Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown/black colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma is malty with sweet dark fruits, dark chocolate with some wood notes. The taste is burny, with sweet dark fruits, like raisins and prunes. A little chocolate with some notes of wood. The aftertaste is burny dark malts with bitter.
mmmbeer (1252) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle (Batch 2) served in shaker- poured a solid black color with a light ruby shade, one finger tan head formed that tried it’s best to lace. Aroma of booze, black licorice, and darkened molasses. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt is lost in a sea of alcohol which lasts from start to finish, a very light note of oak and dark baker’s chocolate on the finish. Not impressed- just a massive alcohol bomb that is horribly out of balance in my book.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with brown edges and not much of a head to speak of. The aroma is mazzive vanilla bourbon with hints of oak, dark charred sugars, and a massive ethanol presence. The flavor comes through with caramelized molasses, chocolate, vanilla, booze, wood, and more booze. The palate is medium to full with little effervescence and a warming finish. Really tasty, and one of Brew Dog’s better offerings.
daniele (5764) - ITALY - JUL 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
scura discreta schiuma media persitenza naso intenso fruttato tostato leggero etilico legno un tocco vinoso floreale in bocca tostaue fruttato legno lieve etilico luppoli nel finale piacevoli diversi aromi che creano una buona armonia ma poco bevibile causa l’elevata alcolicità
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle. Pours a totally opaque black, with a yellow-beige head. Dark, rich and sweet aromas abound, with cranberries and port coming through strongly. More sweet berry flavours mingle with a hint of peppery hops in the initial taste. The mid-palate mixes Irish coffee with port, and the finish is full of a lovely alcoholic warmth. A delightful beer, full of flavours not normally found in beer, it is, however, one that must be drunk slowly, not the least because of its huge 18.2% ABV! It is nonetheless a lovely brew, well worth seeking out.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I found this to be nearly undrinkable...strong alcohol flavor and warming was not balanced out by enough malt or a full body...
Looked good, dark pour with tan head, lots of cranberry flavor when the booze subsides. Body just didn’t have it...super strong imperial stout this is, well balanced it is not.
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@patricks.Pours jet black with a snall tan head.Aroma is soy sauce ,sweet malt ,chocolate ,caramel and alcohol.Flavour is warming alcohol,soy ,sweet malt ,coffee and roasted malt.Really full body,very soft carbonation. Wow this is a special beer.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, sampled 2010-05-05) Very dark brown with a smallish, but firm, beige head. Very earthy nose with some alcohol, but also strong herbiness, hops, and belgian-style spices. Sweet and liqueurish flavor with alcohol burn, hefty amount of hops, even burnedness towards the finish - but also herbs (and jasmine and green tea, according to my wife). Long, bitter, soy-sauce-like aftertaste combined with warming alcohol burn. Only medium to full body, with more CO2 than expected, considering the ABV. Quite raw at this point, but probably gets better in a few years.
cmonster (982) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tokio* version at 18.2% abv. Draft served in a short tasting glass. Wow, what a concoction! Poured dark coffee in color with minimal head and lace. The nose is full-tilt and ultra-complex. Oak, molasses, coffee, and heat. The alcohol does not overpower here, adding to this brews wonderful whiskey-lite aromatics. Very sweet flavor. Gets hot quick, but at 36 proof what else would you expect. Full body, mild carbonation, thick, slick mouthfeel and a hot, sweet finish. Still feeling the heat minutes later. Brilliant!
radagast83 (5049) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle as "Tokio*" Pours a pitch black color, small, almost non-existent dark tan head. Aroma is pure dark malts with notes of berry fruits, oak, vanilla. Palate is smooth, creamy, rich. Flavor is sweet malts, dry character - vanilla, oak. A fine beverage that I had to split due to the 18.2% alcohol content.