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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: 14
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 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 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 jnn4v
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4. Bottle said 18.4% ABV and best by 2020.

A: Dark brown, mahogany color. Very little to no head. No sediment. Looks relatively viscous. Light brown around the edges when held up to light.

S: Very savory and sweet. Tart dried fruits (ie. raisins, cranberries and something else more tart/sour). Hints of sour and smoke. Oak / hickory woodiness. Very complex and interesting scent. Persimmon as well?

T: Sweet followed by hot followed by a hint of bitterness/acidity and then a large amount of alcohol heat. Aftertaste is hot, sweet and savory. Not as complex as the scent and definitely a bit too hot, but good sweet/savory/sour balance with little bitterness. Dark fruits, oak, dark chocolate, and molasses.

M: Not as viscous as I was expecting. Medium-bodied for the genre. Mild to moderate carbonation.

D: Good malt and oak flavors, but very high ABV and obvious alcohol burn + flavor makes it a challenging beer. Needs some time in the cellar.

jnn4v, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured midnight black with a small tan head with very good retention. Nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma of alcohol was very dominant at first then with some warming coffee and dark fruit was present.
Taste of sweet dark fruit, molasses, heavy on the black licorice and alcohol.
Mouth Feel was full body , light carbonation, syrupy with a strong alcohol bite.
Overall a nice sipping beer, just a little too much sweetness and drink with care it can knock you down , you feel the 18% ABV with every sip.

dtivp, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog fest samplethon with buddies-8/16/10 from notes:

This brew is a dark deep black color with nearly no head. There are strong spice notes in the aroma along with some dark fruits and sweet brown sugar. The taste is dark and dry like a port wine. The body if full but lacks carbonation. This is a winter warmer or an after dinner drink with desert. Definitely worth a sample.

WJVII, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

cdkrenz, Aug 19, 2010
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 ChrisPr
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

ChrisPr, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Monteiro
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Monteiro, Jul 20, 2010
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 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 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
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 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 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 Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 finger-thick, fizzy, tan head on top that quickly "fizzes" out to a slight surface layer. Not much light gets through, but not "motor oil" dark.

Vanilla & oak first hits my nose with a sweet dark plums or berries. A boozy aroma also tingles my nose a bit, but fairly hidden for 18%.

Very sweet rasberry flavor first his my palate followed by some slight oak flavors and dark brown sugar and caramel. Drying on my palate, the booze really comes through on the finish along with a slight floral hop. However, the finish is very drying and reminds me of a bourbon.

Fairly chewy brew up front, but upon swallowing it quickly turns to a familiar booze (Southern Comfort). It gets warm and tingles and burns your mouth just a bit. Enjoyable actually.

Very sweet brew that makes it difficult to drink more than one, but if I had two, I'd maybe give it a whirl. However, for $15 for a 11.2 oz bottle, I'm just not going to afford it.

Fish113d, May 22, 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 Westsidebuddha
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Alhambra, Calif.

Poured a dark brown color into taster glass. Smell of oak is noticable. Taste of oak with a strong stout flavor. Mouthfeel is strong with a definite alcohol backend. Drinkability is good with a good kicker! Overall, a beer I wanted to try and they had this on tap no less. It was served in a taster glass only and as much as I like strong beers, a tulip glass serving would took a while to drink. Very prominent oak taste with a strong alcohol on each sip. ABV is rated 18%!

Westsidebuddha, May 02, 2010
Photo of smithflipper
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a thick jet black with a small tan head.

aroma of mollasess and alcohol, lots of alcohol. then some coffee and chocolate falvours escape.

Tastes like mocha syrup, very very sweet, then finishes with some alcohol burn.

Slick, low carbonation.

Half a bottle is fine thanks, no more please.

smithflipper, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of femALEist
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

femALEist, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Nickls
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with virtually no head whatsoever, even though I went for an increasingly vigorous pour. Only a few tiny light brown bubbles were the result. Viscous looking black liquid; with some noticeable specks of sediment in the bottom.

Dark chocolate in the aroma; some raisiny-like sweetness; light roasted malt in the aroma; faint hint of coffee. Good but nothing too overwhelming in the aroma; if anything it's quite balanced. Taste really mirrors the aroma in this case; sweetness out in front; light raisins/prunes; light roasted malt; little earthy; didn't pick out the alcohol. Medium to thicker MF; very soft carbonation that's almost not to be found. Not a bad sipping brew at all, and actually it's well-balanced in terms of the flavors. Not as 'in your face' I was expecting it to be. Nice brew.

Nickls, Mar 08, 2010
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 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 tai4ji2x
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a generous gift from reakt, when he was visiting boston during the EBF '09.

330ml (?) bottle. best by date of 07/12/09. tasted in early june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

almost opaque black. nearly 1-finger of tan, sudsy head w/ big-bubbles. a nitro-like reverse-waterfall effect occurs between the liquid and the start of the head. viscous appearance on every tilt of the glass. no lacing ever sticks tho.

aroma: oaky vanilla, coffee notes and light roasted maltiness, caramel and fruit (cranberry?). earthy tones. jasmine flowers? hard to pin down everything that's going on here. trace acidic whiffs? and... acetone? more earthy hop notes. not undrinkable, but kind of a mess, frankly...

taste: cold coffee, with caramel and oaky vanilla sweetness. trace of fruit. quite bitter, lingers and sticks to the tongue, interacting w the faint acidity. touch of booze in back. bitterness in the aftertaste, not entirely unpleasant, but not easy to get used to.

medium body, syrupy and viscous but also moments of thinness, perhaps from the alcohol cutting in. gentle carbonation helps a bit with body and lifting flavors. finish has notes of astringency.

very weird, man...

tai4ji2x, Nov 08, 2009
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
Tokyo from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.