Tokyo* - BrewDog

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88
very good

632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 54
Gots: 181 | FT: 11
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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukass
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.