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BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin (37.5cl)

(37cl, 32%)

BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin (37.5cl)

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Tactical Nuclear Penguin Bottling Note

First released as the world's strongest beer, this is a completely insane product from the equally bonkers chaps at BrewDog. This fantastical quaff is produced using intense cold, utilising a process called "chill and skim" (which hints at how it works!). The result of this is an Imperial Stout that weighs in at a whopping 32% abv. Of course, they didn't stop there. After it was brewed, they popped it into an Arran whisky cask for 8 months, before a further 8 months in a cask from a famous Islay distillery. The result... Tactical Nuclear Penguin - BrewDog's first double-casked beer!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Nutty, intense, with notes of smoke coming off fragrant foods, potpourri, sultanas and burnt toast.

Palate: Very, very malty and smoky, with an almost medicinal character. Syrupy notes of barrel char, molasses and black pepper.

Finish: Long, potent and full with mouth-coating coffee flavours.

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BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin (37.5cl) Reviews

Unique maybe, but not worth drinking.

Awful. Worst BrewDog, or indeed any beer by miles. It’s like thick potent coffee flavoured tar. Not pleasant.

15th January 2018


How hard is it to buy? This is on my bucket list to try before I deploy and its always sold out

24th November 2016

Horrible but wonderful

If your coming here for a beer that tastes just like your average IPA, but is incredibly strong, Im sorry to announce that science is not there yet. However, if you want an experience unlike any other (as in, this isnt like any beer, wine, spirit, cider, anything), that will get you pissed and will be a laugh with mates, its a wonder.

10th February 2016

Witches blood

Received as a gift so got involved for politeness sake.
Sweet Jesus. I've tasted some vile things in my time but this ranks and is rank!
If you opened a middle age witches veins surely this is what you would get!
Big fail from the boys who usually hit the mark.

3rd January 2016

Couldn't drink it

I got a bottle as a gift and poured about 2oz, and could not stand it. I have had Sam Adams Utopia and thought it was pretty good, but this taste like NyQuil and Vodka mixed together.

2nd September 2015

I draw the line at 10%

Sad people on here dissing this drink.

Would love a taster!

30th January 2015

Lovely stuff

I sometimes have a glass of this as a chaser with a glass of Brew Dog Hardcore IPA. It is very nice and very distinctive.

11th February 2014

Not for the faint of palette!

marvellous stuff. was still sweating it out two days later. I forgot who I was and what I was doing. an acquired taste.

2nd February 2014


Ok, I´ll have to do it. "Was first released"!!! It WAS the strongest beer at the time. Think the price is a joke? Don´t buy it & DON`T feel insulted by the price, buy your bottle of Famous Grouse & your case of Budweiser. You don´t HAVE to buy this. When/if it´s available, I´m gone buy a SixPack.

15th January 2014

Very unusual

Very dark and treacly. Almost like a chocolatey port. Weird, but well worth a try. This is to be drank as a short like a whisky, not as a beer!

13th December 2013

Like getting smacked in the throat with a wrench

This is a definite acquired taste. It is used in my social circles as a forfeit drink for various childish shenanigans and it works a treat. I don't think I could ever drink it for pleasure though...

11th October 2013


Had this for the first time at a Brewdog bar last night.

Gorgeous taste and aroma. Definitely for drinking like a Whisky though.

26th September 2013

Spellchecker & @ 'e'

Ah yes but brewdog's tactical nuclear penguin is popped it into an Arran whisky cask for 8 months, before a further 8 months in a cask from a famous Islay distillery. This relates to Scotland and so much be spelt without the 'e'. So he is technically right in regards to the product itself, but as the people in question are referring to the way it should be drank, then I suppose it doesn't matter whether you use an 'e' in the spelling or not. I have tried this product now and think it is overpriced for what it is, but I did quite like it.

10th July 2013

'e' in Whisky @ spellchecker

Whisky can be written with an 'e' or without an 'e' both are correct in this context as they are advising to this beer like you would a Whiskey/Whisky.

10th July 2013

I have for sale !

I have for sale 1 bottle of Tacical Nuclear Pengiun and another of Sink The Bismarck. Both from the first release. They have original wrappings , bottle numbers and stoppers. email for a price. First edition and very rare.

12th June 2013

Worth a try

Not sure why people are kicking off against it when they havnt tasted it.
It IS an acquired taste and it needs treating like a spirit. Personally, i love it. Very interesting indeed and worth a punt. If you dont want to risk £4o on it thats up to you but i wouldnt judge others if they choose to try it.

9th June 2013

Old tawny port, brandy and stout

Is what it tastes like. Intoxicating!

1st June 2013

I watched you drink it

It's evil make you late for work juice

19th April 2013

Sorry Boss

This made me late for work

19th April 2013

Mrs s fletcher

Heard about this beer want it for a present

16th April 2013

Definitely not Jokers

The processed used creates beer, therefore this is definitely a beer. Yes it is a very acquired taste, but if this suits your pallet it is delicious. Is it worth the money? I pay way more than this for whisky and drinking this brings me just as much pleasure. When released it was the worlds strongest beer but ins't anymore. Still a bloody nice tipple though. If you have a problem paying £40 don't buy it, especially if you don't like it. No one's making you!!

25th February 2013


This essence in the bottle is crap and CAN'T BE CALLED BEER AT ALL!!!!!!AND TO JUSTIFY THE PRICE!!!! Can't be called the world's strongest beer ether!!!!
I'm really fed up that some Moron here keep deleting my 3rd comments without any reasonable explanation or debate!!!Or is the part of your marketing nonsense????
p.s I would be embarrassed to sell that kind of staff in my shop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks a lot!

29th December 2012


First of not the World's strongest beer!The world's strongest beer is the Schorschbock 57.7 and the record still stands.However both of them are crap which don't deserve to be called beer and definitely not worth the money .!
For this kind of money I can buy a few cases of decent beer or a bottle of whisky!
p.s Quite disappointed that my previous review was deleted!

26th December 2012


For a £40 I can buy a good bottle of whisky or few cases of a descent beer.This price is a joke! They will have to pay me to drink that...


21st December 2012


there is no letter e in whisky unless you are in america or ireland.please get it right!

21st December 2012


26th September 2012

Very Interesting

Do not drink as a beer, drink like whiskey and take in nips. Very, very interesting and a definitely worth a try.

26th August 2012

Not to be drunk like Beer

This is supposed to be consumed like you would drink a whiskey, pour it as a single measure and consume it slowly as you would a good whiskey.
I do agree it is an acquired taste though.

13th July 2012

Acquired taste

Bought a bottle of this when first released. Very strong with huge hits of treacle flavour. almost unpalatable.

22nd April 2012

Jame Stevenson

You are having a laugh £40 for a bottle of beer you have got to be kidding? How much is a pint?

6th March 2012

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