harrisoni (19339) - 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. Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle from the brewer, wrapped in a paper bag with a 41%! warning on it, and a bottle stopper should you choose self-control and drink some many hours later. Grapefruit colour with amber highlights, and lacey. The aroma of many hops is a side-show. The taste, and its a sipper and full mouthfeel, is a bitter hops in high alcohol, and a little sherryish. Undertstated carbonation. Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2010
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear amber colour without any foam; aroma of cognac, oranges and hop resin with a very apparent burning alcohol presence; no carbonation here and absolutely incredibly bitter; very long hoppy notes and insanely bitter finish, salty with notes of peated whisky and oranges - "hop-scene" and pretty incredible stuff; a unique experience - the 16 yo Isle of Jura we had just after tasted pretty watery in comparison Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle shared with fellow Hungarian beerfans. Poured amber color with no head. Sweet aroma, honey, citrus, coriander, caramel and strong hops. Medium dense body with some carbonation. Dry, hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol is there, but much smoother than with distilled drinks. Strong aroma matches the strong ABV, so in that sense I think it’s balanced. Unique, enjoyable, for special events for sure. TheHorizon (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010 does not count
APPEARANCE: Poured by James (thanks) into a small, fluted sample glass. Straw/Slightly Amber color with a transparent thickness to it. Tiny, fluffy, and sticky white head.
SMELL: Outstanding and quite impressive. Overall, an intense bouquet of aromatic hops with a Perfumed Lemon Rind, Flowery Orange Zest, Peach Fuzz, Lime Juice, Thyme, Pineapple, Cotton Candy kinda feel to it (<--most to least order) over a backbone of slightly piney and oily grapefruit rind/zest, blended with a fairly boozy, somewhat sweet IPA/almost-butterscotch aroma quite seamlessly. Again...quite impressive!
TASTE: Similar to the smell but much more boozy with rye whisky and Jamacain dessert rum aromatics and heat playing nicely with the rest of the flavors described above. Also, unlike the nose the taste included more malty sweetness than hop flavor (although both were definitely present).
MOUTHFEEL: Sticky and a bit oily, but fairly thin (considering the amount of water that had been removed from it) with plenty of heat and acidity to balance out the sweet/sticky feeling on the palate (like an elephant balances with a school bus on a see-saw)
DRINKABILITY: Extremely impressive and dangerously drinkable. More drinkable than many fine single malt whiskeys that I have had with almost as much (and a much different breed of ) complexity (and much more drinkable than the penguin).
OVERALL: A very impressive and well-crafted beer (assuming that word still applies to something 41% ABV)
Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2011
In bottle from Vino, thanks Sev! I like this beer, There is nothing subtle about it. It pours a thick, reddish-amber colour with no head. The aroma is of a very strong barley wine, lots of sugar and resinous hops. Tastes lovely. The hops are still present after having this bottle opened with the provided closure for several months. Lovely oily mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. We treat this like a malt whiskey. Very nice. Kavu (5130) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is extremely strong, with alcohol, some fruits and hops. Flavor is malts, fruits and lots of alcohol and hops. Also extremely strong. Surprisingly good. By far the most over the top IPA I’ve had. visionthing (5533) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2011
This is of course a very strange beer. I think I was just smelling it for at least a minute. Very fruity and strong smell, but without the alcohol sting you often get from whisky and other distilled liquids. A very pleasant smell indeed, I just couldn’t stop smelling it.... The first zip was pretty overwhelming, very concentrated taste - lots of hops and different from anything else I have tasted. This was the sitxth and final beer in a BrewDog tasting in Oslo. And after tasting Trashy Blonde, 77 Lager, Alpha Dog, Punk IPA and RipTide the famous Monty Python introduction "...and now for something completely different" would indeed be very fitting. In a way it was something completely different while it was something pretty similar at the same time. It did acutally taste like one could imagine a double IPA concentrated (or frozen) down to 41% abv. would taste like!
Cunningham (8406) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2012
Turn up The Night! Who needs Cognac or Whiskey when this thing excist in The World! What a mouthbomb. At first it had a mild taste....then it exploded in your mouth. It looks like a Cognac. Caramel colour with no head at all. Never smelled anything like this. Caramel, wood, hops and some fruits in the aroma. Very concentrated flavour. DIPA concentrate? Hoppy and fruity. Wood and caramel. I hope I can get a hand on a bottle of this!Psytron (2502) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2012
[Tasted at Førtito Bar & Bowling in Sarpsborg, Norway 12 March 2012]
For some reason BeerBuddy didn’t update this.
Smell of hops, sugar and syrup. Copper red colour, tiny golden head. Clear. IPA traits to be found. Aroma of hops. Heavy sweetness and bitterness. Oily, almost viscous. Sugary aftertaste.