|"[Served on tap:] Sweeter than the bottle, bit more deep caramel and highly toasted malt come through before the hoppiness sets in. Quite a treat but quite estery after it warms up, lovely mix of flavours. Something to start or end with but not make the night of being that it is such a strong ale." —Jason Alström, BeerAdvocate
"Appearance: Deep reddish brown in colour with an appealing off-white lace. Really frothy, sticky and retains remarkably well.
"Smell: Coarse hop are all over the nose, as are toasted grains, fruity esters and alcohol. Very aromatic.
"Taste: Medium bodied, yet rich, full and complex. Smooth, especially as it warms. Big malty sweetness with caramel, chocolate and toasted/roasted flavours. Alcohol prickliness teases the palate then the brew kicks its ass with an assertive hop profile. It's raw, coarse, a bit prickly itself, mildly rind-like. Helps to balance the huge malt flavours. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, caramel, roasted coffee. A bit grain/dry too.
"Notes: Hugely complex. Its arrogance is indeed correct. As stated on the label, if you do not have the 'taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth' then you may not like it. Or rather, go drink your safe beer, wimp. It's rather aggressive, but oh so damn good (in an evil, not worthy way). Just beware before you drink. This beer is not for the faint of heart." —Todd Alström, BeerAdvocate