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 (5273) - 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 (7999) - NUNEATON, 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 (597) - 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 (5001) - 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 (2751) - 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.
Abio (1845) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a small head. Smell is alcohol, liqour, light sour-sweet, roasted. Roasted, sweet taste, more sweet then expected. Coffee, chocolate, the alcohol that also kicks in here pretty hard, and red fruits. Not bad, but a bit outbalanced with the sweetness and alcohol. Light biterness stays at the end, a bit to less carbonation. Overdone and outbalanced at the end.
TET (2590) - Kaarina, FINLAND - APR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 A black beer with a weak, but long lasting, slightly yellow and browny head; nice. Aroma is very powerfull, roastiness, salt liquirice, coffee, some alcohol and strawberries. Taste is as strong as aroma, salt liquirice, roasted malts, quite lots of sweetness, alcohol is totally hidden. Overally taste is nicely balanced with roastiness and sweetness. Very full bodied and slightly sticky to drink. Tokyo* is full of everything, strong, powerfull and quite straight beer, that count on own strengths, extreme, but still this is beer.