daniele (9063) - ITALY - JUL 28, 2010
scura discreta schiuma media persitenza naso intenso fruttato tostato leggero etilico legno un tocco vinoso floreale in bocca tostaue fruttato legno lieve etilico luppoli nel finale piacevoli diversi aromi che creano una buona armonia ma poco bevibile causa l’elevata alcolicità ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours a totally opaque black, with a yellow-beige head. Dark, rich and sweet aromas abound, with cranberries and port coming through strongly. More sweet berry flavours mingle with a hint of peppery hops in the initial taste. The mid-palate mixes Irish coffee with port, and the finish is full of a lovely alcoholic warmth. A delightful beer, full of flavours not normally found in beer, it is, however, one that must be drunk slowly, not the least because of its huge 18.2% ABV! It is nonetheless a lovely brew, well worth seeking out. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2010
I found this to be nearly undrinkable...strong alcohol flavor and warming was not balanced out by enough malt or a full body...
Looked good, dark pour with tan head, lots of cranberry flavor when the booze subsides. Body just didn’t have it...super strong imperial stout this is, well balanced it is not. Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2010
[email protected]sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2010
jet black with a snall tan head.Aroma is soy sauce ,sweet malt ,chocolate ,caramel and alcohol.Flavour is warming alcohol,soy ,sweet malt ,coffee and roasted malt.Really full body,very soft carbonation. Wow this is a special beer.
(Bottled, sampled 2010-05-05) Very dark brown with a smallish, but firm, beige head. Very earthy nose with some alcohol, but also strong herbiness, hops, and belgian-style spices. Sweet and liqueurish flavor with alcohol burn, hefty amount of hops, even burnedness towards the finish - but also herbs (and jasmine and green tea, according to my wife). Long, bitter, soy-sauce-like aftertaste combined with warming alcohol burn. Only medium to full body, with more CO2 than expected, considering the ABV. Quite raw at this point, but probably gets better in a few years.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Tokio* version at 18.2% abv. Draft served in a short tasting glass. Wow, what a concoction! Poured dark coffee in color with minimal head and lace. The nose is full-tilt and ultra-complex. Oak, molasses, coffee, and heat. The alcohol does not overpower here, adding to this brews wonderful whiskey-lite aromatics. Very sweet flavor. Gets hot quick, but at 36 proof what else would you expect. Full body, mild carbonation, thick, slick mouthfeel and a hot, sweet finish. Still feeling the heat minutes later. Brilliant! radagast83 (8074) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
11.2oz bottle as "Tokio*" Pours a pitch black color, small, almost non-existent dark tan head. Aroma is pure dark malts with notes of berry fruits, oak, vanilla. Palate is smooth, creamy, rich. Flavor is sweet malts, dry character - vanilla, oak. A fine beverage that I had to split due to the 18.2% alcohol content. RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Pours inky black with no head or lacing. aroma is faily mild, consisting of sweet molases and licorice. Taste is extreme, almost too much. Very sweet taste, mostly of dextrose. cranberries make an appearance in the tste along with caramel, chocolate and a wollop of hops. finish is lined with jasmine and filled with chocolate and grapefruit. interesting. This brewmight be a bit much for me. larsga (7542) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2010
Biggish dark brown head. Nearly opaque black body goes dark brown at edges. Roasty marzipan and spice aroma, very round and harmonic, with apple, alcohol, and jasmine notes. Sweet, and faintly acidic, burnt roasty chocolate and jasmine taste with alcoholic apple notes. Hot, sharp mouthfeel. Dryish-acidic Fisherman’s friend and spicy jasmine aftertaste with dusty chocolatey salmiak licorice notes. Very interesting and unusual, and also highly drinkable and enjoyable. Not perfect, though: the jasmine is a bit sharp. Could become amazing if they get it right. (0.33l bottle, Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo.) JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
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, it’s not all that malty. It’s quite an odd duck and I can’t say I’m a huge fan of it.