caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown with a decent medium brown head. Nose is potent but surprisingly non-abrasive, with lots of creamy-roastiness, a little chocolate, and plenty of booziness. Flavor is extremely alcohol-dominated (what do you expect?...it’s 18.2%) with a chocolate rich malt. The hops are virtually undistinguishable, especially considering the supposed 90 IBU rating. This definately leans toward a hyper-imperial cream stout. Drinkability is modest though...the booze is just so potent. Finish is sticky and the alcohol lingers. It’s decent enough but would be much better down around 12%, where alcohol is manageable and more subtle flavors have a chance.
Sizzler80 (434) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had Tokyo a while ago but it is still very vivid in my mind. As a matter of fact I think I still have a layer of it on my tongue. It was my first very strong beer of any kind and it really was a treat. As soon as you crack the top the aroma of toast, summer fruits, spice, liquorice and an antique furniture shop. It seemed quite viscous on the pour with a light brown head which held pretty well. The stout seemed very dark initially but it seemed to lighten up a little. Well to say I got a slap in the mouth on the taste is an understatement. You can feel every bit of the 18.2% and I did think to myself there is no way this is stout. Cranberry comes in very strongly on the palate as does that liqourice and toffee.
This is a sipper and what a sipper !
S_Side_Smitty (424) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma is dark malts, molasses, and maybe a little rubbing alcohol. Taste is sweet, sweet - I know from the 18.2% ABV - molasses and malts. Not super complex, but the ABV is not in your face. Dangerous beer, but quite good if you like molasses.
PS: After reading other reviews, I can pick up the cherry nuances in this one. I’ll adjust my score accordingly.
dexcansino (423) - Andalucía, SPAIN - MAR 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Esta es una de las cervezas que más me ha sorprendido en mi vida. Toda una sensación de sabores, olores, frutas, especialmente higos, especias, chocolates, cafés, mieles. Disimula especialmente bien el alcohol. Recomiendo compartirla con dos o tres amigos. Un placer para todos los sentidos.
Finwe (412) - Grankulla, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Quite sweet aroma with lots of sugars and roasted malt. Sweet flavour with some vanilla, chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. A bit too much sugar, otherwise a very good stout indeed.
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark colour with small brown head. Aroma is wood and alcohol, some coffe notes as well. Taste is pretty much the same, nice balance concerning hops and roasted malts.I personally prefer the Paradox Jura beer, but this is a good one too.
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with almost no head.
First impression: raisins, rhum, barley syrup. Huge!
Berries and roasted malt in mouth, very complex.
Very sweet first then like a porto wine: fruity, structured and alcoholic. Alcohol heat comes in aftertaste!
Big stout for connoisseurs? I would say for anybody wants a huge experience.
This stout is big, complex and strong (obviously). The scent is pure chocolate, raisins, coffee and alcohol. While the alcohol is well-hidden, lots of rich malts and craisins make for a solid undertone. Overtones of chocolate covered cranberries and light, woody notes create a fairly complex balance. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and a very pleasant warmth. For 18% abv this brew hardly shows it at all.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Had on tap at Haven Gastropub. 6 oz. pour, sifter. Poured a dark brown / black with very small tan head and no head retention. Aroma of cherries, oak, coffee, and alcohol - lots of alcohol. The alcohol aroma almost put off one of the other drinkers, but we powered through. The taste is similar to aroma - heavy in alcohol and sweet. Hints of oak, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes a bit harsh with alcohol and some lingering fruits. A complex beer that just has too much alcohol that is not well hidden at all. An experience, but no need to repeat.
elbernays (390) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
When you pop the bottle on this the aroma hits you like a train. The alcohol content fires out of the bottle. It overpowering. It warms the cockles and the stomach. Not a warm evening beer. Creamy texture, slight carbonation which carries the sweet chocolate alcohol flavour with it. Dark beer with reddish head. Mixed feelings about this beer. It doesn’t have a bitter balance and you cannot get the woody nut fragrance /flavour of other stouts. Think it’s too unbalanced. Okay just.
janubio (387) - SPAIN - NOV 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Bottle, 330 ml. Wow, this is a great one. Brown-black colour, pours a dark red head, that doesn’t hold much. Smell of coffee, figs, pepper, vanilla, licorice, with toasted notes, maybe wood... and pure alcohol, maybe too much ethanol. Thick body, it seems to "weight" in your tongue, and dumb it. Taste is the same of smell, plus oranges and definitely wood. Maybe too agressive, even more when it warms, but a pleasure to your senses. It may be hard to drink for most people, even for beer lovers, but it’s really great.