glennmastrange (2570) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy dark bread, molasses and strong coffee for the malt, light to moderate perfume for the hops, light dough and broth for the yeast, with background notes of licorice, berry, wood and a whiskey like alcohol note. Head is small, fizzy light tan, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet an lightly acidic, then the extra long finish is lightly sweet and moderately to heavily acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy which is somewhat diminished by the harshly alcoholic finish, and has a lively carbonation. The alcohol burn in the finish is a little overwhelming, but the aromas and flavors are deep and complex making this a great slow-sipping Imperial Stout.
wekker84 (2110) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a black colored beer with a tiny white beige head aroma roasted malts laurel spicy and hops flavor roasted malts laurel coffee dry fruits caramel hops and alcohol
77ships (6975) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 bottle@home: looks very dark, black but if you hold it up to the light, you can see that it is more of a very dark brown rather than pure black, wouldn’t call it clear but it is not hazy either, minor head that didn’t last all that much but leaves some lacing behind, smells very heavily of alcohol, I didn’t get much else, maybe some roasted malt, oak & dark fruits underneath but I mostly got booze from this one, I found a couple of small oak chip pieces at the bottom of my glass, taste-wise I didn’t pick up any of the cranberries or jasmine that was supposed to be in here, made me think a bit more of a porter than a stout, sweet, there is malt, oak, dark fruits, syrup & a hint of liquor cherries underneath, some liquorice & spice, I drank this one very slowly and the alcohol bite turned out to be very reasonable, the alcohol is actually rather restrained if you take small sips, surprisingly enough this was medium bodies, I expected it to be much thicker really, there was some carbonation in there, enough for me, I don’t need much, it wasn’t amazing but it was good and much better than the other beers by them that I have tried so far /// 25 cl. Draft @ Delirium Tap House – the new batch is no longer simply different, it is a new beer to the point that people couldn’t believe that this wasn’t a new beer, both batches appear to have slightly different labels as well – this one was simply put it a fruit beer while the previous one was a stout, a huge difference as far as I am concerned – older bottle version, I got no fruit, this one was just a cranberry fruit beer – A: very dark brown red with a mocha head – S & T: liqueur cherries & cranberry liqueur, some slightly roasted dark malt buried upfront, touch bitter upfront & hint sourness & booze in the finish – this basically taste s like someone poured quite a lot of cranberry liqueur in Tokyo* (I loved it) - body serious but still lot lighter than you would expect – 4.1 for bottle / 4.3 for draft
daje (3163) - NORWAY - MAR 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Laundromat. All black color, no head only some brown lacings at the edge to the glass. Aroma of vanilla, malt, herbs and alcohol (no surprise there). Oaky taste with sugar, spices, coffee and alcohol. Sweet end. Accounting for the high abv it’s pretty good, though I do think there are better high alcohol (although not 18,2) stouts out there.
Blairgus (3886) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 20 May 2011, bottle at one of cgarvieuk’s legendary tastings. absolutely gorgeous nose! huge barley wine! ovaltine, raisins, alcohol is muted if there at all. thin body and fairly fizzy and syrupy and oily. cherries, sugary alcohol, tart chocolate. crackin!
(original rating = 7 4 7 3 16 = 3.7)
smells nothing like the original Tokyo.
almost smells of nail polish
noticeably thinner than the original when pouring it.
thin body with some alcohol bite.
rather winey like port
lots of alcohol makes the oak or complexity difficult to find
like a barley wine w/ no real hop presence
i like this better than the original
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Reddish brown appearance with virtually no head. Very, very sweet, slightly fruity malty and quite alcoholic nose. Very sweet flavor that’s very strong with alcohol. Actually pretty smooth without too much burn on the finish but it is quite sugary.
Svesse (7630) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 5 March 2011) Pitch black colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with liquorice, strong black coffee, ashes and hints of oak wood. Malty, roasted taste with notes of strong sweet coffee, liquorice, raisins, dried fruit and slightly tart hints of cranberries. Full body, fairly sweet, with a generous coffee bitterness. Quite powerful, but still in very nice balance. Lovely beer.
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml shared with Meilby at Patricks. Pours black with small, dark tan head. aroma is molasses, coffee, alcohol, notes of paint thinner. Taste is very sweet, light to medium bitter, long sweet alcohol finish. Full body, oily to thick, soft carbonation. * : not as good as Tokyo. 23022011
TrefwoordPunk (871) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with a small tan head and an aroma of dark malts, syrup, alcohol and fresh fruits. The taste is sweet, tastes like syrup, and very alcoholic. The alcohol and the sweet syrup is pretty nasty and almost too much too swallow. I don’t really like it, especially for the high price for this beer. I’m slightly disappointed.
Maris (1307) - 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.