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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

622 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 50
Gots: 174 | FT: 10
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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Reviews by Jules11788:
Photo of Jules11788
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head that lingers, light oily lacing; very dark brown, almost black color, amber hue when held to the light

S: Dark fruits with strong oak, raisins, cranberries, caramel, malt, more oakiness, little hint of cotton candy

T: Tastes of sweet chocolate-covered craisins that have been soaked in bourbon; has a nice oak-aged hint to it in the back of the palate. The flavor is really delicious, unlike any other imperial stout I've tried

M: Medium thickness, low carbonation; surprisingly not much booze on the tongue, but warms you up nicely as it goes down

O: This beer is outstanding and very different. Eccentric is a good word. Definitely would buy this again, even at the steep price point

Jules11788, Oct 28, 2012
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daveshawley, Aug 16, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 05, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

NWer, Jan 12, 2012
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Marius, Jun 27, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

jondeelee, Jul 31, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

daveytheformer, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

glid02, May 14, 2010
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ste5venla, Oct 01, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Brenden, Nov 11, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

quirkzoo, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

En29356, Aug 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49%
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.

koganator, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 01, 2010
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Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.