Maris (1203) - 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 (4134) - 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 (9848) - 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 (2684) - 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.
reggiedunlop (3498) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark brown with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly...light sediment throughout...poor retention and lacing. aroma is loaded with dark fruit and winey notes, hint of sour, alcohol, licorice. flavor is a bit overwhelming and muddled but has dark fruit, bitter chocolate, alcohol, pine, and roasty and mildly medicinal notes...just a touch of oak. mouthfeel is actually quite lively and the finish is winey, warming, and medicinal. they definitely went big with this but its not a very good impy.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks, Max.
Pours black with no head or lacing. Nose brings quite a bit of pungent herbs and some booze. The taste is smilar, win the booze and gin-like characteristics taking over. No cranberry detected. Feel is somewhat light all things considered. Lots of booze. Interesting, but not highly drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-19-2010
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, some dark fruit. Tastes spicy and roasty with some tobacco elements. Enjoyed alongside Tactical. Enjoyable.
dnstone (2385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Forgot this was so stong when I opened it...oops. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice off-white head. Oaky, alcohol dominated nose. Syrupy sweet, the alcohol is immediately present and warms the throat. Some roasty characters in there but its overcome. Very in your face, the strength of this one overshaddows the beer itself, and I tend to like very strong beers. After a while I am able to taste some chocolate and coffee as well as oak but only after my palate adjusts.
Scopey (9792) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. The colour is dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is of varnish, soy, toffee, caramel and molasses. The taste is initially of tangy soy sauce, liquorice and wood leading to caramel, molasses and plenty of dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins). It has syrupy, rich mouth-feel and a sweet, warming finish.