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Tactical Nuclear Penguin - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
80
good

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 23.51%
Wants: 208
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.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

C2H5, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

threedaggers, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of KornWallace
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date: 4/18/14
Location: The Gingerman (Norwalk)
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Dark Brown in body and severely lightens at the edge. The beer has some pretty runny legs. Very light head with an off white color.
Aromatics: The alcohol on this just overwhelms everything and anything else in the glass. I faintly get some caramel and molasses in the bottle.
Flavor: The flavor of the beer is nowhere near as harsh as the aroma. A touch of oxidation at this point but it doesn't hit as hard as I would have expected. A smidge of coffee, but more caramel and molasses.
Mouthfeel: Oily, ashy, and a little oxidized.
Notes: 1ounce pour.

KornWallace, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Greyam21, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

brotherloco, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

tbryan5, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

vhmf1978, Mar 22, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

mattboyer182, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

thatisgrossman, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Rob3408
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served as a dram in a tumblr at their Edinburgh location.

Appearance: Dark brown/black and syrupy like a liqueur, which it might technically be.

Aroma: Alcohol and lots of it. Malty. A sweet molasses and caramel not in there as well. It's certainly not the best nor the worst thing that I have smelled.

Taste: Reminiscent of port with its boozy kick and intense sweetness, a thick and raw molasses, with bitter chocolate and espresso notes. Doesn't drink easily but is still worth the try.

Mouthfeel: Neither unpleasant nor pleasant. It's strong in the alcohol and moves like molasses: thick and slow, with a bitter, drying finish.

Overall: It is certainly not something that I would buy a whole bottle of because it is strong with booze and fights its way all the way to the end. If you can find it by the dram then it is worth the experience because as far as it is the only thing like it on the market.

Rob3408, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

vermilcj, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Troublebar, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

fionn13, Feb 05, 2014
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Dbr, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 28, 2014
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Vanz, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

deniserat, Jan 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Nordbier, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

SadMachine, Jan 19, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, no head, legs.

S - booze, molasses, sweet. Typical Brewdog Big Beer.

T - just an assault. Booze, spirit, port notes, brown sugar, caramel, toffee. Tar notes as well. Dry astringent note on back palate. Hop notes but not as we know it...

M - oily. Zero carbonation.

O - not as good as STB, but still interesting. Worth noting that the taste will depend on your prior drink, odd but true.

heygeebee, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

375ml bottle synthetic cork with cage poured into my little cognac tulip 4/1/14,

A dark brown liquid with some reddish hints when tilted and held to the light, long thin legs, lots of color left behind on the glass, no head or lace as expected, looks like a sweet sticky spirit and I suppose it probably should

S heavy wet campfire ash, some burnt peaty whiskey barrel, some soy, teriyaki beef jerky, tar, a little booze stings the nostrils, iodine, more like a scotch then a beer but it smells OK, better then it sounds

T very ashy, reminds me of an ashtray, like chewing on the burnt end of a cigar butt, boozy for sure but its to be expected, a little very black licorice and just a hint of espresso, not awful but the taste leaves something to be desired

M thick, syrupy, hot, sticky on the lips, cigar butt on the finish, numbing on the lips, feels like I expected

O saying this one's intense is quite the understatement, a little to much ashy cigar for my liking, I'm glad I tried it but I wouldn't go out of my way or drop cash to try it again

I tried some the day after I opened it and it actually improved a little after airing out much to my surprise. I couldn't see many people buying a second bottle of this stuff considering the cost but I'm glad I got to try it, an experience in itself

wordemupg, Jan 05, 2014
Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog
80 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.