth finish. This is an interesting experience, a little like a blend of good Scotch and potent IPA. It certainly shows its strength more than Tactical Nuclear Penguin, but that means it is one to sip and savour. Nice.