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Tactical Nuclear Penguin - BrewDog

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 23.51%
Wants: 207
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  32.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made by freezing Paradox to remove water.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2009)
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3/5  rDev -15%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Mlitesonata, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

mick303, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

CaptainNomihodai, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

twh7, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

owend, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of KentMills
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought this hard to acquire beer at Bacchanalia in Cambridge, England.

It poured as black and thick as used oil with a lovely brown head.

It smelled at first like alcohol, but turned into hints of chocolate and raisin as it breathed.

The taste was a mind grenade for me. I assumed a world record setter for alcohol couldn't have flavor, but my mouth was flooded with dark cherry, chocolate and molasses. Amazing!

It's sad I may never get to try this beer again, but at least there are some annually released imperial stouts that are this good, though still not very easy to get.

KentMills, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

JRod1969, Feb 19, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

GOGRANDE, Feb 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

dbfp210, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Loganyoung, Feb 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

imperiallibations, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

baybum, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

zekeman17, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

phishphorce, Jan 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

oline73, Jan 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

woodchipper, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

DangerDawg, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

whiterapid, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of koganator
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on 12/31/2012 for New Years Eve at Brew dog Camden in London as a gift from me to me.
The bartender whipped out a bottle and poured it into a shot glass which he then poured into a tulip wine glass.

A: Deep whisky colored brown, no head or any other hint in the appearance that this is in fact a beer. But it's a nice butterscotch-ish color.

S: And this is where the show hits the road; imagine any variant of caramel, toffee, and tootsie roll-esque things and put them into liquid form. This is an deviously intriguing smell, but I pray that it isn't overwhelmingly sweet when I drink it.

T: First thing comes to mind: Really smooth. Like a fine liquor. It's definitely sweet, but not so much as to be offensive. Buttery and mineraly caramel flavors dominate as was previously suggested in the nose. This is interesting, it's both one-dimensional and incredibly complex at the same time... almost like a paradox. Somehow reminds me of bailey in it's texture and sweetness. No carbonation to speak of either.

M: Smooth, but after having the portion I had, I would not want more the following night. It's best consumed in thoughtful and slow doses.

O: The aging potential for this beer is terrifying. It's really got a lot in it that I don't know the proper descriptors for. And with time I feel like this will synchronize into something rivaling a well aged single malt whisky. If you balk at the price thinking your in for an over priced beer, think again. I would say purchasing a bottle of this is like buying a fine brown liquor that you intend to keep for a while and whip out at special occasions.

koganator, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

StuffedCabbage, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

stairwell2811bre, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown woody color. Similar to hard liquors left alcohol marks in the glass. No head or carbonation whatsoever.
Sweet malt and woody aroma, Brandy type of scent, booze is felt in the air around it.
In the taste, alcohol numbs your mouth and malt is one of the few clear elements that makes it recognized as beer. Very woody with smoked flavors such as for some particular scotch that uses peat in the process.
Body is heavy and oily.
I found their stronger version, Sink the Bismarck, more tasteful.

FLima, Dec 11, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviews with HoppyHayashi

A: a rich blood cherry colour. low carbonation present. huge alcohol legs are present when glass tilted. beer is not transparent when held to light.

S: can smell the alcohol and feel the warmth that accompanies it! dark fruit, figs, raisins and dates are present. extremely sweet notes. cinnamon and brown sugar coming off strongly behind the dark fruits.

T: raisins and cinnamon bounce off the tongue. sweet dark fruits as the aroma suggests. lingering warmth from the alcohol and definitely a great winter warmer.

M: silky smooth! medium bodied although expected to be heavier. spreads evenly across the tongue and a pleasant finish, lingering with rich fruitiness.

O: amazing beer! everything we expected but more! i actually saved this for four months after arriving back from the U.K into Canada. it was planned to be for asking a girl out and she finally said yes so i cracked it open! Praise the Lord!

goodbeerallday, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of GJ40
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Brewdog in Camden. I'm not a sprits drinker so I thought this would be way too overpowering for me but I was curious.

A nice mahogany brown with no head or visible bubbles. The aroma is rich with caramel, brown sugar and wood. The flavor is just as rich with caramel, brown sugar, alcohol heat and some sweetness to offset it a bit. It was silky smooth with no feeling of carbonation.

This isn't something I'd drink regularly but I thought it was interesting and worth a try.

GJ40, Nov 19, 2012
Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog
80 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.