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 wasn’t 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" don’t 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. Don’t let her go just because she doesn’t act like your wife. That’s the whole. reason. you’re. Here.
Give her a shot to please you. She’ll 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 (8139) - 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.
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - MAR 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of Maurizio, il miglior publican di Genova, che ce l’ha offerta volentieri. Non fossimo stati in 5, non so come l’avrei finita.. secondo me non vale il prezzo che costa, troppo sbilanciata, ma tutto sommato buona specie abbinata a cioccolato fondente o roba simile.
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Mane Liquor. Pours a deep black with a very small, whispy head. Some subtle tan lacing. Aroma is pretty much alcohol with a touch of oak and roasted malts. Much more comes out in the taste. Loads of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Oak, liquorice and molasses play a small role in there as well. Fantastically smooth for 18%. Unbelievable beer
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2011 (12 ounce bottle - snifter glass) Apperance has a black opaque color, tan head. Boozey aroma, but not a unpleasant boozeiness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Also has notes of black licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate (with a heavy cacoa content), wood (mostly oak, alot of oak), dark fruits, molasses, leather and scotch. Finish is reminiscent of scotch, a little dry and rather warm. Oily texture and flat carbonation. Very complex beer, I am going to buy a couple of these and throw them in my cellar.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a very deep dark black with only a hint of brown in it, with a finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.
S - Very boozy, lots of alcohol in the nose. There is also some roasted toffee/caramel malts with just a touch of oak. Booze takes over a bit.
T - Starts off with tons of heavy roasted malt and a lot of sweetness. The sweetness seems to come from a mix of dark fruit and almost a syrupy brown sugar. The sweetness really hits the palate hard. Also some booze kinda there from the start. Through the middle there is a lot of oak flavor and dark fruit that comes through. Also a bit more booze. The finish is a mix of some booze warmness, some of the sweetness, some oak, and come chocolate flavors that linger with the booze being the strongest lingering flavor.
M - Very full bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. Though there is a lot of bite from the alcohol and from the sweetness. Not an amazing mouthfeel but better than expected from such a heavy abv beer.
D - Semi-drinkable. Huge flavors and very bold and pretty boozy. However, for 18.2% abv it is not as heavy as expected. The oak also is a very nice touch in the flavor profile and does a good job blending the booze flavor.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Alcool, cherry liquor, plums. Toffee, butter.
Taste: Sweet, alcohol dominates but is under control.
Aftertaste is alcoholy and warm. Nice.
Overall: A nice winter warmer at small amounts, but lacks complexity and does nothing to justify the high alcohol content. But drinkable.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black colored, little beige head. Port vinous aroma with rich sweetness, thin alcohol with raisins, cardboard and thin licorice here as well. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is sweet as well with same port wine dominating, raisins and medium alcohol come up as well. Too alcoholic and sugar-sweet.