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Tactical Nuclear Penguin - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
80
good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 23.58%
Wants: 208
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of KYGunner
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pours a thick viscous black body that has little to no life but sets up like black liqueur. A swirl in the glass gives a little sheen on the glass as it gets some legs.

The aroma is certainly filled with alcohol but as it warms the molasses, plums, caramel and chocolate come out to create a hearty and robust scent.

Oooh, kick me in the face. The alcohol is simply so strong that it's difficult to taste anything else. The taste becomes dry and chalky with some molasses, soy and chocolate at the end.

The feel is very full and thick but it makes your face pucker from all the lack alcohol.

I've had Utopias, which is close to the ABV, and it works but this seems more a novelty than a beer

KYGunner, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Leaving my comfort zone way behind, I now step into the mysterious, ominous, and incredibly inhospitable realm of Brewdog's deepest and darkest recesses. Leaving all those preconceived notions of what beer is supposed to be, far in the rear view mirror, heading into Tactical Nuclear Penguin begs for a reset of the mind, palate and spirit. For this is not a mere mortal beer- its a barley liqueur.

I might as well pop the cork and let the elixir crawl out of the bottle all on its own- its that strong. Pouring like molasses and motor oil, the beer is highly viscous and void of any carbonation at all. Its still appearance stares back at you like its some sort of dare- one in which you are certain to loose. Like a brandied abyss, the ale trickles down the snifter with inky legging with a gentle swirl of the glass. Its whirlpool draws in the nose with much seduction and mesmerizing effect.

Its decadent scent is chocked full of molasses, coffee and vinous port. Its booze-driven nose is undeniable as a waft of cognac, bourbon and sherry waft about. With a fudge-like roast, chocolate and nutty flare, a tangy scent of burnt fruit arise: roasted raspberries, red grapes, blueberries, blackcurrants, raisins, dates and figs all take turns attracting the nose. Its woodish tone awaken earhty notes of fresh-hung tobacco, curing leather, and savory terriyaki.

Its taste is much more savory and satisfying that was once feared. Certianly its absurd alcohol strength is omnipresent, the beer is so much more than just booze- its verbose maltiness folds in its brandy, bourbon and sherry notes with equal strength from black-strap molasses, burnt toffee, bittersweet chocolate, mild espresso, roasted walnuts, brownie batter and fudge. Certainly complex, the real components of the beer shines when its savory and fruity flavors fold within. A salty, briny sense of soy sauce is like glazed and salt-cured meats and is met with rich port wine, sherry and roasted dark fruits. Everything from rum cake to honey-glazed dates, to caramelized bacon, to terriyaki all come to mind even deep within its finish.

Its dense sweetness, with its lack of carbonation allows the beer to seep into the taste buds with complete dominance. Its full saturation of flavor melds the sweet tooth and heightens its sense of smoldering heat as the beer slowly evaporates on the palate. Its long, deep and lingering finish is much more brandy or cognac-like than anything known to the beer world. Its spicy and prickling finish isn't all that naked and its accompanying savory and sweet tones ride along side, deep into the next sip.

Brewdog, I give you another hats off! You've challenged my notion about what beer can be and you made me like it. It's both the blessing and the curse. Damn you Brewdog!

BEERchitect, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of wiltznucs
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

wiltznucs, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +13.6%

jkball01, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Doomfag
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Doomfag, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Oakenator, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of wolf_switzer
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

wolf_switzer, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of taylor714914
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with no head and just a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. Smells of Tar, dark dried fruits, and sweet sugar. The taste here is wretched. A mix of rubbery tar, molasses, and fusel alcohol dominate the flavor. Some faint raisin and prune come in to play as well, but are very distant. Mouthfeel is thin, as this drinks like a spirit, not a beer. Seriously, unless someone buys you a bottle, don’t do it. Its much worse than you even thought.

taylor714914, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of heavenlyStash
4/5  rDev +13.6%

heavenlyStash, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Andy_Luft
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Andy_Luft, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of wchasse222
3/5  rDev -14.8%

wchasse222, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of EDRS
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

EDRS, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of HookemHops13
4/5  rDev +13.6%

HookemHops13, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Harvey98, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into large snifter tulip. Consumed about 1/4 the bottle myself.

Appearance: 4
Cola colored with basically no carbonation. Great legs, akin to red white or spirits. No lacing

Smell: 3.5
Noticeably hot and boozy in nose. Molasses, brown sugar, black liquorish. Sight peat. Nose gets sweeter as it warm

Taste: 3
Initially, a fair bit of heat with mild sourness and faint notes of peat. Mid to late, more smokiness and touch of molasses sweetness. Late finish is slight more whisky-ish that lingers.

Mouthfeel: 3
Strong boozy warmness; very much like drinking a distilled spirit. Relatively drier finish.

Overall: 3.5
A unique experience to say the least. More tolerable than I thought. Even with the high alcohol content, it is still drinkable. But given its price, I wouldn't seek it again. In the end, it's more a novelty. Seems typical for BrewDog.
Consider trying.

EnemyWithin, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Kal
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Kal, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.46/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: shot sized pour from a bottle into a snifter, absolutely no head or carbonation of any form, dark red-orange brown, visibly viscous, clear

S: amazing malt smell, sherry, whiskey, tobacco, leather, smoke, raisins, fig, plum

T: incredibly sweet,candied fruits, sloe berries, molasses, cherry

M: thick oil, sweet syrup, dense, no hiding alcohol

O: hard to rate as a beer but an excellent alcoholic drink, hop flavor does not exist in this beer, it is like a sweet liquor, from notes on 8/18/13

M_C_Hampton, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Brewer1980
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of brbrocc
4/5  rDev +13.6%

brbrocc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

zestar, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of DruRho
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

DruRho, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog
80 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.