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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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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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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 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 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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent stout. Been aged for some time now. Smooth and even, but no real definitive characteristics. The flavor profile could stick around a bit longer as it seems to drop off quite a bit very quickly. Overall, decent. Probably has improved with some age.

RblWthACoz, Aug 19, 2012
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 corby112
2.23/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served on draft at Memphis Taproom.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with very faint dark brown edges and a one finger frothy tan head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with chunks and rings of lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma wiu hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, dark fruit and sweet alcohol. Very boozy with hints if burnt toast and dark malts in the nose. Very faint spice but the aromanis dkinated by sweet booze.

Medium bodied but on the thinner side with a huge sweet boozy presence that overpowers the slightly roasted dark malts. Hints of peppery spice, chocolate, coffee bean and toffee. Possibly some dark fruit but everything is very hot and boozy with lots of warmth in the finish. As the beer warms the other characteristics start to come out but overall this beer is too hot and one dimensional for me.

corby112, Jun 06, 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 lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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."

stakem, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

wl0307, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Viggo, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bosse for this one.

Batch 1, 330ml bottle into a tulip.

The beer pours a dark black, a medium tan head that only rises about a finger and falls super quick, light to no lacing...The aroma is super strong, tons of vanilla, bourbon and oak on the front, light roasted smokey coffee finish...The taste is a bit of disappointment after the aroma, I was hoping for the explosion of flavors. Mostly you get some light coffee, but none of the sweetness, none of the vanilla or bourbon remains. Slight alcohol bourbon finish, but so sad...The feel is super light, very watery...Easy to drink but nothing special, can finish half a bottle easily.

This beer is decent, but such a let down after a promising start. not enough flavor to seek this out.

jrallen34, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

AgentZero, May 05, 2010
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

bsuedekum, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +0.8%

WOLFGANG, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

dgilks, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Gobzilla
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured dark brown in color with reddish highlights and had a very thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely spot out the cranberries in the nose with some evident booze as well but faint caramel.

T: The cranberries and booze were more apparent on the palate with mild jasmine, herbal, caramel notes but had a touch of maple syrup.

M: The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, boozy, and sticky finish.

D: honestly was pretty hot due to ABV and therefore was not the easiest beer to drink; still pretty tasty.

Gobzilla, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola colour with minimal head, ochre in colour, very visible bubbles and not much lace, just some small specks. Looks alright - could definitely use more head and lace though. Very standard stouty look.

Nose is pleasant - lots of sweet roasty malt with a nutty edge, a fair amount of cola, and some nice boozey aromas. Smells sweet, dark and inviting, like Naomi Campbell on ecstasy.

Taste is quite intense - starts with a pleasant cola character, some roasty flavours as well, then gets quite ashy and bitter, like a stout should. Some bitter chocolate and pine bark characters, very woody actually, with an almost cardboard end to it. Ultimately this tastes quite mild in spite of obvious alcohol, has a liqueur stickiness towards the back, and a nice warmth as it goes down. I may have been spoiled lately with imperial stouts but this seems very standard to me. Has all the right flavours but nothing leaping out, with not a great deal of complexity.

Mouthfeel is quite sticky, but not very. Ultimately feels a bit thin, for what it is.

Pleasant drop, certainly drinkable, just a bit of a minnow in the world of imperial stouts.

laituegonflable, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black and flat as a pancake. Zero when it comes to a head.

S: As it warms it opens up quite a bit. Nice milky sweet chocolate. Hints of roasted malt, and a dash of coffee. Smells pretty good.

T: Rather blah to be honest. Molasses mainly with hints of asphalt. Hints of roast, but none of the chocolate I picked up in the nose.

M: No carbonation but enough about that. Not real thick for a big brew.

D: Not really. Was not a big fan of this one.

tpd975, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of hopdog
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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

hopdog, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Suds, May 17, 2009
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
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Tokyo from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.