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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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89
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683 Ratings
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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 222 | 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: 683 | Reviews: 263
Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal, might be better than Guiness, destroys 2015 Miller Chill. Hint of cranberry on the nose, taste is that feeling when you find out your ex husband tripped on a banana peel and landed on a stale hot dog. Incretzi!

Photo of maxifunk777
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is everything I LOVE about a big beer smell, taste, mouth full, & sweetness. I know a lot of people are not fan of sweeter beers but the taste is big and bold fruity & sweet. absolute recommend this Beer 18.2 ABV is concealed excellently no burn factory here just smooth deliciousness! A Highly underrated Beer!

Photo of Labeorphile
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark pour with tan head, malty nose with some sweetness. Less sweetness in the taste, but good balance with the malt. Beer is smooth but leaves my teeth gritty. Warming on the way down.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Jet black with a half finger tan head that rounded out into a ring. Good lacing.

S: Bourbon, cranberries, oak chips, molasses, caramel. Damn!

T: Follows nose with a killer sweetness that begs to be sipped. The bourbon and cranberries mix well with molasses and caramel. Just divine.

M: Medium all the way. A cloying sweetness that I didn't mind.

O: What a great sipper from the boys in Scotland. Decadent, very strong and built to last. Share with friends. It's a memorable brew.

Photo of Catalin90
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
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 CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
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 kodt
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Thick. Sweet. Better than expected.

Photo of robbs
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer almost made me cry. Well done lads!

Photo of REDAMI
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Direct pour from 11.2 oz bottle into two half pint glasses.

L - Deep red/black pour with a thin tan head.

S - Sweet prunes, dark treacle, toffee, and alcohol.

T - Syrupy sweet up front, alcohol burn, sweet licorice, finishing with strong coffee and dark roasted grain.

F - Thick, oily, very faint stinging carbonation.

O - Brings to mind Turkish coffee, I felt like I was chewing grounds at the end. The richness of the Imperial Stout flavors are thinned by the extreme amount of alcohol. A decent sipping beer [if you drank it any faster than that, you'd be unconscious]. Something for special occasions when you want a unique experience.

Photo of hopley
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

• 12.26.14 – Boxing Day, Chelsea win
• 4.5 - Look - Slightly translucent with a red / brown color that surprised me as I was thinking of this beer as a stout – and given the ABV, thought it would be more of a sludgy black, limited head and lacing, but there is some
• 4.25 - Smell - Can’t get much smell but never really can
• 4.25 - Mouthfeel – Chewy, not overly thick or thin, just well balanced, low carbonation
• 4.75 - Taste – Tasty and sweet, I got raisins and figs out of this one more along the lines of a quad, rather than a stout. There was a hint of some darker roasty malts but there is really less stout character in this beer than there is quad or barley wine. Lots of alcohol burn – but not as much as one might expect for the strength – enough to let you know it’s there, but not enough to be overpowering. Just right.
• 4.75 – Overall – spectacular! This is hands down my favorite Brew Dog I’ve tasted yet!

Photo of Lukass
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Been really looking forward to trying this one, but felt a bit guilty given the hefty price tag..

Poured into a snifter. Waited til I was about half way done with this brew before I reviewed, so it could warm up a bit and the flavors could really come through. This one poured an obvious pitch black, with just a tad of brown around the edge. A thin tan head that gathered around the edges, and the bubbles kept creating this interesting swirling, whirlpool effect on the surface.

After smelling, I could already predict the taste – huge roasted malt, with a good dose of hops (centennial I'm thinking), and burnt tobacco, coffee, syrup, dark sugars and dark fruits. This thing is huge. Tastes a lot like a jacked-up Expedition Stout (which is one of my favs). The only thing I didn't really enjoy about this beer was the mouthfeel. It was a bit syrupy and chewy, especially as it warmed, but I'm not really surprised, given it's alcohol strength. The alcohol got more intense as the temp rose, but was never 'hot'. The sweetness really plays a key role in balancing the booziness of this beer quite nicely, almost like a fine port. Really enjoyed this. Needless to say, this was the only beer I am having tonight. Could easily split this into two snifters, but my wife wanted nothing to do with this beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

If the saying is true, "Everything in moderation, even moderation", then Brewdog brewers are taking some artistic, boozy and roasty liberties, pushing this massive stout well beyond 18% alcohol.

Popping the cap and tilting the bottle, the dark brown, tawny elixir might as well crawl into the glass all by itself. Its oily appearance nestles into the snifter with the daintiest swirl of espresso-like creme for its crown. Lavish aromas flood the olfactories with coffee, dark chocolate, wonderfully burnt sugar, sherry wine, port and madeira. Its strong vinous presence sneaks in a robust and fortified wine flavor just underneath the decadent sweetness of black-strap molasses, brownie batter and buckwheat honey.

The low-lying carbonation allows the toasted sweetness to seep deep into the tastebuds, pulling with its the flavor and texture of fudge, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, heavy cream and spun toffee. But when the sweetness reaches a crescendo, in trots the strong booze and tangy fruit balance. Red grape, licorice, red berry, plum, prune and blackberry- all seeming in the booze-soaked variety- slice through the malt for a surprisingly well balanced taste.

Long and savory in its finish, the stout doesn't exit the palate quickly, rather preferring to linger like fine port or cognac. Its thick, cloying texture and smoldering alcohol warmth evoke a patient session of low volume to allow the savory umami, teryaki-like, salty, meaty oxidation to be explored to its fullest.

Photo of andyroo0810
5/5  rDev +26.6%

If there was a way to give more than 5/5, I would. One of the most exceptional beers I've ever had the pleasure to taste. When cold, there was a very boozy taste to it, but after letting it get about halfway to room temperature, it tasted like nothing but absolute perfection. Subtle coffee, espresso, and some light almost invisible fruitiness.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle purchased and drank at The Old Toad.

Pours a sludgy looking black, with a small film on top that could pass for a head, and no lacing. Basically still.

Smells stroooongly boozy, with some dark fruits, chocolate, red wine and port.

Luckily, the taste is not so boozy. There's a slight booze burn at the end of each sip, but it's intergrated well. It's incredibly sweet, almost to the point of being slightly cloying. Gotta drink it slow. Beyond that, there's great flavors of cranberries, grapes, plums, chocolate, port, tobacco, red wine, and a small amount of roasted malt. It seems like this one might be aged a bit (I don't know the ABV) because there's no hop bitterness or alcohol presence. It it wasn't so sweet, this would be near perfect.

Another knock I can find on this is the body is weirdly thin, for a 18% stout. It's not watery, per se, just a bit thin. There is a very low level of carbonation, with a port wine like mouthfeel, necessitating sipping.

One of the most interesting stouts I've ever had. It's different and tastes pretty great, bravo Brew Dog.

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a midnight black with a thin dark tan head. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, figs, and a hint of whisky. Taste begins with a super sweet cherry flavor, then some dark bread, followed by aged whisky, and finishing with a hint of pear and an even smaller hint of grassy bitterness. Very sweet. Mouthfeel is super rich. Overall a very good beer, but its a bit too boozy and sweet for my tastes.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Denver during my exploration of some of the biggest and most intense stouts. This comes after the Nogne/Mikkeller/BrewDog collab and the Dogfish Worldwide Stout. Really intrigued, been looking forward to this and there is no better time in the middle of the summer for a huge brew like this than a cool night filled with thunderstorms and buckets of rain.

Chilled just a bit... Pours from the glass a clean chocolate tone. But when all together is a sharp black with a very small and strikingly light sad agains the black coloration of the beer. Looks magnificent.

The smell comes off as a sweet coffee with honey and floral tones to it. A very sweet bakers chocolate. Hints of dark red fruits such as cherries and of coarse cranberries. A bit woody. Pretty nice, not an overwhelming scent but definitely makes me want to take a sip immediately.

And here we go...

Delightful. This met my expectations entirely and is just way tasty. It is sweet and a bit desserty, but it is not cloying or sickeningly sweet. The jasmine really aids this, along with the rich coffee and dark chocolate notes. It's like drinking the most exquisite dark chocolate candy bar in the world. The cranberries shine through and sharpen things up and add a dimension of tartness that really holds the fringes together. I sense a little bit of cherry in this, there is a bit of port-like qualities. The oak chips add a perfect undertone of vanilla that hovers in the background and balances everything. There is a touch of herbal tones and anise. The booze are apparent but they really give a the beer a touch of spiciness when placed alongside the robustness of the beer.

The mouthfeel is slick and is a fine medium to heavy body. Not a massive, thick, oily beer. It is dangerously easy sipping for 18+ percent alcohol. The carbonation is crunchy and mild. It is a warming brew, you can feel it in the mouth and throat and down a bit into the chest. The tail end is a bit dry with the coffee and cranberry notes.

Overall... I'll drink this again. Not doubt. A beer that any imperial stout lover should try.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with thin patchy brown foam. Light aroma of dark malt, molasses, dark dried fruit, faintly floral. Flavor is sweet dark malt with slight toastiness, dark dried fruit, hints of cranberry tartness, cocoa, oak but all the flavors are overwhelmed by alcohol. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. If beer was distilled into a liqueur, this is what I imagine it would taste like. There are lots of interesting flavors here and most would make up a nice imperial stout, but it's just a bit too strong to allow the flavors to take the front seat. Rich, warming and definitely worth trying but perhaps too intense for an evening of beer drinking. This would be an excellent after dinner / dessert drink, perhaps with ice cream. As the glass warmed up, it opened up like a good whiskey or liqueur. Tasty but a bit daunting.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an enormous beer, just huge in every way. super viscous, heavy booze factor, and a slow sipper for sure. dark black in color with some obvious yeast sediment swirling around and not much head more than a thin tan film on the surface. i get cranberry right away on the nose, its tart and red fruity, a cool compliment to the abundance of specialty dark malts in this beer. alcohol also stings the nostrils, and chocolate, tobacco, and black licorice all flash in and out of the smell. i dont get the floral element much though at all. perhaps overpowered by the intensity of the base beer. the flavor is dense dark grain, heavy srm cara malts, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and those cranberries that dont do much to lighten it up at all, but certainly add an unconventional and appealing layer to this. the beer is so sweet, its super sticky and thick, hard to drink real fast, more textured like a cordial than a beer, and limited carbonation doesnt help that. its extremely sweet too, and the tartness of the cranberries isnt enough to cut it. if they could find a vital and vigorous enough yeast strain for this, it would keep right on going, because there is a ton of residual sugar here. overall a real intense experience, a bottle to share, and one that certainly isnt for the faint of heart. not amazing, but you have to appreciate this.

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of tmzl
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of beergoot
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Nostrajonus
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.