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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
89
very good

679 Ratings
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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 70
Gots: 214 | 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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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 lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch ..3
Best by 16/02/20
Oak aged stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine
In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown, almost black color, with a miniscule tan head.
Strong aroma of alcohol, also tart fruit and chocolate.
More of a chocolate taste than anything else. Could appreciate the cranberries, but couldn't find the jasmine. Alcohol noticeable.
A bit on the hot side, but not as much as I guessed from the aroma.
Interesting beer.

Photo of NWer
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

batch: indistinguishable
best before: 04-04-21

poured into brandy snifter. Minimal head to be expected from a 18.2% abv. No lace in the traditional sense. Lots of tiny bubbles that cling to the glass. A bunch of dots. Strange. Interesting.
Aroma is wonderful. Like a good brandy only better if you like complexity. Lots of flavors especially chocolate build expectations of things to come.
Liked the taste a lot. A very good sipping beer. Don't want it to end.
Mouthfeel? No problem here. Extends the overall experience nicely. No cloy. Nothing to detract - except for the quick buzz.
Given its limited release, I only hope I can snag a few more of these if I get the opportunity.

Photo of jondeelee
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is a review of "Tokio" with a red asterisk--the 18.2% ABV version--as opposed to bottles with the "Tokyo" spelling, with a white asterisk, or sans asterisk altogether. The beer--subtitled an "intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout"--is noted on the label as having been brewed with cranberries and jasmine, then dry hopped and aged on French toasted oak chips.

Tokio begins with the kind of aroma that lets you know your tastebuds are in for an ass-kicking (as if the 18.2% ABV wasn't enough): huge sugary malts, bursting with crystallized sugars, fig and port aromas, oranges, brown sugars, molasses, candied dried fruits, cognac, and anise, and rosewater hops which add a heaping dose of pine and grapefruit.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a sugary-sweet lure of brown sugars, raisins, and figs, then takes a sudden plunge into the bitter and dark, bringing in paralyzing doses of, in order, black malt, espresso, tobacco, ash, whiskey, cognac, and vodka, as the brew lingers on the tongue, the flavors change, and the sugars die off to reveal the massive alcohol content. I'm not exactly sure where the cranberries and jasmine come into play, as my tongue is overwhelmed by these darker, more alcoholic flavors (perhaps they help temper them?), but the presence of the oak chip aging definitely adds overtones of wood and char. Even the hops, coming in at 90 IBUs, take a backseat to the malts, and are mostly noticeable late in the mouthful, especially in the long-lingering aftertaste, where they are accompanied by chocolate and black malts, with hints of whiskey. Mouthfeel is an alcoholic medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, I'm impressed by the craft of this beer, as it's difficult to imagine how so many flavors have been crammed into one bottle. The mix feels supersaturated, the ingredients fighting for attention, but simultaneously working in harmony. This is, however, a sipping beer, and definitely not for the faint of heart. The sheer levels of alcohol and flavor in this would, I suspect, make a guzzler quite sick, and I doubt the casual beer drinker would appreciate (much less like) what they're tasting. But if you're on the lookout for something impressive, daring, and cutting-edge, this is certainly a good place to start.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a minor crimson tint when held up to the light. Frothy tan head that fades to light lacing around the outside of the glass.

Smells like alcohol, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Maybe caramel or molasses and more alcohol.

Tastes really sweet and fruity. Syrup, brown sugar, chocolate, oak flavors and a lot of hot alcohol lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is strong and heavy with very light carbonation. Very sweet and warm with booze.

Overall is a great beer and really drinkable for such a strong abv beer. I love this beer and I say at $12 it's worth the price.

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Neighborhood in San Diego.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits, and tobacco, in that order. As the beer warms hints of peat sneak out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of sweet molasses flavors kick things off, backed by mild amounts of roasted malts. Midway through the sip good amounts of boozy dark fruits make an appearance - plums and black cherries. Hints of tobacco come into play right before a sweet ending with a good deal of heat sticking around on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a big beer but does a nice job of holding in the boozy heat. An interesting one and worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Working through notes from my most recent tasting...

This beer is a dark brown color, going nearly black with dark mahogany highlights. The light brown head is thin and manages to drop spotty lacing.
Malts are all over the aroma but dominated by alcohol. Strong notes of raisins and interesting sweetness pop out as well. It seems complex but overwhelmed by the booziness, but I do get a bit of woodiness, which has a dryness to it that can't overcome the sweetness. It's very difficult to pull out, but I manage to catch the ghost of an herbal leafiness. It's delicate, so difficult like many of the subtleties in here to pick out. Still, I like what I can get from this smell.
The same goes for the flavor; there's lots of complexity that takes a lot of work to pull out under the general booziness. Otherwise that leafy hop twang does manage to make an appearance under lots of raisin, a bit of chocolate, something like licorice, light dry woodiness, and caramel.
The body isn't quite big enough for a stout, particularly a double. It's not light by any means, it's just a little shy of the heftiness of the style. It is interestingly crisp and biting, and a bit too much at that.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as a tokyo sewer at midnight, with a very thin head that is almost as dark. The nose is really strong and complex. Lots of roasted malts and some oak, followed by dark fruits, followed by a lighter fruit (I am going to attribute that to the cranberry but in the context of the other smells it was more like a fresh current) with some definite tartness on the nose. Lots of cocoa and as I continue to smell I get more of a fresh cut pine smell (dryhoppoing? it is not piney like an IPA but more like smelling the stump of a recently felled pine tree). Definitely some alcohol on the nose, though no where near what I was expecting from a beer this massive. The taste was good, though a bit muted compared to the nose. The bitterness was smooth and helped to balance out the palate so that you were not overwhelmed. The mouthfeel was excellent, especially considering the high abv. I had this for desert and it was full enough to stand on its own but did not become cloying. Overall, this is the first beer I have had from BrewDog and I know they get a bad rep for their "extreme" nature but this one came off as a unified beer and not just a marketing ploy. I will definitely seek this out again.

Photo of koganator
2.09/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Ah, moderation redefined...

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with very slight cola edges, and a healthy three fingers of dense, caked, beige head, which leaves some mushroom cloud/Joshua tree lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of sweet caramel, treacle, boozy cranberry sauce, black licorice, jasmine tea (my heretofore only exposure to the scent), and earthy, floral hops. The taste is big sweet chocolate malt, somewhat tart cranberries, a bit of toffee, vanilla, some fairly saccharine floral notes, soft earthy hops, and a surprisingly mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is actually noticeable, but not all that pushy, the body medium-full in weight, a bit sticky, but smooth amidst a boozy edge. It finishes still quite sweet, the fruit and florals aiding and abetting up front, the liquor doing so on the down low.

A generally enjoyable big (nae, huuuge) stout, if just a bit too one-sided in its multifaceted sweetness. It would have been nice to have perceived the dry-hopping with their unspecified 'favourite hops', at least to balance things out a wee bit more. Anyways, this is one herculean effort at hiding so much ABV, that I have to give credit were it is due. Moderation - R.I.P. Logic - on death watch.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle for $12.99 am i nuts?? Best before 12/14/19 ha.

Almost totally void of light, only a slight bit is seen around the edges in direct light. a slow pour appears pretty heavy with a brown mocha head, forms...spazes out a bit and settles in with plenty of foam around. As the liquid swirls my view from above looks much like a photo of the earth from the moon. a relaxed, aged look but not flat.

A really big aroma here, chocolate brownies, tangy cranberries along with a vodka-heat, herbal sharpness with the jasmine, a bit of wet cardboared, slightly sweet, huge complexity, chalky, grainy, gritty earthy aroma too and a bit of old leather.

A big and sweet chocolate malty taste, cranberries and a sharp tang effect from the combo of alcohol heat, vodka-like taste but not very hot for 18%. The hefty malt is followed by a grainy, earthy, dry and herbal flavor that has a slighty fruity-sweet edge, the hops are earthy, bitter to provide good balance believe it or not! this is a very unique stout, rightously balanced but a bit thin in flavor and feel in the middle, the heft goes away and becomes more medium-bodied with a dry LONG and slick finish. This slight weakness at the end will improve as this one gets older, I see this one maturing very well.

Sip, sip, sip...stretch this one out!! Get your money worth out of this puppy!!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spelled "Tokio" on this label, but this is definitely the asterisked 18.2% version. And Tokio* is aiming high. From the label: "This is a beer inspired by a 1980s space invaders arcade game played in Japan's capital. 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 bottle's contents." No kidding? Clearly this is not from the makers of Natural Light.

Pours a tan head that is bigger than any 18.2% beer should be...and that's great. Sticks around for a full minute before fading. And when it starts looking like it's dying, a quick swirl brings the head quickly back to life, where it stays for another minute or two. The color is a deep, deep, deep dark brown...or perhaps a lightly faded black. All a matter of degree, I guess, but I know it looks quite fine.

Smell very much favors the alcohol--not exclusively, nor to the detriment of the overall experience. Super-spicy in the nose, even strong spearmint-like character. The cranberries and jasmine this is brewed with are detectable, though the alcohol flattens them a little rather than underscoring them. Kind of smokey, too. It avoids the aftershave-like smell of some other humongous beers, but ultimately it's a little too fumy--though at 18.2%, what do you expect? (uh...that head is still going and I haven't swirled for several minutes now...unbelievable in a beer of this strength.)

A big, no, HUGE oak-aged stout, brewed with cranberries and jasmine, from a brewery I really like (and find underrated...or maybe misunderstood)...with all that I expected something original, something unique, and that's what I got. Black licorice, mint, jasmine (yes, it's right here), cranberry (yes, that too...reminds me of a cranberry vodka), wood/smoke, dark roast coffee, vanilla...lots to like here. All of it underlined by an alcohol warmth that blazes but never burns. The finish (lotsa chocolate, some coffee, many hot and minty spices, and alcohol) lasts about 10 years. Ultimately the alcohol rules, and keeps what could have been a perfect "10" experience a mere, say, "8." Whatever.

This thing feels wonderful, like a good stout should: creamy, round, rich, a little sticky, silkier as it sits and warms, never overbearing. Juicy too! Just...wow...wow. I'll call it a perfect mouthfeel and leave it at that.

What is "drinkability" anyway? I'm drinking this and really enjoying it. There's a backlash right now against big or "extreme" beers, and I can sympathize with both sides of the argument. I just happen to find big beers more interesting, more thought-provoking, tastier, and ultimately more desirable. I'm not interested in sessioning. I like to sit and contemplate beer. Maybe that makes me weird, or maybe I'm just a normal guy who likes weird beer. So 4.5 "drinkability" it is. This is no DFH 120 Minute as huge beers go, but I will never forget it. Tokio* stands alone...like, isolation-chamber alone. I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Photo of Mar02x
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drunk this beer in Jay's pub in Waalwijk.

A - A nearly pitch black beer, against the light there is a dark red color shining true. Almost no head, the foam that is present has a light brown color.

S - A nice sent of oak wood, malts, booze and pine. I think there is more but I can't define it. I think its tar that they scraped of an old flat roof.

T - A very sweet beer with hint of oak wood, candy sugar, hops, booze, and black candy.

M - A soft carbonated beer, sticky with a light hop taste to it. In the finish comes a nice alcohol warmth to knock you out. You feel this one going up you brain quite fast. Maybe its a alien brew.

O - A good stout, that by the way doesn't taste like a stout. What is it then? Well its more like a very strong quadruple.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Black with reddish hues, a bit of lace, a thin head. Floral and roast aroma, a contradiction. A mild amount of carbonation. Initially, a good chocolate hits the tongue. Serveral sips later, very boozy, more vodka-ish. Below average mouthfeel.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Tokio*" pour from a bottle into a snifter. Very thin head and almost no lacing. Cloudy reddish-brown body. Nose has significant alcohol and fruit esthers, some honey. Taste is hoppy with significant alcohol 'burn' but not overpowering considering the ABV. Cranberries (mentioned on the bottle) barely detectable; as for the jasmine, I doubt that I'd be able to tell. Definitely honey as well. Bitter overall, but significant sweetness to balance. Mouthfeel thin, unremarkable, but with a burn from the alcohol. Ultimately overpriced (as compared to something like Samichlaus); as for high ABV, they don't come much higher, though. Not too drinkable, all things considered, unless you have a taste for very strong, alcoholic beer and have the deep pockets to match.

Photo of bamojr
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick midnight black with rich coffee head. smelly pretty strongly of alcohol as is to be expected, also a lot of floral smell some hops and cranberry. Very very sweet flavor, not what I was expecting at all, super high alcohol taste and huge barley flavors. This one bombards the taste buds and I am very impressed, I know that BrewDog is known for their outlandish brews and I though this would be one, and I must say that this has caught me off guard as have all their other beers. I really like the treat of having a BrewDog when I can. It still is quite hard to down because it is so strong.

Photo of jbowers56
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Super dark brown colour - not jet black as I'd expected. A tan coloured head which was about 1 finger but fades pretty quick. Light doesnt shine through this sucker.

Insanely rich nose. Super strong bittersweet chocolate smells there. Almost like distilled 90% cocoa chocolate. Dried fruits are present too for sure. Smells boozy as hell. This is the strongest beer I've had yet and it's letting me know. The additions of jasmine and cranberry are noticeable as a kind of herbal bite, though I wouldnt have picked the cranberry in a million years if i didnt know it was there.

Monsterous beer. Almost unbelievable. Rampant fig, date and plum flavours run amok on the tongue amongst tastes of pudding, chocolate and roasty, roasty malts. Insanely sweet, but also a deep bitterness present along with some big herbal sorts of flavours. Unbelievably boozy, vodka like in its warmth and back-of-throat feeling. This is an outrage. I like it, but its a huge shock to the taste buds.

Feels luxurious in the mouth. Cloying, but could be MUCH more so. Probably the most deserving of the term 'sipper' of any beer I've had.

Shit.... What is this monster?!

Photo of cjgator3
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

An 18.2% oak aged stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine? I'm game!

A- Poured into a sniffer. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark and roasty with a good amount of oak and a touch of chocolate. I'm also picking up a good amount of the cranberries as well. I'm not picking up the jasmine a whole lot, but there is definitely some floral notes going on in the background. For a beer this strength, the alcohol is not a huge part of the aroma. I'm digging this beer so far!

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with some chocolate. I can pick up on the cranberries a little bit in the taste as well. The finish is roasty with some bitterness from the hops and a warming slightly boost finish from the high alcohol. I'm also picking up on some of the oak in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected but has a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, the strength of this beer makes this one unquestionably a slow sipper. I really enjoyed this one and think that it has the potential to turn into a really special beer after some extensive aging. Recommended!

Photo of phillybeer7779
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Listed as a stout, but poured a much lighter color, one that would be more associated with a darker barleywine or old ale. The smell was of cranberries and some jasmine, with a hint of alcohol. The cranberries and jasmine were both present in the taste, but the alcohol was very much in the front. As far as mouthfeel, the cranberries and jasmine were in the front, but the alcohol burn took over in the end, I could feel when this one reached my stomach. This beer is 18.2%, and I could feel this with every sip. This beer is not totally undrinkable, but there is no way I would want to even smell another one of these after having one. Purely a sipper, and one that should probably end an evening of drinking (provided that you didn't drink all that much). Overall a worthwhile and enjoyable beer to try, but know what you are getting into!

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer for $6.75. I was expecting something along the lines of World Wide Stout, but this was much more like port. I'd be interested to see what this tastes like in a few years, but right now it's a surprisingly smooth mix of dates, cranberries, chocolate, and roasted grains. There's a bit of warming alcohol. It's not offensively strong, but I'd expect it to cool with time. There's a tart and bitter undertone and for the strength, the body is fairly reasonable. It's a beer you probably should split, but wouldn't need to. Be warned.

Photo of nickd717
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at City Beer in SF.

Pours nearly black in color - not quite as black as I expected it to - with a small, fading tan head. Fairly viscous.

Aroma is pretty crazy. Very vinous and fruity, along with roast, chocolate, earth, and booze. Lots of booze. A little tartness evident even.

The flavor is dominated by dark fruits, interestingly. Red wine, cranberries, cherries, and prunes stand out. There is also some roast and chocolate, but it is definitely in the background. Lots of alcohol.

Boozy and warming on the palate with surprisingly thin body (although still above average) given the ABV. Carbonation level is medium-low.

This beer is fine overall, it's just not a very well-crafted imperial stout in my opinion. This seems to be a case of throwing as much as possible into a beer and hoping something good comes out. Tokyo* is definitely an extreme beer, but as for whether it's a good beer, the jury's still out.

Photo of Ralphs66
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm generally not a high ABV guy, but I've been reading alot about BrewDog pushing the envelope, so I figured I'd give this one a try. Purchased from the relatively new Beer Pantry, located in the Graybar Passage of Grand Central Terminal. This place is great...but CRAZY expensive. $19 for this 11.5 oz bottle of goodness. This brew is over-the-top in so many ways. Smell, appearance and taste are all going to be a love it, or hate it endeavor. Lots of fruit, sweetness and of course the booziness. I enjoyed it, but be prepared. It will kick your friggin ass.

Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
2.64/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured pitch black with a one and a half finger light brown fizzy head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, peat, raisins, dark fruit, maple syrup, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, peat, massive alcohol, and maple syrup. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really a big fan of this one. It just seemed like a big mess to me if I'm honest. As you probably know this one is pretty high ABV and it definitely lets you know this fact right out of the gate. Not a whole lot of balance going on in this one at all as the alcohol truly dominates this brew. While it is a LITTLE sweet up-front, it doesn't stand a chance again the booze. To be fair, it did smooth out some when it warms up, but not much. Also upon warming the aroma actually made my eyes burn! Worth trying at least once to say you did, but I will not be having this one again...

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bought the new batch of Tokio this weekend. Poured into two wineglasses for my future wife and I. Poured a very short pour and got nearly zero head. Color is not as black as I expected. Amazing to see some bubbles coming up. Smells HOT. Very hot, had to open my mouth to not be overwhelmed while sniffing. Smells very sweet, malty, a bit chocolatey and fruitcake-like. Taste is very fruity, very sweet, overpoweringly alcoholic. Good god, it's like a liqueur with carbonation. Hard to detect the jasmine, or the cranberry for that matter, but do pick up a definite dried fruit taste. Tastes HOT. Feeling it after about an ounce and a half. Glad to try the beer, but I don't think it'll be a re-buy. Brewdog are definitely known for taking it over the top, Stallone style. They have done it again. They definitely don't deserve the bad rap they've gotten, I don't think. Pressing boundaries is never a bad thing, and they've also done a good job when they stay within boundaries (5 AM saint and Punk). Wow is all I have to say.

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.