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Tactical Nuclear PenguinTactical Nuclear Penguin

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 32.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2009

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Photo of rivertrance420
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split between 4 people.

Appearance: Like a dark colored scotch in the glass. Not super thick like a russian imperial stout, but more like a scotch ale. Lots of legging when you swirl it around. Looks absolutely beautiful in the glass.

Smell: Rich Carmel,Scotch, Maple, Smoke.

Taste: Exceeded all expectations. If you love scotch you will love this one. Some heavy scotch taste, we almost almost all agreed Balvenie. Some nice maple notes, oak,some peat,carmel. Finishs a little hot, but in the most perfect way possible.

Drinkablity: Would drink this everyday if $/Difficulty wasn't the deterrance. Absolutely phenomenal in all aspects, and I usually don't give reviews unless i'm really blown out of the ball park. World Class.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.88/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh 2011 Vintage! Just off the boat! haha...My bottle opened for a friends B-day Cheers Chris!

Cage and cork removal, then on to the big guns!...Pour is dark, thick and beautiful. No head and not much lacing..this boy is sticky. Give a big sniff....am I in a salon...Smells like a perm is setting in! haha, wow this is a huge beer. Alcohol, sugar, chocolate, vanilla, oak and roasted malt hinge heavy on the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky...Heavy and malty. Roastiness and coffee are there what is VERY surprising is how well the alcohol is hidden. Taste is very sweet with almost a tart on the backside. Finish is long and boozy. Alcohol is VERY warming and wonderful. This is simply one of the best beers I have ever had. I love this beer, I wish it was more readily available. If you get the chance PLEASE get one of these, you will NOT be disappointed!! Cheers!

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Photo of shodrod
4.72/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque dark brown color; almost like melted tootsie rolls. No head. The aroma has notes of grapes and chocolate. This beer is not for the weak at heart. Don't be frightened off by the intensity of this beer's smell. The flavor of this drink epically complex. Layers and layers of chocolate and dark cherries give way to a hint of prune. For an Imperial Stout, this beer is surprisingly thin but does an excellent job of coating the whole inside of your mouth. As you swallow this drink you can most certainly feel it going down your throat and into your belly. The finish on this drink, despite the ABV, is decently smooth. This beer helps me understand why people love sipping on whiskey or scotch on the rocks.

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Photo of pastradul
4.72/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BIG THANKS TO Wchesak!!!!
double review since I had a bottle of batch 002 and 003!!!

Got a bottle of 002 in a trade...
the pour is a dark brown with an ever so small amount of bubbles that quickly die. leaves behind a ton of legs on the glass as you swish. The nose is oak, smoke, peat, alcohol and a tad bit a sugar sweetness! The Taste is out of this world! TONS of concentrated sweetness on the front then it turns in to a nice peaty and smokey mid palate, then leaves a warmth and a mild sugar sweetness, like marshmellows... sweet but very subtle! I find the drinkablilty is insanely high, had about 2oz and wish I had more for myself.

batch 003
My friend brought his bottle to the party as well! This is a totally different beer. Whether it is becuase it is fresher or becuase it is a different type of whiskey barrel? But the smoke and the dry peat is just in your face with this bottle. Still has the lingering dry sweetness and heat like the 002, but way way more peat and smoke. Maybe a bit of heavy dark fruit like the most ripe figs or pruines?

For my palate I liked the 002, much more balanced and just amazing! Also will note that these two bottles were split amunst 12-15 people ranging from severeal BA's, several craft beer enthuisasts and some other lucky random guests... the majority of the people thought this was absolutely amazing.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to pastradul and Sixofsigmas for sharing their bottles with me. This review is for batch 003.

A-Looks like coffee color, a little head with the poor but it dissipates quickly. Flat in the glass with amazing lacing. The liquid looks very smooth and sticks to the glass.

S-Strong smoky peaty aromas, just a touch of booze in the smell. Strong smell of bonfire.

T-Sweet And syrupy up front. Smoky, peaty, dirt flavor in the middle. You can taste the char in the barrel and the barrel. Surprisingly low amount of alcohol. Alcohol coats the mouth and leaves a little burn.

M-No carbonation. Full bodied.

D-Definitely a sipper. Full of flavors and warmth. My stomach is warming as we speak and this night isn't so cold all of a sudden.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.67/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mysterious color with plenty of sediment.

S: A smokey, oak scent much like certain scotches.

T: Unbelievably unique smokey taste unlike any beer Ive tried before.

M: Smooth as can be. Many would think it would be harsh due to the 32% abv, but it is just pleasurable as can be. Little to no carbonation.

D: Its almost scary how easy it goes down. More of a sipping beer, but be careful. Pace yourself.

This is probably the most unique brew Ive had the luxury of trying. Magnifico!!!

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Photo of jetscream
4.67/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer to enjoy with a few friends during the cold winter months. The beer drinks more like a fine scotch then it does a beer. A 375ml bottle is enough for more than a few sniffers for a few friends. For a unique experience one must try this insane beer.

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Photo of Bankhead
4.64/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

acquired this with a week's worth of my hard-earned playwright salary thanks fringe festival

my consumption of tnp was perfectly timed since i spent a night last week consuming single-cask whiskey at the royal scotch whiskey society in leith

with each sip of fruity or sherried or peat-smokey whiskey i wished there was some malt to back it up and lessen the overwhelming alcohol rip to my delicate beer advocate palate

the nearly-flat light brown liquor-leggy penguin granted this wish and smelled just like a cask-strength dram

both the tangy oakiness of spayside and the crazy peat-smoke ashiness of islay came through with the massive whiskey blast in the flavor

but then the roasty chocolatey loveliness of stout softened the blow and the taste continued to develop and expand to marshmallow and raisins and more and more

if you drank this in the context of a beer tasting i get why it would come across as eccentric and showy

but for a whiskey-curious beer aficionado like myself it was magical and fared extremely well on the drinkability side in contrast to single-cask scotch

i also approve of/am a sucker for brewdog's beer-as-performance-art marketing strategy and am now tempted by the bismarck and end of history

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Photo of jondeelee
4.62/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NB: this review is for Batch 007.

Poured into a Sam Adams Utopias glass (which seemed appropriate, this being one of the only other beers I've purchased which approached Utopias' price), Tactical Nuclear Penguin is a deep chestnut brown that reflects dark ruby shades when held against a bright light, and maintains its dark shade near the edges of a tipped glass. The high ABV--32%--leaves wine-like legs oozing gently down the sides of the glass. There is no head, and only the faintest presence of carbonation is visible in thin streams of bubbles rising from the bottom. In appearance, this more resembles a cognac or a brandy than a beer.

The aroma drifting up from the glass is so potent that it can be easily detected from three feet away if wafted toward the nose, and from a good eighteen to twenty inches away in still air. Inhaled deeply, the nose is literally dripping with sugars and fruit esters, the beer smelling less like a beer than a heavily alcoholic mashed fruit extract. Berries, figs, orange liqueurs, raisins, plums, and dates abound, mixed with a drowsy syrup of toasted pecans, burnt coconut shell, and walnut. The aroma also bears striking earthy tones, reminiscent of charred oak, fresh loam, and peat moss. Thick vanilla beans lace through everything, joined by molasses. Also present are port, cognac, and brandy aromas, thick with charcoal filtering and oak barrel aging. The aromas also remind me somewhat strangely of open pit suckling pig on a rotisserie spit, fat bubbling and dripping onto the hot coals, and the wet, woody scent of the inside of freshly-peeled tree bark. I imagine this is what the inside of a very rich man's study would smell like: full of the remnants of expensive brandies and cognacs, with touches of pipe tobacco lingering in the curtains, and the oak and cedar paneling adding its own woody layers. In short, this is one of the more unique aromas I've ever encountered, and I have difficulties winding my way through the seemingly infinite layers of scents drifting from the glass. I could honestly sit here and simply smell the beer--as I have been for the last twenty minutes--for a very long time, the aromas so enticing and intriguing that I hesitate to take a sip for fear that the taste not match the aroma. As it is, I can report not only no loss in the potency of the aromas over the last twenty minutes, but a continued sensation of marvel at the complexity, nuance, variation, and depth of the aromas.

Still, at some point I suppose some of this must pass my lips. So: on the tongue, the beer begins with a charcoal and ash slam so powerful that it literally takes over my tastebuds, reminding me of the heavy charcoal of whiskey, vanilla-flavored pipe tobacco placed directly on the tongue, campfire ash, burnt pecan husks, blackened and burnt steak fat, and what I imagine would be the taste of charred oak. These flavors are literally overwhelming, and it is difficult to find other flavors against their strength. However, there are a myriad of fruit esters begging for attention, including fig, raisin, plum, date, orange, and black cherry. Huge port, whiskey, and cognac flavors are also present, ripe with charcoal filtering and the oak-and-vanilla flavors of barrel aging, and joined by an alcohol bite that at least equals any of the strongest of those liquors. The alcohol is so strong that it burns the nose during exhalation, and bites angrily at the soft palate and at the back of the throat when swallowed. Much like a strong liquor, however, this is part of the process, and while the alcohol is indeed potent, it somehow adds a layer of charm and swagger to the beverage. There is a somewhat unfortunate touch of an almost bike-tire-rubber squeal at the edges of the brew, especially noticeable later in the mouthful. The aftertaste is heavy on charred ash, black malt, charcoal, and lingering molasses and burnt sugars, and like cigarette smoke, squats languidly on the tongue for a very, very long time. Mouthfeel is a gloopy, syrupy, viscous, alcohol-burning medium-high, and carbonation is hardly detectable.

Overall, and noting that it is difficult to make any sort of judgement about a beer that in almost every conceivable way does not in the least bit resemble a beer--given an unidentified glass of this, I would have most likely thought it bourbon or scotch--this is still a stunning brew, and should be on the must-try list of any serious connoisseur. Admittedly, the flavors are so warring in their charred, ashy, smoky, charcoal, fresh-out-of-the-campfires-of-hell potency that they're very likely to simply disgust anyone not already a fan of bourbon, scotch, etc., and anyone expecting this to simply resemble a very, very strong Imperial Stout (which, admittedly, it was before the special aging and freezing process brought it to 32%), will be very, very surprised at how much this exactly does not resemble that beer. So try with caution.

But try you must.

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Photo of dgilks
4.57/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for Batch 007. I have heard bad things about other batches, but I thought this one was very good.

Clearish, red-orange colour verging onto brown. IT pours with a small head which disappears nearly instantly. Lots of legs.

Big aroma with lots of alcohol hotness, dark fruits, chocolate and plenty of smoky Islay whisky notes. It really is quite good and intense. That said, it's about as close to beer as it is to a good spirit.

Lots of flavour here. Behind a big shot of alcohol is lots of spicy, smoky phenols. Heaps of bitterness too with a moderate roast character. It's really interesting and grows on me. I get a touch of vegemite yeast character. Interestingly, the alcohol is hotter than it is in Sink the Bismark!

Medium body with low carbonation but with a prickly, hot alcohol.

This is an interesting beer and I don't quite know how to rate it. I like the beer, it is like nothing else out there and the hot whisky character works nicely, particularly if you like Islay scotch. Some will say that this beer is not beer, others will say that it is a stunt, others simply will not like it. I disagree with them and think that this is a legitimate contribution to brewing and am happy I've been able to try it.

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Photo of sbb32
4.56/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a lot thinner than I thought it would be when poured, it has a very dark brown almost black body with not head at all, and no carbonation. Unsurprisingly it looks more like a spirit than a beer with nice thick legs on the glass.

The aroma has an abundance of dark malts, lots of chocolate and sweet sugars. It is impossible to avoid the alcohol, which is clear, and offers a slight burn as any good whisky does. There is also a massively smokey component to it with lots of oaky wood, and peat. It's smells great.

Upfront the taste is strong dark chocolate and roasted malts with bitter espresso coffee. Towards the end lots of smokiness and woodiness comes through along with a massive warming taste of alcohol.

Superb beer, I absolutely love it, and it has a worrying drinkability. People seem to think that this is just a publicity stunt by BrewDog but to be quite honest they deserve the publicity for something this good.

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Photo of msmezher
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My buddy William Wallace (his actual, legal name given to him by his parents) had this shipped from Scotland. TNP is one of those beers you really only get to try once, if ever. The knowledge of being one of the few to try a bottle really adds to the experience. As many other reviewers have noted, this was very much like drinking a fine Scotch or strong, smokey liqueur. It poured out a dark, blackish brown, with no head whatsoever. At 32%ABV this isn't the type of beer you toss back. Small sips and you really could enjoy the not-so-subtle taste of this beer. There was almost a slight saltiness to the smoke flavor of this beer. The oak gave it a woody aroma much like a scotch would have. I'd say TNP was like smoking a cigar with the finest smoked bacon money can buy. None of this is very surprising, as Brew Dog doesn't disappoint, and for what it cost TNP fared well for itself. I highly recommend it, if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.49/5  rDev +28.3%
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

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kindacold
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


So I poured this beer for myself and a few friends into small sample glasses. Poured very dark with almost no head.

Smells kind of like scotch and molasses.

Taste scotch and coffee with not-so-subtle sweet flavors. Mild bitter aftertaste, but not overwhelming.

Very sticky...coats the tongue and throat. Flavors linger in the mouth indefinitely.

This beer is very hard to drink, but worth drinking. I could barely get down the sample glass, and most of my friends felt the same way.

It's worth trying this beer, but I don't think I have the desire to drink it more than a few times in my life. It's great in small doses, but too big a beer, and too expensive to buy again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
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!

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Photo of KentMills
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.36/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sammy for getting this bottle to Toronto. It pours pitch black with very little head. Smell is quite smokey with some peat and lots of roasted malt. This tastes just like a scotch that has roasted malt in it, which I tend to enjoy, but I can understand why the peat/smoke could be too much for some. Mouthfeel was ok, expected a bit thicker at 32% actually. It is boozy, but it doesn't taste too much boozier than many stouts that are a third of the alcohol.

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Photo of InDreams
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UNBELIEVABLE! Thanks go out to James from BrewDog and to Graham at Wally's Wine in Westwood, CA for hosting a tasting.

Poured out of a 12 oz stoppered bottle into a clean sampler glass with a dark cola-brown body and a half centimeter of beige head. Lush and beatiful -- I expect that with a heavier pour we'd get a bigger head -- but what I had lasted and was quite appreciable.

The smell was unlike any other beer I've ever had -- cigar-like -- rich, smoky, earthy, oakey. I can pick up on the scotch whiskey and hints of vanilla, and it's boozy, but pleasant and warm. I'm not joking when I say that after I was done with beer, I still enjoyed the aroma from the glass.

The taste is everything you'd expect from the smell, and so much more a whiskey than a beer. In terms of the style, it has enough of the burnt malty brown sugar sweetness and caramel/molasses to pass for some form of an imperial stout, but the real poignant flavors are those of a scotch: oak, vanilla, peat, tobacco, leather. It's really complex and you can pick up on everything.

Mouthfeel is first and foremost, warm. This beer was chilled but that's irrelevant. Minimal carbonation with a full body that's a touch syrupy. If you let it linger, you get a bite from the alcohol and the hops.

Drinkability, in terms of my wanting to drink this, is high. This is not something that you can sit down and casually have a bottle of -- that's for sure -- but if you treat it like a scotch, it's unbelievably tasty and smells delicious, so take it easy and drink it the way you should drink it -- in moderate amounts.

Overall, definitely one of the greatest beers I've ever had -- quite an accomplishment and a worthwhile experience for anyone who really enjoys beer.

Cheers to BrewDog!

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Photo of mikedashg
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty hard to rate this one since it's so unique. Much thanks to @TheArtofBeer for sharing her second bottle with me and friends, and not even trying any of it for herself! Guess she had enough from the first bottle :D.

A - Orangy dark brown slightly amber, semi-transparent cola. Looks like a bourbon whiskey, no head, no bubbles, no fizz

S - Like a lightly boozy spirit. Lighty caramel toffee and smoky tobacco aromas

T - Wow! Really packs a punch on the tounge. Again, like a spirit, reminds me of bourbon. Lots of alcohol boozyness. Not for the weak, or anyone expecting beer like qualities. The alcohol content pretty much masks the "beer." But I did reach down in my pallet and got some caramel, toffee, and hint of woodyness, oak, and a smokey tobacco.

M - No carbonation at all, moderately viscous and a touch creamy

D - This is more like a spirit then a beer as far as look, smell, flavors, and mouthfeel goes. I'm not into hard liquor that much, so it would be very interesting to see what an expert on spirits has to say about this one. It's pretty unique, and technically it's beer, and technically they used a form of distilling to get the high ABV. But if you handed this one to someone in a shot glass, and told them it was whiskey, they'd probably believe you. I'd believe you.

Again, really hard to rate. It really is drinkable for what it is. But you can't have too much of it, so it's really not that drinkable as a beer. Putting down one by yourself might be tough for most people. I normally would give VERY low score to a beer on appearance and mouthfeel if there is no carbonation, no head, no fizz (below average, 2, etc). But I think it still deserves a good score for what it is. I kind of liked it. Some people will not since it's so boozy and not much like a beer at all. It's not sweet as one might expect. It's not syrupy either. It's down right like a nice aged bourbon in my opinion.

Do yourself a favor and share this one with a couple of people if you have one. Drink in moderation.

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Photo of goodbeerallday
4.27/5  rDev +22%
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!

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle 32% Abv.
Served cold in a Brewdog Teku glass.
Batch 19 BB 11/09/21

Another beer I received as a prize from the Brewdog photo competition – thanks again guys!
I had Sink the Bismarck a few weeks ago and while it was a very enjoyable experience I found that the beer was just a little too much like beer concentrate. I really hope TNP is less concentrate and more beer spirit.

Appearance: The body is considerably lighter than I expected – a deep red as opposed to the usual imperial stout black. Unlike Sink the Bismarck, a tiny tan head does actually form – needless to say that retention and lacing are non-existent. A quick swirl generates massive alcohol legs and leaves a yellow/brown stain on the glass.

Smell: As expected the nose on this is absolutely massive!
Surprisingly sherry character outweighs whisky by quite a margin. I was really expecting a peat-smoke/ whiskey barrel bomb; instead the nose is dominated by dark fruits (prunes and dates), the afore mentioned sherry and dark treacle. Sweet chocolate, strong coffee, lightly salty soy sauce, roasted malt, oak and a touch of smoke are also noted.

Taste: Again absolutely massive – it takes a few sips before I can pick up any specific notes. Happily more whisky character is appreciated in the flavour than in the nose, but it still doesn’t outweigh the sherry/ port by much. Flavour specifics include: very sweet dark fruit, sherry/port, oak, peat smoke, salty soy sauce, iodine, and a little roast. A little less sweetness and some more roasted notes would bump the flavour score up a notch.

Mouthfeel: Massive, thick, syrupy body that really coats your mouth. Thankfully there is just enough carbonation to keep it from being way too much.

Overall: Fantastic, um…. beer spirit! I really enjoyed this and if it wasn’t for the ridiculous price I would most certainly have this again. If you like beer spirits I would most certainly recommend this!

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Photo of adkirkish
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fruity and boozy, warm, alcohol burn, warms to toffee
A: Pours dark carmel / Rum colored. No head, no lacing.
F: Umami and soy, toffee and caramel, smoky, no hop presence.
M: Slick and alcohol burn. You don't feel it in your mouth, you feel it in your gut.
O: I'm very amazed that beer could ever be like this. I wont compare apples and oranges, but in the realm of high gravity beers, I will agree that TNP has less flavor profile than a Utopias. I still believe that this is a beer. It's not a scotch or a spirit, but I will drink it as such and would treat it with as much reverence. Long live the Penguin!!

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4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smokey, malty, dark malts, hot alcohol. It smells a little like a whiskey.

Appearance:Dark, cola colored. It's pretty flat. It doesn't have lacing so much as a syrupy residue that sticks to the side of the glass.

Taste:The foretaste is smokey and tangy. There's a huge malty sweetness that peaks in the midtaste. There's smoke, woody flavors, and hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:There is hot alcohol in the foretaste and aftertaste, but it takes a break in the midtaste. There's actually not as much hot alcohol as I thought there would be. It's very thick and syrupy. No carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability:This beer is quite tasty, and a much better beer than I thought it would be. There's a ton of complex whiskey related flavors (smoke and wood) that give the beer a lot of depth.

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Tactical Nuclear Penguin from BrewDog
3.5 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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