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Tokyo - BrewDog

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TokyoTokyo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-22-2008)
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Reviews by Oakenator:
Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sma snifter. A dark brown to black color with a creamy head. Some lacing present and surprising on this strength. 2010 brew has a black licorice and slightly boozy aroma. Taste is like a nice port with the licorice flavored dominating from middle to back. Solid brew.

Oakenator, Apr 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, but the liquid seems clear. A very small brown head with large bubbles settles quickly into a minimal ring around the edges of the glass.

S: Very harmonious. Lots of roasted and sweet malts, however the burnt aromas are rather far away. Loads of dark chocolate. Some licorice, dark fruits, vanilla and wood. The smell has also a freshness to it, like a flower garden.

T: The taste is also very harmonious and soft around the edges. Nothing seems really out of place. Sweet and roasted malt dominate, but it is not as hardly roasted as in some other big imperial stouts. Lots of fruity sweetness and chocolate. Upon swallowing, things really start to happen; a mild acidic roastiness, huge amounts of salt licorice, leather, a decent bitterness, charcoal and floral freshness. The salty flavors linger on for what seems to be an eternity together with very hot and almost boozy alcohol. And again, that floral freshness that I seem to pick up both in the smell and mouth reappears towards the end (might this be the jasmines?).

M: Rather full-bodied, but still not as big as I had hoped for. Gentle carbonation with tiny bubbles. The texture is beyond velvety smooth, absolutely incredible.

D: A very good imperial stout. Great balance and lots of character. I really liked the freshness of it. A little more complexity might have been good, but other than that it's really good. The smooth texture is great.

ricke, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of kaneel
4/5  rDev +0.8%

kaneel, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Completely black. Thin, light brown head.

A rich and incredibly sweet aroma. There's a ton of vanilla, molasses, and candy sweetness, along with a potent alcohol punch. There's notes of oak as well. An incredibly varied nose--it's probably just a touch too sweet for my ultimate liking--but it's certainly fun to explore!

The flavor is again largely sweet (molasses, bubble gum, sweet and dark fruits) and of course a definite alcohol warmth as it passes down the throat. There's some earthy and woody elements that actually do a really fine job of rounding things out. It's ultimately an absolutely delicious drink--that I wouldn't ever want more than 2-3oz. of (though at 18%, I think that's fair).

Thick and a touch oily, like liquor--though I don't think it's fair to expect anything else.

A wonderful experiment--and one that (actually) works!

ehammond1, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Black with reddish hues, a bit of lace, a thin head. Floral and roast aroma, a contradiction. A mild amount of carbonation. Initially, a good chocolate hits the tongue. Serveral sips later, very boozy, more vodka-ish. Below average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of mark14580
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mark14580, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly new oak-aged offering here from BrewDog. I had not yet tried anything from this newish brewery, mostly because of the price but I just received this bottle in a leg of the current Virgin BIF, courtesty of Jw347. I'm not sure if this is even available in the U.S. yet. Thanks John!

Billed as the "Intergalactic Fantastic" Oak Aged Stout and influenced by the game Space Invaders, this is from the bottle...

"This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry hopped it with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips."

Pours a dark viscous looking black (almost like soy sauce coming out of the bottle) with just a ½ finger foamy dark mocha colored head. It fizzles down pretty quickly into the tiniest ring around the edges, leaving a thick residue of spotty lacing and brown oils that just absolutely sticks to the sides of the glass. I mean this stuff doesn't budge at all. Definitely one of the thickest residues I've ever seen from a beer. The aroma has a ton going on with it. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit tang, roasted malts, floral hops, and some rather prominent earthy oak notes. There is also some definitely some underlying heat in the nose but it just enough to carry things along and give it a bit of fume feel.

The taste starts with a solid foundation of dark roasted chocolate and vanilla sweetness, roasted malts, coffee, and more pronounced dark fruit tartness. That all sits behind an earthy tasting mix of very subtle hop bitterness and oak character. Things finish with lingering hops and a smack of sweet vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is naturally full bodied with a chewy carbonation and a viscous and oily feel the more it warms. That 12% ABV is incredibly well hidden though. I swear this drinks more like it's in a 7-8% range at times. Very nice job with that!

This was my first BrewDog offering and for the most part, I liked it. There's a lot of
power and complexity going on with both the aroma and taste but the overall profile seems a little muddled. A bit more definition (especially from the oak character) would have been nice. It just kind of runs over some of the other flavors at times. Still though, I liked the effort here and the overall drinkibility of this was just tremendous considering the higher ABV. I just may have to splurge on some of BrewDogs other offerings after all.

Kegatron, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BruceBruce
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BruceBruce, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a thick-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dark roasted coffee with some vinous notes and light liquorice notes. Taste is also a mix between some dark roasted coffee notes with some light vanilla and liquorice. This beer is sweet do not overwhelmingly so. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation with surprisingly no alcohol notes. Well brewed and more enjoyable then I was expecting.

Phyl21ca, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle said it was 18% ABV, not the 12% as indicated above.

BrewDog Tokyo has a black colour and a surprisingly good head for such a high ABV beer. The smell was of malt and some alcohol. The taste was very sweet with some raisins and strong malt. The alcohol was very noticeable, especially in the aftertaste. This beer feels thick and syrupy in the mouth with a slight burning sensation from the alcohol. A strong and interesting beer, but not as well controlled as the Dogfish Head World-Wide Stout.

vandemonian, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

decided to open this one up by the fire last night and chill for a while. served cold and allowed to warm in a snifter it was consumed on 11/19/2010.

the pour was dark as night, no light coming through on this one at all, but also no head as the flat, lifeless body just laid there, quite odd indeed. aroma is dark peat, hints of campfire smoke, notes of light cocoa, and a hint of deep burnt notes, but that was the highlight as it went down from there. very lifeless, flat body did not let the taste come through nearly as much as it could have and this led to a rather lackluster profile. nice barrel notes, loads of wood and peat, but just really not enough with the carbonation to really make it work for me.

overall it was decent, but it was just too underwhelming for me. maybe next time.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mtbdonn, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, found it at Naja's Place. $10 for 10 oz.

A - Opaque dark black body with no head. Very still, like a liquor.

S - Chocolaty sweetness, malty, full.

T - Very flavorful, I didn't find it overly hot/alcoholy for the strength it has. Decent sweet smooth balance.

M - Oily thick, velvety, pretty good.

O - Glad I got it, would probably sample again.

mikedrinksbeer2, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my roomate for this half bottle. Out of my Founders Tulip.

A- Reddish black, slightly opaque when pouring but pretty dark in the glass. A light tanish foam forms, and quickly dissipates. There is little to no lacing.

S- Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit like plums/dates, and medicine. There is a robust oaky smell to the beer, as well as a touch of hops.

T- Actually better than I expected. It is very sweet and malty, and verrry boozy. I get more of that dark fruit and medicine. It's almost like a cherry robitusin from when I was a kid. Well not that bad, but you get the idea.

M- It's a bit too big, and very hot and medicine like. It's thick and kind of overwhelmes the tastebuds a bit.

O- After having TNP and STB, I expected this to be horendous as well. It exceeded my expectations, but was still a hot mess of a beer. Not bad, but wouldn't buy again for $14.

Gfunk720, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.
Pure black,dark mahogany to the light.Opaque body.Thick foam,ligth beige in color.Dense & close.Glue lacing.Brandy,resin & woody aromas.Brandy flavor & incredible sweet palate.Dark fruit,molasses & toasted coffee in the middle.Viscosity can be chewed it up.Fruity flavor,coffee hints on the aftertaste while hops remain under the pillow.ABV?? Well you´d better have just one half while sharing the other have to your buddy or...Tokio´s gonna kick your head, I tell ´ja.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of losdizzel
4/5  rDev +0.8%

losdizzel, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a short tan colored head that fades fast and leaves little lacing.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, wood aromas, some dark fruits, and some alcohol aromas mixed in there. Complex but interesting.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some black malts, wood flavors, vinous fruit flavors, some chocolate mixed in as well.
M: Thick feeling, kind of heavy, hot at 18% abv, but still good if you go into it with the right mindset.
D: Pretty drinkable considering the gravity of this beer, it was a really interesting take, and it was certainly worth a try.

erosier, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served up very dark brown, almost black and quite opaque with only a slight tan head around the edges. The aroma is very sweet, too sweet if you ask me, and has substantial dark fruit notes as well as some booziness, burnt sugar, licorice, vanilla and woody tannins. The taste picks up where the aroma left off and is once again, too sweet for my taste, but at least it has an interesting complexity. Dark fruit, spice, chocolate, licorice woodiness and some vanilla. Not bad tasting, but when I drink a stout, even a RIS, I want some roastyness in there and I am getting none of it. Also, bitterness is almost unperceivable with all that malt and alcoholic heat. Full bodied and chewy, with a surprisingly clean finish for a beer of this gravity. I had a hard time finishing this and did not enjoy it much, though it did have some interesting characteristics at least.

zoso1967, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a near black with chestnut edges and a fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a mild colar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses. melted corn sugar, espresso, vanilla cream, prune juice, and raisins.
Taste is of the aromas but is way, way over the top with sweet prunes and brown sugar taking over to a sweet, cloying bomb.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, syrupy, sugar filled, ultra fruity, and in need of aging.

weeare138, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of patjohnfive
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

patjohnfive, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of DaveHS
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Abe's 6 Pack in Bethlehem, PA for $6.95.

A-Pours dark chocolate brown with a little bit of fizz. No head.

S-Chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, some herbaceous aromas that are tricky to pin down.

T/M-Sugary sweet, and predictably boozy, considering the ABV. The cranberries add a delicate tartness to an otherwise overwhelmingly sweet beer. The finish is acidic and sharp, with a lingering burst of bittering hops. Body is thin and rich, with low, fizzy carbonation.

D-Better than expected.This is the first thing I've had from Brewdog that was worth the money. The acidity in the finish was off putting, but the rest of the beer made up for it. Will be picking up another one to age.

DaveHS, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of arash1000
4/5  rDev +0.8%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is dark brown, almost black. The head is light brown and goes away quickly. Has a fruity smell. The taste starts out fruity and then gets a molasses taste. It is a sweet tasting brew. No hops.
The mouth feel is syrupy, definitely a sipping beer. The drinkability
depends on your tolerance. At 12%, for me, it is a one bottle beer, also financially. It is a beer I would try again for a special occasion or on someelse's dime.

lou50rp, Jun 27, 2010
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Tokyo from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.