degbert (1300) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 Poured from bottle for my 100th review on Ratebeer, on my 42nd birthday. Wow, what a nose -- dark fruit, molasses, bread dough -- it almost smells like a dark rum. Color is an incredibly opaque dark brown; I couldn’t see anything through it, even held up an inch away from a strong fluorescent desk lamp. Head is pronounced and long-lasting with considerable lace. The flavor -- wow. Sweet and dark, like heavily sugared coffee laced with a bit of whisky. I can taste the cranberries, and there is a fleeting moment where the smell/taste of the jasmine flickers across my tongue and is then gone. Finishes dry and hot, but not in an unpleasant way. This is the first beer I’ve had from Brewdog that I thought was worth the hype. Well done.
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Black colored brew. Very oaky, bourbon aroma. Very strong alcoholic taste, bourbon, dry hopped, Very strong, boozy, aftertaste. You’ve got to sip this one for sure. Overall too boozy and too alcoholic. One night with heartburn and the day after too. I can still feel it burn, got a bad stomach, but still. Too much.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle labeled BREW DOG TOKIO* (sic). Dark brown, nearly black, with a thin tan head. Tastes more like a barleywine than a stout, malty, fruity, and sweet, almost syrupy. I can feel the burn of alcohol in my stomach but not in my mouth. I bought this for the novelty. I wouldn’t pay this much again.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by Rciesla- I was wondering why I put a star and 18.2 in my ratings! I actually didn’t know there were 2 entries here. Pours a deep dark woody brown near black with some ruby highlights as it pours- thinning head to nothing. Aroma is very intense as expected- tons of big fruity esters, some solvent light to medium ethanol noticed, sherry sweet oxidation along with some woody burnt malt notes, roast, and big oily resinous viscous chocolate syrup- some more solvent, fruity esters, fusels, and ethanol as it warms. Flavor is pretty big and sweet all around- fairly viscous, oily and alcoholic, boozy- solvent, some fruit, dark cherry and raisin sweetness, sherry sweet oxidation with soy blending with chocolate and roast- gets a bit oily and slick in the end and more alcohol- not the worst big beer over 18% but it is hard for me to get into crazy huge beers like this.
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Ørsted Ølbar. Pitch black - brown head. Burned, licorice, acid, alcoholic, wodden acid, sour acid aroma, sharpness, chocolate, coffee, sweetness, sticky sweetness, whiskey notes, high sweetness, roasted malts, caramel. Not that bad !!!
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
( 12oz bottle thanks to angrypirate06 batch 002 bb 12/14/19) Pours deep clear brown with bubbles on top. Nose of jasmine, hot alcohol, floral, hairspray, and cranberry. Taste of hairspray, extremely hot, astringent, bread, sweet chocolate, coffee, with a well carbonated finish. This just wasn’t very good.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled). Slight red tinge, otherwise black. Poured with no head. In the nose there’s lots of strong berries and sugars. Quite highly carbonated and rather thick. Quite a complex set of aromas in the mouth: raisins and blueberry, possibly some cheese too, also honey and marzipan later. Slightly ’silky’ mouthfeel. Well balanced. Lovely - and the strength certainly doesn’t come across.
mar (4997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to angrypirate06. poured a deep chocolate with ruby hints and a cream head. cranberries, sweet malts, alcohol and chocolate aromas. syrupy palate, flavors of cranberry and alcohol.
Defreni (2771) - Husum, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fad: Kulsort øl med et meget lille skumhoved. Fin karbonering i forhold til de høje procenter, men øllen er simpelthen for brændvarm til rigtig at kunne nydes. Men respekt for at flytte grænser skal der dog komme herfra.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from DK. Pours black with tan head. Nose is very fruity (cranberry and raspberry), and hints of oak and dark malt. Taste is fruity upfront, sweet molasses, some notes of dark chocolate with smooth finsih. Doesn’t seem like 18% that is for sure.