TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
Bouteille de 260 ml partagée. Dégustée directement à la brasserie lors du party 6e anniversaire. Arôme: Forte odeur de caramel avec une pointe d’érable. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de cassonade et d’alcool. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement sirupeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #4651) Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
In short: A monster bomb of caramelized cereals like no other.j12601 (11943) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
How: Bottle graciously shared by the brewer at the brewery tasting room, Hopfenstark 6th anniversary party.
The look: Cloudy copper body topped by a very small beige head.
In long: Nose is intensely malted but not particularly boozy. Rarely have I smelled so much caramelized cereals in the beer. Taste follows through. Thick thick thick, ultra-dense caramel, brown sugar, bread crust. Alcohol remains relatively well hidden although the 20%+ is just an approximation (as with many iced beers). A medium carbonation helps drinkability a bit. This is obviously a sipper, but this is a monster sipper done right, this is not an aggressive beer, it is just a very very very rich beer, too filling to drink more than small sips at a time. I’m convinced that a full bottle of this uber-rich beer packs 1 million calories and also ratings of people who exaggerate are a billion times better than other ratings.
Sample courtesy of Dany during the Hopfenstark Anniversary Party. Pours a hazed ruby amber with a thin white head. Smells immediately of umami and soy sauce, rich and thick with it. First thing that comes to mind is Paul’s iced barleywine, aka The Night Killer. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, big oxidization. My wife’s opinion “It tastes like purple. Like grape drank that went bad”. Ok. Certainly warming, but that’s expected at something weighing in at ~20% ABV. Warm oxidized malt, toast, plums and prunes, with the faintest hint of dark chocolate. Long finish with some nice bitterness and a bit more cocoa powder. Rather sweet, full of caramel, and that certainly lingers for a while. Very interesting, and quite good actually. But it’s probably a good thing that more than two of us were sharing a 4 ounce of this stuff. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Deep caramel and maple sugar allusions seep from this Iced IPA, as alcohol heat and hefty residual sugars force you to sit down, lick your lips and contemplate.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the hazy dark amber.
-That nose is richly aromatic and not necessarily linear, which I was expecting from such an experiment.
-Natural carbonation adds life to this otherwise gargantuan brew.
-Alcohol is hot, obviously (this is supposed to be above 20%; my palate says it’s not far from the truth), but it doesn’t attack your palate or oesophagus. A very dangerous sipper, this is.
-Call this a Barley Wine, give it an identity other than your IPA’s and this could be a superstar in the heavyweight category.
Bottle at the brewery.