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Tokyo - BrewDog

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 15
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 velkyal
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a stout should be, this was a black hole - no light getting through this one, and the nose was alcoholic and roasted and peaty and like molasses, drool, drool. The first thing to strike home when I tasted it was the flavour of oak and vanilla, not surprising as it was aged on French oak chips, that coupled with the warming alcohol put me in mind of Paradox, but without the whisky element. The more I drank the more complex it became, a strong spiciness and yet a freshness in the finish which I am putting down to the cranberries. Definitely a sipping beer, one where you revel in each and every mouthful.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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