Tokyo - BrewDog

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TokyoTokyo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 08-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by Oakenator:
Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of zoso1967
2.86/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle acquired in trade with Jw347. Batch 001 BB 31/11/09.

Poured a dark black color with a very small sized brown head. Aromas of dark fruits (cherries), cranberries, wood, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, some dark fruits, woody, lighter chocolate, light cranberries and some coffee. Alcohol content well hidden and very easy to drink.

Notes from: 11/26/08

Photo of AgentZero
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours black as fairly viscous, brown head that bubbled up like cola which was not particularly attractive, and died down rather quickly with no lacing.

S - Molassas, carboy type smell. Nice charred wood comes through and something that smells a touch like ginseng. Little bit of coffee and some raisin smell.

T - Dark prune/raisin taste with some molassas and charred oak taste. Definately get the candied malts with some bitter hops and alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied, smooth without feeling much carbonation.

D - Not entirely drinkable, was hard for me to finish the 12 oz bottle.

Photo of Cavery
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Klym, we decided it was time to slay the beast.

A: Deep cherry chocolate with a strawberry head. Finger and a half fluff top with starry constellations of lacing. Already pretty unique in its appearance: lacing for a monster ABV beer!

S: Whiskey sting with a venomous spice linger. I'm pretty sure this beer is poisonous. Vinegar and lighter fluid create a flammable solution in the nostrils. No lie, I'm scared.

T: What? Sweet plum sauce ranging to tart teriyaki. A pure marinade taste. Concentrated grape juice demands your attention, and then throws in some anise as an after thought. Alcohol sweetens every detail of the flavor experience. Subtle steak sauce and soy sauce. Bold flavors to balance bold alcohol.

M: The mouth sizzles like a teppanyaki counter top. You feel the bubbles evaporate with the alcohol. The mouth guides you to the savory sauces of the taste. This isn't an average experience. A monster beer with a sensitive side.

O: This is a love/hate beer, but I love it. The first 18 percent beer I wish was sessionable. This would pair so sick good with stir fry and marinated tofu. I feel incomplete without some form of Asian cuisine in front of me. Asian food is the smokin' hot mistress of this beer. A titillatingly savory experience. Brew dog just beer and dined me with a legendary sipper.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewdog Tokyo on tap at Jack's Bistro in Canton, Bawlmer, MD, served in a mini-snifter (6 ounces).

(I have had the "Tokio" version, same thing but in a bottle, less balanced and more brutal)

Appearance: The mini-snifter makes this beer look great. Kudos to the presentation! Minimum head, but more than the bottle version. Brownish head, thicker in the edge. No lacing.

Smell: Port wine, raisins, prune, dry cherry and other dark fruits (as expected). Musty grapes alll over and some booze as it warms up. Smells like grape juice before fermentation, a non-alcoholic drink we used to drink as kids in Spain. What memories...

Taste: Pedro Ximenez sherry in beer form! Total raisin flavor. Barely any hops or roastiness, mostly sugars and sweetness. As it warms up, a slight bitterness warms the throat up.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full flavor, medium body. Tasty! Well balanced. When it gets warms, it becomes hot and burns good.

Drinkability: It's an apperitif, a sipper, a dessert beer. Not a chugger. I enjoyed it MUCH better than the unbalanced, deadly boozed-up bottled version. This is well balanced and drinkable enough.

Cheers!

Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a deep black colored beer...almost syrupy in it's thickness and completely opaque. The head is very small and chocolate-milk in color. Strange aroma...of course, lots of highly roasted grain and malts, but also a lot of wood and medicinal flavors. It's a great aroma, but it's a very murky and thick smell. The beer is supposedly brewed with cranberries, but I have trouble picking the smell out. Lots of complexity nonetheless. I enjoy the flavor much more than the aroma...burnt and boozy (port and whiskey). Almost like a liquor filled dark chocolate candy. The taste is a mix of sweetness (malt) and many shades of bitterness. There's some warmth, bordering on hotness from the alcohol (12%..wow). Dark chocolate and licorice. Huge complexity. Big mouthfeel....huge and heavy. A little rough around the edges. Really good stuff.

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks Ralph!

Pours an opaque very dark brown, almost black, almost no head forms, very thin tan bubbles, thing ring, some legs on the glass. Smell is real nice, very woody and spicy, oak, tea, fruit, booze, caramel, chocolate, pretty neat. Taste is similar, molasses and brown sugar, sweet up front, smokey, some oak, light fruit and toast, chocolate, figs, pretty cool. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth. Pretty damn good stuff, thanks Ralph!

Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 5/25/10.
Batch #2 bottle date of 14/12/19 I assume to be the best before date.

Poured into a small wine glass, the brew appears a dark brown color with deep ruby highlights. The initial dark brown head receeded fast to just a thin layer atop the beer. Sweet aroma comes off of this brew smelling like dark fruits mixed with something slighly acidic/tart along with oakiness and a tingle of alcohol fills the back of the nose. Still in the aroma there are suggestions of darker malt character similar to chocolate and a sweet almost berry-like booziness of some sort.

Taste includes a wide array of flavors. Immediately noticeable upfront it is bursting with alcohol presence. Vanilla is noted right behind with woodsy oak flavors that reside right through the tasting experience. Also included are minor notes of
chocolate and a brandy-like flavor coupled with a fair amount of lightly citrus hop bitterness.

Medium feel with a modest amount of carbonation that suggests being lighter partially due to the alcohol seemingly evaporating right off the tongue. Lingering flavors of dark fruit are left on the tongue mingled with the taste of chocolate, slight black coffee and strong spirits. Overall a good big stout that is a sipper and could most likely benefit in drinkability from extended aging.

After seeing this brew multiple times with different labels (Tokyo, Tokyo*, Tokio) I am uncertain which listed beer is the appropriate one to file this review under. The label of this brew is spelled with the "I" not "Y."

Photo of radioscooter
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Working my way through the Brew Dog catalog. My new favorite brewery.

Poured from bottle (note spelling on my bottle is "Tokio" not "Tokyo" don't know if there was some licensing issue with the city of Godzilla...) into my Southern Tier tulip.

Dark mahogany pour. Looks great. Great assymetrical head. Low froth retention.

Outstanding flavor. Massively boozy but flavorful. Dark fruits, raisons, fig maybe, prune - grape...

Sweet, malty. Complicated. Like the new girl. Don't let her go just because she doesn't act like your wife. That's the whole. reason. you're. Here.

Give her a shot to please you. She'll be full of surprises.

Wow. Over-concentrated 18.2 ass-kicker flavor bomb. Have with food. Any food.

Get you some.

Photo of Monteiro
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split an 11.2oz bottle with a friend.

A: Not quite pitch black, a little on the red side, but damned close. Gave it a swirl, but the lacing dies a fast fiery death.

S: Definite molasses and coffee , a dash of alcohol and dark fruit.

T: Does not taste like like 18%. it tastes more like 8%. More molasses, and surprisingly subtle for this stout of a stout stout. Not to get too Proust-y, but definite memories of Black Russians and pre-show happy hours at the opera. Just classy.

M: Thick but not syrupy, due to the alcohol. The carbonation goes to hide.

D: Not going to drink more than one of these. I feel like I should break out a highball glass and a tuxedo, and linger all evening.

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Tokyo from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.