Tactical Nuclear Penguin | BrewDog

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
22.29%
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
98
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of WickedBeer
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of earljones199
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k3ve
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigTravor
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TequilaTom
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elimav
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 kdown
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mdfb79
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 hdtrice
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WalkerHater
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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