Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 960   ABV: 32%
Brewdog paradox which was aged for 9 months in a speyside cask then 9 months in a smokehead cask, then taken to an icecream factory and frozen over the course of 2 weeks, then the non frozen liquid was drained off. Came out at 32% and at time of release was the strongest beer in the world.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrnkMcDermott (3031) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
2 oz. sample from bottle. Rating #2200! $20 @ Palmer Place. They charged this much for a taste of Utopias, so its a value. Big sweet smell of sherry and brandy. No foam, just a dark ruby beer that bounces off a lot of room lights. Smell now has notes of Baileys Irish Cream. First tiny sip is a bottomless pit of brown malt. Full of alcohol fumes, but somehow not hot. Just the first two sips have left the inside of my mouth with a coating of malt and resin. Heck, its varnish and a clear coat on top, too. Even less than an ounce worth is quite intoxicating. No one who doesnt know the story of this drink would think its a beer. Yet its nothing less than, say, a Krampus distilled and reduced to its barest essence. No carbonation on my tongue. Definitely more potent than an 80 proof brandy. Alcoholic to the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dioalen (11) - - JAN 17, 2017
Un produit atypique. Brune foncée à noire cette bière est une explosion de saveur en bouche. Une bière extra-ordinaire qui tranche les saveurs et les avis. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franzen (516) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2017
Sweet vineous aroma like Port wine, dark syrup and fruity. Raisins, liquorice and coffee in the taste. Really interesting and much better than expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoppy_Luke (1396) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Piwo z pewnością kultowe, ciekawe, a przede wszystkim, bardzo mocne. 32% to nie wynik tradycyjnego procesu, a wymrażania. Oczywiście nie jest to trunek sesyjny, ale na spotkanie w pięcioosobowym gronie było idealne! Bardzo oleista konsystencja, ciemnobrązowe, bez piany, bez gazu... Aromat ciemnych, suszonych owocw, czekolady. Likierowy. W smaku mocy nie czuć. Czuć za to owoce, owoce w likierze, czekoladę. Całość tworzy bardzo smaczną kompozycję. Ciężko myśleć o Pingwinie jako o piwie, ale to i tak trunek wart uwagi! Ciekawe doznanie!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnase (467) - Kronoby, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2016
Taster @ Brewdog, helsinki. Intense dried plums and dark fruit, strong booze, some stingy acetone, spices. Unsurprisingly feels like a schnaps. Goes down easily though, warming and smooth. Sticky and oily, though. spectacular in all ways. and i love the name

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Korcz (1773) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 2, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2016
9th Nov 2016: 375ml bottle between four at the monthly Shrewsbury beer exchange group meeting in Chez Sophie. Cheers Simon for trying to kill us all with this offering. Strong stuff isnt it! Actually I quite liked it. Thick, sticky and sweet: what is there not to like?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4784) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2016
375ml bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie Oct 16, thanks to Simon! Pours pitch black, oily, no head. Aroma is quite something, huge molasses and liquorice. Taste is intense, continuing this with added coffee, dark fruits, treacle.. quite sticky, rich and super boozy. Intense stuff that ensured the next day was a complete write-off!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tfredvik (1830) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2016
Its impossible to rate this crazy invention. I opened this bottle 2 years(!) ago, and I havent been able to write a reasonable rating before now. Should the Penguin be compared to an imperial stout? Should it be rated as a whisky? Should it be given extra points for being an absurd creation? Well, this is probably one of the most amazing liquids that has ever entered by mouth, so lets rate it as such. It is an extremely intense beer concentrate, with every element you find in a perfect barrel aged imperial stout turned up to 11. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark dried fruits, dark berries, oak, whisky, vanilla, alcohol... you just pick every random word that pops into your head when you think about "barrel aged imperial stout" and youll find it in this remarkable syrup. Its heavy sweet and heavy bitter, and the finish is everlasting. The pitch black body is not carbonated, but that doesnt bother me. Its a beer that can be stored for months after opening without degrading. I do not recommend keeping it for two years, though, some notes of wet paper and cardboard has started to become a bit too obvious. The first half year after opening, this is close to perfection. Wow.
[repeated small samples from a 37.5 cl bottle, opened 9 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (896) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2016
Bottled. A bottle brought from Slovakia to Canada for my friend Erik for his 40th birthday. Batch 915. Best before forever. Just kidding. Best before 2025. Pours a black and brown color. Pours like sirup, oil. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, dried plums, licorice, plum marmalade and tons of booze. Epic! Taste is sweet, chocolate, plums, dried fruits, imperial stout, molasses stickiness. Dry boozy chocolate bitter finish. Epic experience!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HPDalen (376) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle to share. Pours black with no head. Aroma full of alcohol, licorice, dark chocolate and coffe. Full body, quite flat. It tastes mostly alcohol and coffe. I enjoy my Frank Zappa albums much more than I enjoy this beer.

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