Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On keg at The BrewDog Bar. Pours a deep ruby colour with a thin light tan head. Lovely aroma of peaches, pine, grass and some fruity alcohol esters. Flavours of mango, pine and pineapple with a delicious caramel and barley backbone. Moderate carbonation and a chewy mouth-feel. Tasty with a subtle alcohol hum.
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
So, i was tad dissapointed by this beer. Quite hazy in colour, most likely from a large amount of dry hops. Quite a powerful hop aroma which was expected, the dissapointment came from the mouthfeel and palate of the beer. The had quite a heavy flavour that finished too sweet for my liking. Yes, there was a lot of bitterness but it didn’t balance the finishing sweetness and somewhat heavy mouthfeel that took away from my enjoyment of the beer.
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Pours with a nice creamy head. Slight smokiness on the nose this beer has a richness in the palate.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: An overly yeasty citrusy/piney IPA. Just ok
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed shortly after receiving it through private importation but already a little over 1 year after bottling date (almost 2 years before expiration date). I wish I could drink 3 months old Nøgne Ø beers in North-America, but at best they are always 9+ months old. Oh well….
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a small beige head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose has plenty of fruity and dank hops and overripe organic matter of some kind. Taste is overly yeasty (typical from European IPAs), overripe citrus fruits, dough, pine needles, crème caramel. That wasn’t a fresh beer and it showed, however I drank my bottle only a few weeks after our private import group received the beer. Not sure what to say, should I stop drinking hoppy imports because they are never super-fresh? I was a bit disappointed by this one, drinking it was not the best way to spend 30 minutes of my life. I should have taken that 30 minutes to sit down and think about what I want to do with my life but I decided to drink a beer instead. For the sixth year and 154th day in a row.
AlbertC (277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is peach, hoppy and fresh. Taste is Sweet, bitter and again the peach.
grunx (367) - - DEC 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imperial Ipa densa i aromàtica. Gust poderós i amarg. Final sec. Gran cervesa.
Tmoney99 (14000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex sweet citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy citrus bittersweet flavor with a solid bittersweet finish that was lasting. This is a change of pace good brew.
PotjeBier (2922) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Beer Temple. Red color, hazy. Off white head that leaves lacerings. Aroma’s of citrussy hops, malty sweetness and sweet fruits, a bit roast. Flavor is sweet & bitter, nicely balanced. Medium bodied. Finishes with a medium bitterness, that becomes very bitter in the long run.
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - NOV 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50 cl bought @ Bir & Fud Bottega (Rome, Italy) and on tap @ Karhisma Birroteca (Piedimonte Matese - Caserta, Italy). I had Nogne #500 on tap just after when it was bringing out for the first time @ Brasserie 4:20, and I remember it as a fantastic DIPA: robust but refreshing, strong but drinkable, complex but session anyway. I’m pretty sure of my memories, it impressed me so much that I drunk greedily my pint that time. So I wonder if recipe has changed during time and since the brewery decided to insert this one in the common production. The fact is, now I’m in front of a different beer from the color: actually is dark orange, even cassock, and I remember a more light and pale orange aspect. Anyway, let’s concentrate on this - supposed - new version. Aroma is complex, a hop stratification that complicates too much things in my opinion; a breath will take out pineapple and mango, another dough and yeast, then grapes and grapefruit, caramel and green apple and so on. All is really FRESH, maybe too much. Need absolutely to age one bottle for at least six months. But, you know? The feeling is that of something in which they forced things to overemphasize. Undoubtly a good aroma, but you’ll get tired of. Going on to the flavor, there’s a very well balanced carbonation (more balanced than #100) in a medium creamy body where resinous and grassy boss the show; it’s difficult to extract something different except for citrus and some caramel (but not invasive as the common european DIPAs). Finish is astringent in a crescendo of grapefruit and lime, harshes tongue like the most freshest hops and last very well. In the end? The hoppier and less enjoyable version of the #100.
JaBier (7394) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass at Gallo’s Tap Room. Hazy copper pour with a thin off-white head. Caramel and grainy malt nose with earthy hops. Flavor starts with dark fruit and moves to caramel malt before the piney and earthy hops take over. Not bad, but definitely more of a barleywine than an IIPA.