deyholla (7701) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin gray brown head that dissipated quite quickly to the edges. Aroma had strong dark malt notes with pretty present oak. There were underlying tones of alcohol and cranberries. Cranberries are still and undertone but more present on the tongue with strong dark malts and oak dominating again. The alcohol was also definitely more present on the tongue.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at City Beer in SF.
Pours nearly black in color - not quite as black as I expected it to - with a small, fading tan head. Fairly viscous.
Aroma is pretty crazy. Very vinous and fruity, along with roast, chocolate, earth, and booze. Lots of booze. A little tartness evident even.
The flavor is dominated by dark fruits, interestingly. Red wine, cranberries, cherries, and prunes stand out. There is also some roast and chocolate, but it is definitely in the background. Lots of alcohol.
Boozy and warming on the palate with surprisingly thin body (although still above average) given the ABV. Carbonation level is medium-low.
This beer is fine overall, itís just not a very well-crafted imperial stout in my opinion. This seems to be a case of throwing as much as possible into a beer and hoping something good comes out. Tokyo* is definitely an extreme beer, but as for whether itís a good beer, the juryís still out.
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, somewhere between dark brown and black, with a tan head. The scent is of booze, raisins and malts. The taste and palate are fantastic, alcohol, malts, nuts, and sweet vanilla. Cant tell its 18%.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. pours a dark black color with a small head. aroma of coffee beans being ground, sweet vanilla, and booze. taste: a little sweetness before the espresso shot comes around, then some oaky woody flavor, booze, and then long evolving aftertaste.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Espresso shot, 2 sugars, choco covered berrry chaser. Smells like WWStout but covers the 18%so well youíd swear it was only 10. DANGERSOUS.
Pinball (11089) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown, not black, small light brown head that goes away rather quickly.
boozy and malty sweet aroma, faint licorice, faint roasted stuff. the booze is a little too strong in the nose, stingy.
flavor is very strong , alc. burn, roasted stuff, faint woody like character, strong malty sweetness, faint toffee, faint fruity note, flavor resembles more a strong barley wine than an imp. stout, or rather 1/3 stout, 2/3 barley wine. If i was to guess iíd guess the alc.% at 12 to 14 pct, so you could say itís well hidden, but itís not. It wouldnít hurt with a lower alc.%,but i think this beer is made to provoke, not to conform.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew marked BBF 23/3/20 batch 03 from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a thick foamy lacing. The strong aroma was of sake like vinous medicinal alcohol, dark malt and licorice. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly stingingly tingly at the finish with a stinging vinous alcohol aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of vinous and alcohol which burns as it goes down. A decent one that I would consider drinking again but definitely not quaffable. As a novelty beer itís great but it is just to vinous and burning to be quaffable. It gave me the beer shivers!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle, best by 3/3/2020, from grape & gourmet. pours a very dark mahogany with hints of red around the edges with a thin, light khaki head and a sliver of lace. aroma is great with big notes of dry chocolate, char, toasted caramel, and tons of dark fruit notes including prune, fig, and hints of cherry with notes of spicy brandy, sweet oak, and pistachio shells. flavor is outstanding with big, slightly tart, brandy-dipped fruit notes of cherry, pear, and prune initially that slowly give way to massive toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and roast coffee with a light sweetness of oak and vanilla on the back end and finishing with a sweet but spicy boozy warmth. palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with light carbonation and certainly too easy to drink for 18.2%. overall, and deliciously aggressive brew.
Muggus69 (1409) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I canít help but draw on my experience with Mikkeller Black, the strongest beer iíve tried before this, at 17% or so abv. Black was certainly ridiculously dark and potent, and would probably cellar as long as a good Bordeaux. And as an enticing a thought it is; drinking a beer iíd let cellar until iím in my 60ís, Iíd rather something more palatable earlier on....enter Brewdog.
She pours a demonic black body with reasonably thick persistent tan foam that eventually dies down.
Aroma is rich, just yells out winter warmth in a bottle; brandy, dark chocolate mousse, sticky date pudding, buttery oak, espresso and marmalade. Booze makes its presence known in a subtle way, like a good port.
Texture is very sticky yet dries out quite quickly with oak and roasted tannin, palate is very full straightup yet not as persistent as hoped. Low carbonation is welcome.
Undoubtedly alot going on, like any good stout, with an extra dimension or two from that MAMMOTH abv; espresso, port, rich hot chocolate, burnt toast, French oak vanilla, sticky toffee, some caramelised roast vegetable characters that are oddly tasty and complimentary. Really goes to another level. Finish is suprisingly restrained for bitterness and roast astrigency; the big lingering alcohol sweetness probably helps. Warm on the way down, just like a good brandy.
Certainly a well rounded double strength Imperial stout. My biggest probably is itís really way too easy to drink. And drinking half a bottle of port-strength liquor in a short amount does have its downsides!
TheMantle (37) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle. This is a tough one to rate becuase I dont have much to benchmark this off of. Smells like booze and a bit of juniper berries. The taste is very boozy with a bit of other flavors in there that are tough to make out becuase the booze kills them quickly. Overall, not a bad beer for the abv