ClubGonzo (4497) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally managed to get my hands on one of these, and last night me and a friend shared a bottle - a straight necessity not only due to the high ABV, but also due to the crazy price of this thing - 655 NOK (about 105 USD, current rates). I suspect Vinmonopolet have a strong saying in this, as BrewDog sells them off their website for 57 USD... :-( Anyway, at such a price we made sure the event was enjoyable, unwrapping the penguin-decorated brown paper bag and having a laugh at the usual sharp BrewDog wit on the label. Tactical Nuclear Penguin poured out like some dark scotch; no head, deep coppery red-amber body - surprisingly transparent and liquor-like. We took quite some time with our noses down our snifters; the smell is intense and pleasant: booze (but not overpowering), wood, caramel and hints of peat and smoke. Very smooth aromatic profile. Then, it was time to raise our glasses and give the antarctic bird its proper salute. First sip hits me like a brandy or whiskey; lots of warming alcohol spreading out in a fan of flavor: whiskey, oak, smoke, tar, leather, licorice. Layer after layer. Cough syrup, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Hints of cherry somewhere in there? To uncover all the nuances took me almost as long as the drink itself, and I kept backtracking my taste buds to give room for new interpretations along the way. This is good stuff, very complex and enticing. I found myself reaching for my glass way more frequent than initially expected. Although this is a beer in a different league, it still retained a distinct imp stout profile. Splendid stuff, although I donít feel a pressing urge to drink it again any time soon; the price is discouraging and the intensity of the brew something I can only deal with so often. Cudos to BrewDog for their experiment, I really enjoyed Tactical Nuclear Penguin.
Borresteijn (5186) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at BrewDog Tasting at BeerTemple, bottle. I have to say this was a really small sample, so this will probably not be the most objective rating. Dark brown colour, thin head. Aroma was absolutely amazing, full of roasted malts, smoke, burnt sugar, peat, alcohol, coffee, vanilla, whiskey. Flavour is very sharp, sweet, roasted malts, alcohol, peat, iodine, ash. Medium to fullbodied. Donít really know what to think of this..
Beer4000 (4922) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4cl sample@ Patricks. This was a fun experience. Too sweet to be a whisky and to strong to really be a beer, still many recognizable elements from both sides. Dark amber body with no head, almost a bit oily. The aroma is delicious, peated whisky, smoked malt, wood and quite strong alcoholic, pretty fantastic. Flavor is sweet, but not as sweet as Utopia, mild smoked malt, peated whisky with a bitter and alcoholic finish. Canít really decide how balanced this is, but its definitively drinkable in smaller quantities and a must try if youíre not afraid of new flavors.
Sigmund (5555) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 32%. Sold as "spirits / hard liquor" ( 4 cl shots) in Norway. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black. No head nor carbonation. Strong aroma of fusel alcohols, oaky and roasty notes, hints of smoke. Intense flavour of smoke, tar and salt. Moderately bitter finish. To be honest, this was not very good.
popery (1575) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 City Beer Store, BrewDog night. How exactly do you rate these super high alcohol beers? I didnít enjoy it and wouldnít ever pay their asking price, but I also donít want to pan it as itís an interesting exercise in brewing. In terms of appearance, itís dark brown with lighter highlights and no head. Pretty good legs, I guess. The smell is sorta acrid. Bitter walnut shells and booze dominate the aroma. Thereís some big smoke and, maybe, caramel, but itís all just kinda odd. I was expecting it to taste more like whiskey, but itís much too dirty and rough - makes me appreciate proper distillation. Anyway, the flavor is even boozier and lacks the smoothness that I think necessary for this much alcohol. Itís not awful and thereís a chance it could be quite good with a long, long stay in the cellar. Iím definitely not won over to the super high alcohol beers, though I definitely appreciate the effort.
ilovedarkbeer (2386) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Cool bag on the outside. Pours a nice dark tawny color with no head. Notes of soy, roasted malt, pure grain alcohol, and raisins. Hard to get many descriptors because this thing is so damn hot. Sticky long lasting mouthfeel.
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great concept and I do loe Brewdog, but not one I liked. poured thin dark and with little head. nose was smoke peat and booze. flavor followed suit you can definatly taste the scotch barrels, but little else about the beer. too thin
Sammy (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Almost no head and very dark brown. Smoke city, in the aroma,and in the taste. Almost pure smoke and peat, impeding drinkability. A touch of lace. Average mouthfeel. A little Scotch
MeadMe (1401) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ratebeer Winter Gathering thanks to Diego.
A: Pours a deep brownish black with no head.
S: Evil smelling. A blend of liquid smoke, soy sauce, dirt, ash, and devils breath.
T: Earthy as hell. To call it smokey is an understatement. Lots of peat and moss with dirt still attached. The booze is there and does not even try to hide itself.
M: On the fuller side of medium, earthy, very bold.
D: Not at all. take an ounce or two of this one and sip for awhile. It really is not as bad as people say it is just overthetop in every way.
thirdeye11 (5712) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle thanks to James at BrewDog! Best by 2020) deep brown with absolutely HUGE alcohol legs that last forever. Nose of alcohol, butterscotch, maple and whiskey. Rich aroma. Taste is rich, alcohol, smoke, barbecue and ash. Nicely done and pushes what is possible in beer!