BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin
From BrewDog – The Antarctic name inducing schizophrenia of this uber-imperial stout originates from the amount of time it spent exposed to extreme cold. This beer began life as a 10% imperial stout 18 months ago. The beer was aged for 8 months in an Isle of Arran whisky cask and 8 months in an Islay cask making it our first double cask aged beer. After an intense 16 month, the final stages took a ground breaking approach by storing the beer at -20 degrees for three weeks to get it to 32%.
BrewDog – Tactical Nuclear Penguin – 330 ml bottle poured into a Double Bastard specialty glass. 32% abv (64 Proof)
Appearance: Pours like dark roast coffee with no head.
Aroma: Liquid smoke, bbq potato chips, rubber cement. The alcohol is so strong in burns the back of my nose.
Taste: Wood, what I’d imagine paint to taste based on how it smells, soy sauce, M & M’s, barbecue sauce, toasted nuts,wood, peaty smokey malt, dark roasted coffee and burnt malts.
Mouthfeel: Warm and thick.
Overall: This beer was pretty over the top and obnoxious. This beer should steal the show at any tasting, and will actually warm you up quite a bit. I did not consume the entire bottle myself, and I don’t think I could anyhow. I guess because it started out a beer, it remains a beer. If someone handed me a glass of this, with no name or bottle, I’d say this is a hardcore concoction of hard alcohol and a liquor. So how will BrewDog be able to top this?
Bonus: Here is a picture taken by Jonny Fullpint. Pretty sweet packaging, including the paper bag with the “drawn on” penguin.
January 21, 2010 @ 4:25 pm
I bought 2 bottles $180 to ship to US.
Thoughts: an experience I’ll never forget. Taste: One that I’ll never forget. Definitively a beer for only the diehard beer conesure.
By far the worst tasting beer I ever had. I dont know if it automatically skunks because its frozen in the brewwing process. I chilled the bottles to drink them with my best friend. Over the corse of 2 hours I finished a bottle. We had to force ourselves to finish it and dare not waste any because of the price. I dont know if its because it took so long or it was the alcohol but it tasted better at the end when it was warm. I was drunk off the one bottle. Surprisingly no hangover. I would recomend chasing a bottle with something else so that the after taste doesn’t linger too long.
December 29, 2009 @ 11:54 am
@Dan Don’t sell yourself short. You must believe! 🙂
December 28, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
Finally, the first review of TNP that I have come across, thanks danny!
December 28, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
@Randy Go in on it with a few friends. I can’t see anyone drinking an entire bottle of this in a session.
December 23, 2009 @ 2:57 am
Seriously toying with buying one. But so damn expensive. Should I bite the bullet?