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Tokyo* - BrewDog

Tokyo*Tokyo*

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BA SCORE
88
very good

525 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 525
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 16.15%


Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottles contents. This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips. It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.

90 IBU

(Beer added by: PartyBear on 08-29-2009)
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Paincane

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany hue w/ tan head. Minimal lacing and head retention was limited to rim around the glass.
S: Molasses, dark fruits & sweet malt nose.
T: Brown sugar, oak, roasted malt, ethanol, berries & cinnamon flavors.
M: Smooth, boozy warmth and lingering sweetness and ethanol presence.
O: 18.2%! This is a huge boozy stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:33:32 | More by Paincane
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours with small, thick, mocha head, some big bubbles present that pop quickly after the pour. Actually expected a bit more syrupy pour. Fast but good, smooth retention, thin creamy top that mostly diminishes soon, a bit of the mist stays on top for the whole ride. Almost no lacing. Dark brown, looks clear, but can't really see through.

Smell: Dark fruit esters, dry fruits like dates, raisins. Malt presence is strong in this one, deep roast, black bread crust, chocolate milk, dark caramel and coffee. Light alcohol, you can feel it sting in the nose, better to smell it like snaps, a bit further away from the glass - a lot smoother and fruitier, enjoyed it quite a bit. Some freshness, probably from berry esters. Also reminds me of juniper liqueur, dark fruit jam and a little bit of ouzo.

Taste: Starts with huge sweetness, milk and some dark chocolate, dates, raisins, molasses; goes to oak driven roasted milk chocolate, licorice middle and ends with medium roasted coffee bitterness with strong booze and medium sweetness. Doesn't go into unpleasant zone in the after, but it's fat and demands easy, slow sipping. Oak, some minty, herbal undertone and berry sweetness combined with light sourness also present. Leaves lots of flambeed sugar and honey sweetness on the lips.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, full, medium heavy body, low carbonation, quite some alcohol warmth - definitely a slow sipper.

Overall: Alcohol still quite strong but the beer incorporates a lot of other flavors to play with, each sip something else. It's a big, fat display of huge amounts of fermented and aged dark malts that get tiresome towards the end, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:07:11 | More by tmzl
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beergoot

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a bottle labeled “Tokio” with a red asterisk.

Poured a black-as-night body with a thick, creamy off-white head. Intense cocoa and French roast coffee aroma with a faded hint of dates or figs and other ester-like qualities. Intensely flavored sweetness (jasmine?) with a big mixture of milk chocolate, mint, vanilla, booze, and a bourbon barrel undertone. Heavy bodied with a thick, chewy, velvety texture.

This beer will hammer you with flavor and alcohol. It's definitely a sipper. Yes, be fully aware of the ABV and read the label to be prepared for the cranberry, jasmine, and oak aging qualities folded into this monster stout. No, this ain't your typical imperial stout, and in this case, this is a good thing. Let the flavor and feel roll about your mouth and wash over your tongue and the intensity of flavor and feel will satisfy any lover of big, bold, dark ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:11:15 | More by beergoot
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Nostrajonus

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark Chocolate pour with a tan head that disappears leaving faint lacing.

S- I have a small head cold so bear with me through this. I can smell some subtle sweetness from the cranberries, and there is definitely some oak essence as well. The smell is rich, and I can smell the 18.20% abv.

T- I was surprised how smooth this drank after smelling so much alcohol through this stuffy nose. The malt and cranberries give initial sweetness, and the oak gives a spectacular smooth finish. As I drink more, I become more puzzled by the lack of warmth from the alcohol content. It is reallly smooth.

M- This is rather heavy, almost syrupy. That being said, very drinkable.

O- This is a great beer though I found it to be very over priced. I encourge all serious stout fans to go try this exceptional brew. I enjoyed it, and I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:11:17 | More by Nostrajonus
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dcmchew

Romania

4.86/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is after trying out Tokyo* at least 5 times, and the review is for a 2011 bottle, had today.
Pitch black with some light amber hues, also present in the beige one figner head. Nice bubbly lacing, very sticky foam.
Vinegar in the smell, juicy dark fruit, cherries, berries, booze, sweet dark malts, some faint caramel, lemon juice, dark spices and flowers.
Huge sweetness (really huge), malty at first, with lots of sweet (milky) chocolate, buckets of brown sugar caramel and floral honey. Roast is present, but not imposable. Lots of dry dark fruit, but sugar glazed, creating a nice (not syrupy and cloying) jam taste: plums, raisins (and red grapes), figs, dates, cherries (with a nice sourness) and berries (cranberries are obvious). Spices are also present, with licorice, faint aniseseed, vanilla, very faint cloves, followed by tea-like flowery notes of jasmine and juniper. Herbal notes way in the back, but minty, with thyme and pine. Hops are vague in the finish, covered up, providing an extra green undertone and some faint citric fruitiness.
Body is smooth, low carbonated, perfect. Although velvety, the sweetness isn't cloying. Alcohol gives really great notes: oak is not strong, but there's a beautiful woody cognac feel ; spices and the juicy grapes create the illusion of a nice port wine. It could have been a bad mix with the big sweetness, but somehow the latter hides it, which is rarely found in this heavy brews. Aftertaste is surprisingly fruity, booze, but almost no roast.
This gets better every time, smoother, more balanced and the booze and barrel notes keep pumping it up. Got one more left for aging, hopefully it "survives" at least 5 years.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 17:48:38 | More by dcmchew
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Tokyo American Double Imperial Stout from BrewDog. (Scotland)
Tokyo received our 4th highest average score of the 12 brews tasted at 4.25. This bottle had some age to it and at 18.2% it had the highest alcohol percentage of the 12 brews. Age didn't seem to hurt this beer one bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 17:26:25 | More by ricknelson
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Very dark at its core, almost black. When inspected in good lighting it reveals itself to be more of a dark chestnut color. The beige head is short-lived. Not surprising given the abv. There are some sediment particles in suspension after the pour.

S: Dark fudge, baker's chocolate, perhaps a whiff of jerky. Roasted coffee bean undertones. Big boozy component. Cranberry and raisin. Earthy hops. Jasmine is somewhat hidden, but there.

T: Very fruity and estery up front. Raspberry and currant have a cough syrup sort of sweetness. Cranberry brings some drying astringency. Fudgey flavors start to come out. Mild coffee roast and smoke. Earthy. Spicy licorice sort of taste grows on the back end. Earthy hops have a dry leafy taste. Big kick of alcohol. Spicy finish with a lingering cocoa husk flavor.

M: Medium thick. Syrupy and coating. Little in the way of carbonation. Mild cranberry astringency in the background. Alcohol warms like a cordial.

O: This is another one of those massive brews that drinks more like a cordial or a cognac. Normally I can dig these sort of beers, but this one is just not very cohesive at this point. Tokio strikes me as a beer that might fare much better after a solid five or so years of cellar time, a la Dogfish World Wide Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:08:15 | More by ryan1788a5
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with best by date of 04-09-2023 printed on the label. I found this beer at the local Binny's, to my surprise. Since there are a few different versions of this beer, I should clarify that my bottle is labeled as BrewDog TokIo* with an I. Bottle lists an 18.20% abv. "Intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout". I think this is my first beer review of a beer by BrewDog, and I'm pretty sure this is the highest abv beer I've yet drank.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a pitch black; as dark as the night itself. No conjuration of head on the pour, but it does produce about a finger of nice dark mocha head when given a good swirl in the glass. Thick and viscous with some nice slick alcohol lacing on the glass. Looks pretty enticing.

S - Smell is of bitter dark roast, hot alcohol fumes, perfumey floral smells from the jasmine, and a hint of citric tartness from the cranberries. Alcohol fumes are hot and apparent, but this beast is 18.20% abv, after all. Just a bit of earthiness / woodiness with some borderline char in there from the toasted French oak chips.

T - Surprisingly smooth for being such a high abv beer, with minimal booze heat. Smooth creamy chocolate, bitter dark roast, coffee beans, sweet syrupy fudge, a hint of dark fruitiness from the cranberries, and some alcohol fumes on the finish. Not getting much in the way of jasmine / florals on the taste, but that was to be expected.

M - Feel is sticky and sweet, with a medium-full body, and low lying carbonation. Would make for a nice dessert beer.

Overall, there is a lot to be had here, and this is a beer well worth the attention of serious stout lovers & beer connoisseurs. Big, bold, and rich. Extremely high alcohol content is very well masked considering it's strength, although I'm sure it is destined to doom me. Highly recommended.

BrewDog TokIo* ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:26:33 | More by mfnmbvp
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barczar

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a gathering of khaki foam around the rim.

Boozy, fairly sweet aroma. Tobacco. Dark rum dominates the profile. Raisins, plums, burnt sugar, dates. The alcohol is a little fusel, but the malt character balances well.

Flavor is soft cherries, boozy, burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, nutty. Wow. Raisiny sharpness, prune sweetness, and rummy alcohol dominate. It's like a combo of port and sweet sherry aged in rum barrels.

Body is full and smooth, syrupy, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. Yeah, it's hot. But it's 18 percent.

Rich, decadent, potent, but with complexity to keep the palate intrigued. Definitely a sipper. I'm sure it's cloying for some, but it's delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 23:09:28 | More by barczar
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BrewDog Tokyo

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and a little good lacing.

Smell: nice fruit, vanilla and oak.

Taste: sugar, molasses, very faint cranberry, and a really light maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy but not chewy.

Overall:
This is a good brew as the alcohol is pretty well masked. This batch is fairly young, and I think it will gain much more from aging. The best by date for his batch is in 2021.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:03:38 | More by megahurts4
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Aristeia_88

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So apparently there's 3 different types of "Tokyo" by Brew Dog-
This review will be of the TokIo* (With an "I") Variant.
From bottle to an Innis & Gunn snifter

A: Pours Jet black with a thick, dark tan head of about two fingers. Let it settle and finished the pour. Amazingly, even at 18.2% it kept the head for 3-4 minutes. Clings to the glass like syrup. Almost no lacing once the head was gone though.

S: Dried fruit, Alcohol, sweet Malts, not really getting much in the way of oak. A little coffee, a little chocolate... No hops, but overall pleasant.

T: Malty, almost chocolaty sweetness, yet astringent from the Alcohol. Something in the initial taste is more like a Madeira Wine rather than an Imperial Stout. A bit of that cough syrup initial taste, but the aftertaste is of a slightly buttery oak. Not a single hint of any hops or jasmine.

M: Very rich, after a bit of swishing, very creamy and full bodied. Like any good Imperial or Doppelbock.

O: Not quite what I was expecting- I hadn't read what was in it before buying it, (Or even the price) but I was expecting more of an Imperial Stout. I've always wanted to try something from Brew Dog, and this doesn't disappoint. Though at $14.99 a bottle, I probably won't be buying this very often. If you're looking to splurge, I'd recommend the experience, it's guaranteed to be unique... But if you just want a good Imperial Stout, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives that do it better.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 21:47:00 | More by Aristeia_88
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a tiny tan coloured head.

The smell is sweet malts, alcohol, caramel and toffee.

The taste is very sweet and boozy. The alcohol is prevalent and burns your mouth. As it warms up there are cherries and cough syrup coming through.

The mouthfeel is like syrup with almost no carbonation.

Overall I though this was pretty good but am struggling to get through a 12oz bottle,I would rather split this, if you don't like an alcohol burn in your beer, this isn't for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:37:00 | More by Dave1999
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bb 4-4-21 Had this one a couple years probably. I'm sure it's smooth and easy drinking by now ;-)

Appeaeance. Pours dark brown with a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Sweet dark chocolate, red berries, booze, lightly floral with some dark malts.

Taste. Tangy red berries and sweet dark chocolate. Surprisingly low alcohol taste, also surprisingly decent tasting. Some herby floral flavours going on as well. Not too shabs!

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, low carbonation. Kinda sticky.

Overall. Honestly, I was expecting this to be terrible. Pleasantly surprised with this drinkable 18+% beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 03:16:58 | More by Rutager
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Asgeirr

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010, Konichiwa bitches!

A: Pours a abysmal darkness in liquid form, Absu itself fills my glass! The crown is low and light chocolate brown in colour. Mostly consists of bubbles that persist for quite some time.

S: At first, a tart and almost rubbing alcohol-like smell is what hits the nose. Upon closer inspection the nasal sleuths discover that it is an extremely integrated smell of a tart lingon- and cranberry-scent along with notes of oats and cocoa, like that of a cranberry-infused dark chocolate bar, some peppery notes might be detected as well. Esoteric to say the least -- how deceiving!

T: Sweet to say the least, dark syrup, molasses and rye bread comes to mind. Not bad. After that, the saccharine notes of the syrup transforms to an almost honey-like flavour.
There is a tart cherry-to-cranberry sourness present, but it is hidden betwixt the sweet flavours. There is also an almost abundance of chocolate-to-cola sensation
in this clash of sugary components. Multilevelled to say the least.

Furthermore, when the more spicy and herb-like notes kick in, one cannot escape to make the association with some premium mead, especially with the warming alcohol-with-honey-style present. All of the flavours persevere towards the end, however, if one is to discern a aftertaste it would have to be that of the more sour kind, the tartness really makes a return and inscribes its runes of flavours into the stone of palate. UGH!

M: Thick as a flubber-f*ck (or so I've been told), round and mercilessly omnipresent in the palate (whoa, that came out the wrong way [that as well]). Carbonation is vivid but not overpowering, whilst the

O: A bit pricey but for obvious reasons, still a motherfudging solid brew, and I'd love to have another one. However, not in the nearest couple of hours...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 22:41:20 | More by Asgeirr
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't want to imply by some of the things I'm about to say that this beer is bad, but it is certainly not good. The smell was strongly of nail polish remover. The taste was intensely sweet, with a bit of a fruity, appley, taste. However, there was still an overpowering flavour of nail polish remover present. It wasn't something that could really be excused or explained. There must have been some acetone in there somewhere and it really ruined the whole beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 05:09:36 | More by ElCommodoro
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emceecue

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This really isn't my usual type of beer. BUT here goes. Pours dark and has a slight purplish tint.

Thin head with a tan tint that sticks around after a few sips.

After the first sip, I was tempted to pour it. It was sour and confusing. Honestly, it reminds me of a thinner blackberry brandy. It packs a wallop that I haven't had before though and it brings me to a limit I haven't reached nor had.

If I ever happen to come across it again in my travels, I will more than likely pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:17:27 | More by emceecue
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Best before 12/14/19.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, maple, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and maple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some solid aromas and tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:58:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter

A - Pours pitch black with a dark esspresso head

S - Astringent bakers chocolate, booze, licorice, tobacco, dank earthy hay, old malts,

T - Wow! Super sweet(I'm talking diabetic coma sweet!) licorice, syrup, concentrated grape juice, straight raw brown sugar, sweet tobacco juice, tart fruit helps out a little with the cloying sweetness. Finishes with a peppery alcohol bite.

M - Heavy sugary body, low carbonation, cloyingly sweet.

This one is hard to drink. Sweet does nothing to describe this sugary substance. Thank God there was some tartness in there to combat it. There's good flavors in there but is just overtaken with the sweetness. I wanted to like this but this is a mess.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 22:20:14 | More by StaveHooks
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking stout, rich black with a nice thick off white head. Nice smell too, lots of sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee notes, raisins and cherry. Taste is overpoweringly sweet, made me shudder. Aftr you get over the sweetness some of the other flavors come through. Mild musky spice, a bit of lingering tartness and just a ton of sugar. Glad I split it with 3 other guys cause there's no way I would havewanted to finish the whole bottle myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:19:54 | More by kirok1999
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kevanb

Illinois

2.18/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Intergalactic Fantastic Oak Aged Stout with Cranberry and Jasmine, an interesting concept. 11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Tokyo* pours a dark cola brown color, almost black but not quite, fairly opaque but also surprisingly clear from the top down once the head recedes. Shockingly, there is a head, almost a finger high, tan in color, moderate retention, easily resummoned with a quick swirl of the glass, light lace. The aroma is of sharp acetone nail polish, chewy oak and violent alcohol, extremely harsh and quite unpleasant. The flavors are very similar, lots of chewy oak, a bit of vanilla comes out before the nail polish flavors really dominate the tongue and to make matters worse, the punishing alcohol takes control of what is already an astringent and toxic brew and just obliterates the palate with an out of control harshness. The body is thin, bubbly and over-carbonated, abrasive on the tongue but it does have a moderately smooth finish but the zesty carbonation can be felt on the tongue for quite some time.

Verdict: Just awful. Simply awful stout from BrewDog. I appreciate the creativity and lack of convention from this brewery and love trying their stuff, but to say this was successful is impossible. A drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:44:14 | More by kevanb
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KentMills

Germany

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to find this bottle at Wise Guys, where Nate was extremely knowledgeable.

This beer poured black with light brown/dark tan head.

It's smell was a hint of dark sugars and dark fruits which always get me excited to taste.

Taste was raisin, cherry, molasses with a full body. Delicious!

While I've had better beers of this style with more forward flavors, this is by far the easiest to acquire with a much less unreasonable price. Seriously, try it. I know I will again and again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 08:11:36 | More by KentMills
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$13.00 for the 11.2oz bottle
Batch - 002, Best before14/12/19
Served in a stemless wine glass at room temperature
Sampled 12OCT12

Proclaimed on the bottle:
"intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout...brewed with cranberries and jasmine"

Slow down...I'll be the judge of 'intergalactic.'

[A] Pours with a finger and a half of light to medium light brown head. Surprisingly deft retention. The collar remains throughout. body is straight black. Thin wavy bands and dots of lace cling to the glass.

[S] First whiffs bring in a healthy dose of acetone and even a bit of sharp nail polish. This fades off to respectable levels giving way to cranberries, jasmine (I guess that's jasmine) and other pungent herbs.

[T] For starters, this beer is heavily sweet. But it's not as sweet as expected honestly. And it's not lacking in the complexity department either. Between the tartness of the cranberries, the intensity of the herbs, the soft French oaky tannins and the sharpness of the alcohol, the sweetness is [somehow] kind of manageable. Chocolate, fudge and bitter molasses help to offset as well.

[M] Smooth, oily texture. Soft and rolls over the tongue. moderately thick, ABV considered.. Definite heat as expected, but not palate burning on the finish. A slow sipper nonetheless.

[O] I had this beer on draft a while back. And it was an absolute mess at that point. Two years later and - for what it is - this beer is actually pretty decent. Certainly an impressive feat if nothing else. Well done guys. Maybe not intergalactic, but pretty close.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 14:02:58 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Someguy1_8t

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Batch 907 served in snifter
Appearance - bark brown color with little to none rapidly diminishing head.
Smell - very sweet vanilla oak scents, from the oak barrel aging. Honey and booze.
Taste - much like the smell, with the exemption of some slight cherry tartness.
Mouthfeel - light bodied with almost no carbonation. Slight lingering of sweet vanilla.
Overall - I liked and would recommend for sweet vanilla oak ale seekers. Reminded me of Hebrew Funky Jewbelation.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 05:34:41 | More by Someguy1_8t
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koganator

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had on 12/31/2012 at Brewdog Camden in London. This was my 3rd beer of the night and definitely got me drunk. Half filled wine glass from tap.

Appearance: Solid head, and pitch black RIS goodness, looking good so far.

Smell: Sweet, cloying, caramel-like... Like a weaker smelling Tactical Nuclear Penguin that I had earlier in the night

Taste: Good god, imagine a truck of sugar crashing directly into your mouth and spilling all of it's cargo therein. This is the most unpleasant beer I have had in a long time. Whatever else is happening here is completely overshadowed by pure malt. It's as if I'm drinking diluted malt concentrate mixed with maple syrup. Painful, simply and utterly painful. The alcohol was there, but it was somewhat co-opted by the sheer sticky presence of the maltose.

Mouthfeel: I had to struggle it down.

Overall: I don't even want to think about this beer again. I know it's rated fairly highly on BA, but it just was so not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 19:27:01 | More by koganator
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gtermi

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a motor oil black body with a thin white head that quickly fades and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. There is also some floaties in the beer, probably from the fruit or yeast

S: I am picking up a strong amount of sweet booze, a tiny bit of chocolate. The boozy smell really dominates.

T: Dear mother of god this is a freaking sweet beer. The first sip just destroys my palate and takes a long time to recover so I can enjoy the after taste. The after taste consists of some chocolate, roasted malt and a very tiny bit of sour fruit.

M: It is very smooth and it goes down with ease. There is also a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat.

O: This beer is pretty crazy and for sure one of those beers you could only drink once every few months, but man is it easy to drink for an 18% beer. I cant wait to see how this beer tastes with a few years on it.

Serving type: bottle

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