johnnnniee (3048) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a solid black with a surprisingly large tan head that dissipates quickly to form a ring. Smells of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, treacle, sweet dark fruits, a non-deScript floral component, and a hint of alcohol. Wow this really has a lot going on in the aroma! Taste is sweet with thick chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars, a little fruit and a lot of harsh alcohol. Leaves a long lingering sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and vodka in the finish. Thick body, light carbonation, creamy Hersheyís chocolate syrup type mouthfeel. This one packs a punch! Its a sipper for sure, but I would have liked the alcohol burn to be a bit less harsh. I enjoyed this one for most of the night.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woo-muthafeckiní-hoo! Quite an incredible beer, this one, one of my fvourite ícrazy-specí, high ABV, high price beers. 1/3 pint, on tap at BrewDog Edinburgh. Enticing black colour which, oddly, actually has a small head. Scent of alcohol is quite strong, and a lot going on simply in the overall aroma. This translates to the taste - chocolate, honey, caramel, coffee, liquorice. It seems to take your tastebuds by the scruffs of their necks and beats them about until they run away crying and giving the beer their pocket money. By which I mean this is intense, very intense. Absurd, even, and I love it.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just had a Dogfish Head World Wide Stout before this, so much of this review may seem like a comparison to that beer. The aroma is similar to WWS, but a little more "UK". Sweet, meaty, and oh-so hearty. Much darker, practically black, with a light/medium brown head. Alcohol is soft as well, but a little harsher than WWS. Flavor is great, but really... not as good as WWS. Meaty, fibrous, and hefty. Alcohol is more apparent than it is in WWS. Smooth down the throat, a little spicy. Really good, but too easy for what I thought this would be. I almost expected more from BrewDog in this... it seems the higher the ABV they get the less they care about flavor and overall experience. They may be focusing too much on upping the ABV and caring less about producing a good flavor (not that I could do a better job!). I canít tell too much once they get high enough in the ABV, so thatís okay, and maybe thatís the reasoning. Middle-road between a hyper-beer and a normal beer (classifying this 18.2% as such) you can tell where things get lost. Still, an incredibly good beer, but I think Iíd prefer a WWS. Less sweet than WWS, a little drier if anything.
erickok (4340) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Wood, coffee, cream and raisin. Very concentrated flavour with powerful sweetness and backup hops. A sipper that can almost be enjoyed like a whisky. (33cl bottle, 9,95 EUR) (Rating re-indexed)
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and mysterious. Despite the high alcohol content a strong smokey and fruity flavor is the backbone of this offering but make no mistake this stuff is potent.
DruncanVeasey (7768) - NUNEATON, 3rd, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle ícellaredí for about a year, shared with Octo. Pours oily and deep with a creamy beige collar shrinking to the edges of the glass. Aroma of soy sauce, carob, locust bean, malt loaf drenched in sticky sweet port and sherry. Orange liqueur warmth on the palate; gentle roast, soy and Xmas pud, burn like ginger. Light orange and floweriness on the belch, even some milk choc. The Belch is more interesting than the beer; orange smarties steeped in port and soy sauce. Black Jacks as it warms. Tooth-rot sweetness with not enough hop or roast for my liking, a little flimsy at twice the strength of Hardcore. Still, drank my share and in about 15 mins with no discernible ill effects. Good sessions beer, but whatever exotic ingredients The Dog sprinkle in it they make for an underwhelming experience Iím unlikely to repeat at a tenner a bottle. A beer of 18%+ has got to beat me over the head with character; make me gasp, get a buzz on, go dancing, re-hallucinate what beer can be....or I just donít see the point.
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared a 12oz bottle thanks to willblake back in March. 18%abv! Yes it was. Rum cake, ginger bread, had ery sweet notes. Poured a coca-cola color and had a lot of setiment on the bottom of the bottle. Figs and dried fruits were highlighted.
toxichop (512) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tokio* Bottle. Pours very light, black with reddish highlights. Quickly, the aroma of alcohol is in the air which is followed by berries and some oak. Taste is of alcohol and very sweet berries, some red wine, honey, malts, and a bit of hoppy bitterness in the end along with a slight alcohol burn. Overall, worthy of a try. I thought the alcohol was gonna dominate everything but it did not. Alcohol is hidden well for 18% and allows you to taste the diffrent flavors in the beer.
Beersiveknown (4211) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 2nd rate bottle@home
Darj Brown with fluffy tan head, cranberries and chocolate malt on the nose but still a touch acetic. Thick body, rich, tart cranberry, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla. This is much better than the previous bottle! Long sweet and boozy finish with a touch of roast barley and malt astringency. Jasmine comes in late with more malt sweetness. Numbers altered.
An oily black beer with a strongly alcoholic aroma. Initially tastes a tad acetic but develops into a rich vinous mixture of fruit and molasses. A very strong beer of full body and long alcoholic finish. Not as much fruit flavour as I had hoped. [330ml bottle served in champagne flutes] 5 5 5 4 12 (3.1)
PhillyBeer2112 (2660) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botte as Tokio*. Pours a medium brown but turned near opaque in the glass. Slight head that fading to nothing but continued showing a fine stream of rising bubbles in the glass. Huge nose on this, full of berries, oak, rum, a touch floral or honeyed. Flavor very sweet with oak and flowers, quickly burns with alcohol heat, not surprising given the high ABV but not nearly as integrated and refined as some others in the ultra-high ABV range. Thereís a fair amount of lingering oaky bitterness in the finish.