hirigalzkar (2355) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black, beige head. Smells alcohol and cranberries. Tastes chocolate, cranberries and alcohol. Too much alcohol in taste.
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. High and lasting creamy light brown head leaving nice curtains. Very dark brown body. Alcohol dominated choccolate raisin aroma with a good deal of hops. Flavor likewise alcohol dominated roasted malt choccolate vanilla raisin with low carbonation and a long bitter aftertaste. Guess it would be a good idea to store it some more time.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought at Tanakaya in Tokyo. After missing this on tap at Hamilton’s and missing out on it on a trip to Scotland, I was really excited to be able to buy it in Tokyo. Opened at paytoplay’s tasting. That’s where the excitement ends. It was really hard to drink. Kind of a medicainal booziness, probably from the higher alcohol level. Light sweetness, but maybe needs more. Hint of smokiness.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle wetherel bought in japan, and he shared it today. Pours blackish with a light brown ring. Nose is smokey and rich. Taste is sweet, rich, malty and slick, pretty decent, alcohol is quite well hidden, still a sipper.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a minimal beige head that don’t leave much of a lacework.
The smell is fairly hands on: Sweet dark fruits (prunes, cherrys, raisins), some chocolate notes, roasted malts and alcoholic fumes. Mostly reminiscent of fruits soaked in some alcoholic beverage. Not terrible, but it’s definitely too dominated by the alcohol.
The flavor is really sweet with lots of aromas of dark sweet fruits and alcohol. Notes of roasted malts. chocolate, raisins and perhaps some faint hints of wood and flowers. The finish is dominated by boozy and sweet alcohol, some roasted bitterness and licorice.
Rather full-bodied and smooth, but nowhere near the excellent mouthfeel of the regular Tokyo. It looses much carbonation quite fast.
I liked the original batch of Tokyo, but this one is not nearly as good. Actually, I’m wondering why the hell they decided to treat it like this. It obviously cannot handle the high ABV as it is too boozy and hot. I kind of enjoyed it at first as a slow sipper, but after a while it got quite cloying.
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Vihreä Haltiatar, Jyväskylä. Almost black color. Roasty and boozy aroma with perfumed jasmine, raisins and licorice. Sweet and roasty flavor with burning alcohol, dark sugar, licorice and chocolate. Vinous raisiny and berryish finish. There is nice port wine like complexity but this is too boozy, needs more age I guess.
BuckeyeBoy (2863) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First off thanks to Douglas88 for sharing this high octane brew. Bottle Pours out black topped with a little head. Aroam is alcahol burn along with some sweetness. A little coffee and pit fruit. Taste more from the aroma. The high abv over powers a lot of lighter notes. But you still get the coffee, sweetness, and pit fruit. A fun brew to try.
espenra (884) - Kurland, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from the brewery. Best before 2019-12-14. It poured a pitch black colour with a big creamy light brown head that settled down slowly in the glass. Some carbonation. Aroma is a bit sour. Notes of coffee, omalts and alcohol. The flavour is rich and feels like it grows in the mouth. Not suprising the alcohol is the first thing one notices. Notes of coffee. malts, liqorice, sugar or syrup and dark bitter chocolate. Suprisinvgly short aftertaste. It is a special beer, but this is mostly because of the high ABV volume. If you’re looking for a beer with a high ABV I’d recommend Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon, preferably 1st edition but the 2nd edition is not too shabby either.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with DJMonarch, at GBBF 2009, 7th August 09. Pure black with no head. Intense alcohol note on the nose. So alcoholic it is hot to drink! Some meringue on the initial taste but any more than a sip is too much! Leaves a strong coffee aftertaste and maybe some of those cranberries. On balance, I don’t think the beer is a failure, but my palate is on this occasion.
wheresthepath (1615) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[330ml bottle from brewery’s own website] Deep ruby, slight tan head, slight fizz. Strong and rather offputting burnt-wood bitterness to start; quite dry too. Fruitiness starts to grow (blackberry and raisin) and sweetness with it, hiding a huge liquorice punch behind that catches you rather off guard. Some port, coffee and smoke emerges as you head into a rather sweet and sticky finish. The alcohol is not evident but grows as you drink it; for a while it furs your tongue and makes you feel your face is starting to melt, before it subsides to leave a pleasantly warm, happy feeling inside (it never actually burns). So, don’t be put off by the unpleasant start; it’s a very complex and interesting beer, quite unlike any other beer I’ve yet tried, and the more I drank the more I enjoyed it. It’s not Brewdog’s best by a long shot though, and does feel rather unbalanced at times.