anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small fast disappearing tan head. Has a sweetish alcoholic chocolate aroma with hint of sugar. Sweetish malty warming alcoholic chocolate flavor. Has a sweetish chocolate finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short tan head. Nose is boozy and candyish with lots of sweet malt, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is big vanilla and molasses with roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, ripe fruit and booze. Body is medium with soft carbonation and plenty of warming from the alcohol. Ends with more booze, dark fruit, candyish notes, vanilla, molasses, and light roasted malt. Very much like Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, though it’s been a while since I had that beer.
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Firefly. Slight red tinge, otherwise black. Poured with small tan head. In the nose there’s lots of strong berries and sugars. Feels carbonated on the tongue even though there’s no bubbles evident in the glass. Certainly thick mouthfeel. Quite a complex set of tastes in the mouth: raisins and blueberry, possibly some cheese too, also honey and marzipan later. Slightly ’silky’ in the finish. Well balanced. Lovely - and the strength certainly doesn’t come across, the alcohol is perfectly worked in. I’d be fascinated to see how one of these ages.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. Not as hot as i thought it would be. actually kind of tasty, but still boozy and hard to drink./
deyholla (6568) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin gray brown head that dissipated quite quickly to the edges. Aroma had strong dark malt notes with pretty present oak. There were underlying tones of alcohol and cranberries. Cranberries are still and undertone but more present on the tongue with strong dark malts and oak dominating again. The alcohol was also definitely more present on the tongue.
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at City Beer in SF.
Pours nearly black in color - not quite as black as I expected it to - with a small, fading tan head. Fairly viscous.
Aroma is pretty crazy. Very vinous and fruity, along with roast, chocolate, earth, and booze. Lots of booze. A little tartness evident even.
The flavor is dominated by dark fruits, interestingly. Red wine, cranberries, cherries, and prunes stand out. There is also some roast and chocolate, but it is definitely in the background. Lots of alcohol.
Boozy and warming on the palate with surprisingly thin body (although still above average) given the ABV. Carbonation level is medium-low.
This beer is fine overall, it’s just not a very well-crafted imperial stout in my opinion. This seems to be a case of throwing as much as possible into a beer and hoping something good comes out. Tokyo* is definitely an extreme beer, but as for whether it’s a good beer, the jury’s still out.
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, somewhere between dark brown and black, with a tan head. The scent is of booze, raisins and malts. The taste and palate are fantastic, alcohol, malts, nuts, and sweet vanilla. Cant tell its 18%.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. pours a dark black color with a small head. aroma of coffee beans being ground, sweet vanilla, and booze. taste: a little sweetness before the espresso shot comes around, then some oaky woody flavor, booze, and then long evolving aftertaste.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Espresso shot, 2 sugars, choco covered berrry chaser. Smells like WWStout but covers the 18%so well you’d swear it was only 10. DANGERSOUS.
Pinball (10764) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown, not black, small light brown head that goes away rather quickly.
boozy and malty sweet aroma, faint licorice, faint roasted stuff. the booze is a little too strong in the nose, stingy.
flavor is very strong , alc. burn, roasted stuff, faint woody like character, strong malty sweetness, faint toffee, faint fruity note, flavor resembles more a strong barley wine than an imp. stout, or rather 1/3 stout, 2/3 barley wine. If i was to guess i’d guess the alc.% at 12 to 14 pct, so you could say it’s well hidden, but it’s not. It wouldn’t hurt with a lower alc.%,but i think this beer is made to provoke, not to conform.