Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This invited comparisons for me to the DFH WWS, since it ends up close to the same, rarified abv. I have liked both and actually would disagree with those who think this isnít that smooth--the abv is remarkably tempered beneath the layered flavors/aromas that are allowed to pierce your palate. Rich, roasted, lilting and ambitious. Delicious beer. Bottle bought in Amsterdam.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark dark brown with a quickly receding brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, booze, some coffee and caramel notes. A bit of chocolate, but a lot of booze. Flavor is pretty hot but with some big roasted malt notes. A bit of chocolate lingering in the back. This is a big boozy beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle from stopbarking poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky mahogany brown that doesnít quite get to full black. There is a fairly big bubbly tan head that recedes to a small cap and leaves no lacing but a bit of legs on the side.
The aroma is heavily roasted black malts, charred almost, with a big vanilla sweetness and cranberries. No doubt about the alcohol in this one as it burns the nostrils. Lots of oak and a hint of jasmine lend a light spiciness to the nose.
The taste starts with a quick hit of chocolate covered cranberries but itís quickly swept away by the oak and vanilla which has an accompanying alcohol burn. The taste doesnít seem quite as charred as the nose but more boozy and sweet. It burns a lot.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and seriously boozy. Slick with soft carbonation.
This is a big, oaky stout with a ton of contrasting flavors and a massive alcohol presence. Itís certainly low on the drinkability scale but itís an interesting beer to try once.
Sigmund (5552) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 18.2%. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Strong aroma of oak, molasses, roasted malts, sweetened strong coffee, dark dried fruits and alcohol. The flavour is sweet, malty and roasty, notes of burnt caramel and molasses, the alcohol is very noticeable. A moderate hoppy bitterness in the finish. A bit too far out on the sweet side, Iím afraid - but definitely worth sampling.
jgb9348 (4968) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, chunk brown coloured body with a muddy highlight and a very thin tan head. Aroma of strong malt, whiskey, vanilla, a light bit of caramel and tons of alcohol. Full-bodied; Chewy mouthful with a deep pungent roasty malt, chocolate and nutty flavour with a bunch of earth and spices thrown in and of course - a ton of alcohol and pitted fruit flavours. Aftertaste shows a lot of complexity, with anise and a touch of herbs coming out, along with the dryness and alcohol. Overall, a strong and perhaps way too overproduced (high in alcohol). I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 21-June-2010. Batch #2, Best Before 14-December-2019!
Borresteijn (5180) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at stout tasting at In de Wildeman. Deep dark brown colour, thin beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, malts, alcohol, light coffee notes. Flavour is very sweet, sugary, malty, dark fruits, lots of oak, light bitter but mostly sweet alcoholic finish. Medium to fullbodied. Way too sweet for my taste.
popery (1574) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, City Beer Store, BrewDog night. This was an interesting beer, but it was just a bit too big for its own good with heat overshadowing much of the complexity. Appearance is very dark brown to black with a pretty good light brown head, unexpected in such a big beer. Unfortunately, this beer is quite hot. Thereís a lot of booze in the aroma and even more on the palate. Thereís chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and roast, but itís all buried under alcohol and the more delicate notes just donít really show up. For instance, itís floral and fruity but I canít pick out jasmine or cranberries specifically. I would enjoy trying the normal version of this beer for a point of comparison and to see if more subtlety came through without quite so much booze. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, also from the booze. Itís not terrible at all, but the alcohol content just throws things off-balance for me.
zach8270 (3775) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 (bottle - 330 ml) Spelled "Tokio" on the label. Pitch black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Huge aroma. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, oak and fruit notes. Flavor starts off with a roasted malt and cranberry sweetness. Light chocolate and coffee flavors blend with the cherries and move toward the palate delivering a roasted and bittersweet flavor. Finish is warm, but not hot, and that nice light cranberry hint. Couldnít really taste the jasmine that the label said, but still an outstanding stout. Alcohol is really hidden well.
Beer4000 (4916) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Black body with a moderate light brown head. Strong aroma of sweet malt, slightly roasted, liquorices, coffee and quite distinct alcohol, but not raw. I could just sit there and enjoy the aroma for a long time. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dry fruit like plum, wood and liquorices. Moderate bitterness with hint of grapefruit in the aftertaste. Quite sweet, but the high alcohol balance this very well.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I could have sworn the bottle read Tokio* but maybe I was wrong. I ate some crazy Indian food before I drank this one and had a crazy vomit episode following. Too bad it seemed like a good beer. Cranberry covered the high abv quite well. A lot of hype behind this beer when I got a hold of it. Not bad - would like to try again minus indie food.