Tactical Nuclear Penguin

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,856
Ranked #27,902
3.56 | pDev: 21.91%
Nov 28, 2021
Dec 06, 2009
Tactical Nuclear PenguinTactical Nuclear Penguin
Notes: Made by freezing Paradox to remove water.
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5 by mishi_d from Romania on Nov 28, 2021
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1.9/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by polynya from California

My parents employed the same tactic - freezing alcoholic beverages to increase the alcohol percentage - in order to save storage space on their yacht during a three year global circumnavigation. The result was godawful, and the same can be said for this "beer".

Apr 13, 2021
3.53 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 17, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

First review of the New Year 2020---Cheers Bluejacket for this one!

This mighty beast pours a thick, oily, black strap molasses color.
No head, no lacing, but this brew has more legs than ZZ Top's famous song.
Nose of black currants, soy, pepper, char, and booze---lots and lots of booze.
Flavors with a few exceptions. Heavy astringent fiery booze, char, black
pepper, soy/worcestershire flavor akin to a heavy beefy flavor, scotch flavors
also arise with warmth amongst bitter malt and leather notes.
Feel is the real interesting thing on this one; no carbonation, slick, hot,
smooth....I don't think I can feel my face...ahem...coating, and finishing
with a bitter malt/soy note.

A brew that has been on my bucket list for years and thanks to Bluejacket
one to check off. Excellent!

A novelty with teeth!


Jan 01, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

look: Dark brown with ruby highlights. No carbonation to speak of, as expected.
smell: Rich toasty stout with peaty Scotch, some boozy caramel.
taste: If a Scotch whiskey and Imp Stout had a baby, it would taste like this. All gimmicks aside, a unique beverage and i really like it.

Nov 17, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

I'm sorry, there's no effing way this is 32%! Granted, I could smell this 1 1/2 ounce pour from 6 feet away. Coated the glass like varnish, but smell is very reminiscent of World Wide Stout from DFH. Taste reminds me of WWS with a couple years on it. Caramel, brown sugar,vanilla, molasses, booze of course but 15% or 16%, NOT 32%! So pleasantly surprised, thought I'd have to choke this down but I actually have to resist the desire for another pour.

Oct 18, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jgasparine from Maryland

This is a hard one to review. The things I didn't like about the beer- excessive booziness and astringency- are to be expected from a 32% brew.

Overall, this midnight black liquid was oaky and slightly peaty from maturation in scotch casks. No carbonation. The body was a little thinner than I would have expected from something that was freeze-distilled. Excellent sipping beer for those that love scotch.

Glad I tried it and would endorse for the rare occasion.

Aug 28, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by WickedBeer from Alabama

A badass name with a deserving punch. This beer is a doozy!

Pours a sort of burnt crimson hue, no carbonation, no head, and no lace.

This nose on this has some serious bite. Very boozy; getting a lot of dried fruit and molasses. Also a good bit of nuttiness coming through.

Again, molasses comes through with a thorough boozy warmth and sharp bite. Agreeing with some other reviews, getting a lot of walnut and anise character as well.

Although it pours surprisingly thin, it has a very syrupy body that reminds me a bit too much of Robitussin. Very sticky residuals left over.

Overall, quite the experience. This monster can never be prepared for, however it's worth trying if you get the chance. The booze is so clear and often overwhelming. But if you take the time to sip it and let it warm, this beer has a lot to offer. Take your time and let this one develop on your palate!

Aug 14, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by earljones199 from New Hampshire

Taste is dry walnuts. Booze is comes out as a slow warming as it goes down. I get a little bit of licorice but not as much as the dry walnut flavor. I enjoyed this one but can't imagine taking it on solo.

Aug 13, 2017
4 by Mike from New Hampshire on Aug 08, 2017
4.09 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire on Aug 08, 2017
4.34 by Zach136 from Georgia on May 04, 2017
3.45 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Sep 20, 2016
3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Sep 10, 2016
3.5 by heysuz from Indiana on Sep 10, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Glowing garnet black with legs. 4
Worcestershire, molasses, and a bang of heat. 4
Chewy natural licorice, bang of salt, fish sauce, pomegranate, and astringent cut. 4
Heavy, cut, hot. 4

For the ABV, still recognizable as an RIS. But doesn’t quite work as a liqueur - more a salty, bitter aperitif. Deep, rough, intricate. 4.25

Jul 08, 2016
3.95 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania on Jul 08, 2016
3.68 by k3ve from Switzerland on Apr 05, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by CraigTravor from California

Good Lord!!! This thing hits like a... nuclear weapon... yep The name kinda makes sense. Strong roasty flavour with a solid alcohol mouthfeel. This beer does not lie about what it is. Obviously, you should try it if you can.

Apr 05, 2016
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2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by TequilaTom from Ohio

Ok, this is a love hate relationship here. Kudos to my friend Brandon for inviting me to taste not only this beer, but also Sink The Bismarck and Dogfish Head 120!!!!
I am eternally grateful that I had the honor to try this, but I have to be honest, I wouldn't seek this out. It pours a dark brown with zero carbonation. Smells smoky, malty and boozy. This is a sipper for sure. Tastes of peat smoke and heavy malt once the alcohol burn settles down. I preferred this over the Sink the Bismarck. Was a novelty for the most part. While I am happy to be among the rare few that have tried this, My advice is to do what we did, split the cost amongst 10 or so people because a 1 or 2 oz pour was all that I would want.

Feb 22, 2016
3.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jan 18, 2016
3.63 by Elimav from Florida on Jan 01, 2016
4 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Dec 24, 2015
3.65 by HopBelT from Belgium on Dec 22, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by boilermakerbrew from Indiana

A- Pours a medium to dark brown but still fairly translucent with no head. Tons of alcohol legs in the glass and no lacing to speak of.

S- Right off the bat, this is straight booze on the nose. There is just a touch of dark malt to disguise the booze, but I imagine that this is the scent of a whiskey barrel if you put about a half gallon of beer in it right after you empty the whiskey.

T- Starts with the expected punch of booze on the tongue before moving towards a bit of a malt presence. A light bit of caramel can be found alongside more prominent flavors of coffee and a touch of chocolate. Definitely burns throughout but displays more flavors on the tongue after the drink ends. Lingering flavor of light coffee and bitter black malt.

M- Just like Sink the Bismark! this beer drinks like a liquor. It burns, as expected, but also has a good flavor to the beer itself. Imagine a slightly beer flavored whiskey liqueur.

Overall, this is more tolerable than its bigger brother Sink the Bismark! with more beer like qualities. It is a little more than a novelty beer and could actually be enjoyed.

Nov 14, 2015
3.34 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Nov 08, 2015
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4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.75
by sbb32 from Florida

L: dark, viscous, dark brown bordering dark black. Looks syrupy as it pours into the glass.
S: Pure alcohol with a hint of caramel
T: Barleywine on steroids, with a little coffee and peat on the end. Absolutely loved the taste.
F: Like a shot of spirits moreso than a beer. A very thick molasses syrup feeling in the throat
O: Glad I got to try this 32% "stout". It's unique, and definitely one to try if you can.

Nov 08, 2015
3.22 by kdown from California on Oct 25, 2015
3.05 by mdfb79 from New York on Oct 15, 2015
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4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by maxifunk777 from California

Brought to a beer tasting the highest ABV out of 18 beers.
This was smooth complex but hard to call it beer more brandy like that beer.
I recommend this adult beverage.

Sep 07, 2015
3.79 by hdtrice from England on Jul 22, 2015
3.55 by WalkerHater from Northern Ireland on Jul 01, 2015
3.68 by Kurmaraja from California on Jun 11, 2015
3.89 by Brewski from Pennsylvania on May 31, 2015
3.77 by kbuzz from North Carolina on May 27, 2015
3.85 by Lovely85 from Florida on May 27, 2015
3.9 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on May 27, 2015
3.42 by chefduff2 from New York on May 25, 2015
3.76 by vandeir_bochi from Brazil on May 23, 2015
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3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BogBoyJD from Ireland

Whisky aroma. Thick, syrupy. Sweet and bitter at same time. For what it is, not as boozy or harsh as expected

May 13, 2015
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