Blairgus (2682) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 20 May 2011, bottle at one of cgarvieukís legendary tastings. absolutely gorgeous nose! huge barley wine! ovaltine, raisins, alcohol is muted if there at all. thin body and fairly fizzy and syrupy and oily. cherries, sugary alcohol, tart chocolate. crackin!
(original rating = 7 4 7 3 16 = 3.7)
smells nothing like the original Tokyo.
almost smells of nail polish
noticeably thinner than the original when pouring it.
thin body with some alcohol bite.
rather winey like port
lots of alcohol makes the oak or complexity difficult to find
like a barley wine w/ no real hop presence
i like this better than the original
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Reddish brown appearance with virtually no head. Very, very sweet, slightly fruity malty and quite alcoholic nose. Very sweet flavor thatís very strong with alcohol. Actually pretty smooth without too much burn on the finish but it is quite sugary.
Svesse (6233) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Bishopís Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 5 March 2011) Pitch black colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with liquorice, strong black coffee, ashes and hints of oak wood. Malty, roasted taste with notes of strong sweet coffee, liquorice, raisins, dried fruit and slightly tart hints of cranberries. Full body, fairly sweet, with a generous coffee bitterness. Quite powerful, but still in very nice balance. Lovely beer.
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml shared with Meilby at Patricks. Pours black with small, dark tan head. aroma is molasses, coffee, alcohol, notes of paint thinner. Taste is very sweet, light to medium bitter, long sweet alcohol finish. Full body, oily to thick, soft carbonation. * : not as good as Tokyo. 23022011
TrefwoordPunk (818) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with a small tan head and an aroma of dark malts, syrup, alcohol and fresh fruits. The taste is sweet, tastes like syrup, and very alcoholic. The alcohol and the sweet syrup is pretty nasty and almost too much too swallow. I donít really like it, especially for the high price for this beer. Iím slightly disappointed.
Maris (1011) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 2/3/2011. Batch no. 04, best before 24/3/2020. Pours close to black with just a touch of ruby/amber. The smell is just massive - lots of alcohol up front but also cherries, berries, other dark fruits, vanilla and toffee. The flavour is similarly massive. There is bucketloads of fruity sweetness - you can taste the cranberries, along with cherries, raisins and prunes. There are also some chocolate and licorice notes. The sweetness is balanced by a huge alcohol laden bitter finish. Has a certain muscat like quality to it. The palate is, not surprsingly, quite oliy. The 18.2% is not a surprise, but it is surprisingly drinkable. This is an insanely big and most impressive brew.
mattia_bie (3) - ITALY - MAR 2, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
chocolate, alcohol, woody, black, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, oily feel, flat, long finish, FANTASTIC!
AshtonMcCobb (2803) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 Really big and complex.
Previous rating 01/03/11 7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5
Black, near enough opaque in appearance. Enticing aroma of burnt toffee and liquorice. Texture in the mouth of crude oil, deep flavours as per the nose and with a gentle alcohol burn. The last beer of the night? Or the start of a rollercoaster evening?
Meilby (8038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
[Shared with igniztion] Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of molasses, alcohol and coffee. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long sweet, alcohol finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. The old Tokyo was much better.
suprchunk (2313) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured jet black into my trusty goblet. Slight head that is tan. Head fades really fast leaving a slight trace of it on top of the beer the entire drink. Thus producing a little bit of lacing as I consume this beast.
Too woody. It does not smell like a regular oak aroma. More like an oak 2x4 soaked in turpentine. The smell is really distinct and off-putting. A little bit of a molasses aroma hidden behind the previous, mixed with a little raisin nose.
Wow! Donít let the smell fool you into thinking it will taste as bad. This beer tastes fantastic. It is just sweet enough, just bittered enough, and has balanced the flavors with the high ABV perfectly. While it is still a bit hot from the high octane, it is balanced so well that you might not notice.
Slick and hot. Very viscous even though the alcohol tries to thin it out. It is a bit hot from that same alcohol. But the creaminess dominates, followed very closely by the alcohol.
Not very drinkable!!! This thing is a bit too hot and strong to drink more than a bottle of - in a week. I wish the alcohol was a bit more muted so that it would be a little more quaff-able. But Iím glad it doesnít since this is a bit pricey to try and drink daily.