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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

671 Ratings
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 68
Gots: 205 | FT: 13
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PartyBear on 08-29-2009

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
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Ratings: 671 | Reviews: 259
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutFox
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Catalin90
4.91/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A little bit sweet, with thick body. Coffee notes, forest fruits and caramel.

Photo of babilon25
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poppollutesminds
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WineGuy78
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baggedlunch
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tb4475
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of datpingao
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigorange
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nick4444
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmwilliq
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch No. 04, Best Before Date of 24/03/20: Pours pitch black color but looks blood red when held up against the light, with a big 2 finger tan creamy head that faded on the fast side and left minimal lacing, as well film of cream on top.

Smells of molasses and booze up front, with an aggressive sweetness that is a mix of dark fruit like cherry and plum along with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate malts, herbs, maple syrup, candy like Razzles or Gummy Worms, red wine, earthy notes and vanilla. I did not get the jasmine mentioned on the bottle, and the cranberries listed may be lost in the sweetness and booze that are so strong in the nose.

This is not subtle at all; it lets you know right away that this is a slow sipper meant to be consumed at a snail’s pace. The flavor is like a shot of strong dark rum, with instant heat and a mix of alcohol and sweetness, similar to bourbon or a very strong booze like 151 rum. Seems like rye whiskey and very sweet mash similar to molasses, maple syrup, caramel and toffee; damn this is sweet and boozy, and the heat never lets up making this not only a slow sipper but one to nurse along. The French Oak chip taste comes through with nice earthy notes, charred or oaky notes and light spices, but there is zero hop presence unless the hops were completely consumed by the malts and only left the hop oil floating with the very sweet malt boozy liquid. It almost seems like this brew caramelized and crossed over into too sweet, as it was cloying and too much to handle in large quantities. This 12 oz bottle was at least 3 years old and it was still incredibly hot, sweet and sugary.

Mouthfeel was creamy and velvety smooth, with almost no carbonation, a thick, chewy, viscous body and a massively sweet fruity finish like a shot of booze in a fruit drink. Excess indeed.

This was a nice to try, but not a beer I’d have again if the recipe remains as is. A craft beer intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout experiment that just did not nail it for me. A good effort, but not one I’d seek out, especially since it was expensive. I appreciate the craftsmanship and effort, but it was extremely sweet with all of the 18.2% ABV showing through. More like a strong ale (a very strong ale) than a stout with too much heat and this was aged a few years.

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3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Toklo: first sip-oaky,molasses,cranny, masked ABV. Last sip- rich, subtle; low cran, low oak, lots of heat through the nostrils!! Beautiful finish fireside.

Photo of jborg
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kodt
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cranberry sweetness on the nose, taste hits you with booze, but lots of fruity sweetness helps even it out. This is a big beer, and a good sipper.

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4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.