JoeMcPhee (7671) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Deep dark brown pour. A touch of light tan head. The nose is sweet and a little bit salty. There is a bit of light coffee and cocoa as well as a touch of molasses/brown sugar over some deeply toasted malt character. Fairly boozy with a distinct maple/caramel sweetness. Rich and chewy with a touch of earthy bitterness. As it warms up though it does become intensely boozy. The whisky really pops out of this and although the beer is plenty sweet, itís not all that malty. Itís quite an odd duck and I canít say Iím a huge fan of it.
DuffMan (5242) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with my wife. Very dark brown, viscous pour with a dense brown cap. Super-sweet sticky body, lots of barrel character but that isnít what kills this for me. There is so much residual sugar, itís cloying. Not as hot as Iíd expected for a brew that clocks in at 18+% ABV, but it is a sweet cloying mess. The first Brewdog brew that is a major disappointment for me (I donít count Penguin-- my hopes were not set high for that one in the first place!).
onlyrocknroll (378) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An interesting beer, which I liked immediately due its complexity and sheer strength of flavour, until after a few sips I found it overbearing and unpleasantly alcoholic. Dark red, nearing black, with a foam head that disappeared instantly. The aroma is sweet, molasses, burnt caramel and warming alcohol. The same burnt caramel flavour dominates initially, with wood notes, very sweet., very bitter. The alcohol finishes very strong, too strong. Also I feel a little drunk after half a bottle. A beer worth experiencing once, some may love it, but I didnít.
DubC5000 (302) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intensely sweet, very strong, brownish-black ale. Besides the alcohol and sugary sweetness, there is honestly not much to this beer. What little aroma there is is slightly malty, slightly smoky, but mostly nonexistent.
Fratto (2348) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Hallís Grocery. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is pepper, floral, a little cocoa, and toffee. Taste is vanilla, very spicy, hints of coffee, a little chocolate, and licorice. Finish is awkward. For an 18.2% beer, the alcohol is ridiculously masked. This was a disappointment (especially considering the $15 price for 12oz), but that alcohol was hidden about as well as it could be.
gunnar (3726) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger.Pours dark brown with a small fast disappearing tanned head. Aroma is sweet alcoholic with some sugars. Ends quite bitter with a sweet tail.
TrefwoordPunk (711) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with a small tan head and an aroma of dark malts, syrup, alcohol and fresh fruits. The taste is sweet, tastes like syrup, and very alcoholic. The alcohol and the sweet syrup is pretty nasty and almost too much too swallow. I donít really like it, especially for the high price for this beer. Iím slightly disappointed.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, courtesy darkguardian. Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown color with a thin tan film at the head. Minimal, wet spots of lacing mark the glass. It definitely doesnít look like the type of imperial stout Iím used to, seemingly void of the requisite dark black, opaque body. The nose is very boozy, burning with grain alcohol right up front. As the heat subsides, notes of cocoa and cranberry begin to emerge, bringing wit them hints of burnt honey, earth, and some bready yeast. Flavors follow suit, again based in dry cocoa and caramelized honey, with a generic dark fruitiness and hints of tart berry. The body is scorching hot and sugary, yet somehow thinner than anticipated. This one is about as overrated as they come. Horrible imperial stout, in my opinion.
MadIndian (2129) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I think there is a thing as too complex. Or trying to do too much with a beer. And getting the blend messed up, and thatís what I feel happened with Tokyo.
Black pour with aromas of dark fruit (Raisons, oak and berry)
Taste is an over bearing berry and jasmine. Some raison, spice, wood, licorice, earth, bourbon and toast.
I normally like Brew dog and I love big beers, but they jus didní think this one trough. I was dissapointed.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine, Tustin, CA
oh my, donít drink this near an open flame... the alcohol hit me right up front
then faded away and the cranberry along w/ the impy stout roasty/chocolatey kicked in.
For me, this one was way too far over the top.