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Tokyo - BrewDog

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88
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
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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Photo of GRBrew
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the pub in Edinburgh. I was really looking forward to this beer and it lived up. The smell is amazing. The beer drinks more like a liquor and is a sipping beer. When of the better imperials I have had in a while. I was impressed that it was not served too carbonated as I expected. This added to the mouthfeel. (326 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted July 4th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - utterly opaque black, two finger very tan head and some serious lacing

S - huge alcohol, yeast, sugar, cherries, soy sauce, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, more alcohol, port, wine barrels, wood, oak, earth, flowers and some nice hops. Wow!

T - bourbon, chocolate, lots of yeast, tons of alcohol, oak, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, jammy, earth, lots of port wine notes. This beast has to be fortified, it effing huge! Deep dark fruits, dried fruits, in the middle lots of hops, toasted malts, floral and wow, just yummy

M - uber chewy, lots of complexity, overly full bodied, medium acidity and huge finish

D - if you do not like humongous beers, then this one is not for you! Stay away if you aren't a ginormous fan of beers that can kick your ass. But, this beer is great to say the least. Lots of everything but in a huge way, balanced

Final thought - at $11 a 12oz and an almost 19% ABV , this beer is epic to say the least (1,016 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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 (376 characters)

Photo of templar316
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, the head is gone, maybe the age has to do with it, but it's improved the rest. The overpowering thick dark malts are all there on the nose: Worchester bitterness, sugar plum faries, with a stunning blast of jasmine flower to envelope, invite and excite. This is a beer so heavy I can't swirl it in my Duval tulip. Even as it warms. Brown Sugar to poppy jasmine flowers. Figgy pudding with enough burbon to get you through an old school family xmas eve. This is a knockout punch from brewdog. More PleasE!!!

4 pts most I ever improved a beer! Let this one keep in the cellar for awhile I'm sure it was hot new but it's awesome with a few years... (662 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of grapetonix
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours viscous out of the bottle with a little bit of head. Pitch black, no light goes through this one.

Smell: Chocolate, cinnamon, black tea, maple syrup, burnt oak, tobacco and considering the alcoholic strength a very slight smell of it. Wow!

Taste: Chocolate, cranberries, raisins. There is no lack of either complexity nor purity. Wow again!

Mouthfeel: Thick, candylike. A little too warming, alcoholic and dessert wine/Porter like for me, but guess you can't have everything.

One of the best beers(???) I have tasted in a long time. And this at 18.2%, I am impressed. Having an endless supply of these would be a non stop recipe for becoming an alcoholic. Good thing it is so expensive actually. Best shared with a friend, split a bottle into two wine glasses. (782 characters)

Photo of ChrisPr
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Highland Still House. Wow. Aroma is stout and barrel aged rum. Color of dark porter meets rum. Flavor is great, but a bit strong on the alcohol. This is a great beer, worth looking for. It's light body would make this quite drinkable but the alcohol is also there. All-in-all a great lighter-bodied high alcohol Imperial stout, with some high alcohol attributes. (383 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a wafer thin tan head. The head dissipates to nothing fairly quickly. Very nice and appealing.

S - Fair amount of alcohol, some roast. A rich smell but not as complex as it might be.

T - Amazing. An intense bitter roast starts the palate. Espresso hits next with a smooth sweetness. Alcohol is evident but well hidden for such a big beer. The toast of the oak comes out next with a touch of vanilla. Finally as you move into the beer, a fruity sweetness comes out at the front, possibly from the jasmine and cranberries.

M - Thick and rich. Very nice and it makes a good sipper.

D - Well, it can't be really drinkable at 12% ABV but I want to drink more and more of this. Very, very good. (714 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (494 characters)

Photo of hopheadtony1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark rubbish brown beer, there is a beige head that left quite quickly, the nose is woody, fuity, very refreshing, roasted barley notes, perhaps personal but chocolate is noticeable.

The taste is red fruits at first then, some red wine touch comes. After that, the strong malt taste overcome. You can clerly taste the strong abv, 18,2.

The after taste is rich, long, and malty.
This is a very good oak aged stout. (423 characters)

Photo of radioscooter
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost as dark as they come in a body of non translucent black. This Asian's head light tan and wispy, just like I 'em.

S - Worcestershire, anise, smokey alcohol and the slight presence of spice.

T - Sweet and smokey with apparent anise. There is a definite caramel flavor here and I even sense of bit of caramel-apple. This is a great brew.

M - Watery yet soft, silky and smooth. Very easy throughout, from lips to throat.

~ This isa great fall and winter brew. Try it for desert. (490 characters)

Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black-brown, not entirely opaque but pretty close. At the edges, there is a lighter character like very burnt toffee. Head is pretty filmy, a light raisin coloured edging around the glass. Lace is ok. The static carbonation when swirled is impressive though. Overall a pretty tasty looking brew.

Some raisins and dark fruit notes on the nose. Very much full of deep, dark sweetness, with a big molasses darkness coming through. Not entirely black and roasted, but certainly deep and heavy. The sweetness is really very nice - it's so beautifully leavened with the darker notes.

Taste is also very nice, a very leavened stout, rich with dark characters, but strangely subtle and sweet as well, with a lingering rye bread character. Notes of licorice come through on the palate, although the molasses has disappeared - a dusty and long finish. Really complex and really very enjoyable. I've been waiting for Brewdog to show me something exciting, and this is pretty close to what I wanted.

A very drinkable, smooth and complex stout, brewed with some attitude. Yep, I like it a lot. Can't wait to try the starred version. (1,140 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This puppy is made with jasmine and cranberries and then aged on french toasted oak chips. It poured a dark chocolate with a thin milk chocolate head. It smelled of sweet honey, raisins, stewed prunes, candied malts and a touch of spice. It tasted like sweet malt, sweet dried raisins, prunes, dates, touch of black currant and a light hoppy bitterness on the ending. It had a fabulous hop bitterness ending. I enjoyed this beer a lot! (435 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown - borderline black with about half a centimetre of bubbly dark coffee brown head that falls away almost immediately.
S - Big, bold dark fruit character with caramel and dark chocolate sweetness. Some herbal & woody character. A bit of a leather touch & some boozy hints
T - Lots of dark fruit and dark chocolate also in the taste. Slightly burnt roasty notes. Some herbal qualities towards the back of the palate.
Some vauge vanilla & woody hints. Also some warming alcohol touches.
M - Quite full bodied with minimal carbonation.
D - A nice beer indeed. Obviously a 12% beer isn't meant for sessioning but it's something I'll probably buy more of for the cellar. (700 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (1,148 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Puree prune, nice tan head, fairly slow to leave considering. Some spot cling.

S - Geez louise! Booze, wood, tannin, booze, hot, ouch.

T - Geez louise! Booze, wood, tannin, booze, hot, ouch. Just kidding. The malt comes out too. It's still pretty hot and much like carbonated malted whiskey.

M - Surprisingly balanced considering the ABV and the flavors. Surprising carbonation too!

D - Sadly, not a session unless you are insane. Good stuff, though. (458 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,447 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (2,465 characters)

Photo of Monteiro
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 07/12/2009, served cool in Gulden Draak's branded tulip-shaped bowl sniffer. NOTE: the beer is brewed with Jasmine (hence the name?) and Cranberries, dry-hopped before being aged with French toasted oak chips.

A: pours a nearly black hue with faint carbonation and a dark khaki-hued fluffy head.
S: the aroma is quite... weird at first - boasting pronounced vanilla-oak and a mixed aroma of berry-fruits, bitter chocolates, syrupy nuts and faint roastiness, while a semi-nettle and semi-licorice herbal-ness seems to represent the "jasmine" as stated on the back label? Given several good swirls, the aroma still remains pretty deep and low-profiled, not quite lively yet also not alcoholic (mysterious...).
T: the understated foretaste of bitter walnuts and bitter chocolates slowly leads to a really refreshing and nice edge of chopped jasmine flower(!) along with sour smoked black prunes in the middle, while the undertone of malt-roastiness and a good level of hop bitterness creeps up by stealth, with a spicy tinge in fact. The finish is semi-chewy, sour-prune-ish, satisfyingly bitter without being too harsh, and the subtle aroma of (real!) jasmine lingers. Ageing seems to soften the body considerably, yet the "toasted French oak chips" at best add to the complexity in the most subtle manner, without making the beer hugely "vanilla-oaky". In fact, the sour side of flavour seems to lift the whole drinking experience tremendously.
M&D: the texture is lubricating and not heavy, the carbonation is just about right, and the body is full but not overbearing at all - most importantly, the presence of alc. is really really really mild for a 12%abv. ale! A semi-complex strong stout this is, and really likeable. (1,763 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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! (890 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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. (458 characters)

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Tokyo from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.