Originally Posted by BradW
Also, Marc, who comes across as the most educated of the Youtube reviewers.
I definitley disagree with this one. I think Marc has a certain swagger to him, the way he owns every fragrance known to man, the way he pronounces names, but I find many of his reviews to be more of a personal review rather than a review that can help the potential buyer. Same with Tim's reviews. No disrespect to either of them though, they both do a great job and both are dedicated to what they do.
Originally Posted by LiveJazz
I like Dirty English
better by a long shot, mostly because The Beat is one of the few fragrances that literally disappears within 20 minutes on me. I like DE's scratchy leather/woods combo.
Dang, I feel bad for you, I get fantastic longevity with The Beat.. usually 8+ hours. I love everything about it, which is probably the reason a lot of people dislike it. I tend to be the type who picks up the positives where people find negatives. When I read all the bad reviews about it being pepper laden, along with Kerosene's great video review, I added it to my test list. I guess you gotta have an acquired liking for pepper, I seem to at least like, if not love most of my fragrances with even the slightest amount of pepper in them.
I find The Beat to be a bit more complex than just a peppery fragrance. The pepper does last and last, but the leather is really always there as well, it just doesn't come out as much until the end. I guess you could say the pepper intimidates the leather, until it dies down. The bourbon note that nobody seems to talk about.. oh ya.. BOURBON. And, bourbon done very well, very fitting and rewarding in The Beat. It's really what brings everything together to me, its the "IT factor" not the pepper. The bourbon is what has me wondering what it is that I'm really smelling that's weaving its way in and out from beginning to end, well actually from middle notes to base notes. When I couldn't quite grasp what it was I looked to the note pyramid and there it was, and in my mind with a gold light shining upon it and angels saying "ohhhhhhhhhh" lol. The pepper may dominate the opening, but the bourbon brings it together with the base. I also pick up slightly on the violet leaves which I think is why this reminds me of Fahrenheit just in the slightest way. The overall fragrance though presented as a whole reminds me a lot of Fahrenheit. Both different and atypical, both acquired tastes, and both extremely masculine.
I can see that if they made a version of this with less pepper in the opening, but basically the same fragrance, it would have a lot of success. Again, I feel the pepper is what becomes an overdose for many.