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Black Tokyo Horizon - BrewDog

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.14%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  17.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 09-03-2011)
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Photo of ThickNStout


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL (11.2oz) bottle from Luekens Big Town Beverages (Dunedin, FL). 9.99. Bottled 10/31/13. Served in a Monday Night Brewing snifter.

Pours pitch black with a half finger of deep mocha head that fades quickly. Faint wisps of bubbles remain throughout on both the surface and aroung the edges without leaving any lace.

Smells roasty and sweet with caramel, cocoa, coffee and brown sugar on top of an abundance of roasted malts.

Flavors are similar to the nose but much bolder. Roasty, bittersweet pure dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel/ sugar, molasses, brandied dates, faint smoke, soft earthy woodsy notes and a healthy dollop of booze. An intense, flavorful and very much imperial stout.

Heavy body, almost syrupy with light carbonation. Finishes with dark cocoa, light smoke and burnt sugars.

By no means a daily drinker but this was an experience worth having. A worthy acquisition for any fellow fans of big imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:13:31 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of pants678


4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, not much of a brown head.

Smells of roasted malts and not much else.

Like the richest melted dark chocolate. More approachable than Tokyo*, the alochol's there but less a hindrance as it gives off the dark fruit note. Hard to really go at this beer, still, robust and delicious.

Sorta carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:48:42 | More by pants678
Photo of larryi86


4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Tired Hands flute

A- Black with a very small, very dark brown head.

S- Big, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, some smoke, touch of alcohol, some dark fruits, smells amazing.

T- Espresso/roasted coffee, rich chocolate, some oak, molasses, dark fruits, some pine, touch of alcohol, but nothing that makes me think this is 16% ABV, complex and balanced.

M- Full body, smooth, just enough warmth from the alcohol.

O- A great beer and the 16% is very well hidden. I was on the fence about buying this until on of the beer guys at the store told me that is was amazing and he was right. Worth every penny, I will have to pick up more to see how it ages. Kind of feel like I need to buy Black, Tokyo*, and Dark Horizon since they are the base of this beer and I have not tried them yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:30:07 | More by larryi86
Photo of Circles413


4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Yes, it's expensive for such a small bottle but it's for the experience. The aroma, taste & mouth feel are all amazing! You get these perfect aspects of 3 beers all rolled up into one.

This should be served around 65° in an open mouth glass (I prefer a snifter). It's pitch black with rich dark aromas & perfectly blended!

If you enjoy a dark barrel aged stout with rich dark chocolates with hints of coffee & dark fruits? This beer is a must have!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 08:50:49 | More by Circles413
Photo of beholder_pl


4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is more than outstanding. Mathematically speaking it's like outstanding^2.

Appearance: Pitch black, you won't see anything on the other side of the glass, so don't even bother looking. I took a photo of it and checked in GIMP and it was 0,0,0 in RGB meaning it was pure black. And it really is. Head was dark tan, medium in size and dropped pretty quickly, leaving no trace neither on the glass or the beer.

Aroma: Roast, coffee, roast, chocolate, roast and repeat. And so intense! Amazing aroma, and you can barely smell the alcohol (and it's 15,2% abv!). And even that little hint of alcohol does absolutely nothing to the aroma, if anything, it gives it more power.

Taste: Very rich in taste, with lots of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste of alcohol is present but it's nice, pleaseant and warming. And again - taste is very rich, very intensive and in your face. Pure awesomeness.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and almost flat.

Overall: Another bottle please, this beer is insane and that's the way I like it!

Enjoyed for a very long time from a teku glass. Beer was served in room temperature (highly reccommended!)

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 19:59:27 | More by beholder_pl
Photo of dgilks


3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black to start with a surprisingly big tan head. Fair head retention.

Epically sweet and chocolatey. Some roast. Booze. Berry fruits. Nuts. Interesting.

Sweet malt flows into some bitter roast and chocolate. Nice fruitiness that combines with light liquorice and then big alcohol notes.

Big body. Thick and rich and oily. Moderate carbonation helps to cut it.

A nice beer. Big flavours but the blend of these beers really works to round out some of the flaws in each of them. A nice big stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 09:50:17 | More by dgilks
Photo of BEERchitect


4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The three-headed monster that rises from the ashes of what's left over after Mikkeller Black, Brewdog Tokyo & Nogne-O Dark Horizon simmers in an orgy of burnt flavor, texture and appearances begin to make up for what each stout individually seems to lack. Deficiencies are masked and celebrations are amplified.

The beer's intimidating pour is abyss-black as its seems to suck all the color out of the room. Completely opaque, there's no leeway for any other color to become any part of the conversation. Nearly still, the beer's light carbonation slowly breaks the surface like espresso creme. Its inky legging is much more prevalent than any meaningful retention or lace. Think of it as black brandy.

And alcohol aromas are every bit as sharp as brandy as a high waft of booze overtakes the rim. After the alcohol wisps away, its immense roast character reveals itself. Burnt grain in all its glory come to life with bold campfire, burnt fruit, charred sugars and burnt toast. Only a tinge of savory cocoa and cognac wrap around the roast and help the boozy scent to make some sense.

The ominous ale lashes out on the taste buds with the full brunt of burnt sweetness- over-cooked caramel, black-strap molasses, burnt toffee and roasted walnuts press its full ashy weight on the the mouth, just ahead of espresso, bitter chocolate and a burnt toast-type maltiness. As the palate slowly becomes acclimated to the sipping stout, its charred fruit comes to life with blackcurrant, red grape, cherry, blackberry and aniseed to give the beer its brandy and cognac tone on the back palate. An indefinite linger of char, smoky chocolate and booze extends well into the next sip.

Its forceful weight ensures the beer's hyper-full body even as its roast-derived acidity, sharp piney hops and alcohol spice attempt to buffer its weight. But its low-lying carbonation does little to give any lift to the beer as it saturates the palate with absolutely no apology. Its hot finish is the only thing that prevents its chewy cloying texture from becoming unpalatable.

With such a brash introduction to the palate, the beer is simply a bull in a china shop. Its own enormity becomes its complexity as the alcohol makes just as much impact in taste as doe any stout components. The beer is difficult to drink, even in the most meager sips, yet its bigness is somehow irresistible.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 18:20:57 | More by BEERchitect
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4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had the Tokyo* a lot of times, but mostly bought this one because i never had a Mikkeller beer before, even if it's a collaboration. Price was (very) high, expectations are cosmically high.
Pours pitch black, with a finger and a half of dark beige/caramel foam, going away slowly with a light retention.
Smells of heavily roasted dark malts, sweet caramel, molasses, faint licorice, mild dark fruit, slightly acidic, like red cherries. Alcohol feels warm and noble.
Lots of things going on here. Huge roasted malts, quite heavy, with charcoal notes, but very sweet also, cloying, with huge caramel and molasses, following the smell. Big sweet coffee notes, rough and bitter, like Arabian espresso with lots of sugar added, also strong dark chocolate, but milky also. Licorice is more than mild, tasty and funky combined with the slight aniseseed. Fruitiness is as expected, mainly dark fruit, with a classic raisin, plum and fig combo, followed by dark forest berries (lots of blackcurrant) and sweet red cherries, that also bring a tart/vinegary component to the brew. Hints of vanilla bean. After the intense roast/sweetness, the quality hops do manage to punch through, with a nice green herbal note in the finish, not a nuke, but definitely adding to the complexity of this brew. Also adding to the bitterness, that ends up being a mix of the ashy roastiness and green bitter leafs, leaving the mouth and throat very dry in the finish. Speaking of the dryness, the alcohol is also responsible here, lingering in the aftertaste, although during the sip it only just added to the flavours, not being too boozy, elegantly hidden.
Mouthfeel is creamy, velvety, almost totally flat, perfect for a sipper.
A perfect collaboration, an incredible brew for stout lovers. The big sweetness feels pleasant, perfect malts, perfect balance. The price will always be a problem with this one, there are certainly better beers cheaper than this, but never in its style (at least for me).

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 17:48:42 | More by dcmchew
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/9/13, 15.2% batch 102 bottled 03-5-13 cheers Matt for the bottle

A black but light still escapes, deeper cola edge then I'd expect, short lived dark foam as I would expect, legs and no lace, you can tell she's a big-in

S molasses, chocolate syrup/liqueur, cinnamon seems out of place, chocolate covered cherry, faint coffee, fortified wine, and a little smoke, there's a hint of booze but all things considered I'd say it's well hidden

T licorice comes out, charred barrel but I don't think any liquid sat in wood, sweet and boozy, with prune and port, intense but under control

M thick, syrupy, not quite hot but there's heat, numbing and tannic? wood lingers but I don't think there's any involved, sweet char after the fact

O one sneaky bastard going on here, the booze hits your blood before your throat and it drinks much easier then it should

a mellow sipper that will hurt you if your not paying attention, not a cheap brew but worth trying and If I had the opportunity I'd throw one under the stairs for a decade or two

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:47:43 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Knapp85


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks MrKennedy for this bad boy!! This brew poured out as a severely dark black color. The head was short lived, comes rapidly and leaves just as quick. No lacing either. The smell of this beer is pure ethanol with some very sweet sugary aromas in there as well. The taste is huge, there is sweet burnt sugar, dark fruits, coffee, booze, and smoke throughout this thing. The mouthfeel is not very carbonated, it's slick and dry, it's also syrupy and sticky. Overall this beer is just massive it's a sipper and one that can be enjoyed for well over an hour. It's a very good blend of the three beers in my opinion. Would drink again if the price was right.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:18:37 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Sunnanek


3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black! Only a very small brown head. Heavy-looking.

S: Very sweet - molasses. Hard roasted dark malts. Chocolate and licorice. Some faint vanilla.

T: Syrup - very sweet. Chocolate and some coffee. Hard roasted dark malts. Dark dried fruits. Very vineous.

M: Full smooth body. Low carbonation. Aftertaste is short, but holds bitter sweetness.

O: Not bad, but the high ABV kind of numbs flavours that hides in the back, flavours that probably would make this better.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 08:09:56 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of Jeffo


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Bierkoning for a whopping $20. For some reason I just couldn't resist. A blend of Mikkeller Black, Nogne Dark Horizon, and Brewdog Tokyo. Brewed at Brewdog.

From a bottle into a snifter
Batch 057
Says "bottled on," but probably best by 20-07-2021

APPEARANCE: A hard pour comes out pitch black and tried to create a mocha colored head, but it just never comes to fuition. Just fizzes away immediately, making the beer look flat. Jet black body and higher levels of carbonation evident, oddly enougn. After a few sips, however, a swirling wisp and ring forms. Magic? I think so.

SMELL: Very rich nose. Light roasted notes, lots of caramel and some leather as well. Some dark chocolate and a good dose of molasses, red wine, grapes and rasins. Some piercing booze as well, but the aromas are quite complex.

TASTE: Roasted malts and plenty of sweet molasses, caramel and leather up front. Interesting beginning. Wine, port and dark fruits move through the middle into a bold, lingering and boozy finish. Burnt and roasted notes, molasses, port and alcohol linger on the palate. A touch of dark chocolate and bitterness balance the sweet, boozy notes somewhat. Black's sweet port and molasses play a bigger role here. This is actually really, really nice.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. too light and carbonated for the style, which is unfortunate. Creamy enough but not overly smooth. Goes down a bit rough with a burn at the swallow and finishes quite sticky. Lots of heat lingers. Too light, abrasive and hot.

OVERALL: Amazingly enough, this was actually quite good. I think the Mikkeller was a little more dominant in the flavor profile, which was probably a good thing. Though the feel was too thin and light to really lend a lot of support, the flavors were decadent enough to be able to stand on their own. A little work on the feel and you'd have a world class brew on your hands I think. I'm not sure how "Brewdog" this beer is, but whatever it is, it's quality. If you get the chance to try this, do so. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 21:02:12 | More by Jeffo
Photo of vikinghick


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very black, dense. No head.

S: Surprisingly not as much of alcohol as I would expect for over 17%. Smells like sweet soy sauce, like teriyaki before you add garlic or ginger. Burnt sugar and molasses as well.

T: Very sweet. The smoky burnt sugar taste is prominent. Honey.

M: Another reviewer mentioned a "listless"ness to the texture and mouthfeel. I think that's a good word for it. On the positive side, it is smooth and coats the mouth nicely.

Overall, I mean come on, this is an amazing desert beer. Deliciously rich and sweet and tasty! I savor every burp that follows.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 15:18:53 | More by vikinghick
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Original review below. New review follows: Bottle is a twelve ounce bottle. I opened a TBH tonite, 22 June 12. I have three of these in my wine fridge (aging) and decided to pop one tonite. I had to modify my original review of this beer, which was something like 4.8, to a complete, all around 5+. This beer has been aging for about 2 years since I originally purchased about six of these bottle while living in England. Opening this bottle tonite reminded me of just how good this beer actually was, and the one that I opened tonite was absolutely phenominal!! It has to be one of the smoothest, great tasting stouts I have enjoyed to date, and I have recently drank BCBVS, CS, KBS, CBS, Bells Black Note, and countless other big stouts. This stuff is so deep---I am talking notes of coffee, brown sugar, licorice, molasses, sweet syrup, figs...all those dark loves are in there. This stuff needs to be created again by Brew Dog, N)0, and Mikkellar. Absolutely outstanding. One of only two overall "5s" I have given to date. Again, find some...and you will enjoy one of the best beers of your life...it is that good!

///previous review:::
Not sure why the overall score of this beer is in the 80s???, but this is one of the best stouts I have enjoyed to date...hands down. This is a hard brew to get, but if you come across some, it is a must try for those who love big stouts!
A: Pure black, thin black/dark brown head
S: Molasses, malts, chocolate, licorice
T: See above
M: silky, nice and smoooth...especially for a 17.5% ABV beer
O: Simply one of the best stouts I have enjoyed.
Find some....drink it!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 00:24:15 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of DoubleJ


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had these three threads in seperate glasses. Perhaps it's only natural for Mikkeller, BrewDog, and Nogne O to take their massive stouts and blends them into someting one of a kind. Once again, André is the man for providing this one. On to the beer:

B-black. Little head to speak of that dissipated quickly, though this is a thick stout, it leaves a few small legs instead. The nose could be better. Right now it's alright, with charcoal and vague barbecue flare.

Now it gets going. Charcoal and barbecue accents carry over to the taste, and then BOOM! Lots of smoke, maple, vague fruit, alcohol, baker's chocolate cover the palate. It's full bodied and a little boozy.

A thick, wonderful experience from the collaboration of these three breweries. Be sure to grab a few beer drinking friends for this adventure.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 19:08:12 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of laituegonflable


3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very, very dark brown, only a glimmer when I peer through the blackness onto backlighting. Head is tan in colour, nice and thick but dissipated with not much lace. Can be revived pretty easily, but not leaving a lot of lace. Good.

Smells nutty, with a dark, spicy and boozey edge. Lots of almonds, peanut and a sticky rye note, with a touch of charcoal and espresso behind. Slight cognacy booze whiff with a touch of cayenne pepper blocking up the nostrils at the back. Smells a bit heavy, but nice sweetness and complexity.

Taste is big, sweet and boozey. Lots of nutty character on there with dry peanut and a touch of cashew that culminates in a peanut skin dryness on the back. Treacle and milk chocolate are really quite sugary midway with a touch of English toffee. Late-mid grounds it better with some espresso grounds but the sugar abides. Would like more roast to give it oomph; it's very much on the sweet side for me.

Also not helped by the listless body which allows it to seem syrupy; almost crystalline.

There are some nice characters here, but it's off-balance in the wrong direction for me, and I couldn't see myself drinking a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:22:15 | More by laituegonflable
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars and shared with @LaitueGonflable. Tasted as the first beer of an evening, so as to try it in all its unmitigated and untainted glory.

Pours a very deep and dark black, with a deep chocolate brown head that fizzles to nothingness pretty quickly. Body is actually surprisingly fluid, but this may not be surprising if they take the Tokyo method to get it this high in alcohol. Looks decent, but I've had very deep and impressive imperial stouts.

Nose is gorgeous. Sweet, roasty aromas mingled with big liquorice notes. Almost minty herbal aromatics hang around in the sinuses. Mostly, the gorgeous sweetness, giving hints of whisky and oak take this all the way however. It's robust, powerful and exciting.

Taste is even better—indeed, it's almost an ideal example of a sweet Imperial stout. Big port-like sweetness on the front, that develops into more whisky-like tones, with more fragrant liquorice and mild aniseed tones, and almost no roastiness or bitterness on the back—it drifts into a sweet, fragrant funk like a syruped-up black coffee. In fact, despite the initial impression, the lack of clean-up on the finish means the sweetness almost cloys the more you drink. Feel is very smooth but absolutely flat and uncarbonated.

A very impressive and very big beer. The sweetness is my only problem—it sticks around a bit too much. It has those aromatics and the herbal twang to pull it back slightly, but it could be restrained a little further.

Still, a great collaboration, and one I'm extremely pleased to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 06:59:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Danielol for the bottle and sharing it

A-- Poured black, syrupy black. Just a bit of red ruby on the sides of the glass and a very short lived film that quickly vacated the glass. Mostly chocolate syrup looking and a good layer of oil that covered the glass. Fair amount of alcohol legs.

S-- Sweet nose. Char and ash to start but changed to port, date, chocolate and dark fruits. Mostly dark cherry. Alcohol is well hidden for the size of the beer. Honestly was surprised.

T-- Syrupy, thick and sweet. Mostly reminded me of a port. Decent amount of chocolate and roast malts to carry this pretty well. Other notes were molasses and some toffee.

M-- Rich, syrupy, and oily. Once again the alcohol is quite well hidden. Get more of the Brewdog part of the beer than anything else. Very little char and ash and a lot of dark fruits and chocolate. Little carbonation but it worked well.

O-- Slow, slow sipper. Shared the bottle 4 ways and that was prefect. Unsure how could do a 330 alone or even attempt to with all the sweetness to this. Still get enough of the base beer to like it. Good long term cellaring prospects for this.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 13:43:38 | More by mulder1010
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3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thin film around the edge of the glass constituting its head.

Nose is pruney and datey, porty character, muscatel grapes; alcohol. Some roast sweetness.

Taste is similar mix of roast and sweetness. Probably not as cloying as Tokyo*

Overall a reasonable effort, but Double Black was 10x better

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 13:00:23 | More by danieelol
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle from gift packaging poured into 2/3rd brewdog pint glass

a - black. black as night. so black it bends light around it. Holding it up to the light and tilting the glass reveals it to be... black.

s - surprisingly, for a 17.2% beer, not much alcohol. big sweet maltiness, bit of smoke, bit of woodiness - like being in an old oak library in a stately home.

t - sweet, malty, can taste the tokyo* but there's a lot of other things going on, some fruitiness - definitely cherrys but not only them, something vaugely molassesy, bit of chocolate bitterness cutting through. So much going on, massive, massive beer. DELICIOUS

m - heavy, but not thick, good level of carbonation

o - amazing beer, better than tokyo*, gutted I only have 2 left.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 18:45:35 | More by aidanskinner
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a very minimal brown head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, sugar, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, subtle alcohol, and toffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the ABV and having had Tokio* before, I went into this one a LITTLE concerned. However, this one did a MUCH better job at covering up the ABV with a lot of sweetness that came in different forms. While saying this, it was definitely still a sipper without a doubt. Worth trying for the high ABV lovers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:43:38 | More by thagr81us
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South Africa

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle 17,2% Abv.
Served lightly chilled into a Brewdog Teku glass.
BB 20/07/21

Appearance: Pitch black body, absolutely no light is getting through this! A rough pout yields a good sized cocoa coloured head that fizzes away in an instant (pretty much like champagne) leaving no lace. The beer does leave massive alcohol legs and a brown residue on the glass.

Smell: Wow, great nose on this! Massive roasted malt, charred wood, a little smoke, tar, dark chocolate, molasses, dark sugar, sweet dark fruit (plums, raisins, dates and lots of liqueur cherries) and a touch of vanilla.
Fantastic interplay between heavy roast, dark sugar and sweet dark fruit. Alcohol is noted but is not too bothersome.

Taste: As expected, this is a massive beer. The initial flavour is of heavily roasted malts, charred wood, ash and espresso this is quickly followed by sweet molasses, dark fruit (raisins, prunes, dates and cherries), dark rum and the faintest hint of hops. Alcohol is noted on the palate, but one must remember that this is 17%.

Mouthfeel: Full, sticky body with mild, smooth carbonation. A light alcohol burn in the throat.

Overall: I LOVE these big stouts (this is one of the best) and could sip on something like this every evening! If you are a lover of big beers this is highly recommended. I cannot wait to see how my other bottles develop over the next few years.

Bottle # 2 with a year of age on it.

Appearance: Pretty much the same as a year ago. Pitch black body, topped by a good sized mocha coloured head. The head retention hasn't improved much and still fizzes away like a soda. 4

Smell: Ah man, a year has certainly done wonders for the nose! Huge dark fruit presence with notes of raisins, black cherries, plums, dates and golden raisins. Other notes include: Molasses, dark caramel, dark brown sugar, dark treacle, dark chocolate, dark toffee, port, fruit cake and only a touch of roast. The booze is pretty well hidden, with only a touch noticed as the beer hits room temperature. 5

Taste: Again, a year has certainly improved the flavour! Notes include: dark caramel, dark treacle, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits (raisins, plums, cherries and dates), port, chocolate, a touch of roast and a hint of vanilla. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, sticky and with a low level of super smooth carbonation. In other words, perfect! 5

Overall: A year has certainly worked wonders and turned a great beer into a world class one. That said, it is certainly one for lovers of big, super sweet beers only. 5

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 21:03:32 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is dusty dark chestnut, has a very small off-white head, little lacing and rather small curtains.

A sweet vinous dark fruity smell.

The taste is also much sweet strong wine, dark fruits, sherry and nuts, Marzipan.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a warm and slightly fiery feeling.

A good after dinner brew, went very well with sour blackberries.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 18:34:07 | More by rarbring
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast... comes in cardboard presentation box

Poured deep inky black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Barely any head - what there is pours a murky brown colour and this fades quickly... no lacing at all...

Aroma - Lots going on here... rich booze soaked fruit loaf, lots of charred sootiness, dark bitter chocolate, strong liquorice, very sweet smelling - lots of black treacle and muscovado sugar, cigar smokiness, caramel, alcohol soaked fruit (blackcurrants, dates, raisins, prunes), roasted nuts - praline, soy sauce and balsamic...

Taste - Quite sweet initially with lots of black treacle and liquorice, some balsamic and soy sauce. After the sweetness comes some charred smokiness, strong espresso, very boozy - maybe just a little on the hot side, cough mixture notes, aniseed, alcohol soaked dried fruits (raisins, currents and prunes), bitter chocolate...

Feel - Very smooth and oily... very full bodied... needless to say that this one is a sipper at 17.2% !!

Overall - An excellent example of an extreme impy stout although it could do with a few months to mellow it out a bit. Very pricey at £16 a bottle.... definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 16:19:01 | More by mdagnew
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