Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I know it’s big, I now it’s brash but it’s waaaaay better than I had expected it to be. Pours deep black with a big tan head that fades quickly to a thin beige film. The aroma is boozy vanilla, raisins, plum, chocolate and yeast with a touch of black cherry and blackberry. Flavour is like sweet marmite with vanilla pod, cookies, dough, chocolate gateau, fruits of the forest, cream, blackberry, tobacco and despite it’s sweetness the brew hides quite alot of complexity, over-ridden somewhat by the abv. Finish is long and fruity leading to a nutty aftertaste which is ver pleasant. The palate could have been more gooey for me, but I like that there is some subtle carbonated underpinning which helps make the drinking experience a little easier on the palate. If it was too viscous then it may fall into undrinkable territory by the end. All in all big beer, but not fot the masses.
Countbeer (4423) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell from bottle is a hint of hops, very lightly roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, butter and liquorice root.
Smell from glass is same as from bottle but less strong and mixed with the carbonation smell.
Pours a dark brown, almost black beer with a pretty big light beige foamy head, disappears slow.
Taste is a very strong mix of alcohol (not as usual but a spicy feel through the noose, the alcohol is very good noticable but this all in a positive way), and liquorice. Also very spicy (probably the alcohol) Every gulp you take is a strong explosion in the mouth. I also taste some wood (and slightly some grass) and a slight hint of hops and roasted ingredients. The liquorice, hops (slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste) spices and alcohol are most there.
Aftertaste is slightly bitter and the more roasted ingredients are better tasted.
Palate is almost viscous, which I really like. A very interesting brew, like it!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a thin laced brown head. Ridicously sweet and boozy on the nose and taste. I think cough medicine sums it up nicely as well. Very tough to drink. Funnily enough the Penguin is more balanced than the Tokyo. Light roast and syrupy sweetness but the heat really dominates. This is best described as ’When Imperial Stouts Go Terribly Wrong".
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled...Pours black with a thin tan head..aroma is very sweet with a slight floral note...Flavor is very intense. Starts off sweet in the beginning and finishes with a very very bitter dark chocolate flavor. Lots of booze...More carbonation then I am use to in a imperial stout. Interesting.
StefanSD (2130) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Label uses the spelling Tokio rather than Tokyo. Pours an opaque black color with a small beige head that soon dissipates to a fine ring. The aroma is strong with alcohol, dark roasted malts, molasses and raisins. The flavor is similar to the nose with raisins, molasses, rock candy and hard alcohol. The alcohol is noticeable but not distracting in a negative way. The palate is full and syrupy with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering molasses. Overall: A very interesting concoction, I appreciate the effort to push the boundaries of brewing.
Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is of alcohol. Hard to get past to the roasty undertones and just a hint of strawberry. Gorgeous in the glass. Cola brown with ruby highlights and a durable tan head. Initial taste is an intense sweetness and medicinal alcohol. This fades to more interesting tawny port and chocolate flavors and at the end of a very long finish one can pick out the vanilla. Has hop bitterness but not quite up to the sweetness and alcohol. Excellent creamy mouth feel. If they reduced the residual sweetness and alcohol levels this would be a very complex and very enjoyable stout. As is, I find it a bit unbalanced. Interetsing but not worth the investment in another.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine, Tustin, CA
oh my, don’t drink this near an open flame... the alcohol hit me right up front
then faded away and the cranberry along w/ the impy stout roasty/chocolatey kicked in.
For me, this one was way too far over the top.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a thick dark reddish-brown with a pretty good head. The aroma was alcohol-of course, syrup, glue-every hyper beer I smell smells like glue. The taste is a very sweet syrupy roast. Very carbonated hot beer. This beer made me conclude that I am not into hyper beers.
imdownthepub (10210) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at The Hotel du Vin, Birmingham. Dark brown with ruby hints, tan head. Initially very winey, with a grape like hit, then supplementary flavours like aniseed, cough medicine and liquorice poke their nose in. Candy like in the middle, then a heavy roasted finish. It plays with the senses certainly, but I wouldn’t keep going back to it.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is dark viscous black with a tight bubbled khaki head that laces delicately down the glass...smell is herbal at first...lots of jasmine and some smoke...sweetness too...boozey sweetness, hot...strike one...the nose is interesting, but not attractive...just like the rest of the Brewdog beers...the taste is sweet and roasty at first...sweet with some cocoa and light chocolatey flavors...a nice roasty flavor starts coming out even more as it warms...but the boozey alcoholic sweetness...some weird earth fruit sweetness too, like dates or something that doesn’t quite fit...all in all though, the boozey sweetness is pretty overwhelming...the finish is sweet and hot with some dry wood notes battling the alcohol...in the incredibly high alcohol imperial stout war, this is a distant runner up to the obvious DFH-->Mikkeller-->(h mention?)Avery under-attenuated palate wrecking trainwrecks ...