Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Very odd looking beer. Fairly clear when only a little was in the glass, but became nearly opaque when the the glass was full. While the alcohol was definitely present, it was fairly well hidden for the ABV. Much better than Mikkeller Black but not as good as Dogfish Head World Wide Stout. A little like a ramped up Struise Black Albert. Youíd have to age this one for many years to get rid of the burn, but it might be worth it.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, maroonish brown with slight maroon highlights when a flame is held to the other side of the class. It also had a small tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma had heavy dark bread, roasted and burnt malts, coffee and chocolate syrup; lighter chocolate; moderate to heavy pine and resinous hops that were almost lost in the malt and alcohol; gin, raisin, prune, red wine, alcohol, flowers, very dark fruit and cranberry. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was slightly sweet and lightly bitter with a very long duration. There was alcohol, chocolate syrup, soy sauce, cranberry, flowers, cocoa powder, gin, and resinous hops popping through everything else at the very end. The full body was very oily with soft yet slightly tingly carbonation and a moderate to heavily alcoholic finish.
Palme (3948) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.33l bottle @ Henrik VANō-Bergen session, shared with the one and only ClubGonzo. Tokyo* pours a deep dark brown - near black body with a almost non-existing off-white head. The aroma is really strong and powerful; Strong roasted aromas, cognac, port, vinous red currants and a good dash of vanilla and wood. Believe I used about 30 minutes just smelling the little bastard before I started tasting it. Really full-bodied and has a somewhat oily texture. Carbonation is low. Strong and powerful are the two first words I can use when describing the flavors in this fantastic brew. Strong deep roasted flavors, port, alcohol, sweet dried fruits and vanilla. Really burns in the nose and on the palate, leaving a powerful alcohol and woody finish that glides in to a longlasting dark chocolate aftertaste. Perhaps not the most complex or refined brew but Iím such a sucker for these strong and flavorful imperial stouts. Really nice.
Nephilium (1662) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(batch 002) This starts with a big boozy nose with oak and raisin notes. Pours an opaque black with about a half inch of light tan head. This is a hot beer, and could probably do with some aging to calm it down some. Thereís a touch of roasted notes that can be teased out, but the alcohol overpowers almost everything. The finish has a touch of coffee, and fruit, but this beer really needs some age.
daleharshman (1034) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Best Damn Beer Shop in downtown San Diego ($12.99). Pours dark brown with slight reddish highlights and a full finger of light brown foam. Aroma is on the weaker side but fairly complex: notes of toffee, brown sugar, some fruit, significant booze, and a hint of the juniper. Flavor is very boozy with notes of toffee, butterscotch, sweet cough medicine, sticky candied fruit, and light chocolate. I donít get much of the cranberry and juniper in the nose or in the taste. Heavy mouthfeel and hot sweet finish. The alcohol is certainly huge here, but I find that I quite like it. The only thing I donít like is the price tag. (365, 519)
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is a deep mahogany color with rend hints at the bottom in my glass when held up to the light. Pours a dark beige color with a tiny head that goes away to leave lacing on the sides of the glass because of the alcohol content. Aroma is full of whisky and cran-raisins with an almost nutty smell coming through along with the alcohol. Taste is simply amazing, For the alcohol content this beer contains it hides the taste incredibly well. It is overwhelmingly full of dried fruit flavors and malts. The finish is very clean and leaves a great taste on the tongue. Overall I found this beer to be delicious and very complex.
JulienHuxley (5532) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a bud who brought it back from Scotland. Oily pitch black pour, no head. Aroma of brown sugar, alcohol, burnt coffee. Taste is very sweet, not too boozy, lots of brown sugar. Palate is slick, not very much alcohol heat, relatively easy-drinking. Quite similar to DFH WWS, but I find the WWS much better.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a creamy cap of beige froth on top.
Aroma: Whiskey, raisin, dark chocolate, fig newtons.
Taste: Raisin, prune, milk chocolate and alcohol.
Overall: Just wasnít my bag. Needed more roast and or bitterness to balance out that booze and dark fruit madness going on.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Working my way through the Brew Dog catalog. My new favorite brewery.
Poured from bottle (note spelling on my bottle is "Tokio" not "Tokyo" donít know if there was some licensing issue with the city of Godzilla...) into my Southern Tier tulip.
Dark mahogany pour. Looks great. Great assymetrical head. Low froth retention.
Outstanding flavor. Massively boozy but flavorful. Dark fruits, raisons, fig maybe, prune - grape...
Sweet, malty. Complicated. Like the new girl. Donít let her go just because she doesnít act like your wife. Thatís the whole. reason. youíre. Here.
Give her a shot to please you. Sheíll be full of surprises.
Wow. Over-concentrated 18.2 ass-kicker flavor bomb. Have with food. Any food.
Get you some.
glendelberg (12) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of oak and pretty strong alcohol. Can taste a sweet toffee malt with a strong but not overpowering alcohol aftertaste. Nice whisky style warm glow felt in the face after drinking
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with ruby highlights and no head. Alcohol and chocolate aroma with malt. Rich malt and chocolate flavor with light roast and alcohol. Fuller bodied. Chocolate and light roast lingers with alcohol and caramel malt.