RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost, but not quite, black pour with tan head. Nose is very aggressive alcohol, darly roasted grain, oak, sweet malt. The flavors are intense and varied...sweet malt, licorice, chocolate, oak, dark fruits like dates and plums, and fairly intense alcohol, along with a really bitter finish. The hops are PNW in type and fairly strong grapefruit and pine in nature. Really big brew!
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Flavor of sweet blackberries, licorice, chocolate fudge. Very stimulating flavors and mouth feel: the combination of alcohol, hops, and sourness are slightly shocking and really wake the mouth up. A very fun, interesting beer that is not all that stout-like.
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at Stone Bistro. I assume this is the correct one, as it is newer. Pours a dark brown, not quite black, frothy tan head. Dry roasted malt, touch of dark fruit and liquorice, smoke, and bitting bitter hops. Almost grapefruit like citrusy. Also some oak in there. Interesting and enjoyable, not that hot for it’s abv.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, slightly thin mahogany with a nice (but quickly fading) beige head. Aroma is straight-up Aqua Net and alcohol, with bits of chocolate, dark fruit, and melon. Flavor is about as opposite from an aroma as a beer can get: dark, smoky oak with candied sugar, raisin syrup, alcohol-infused marshmallow, and a hint of peat in the finish. Full and thick mouthfeel. Excellent beer; pretty potent (duh, it’s 18.2%) but the alcohol doesn’t detract from the rest of the beer. It definitely lets its presence be known but softly steps aside so other elements can shine. I’ll be buying more of this for cellaring.
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A hefty brew. Gives a shiny, motor oil pour with a solid off-white head. Nose of roasted malts and some light coffee. Some alcohol hints, too. In the flavor, though, that alcohol is pervasive, almost dominant. A traditional imperial stout character does come through, however, in the form of rich coffee and burnt malts. Heavy in body with modest carbonation, this is a smooth beer. With the high ABVm it also warms like crazy. Potent and pretty darn good.
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark very brown, almost black. Dry, intense oaky aroma with notes of liquorice. Nice malty flavour with notes of liquorice. Long bitter finish.
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, 33cl, 18.2% abv, batch 02) Almost black coloured hue with a ruby shine and a brown and dense medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and moderately roasty malty aroma with notes of berries and dried fruits, accompanied by chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Sweet flavour with a tinge of roasty bitterness, full bodied with a smooth, almost viscid mouthfeel. Pretty balanced taste of moderately roast-malty and fruity accents combined with notes of vanilla and an always present but nevertheless well-embedded alcoholic burn. Sweet and roasty, slightly peaty and alcohol-warming finish. Stronger but much more balanced than the Paradox Springbank I had before. Not exactly that what I´d expect from the style ... 22.III.10
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at SL by robert. Pours a pitch black color, small head. Funky aroma of some dark fruits with an alcohol note. Taste isnt that bad for being 18 pecent... Dark fruits....cherries... malty with a slight warmth from the alcohol. Medium texture. Overall not sure what the price tag is but probably wouldnt buy it again but I did enjoy sampling it. Thanks Robert!
pilsnerrogge (2536) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a small head. Dry, woody aroma with notes of liquorice and a little bit of smoke. Medium body. Sweetish, malty flavour with notes of liquorice. Long alcohol bitter finish; in fact this one was quite boozier than the Nuclear Penguin.
jesperhammer (3049) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
19-MAR-2010, bottle with Ulkløbben - @home, from "Fish & Beer".
Tasted side by side with the "ordinary" Tokyo.
Surprisingly much more head than Tokyo.
Alcohol is very present on the nose, but I can live with that:-)
Much sweeter, more carbonation. And then all the same lovely aromas. Barrels are not overwhelming just adding to the complexity of a fantastic beer.