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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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267 Reviews
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Reviews: 267
Hads: 712
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 81
Gots: 242 | FT: 18
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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 andyroo0810
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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. (346 characters)

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
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. (2,104 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my duvel tulip

Pours almost jet black in color(upon closer inspection is a dark brown but whatever) almost no head, bit of lacing from what little there is.

Aromas of jasmine and coffee(weird) and some sweetness like apples and cranberries as well as some chocolate and spice and some of that roasted malt as well as a nice earthiness, more aromas than i can count in this thing.

Wow, sweet up front with berries and raisins and some brown sugar and mellows out quickly into something almost like cinnamon and clove, the alcohol kicks like a mule on the finish and the beer is rounded out by some chocolate and some beautiful roasted malt bitterness.

Heavy in body, and just smooth enough to balance out the jagged edge of the alcohol

Overall? Its not refreshing or crisp or subtle hits like a damn hammer and I couldnt be happier, this is on of the best beer experiences I've ever had. It hits hard has a fantastic balance of flavor and is one the best brews I've ever had (990 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep redish brown, appearing almost black in the glass with nice ruby hues coming through when held up to the light. The pour created a good 1 inch head, that slowly faded, leaving medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Oh the aroma!! Awesome aroma of roasted malts mixed with a very noticeacble cranberry smell mixed in. A deeper inhale shows chocolate along with the oak aroma from the barrel. Very complex and inviting!!

T - The cranberry/roasted malt flavor coats the palate first, before passing to the oak barrel taste. The first thought of the flavor is almost black cherry soda with chocolate, before turning into whiskey. The taste then shifts to the alcohol in the finish, which is hidden well up front, but has a slight burn in the swallow. The complexity of the taste is amazing! There is so much going on here.

M - Heavy bodied with a relatively smooth finish. Medium amount of carbonation, a bit more than expected, but still works well.

D - Aside from the high abv of this beer, this beer is AMAZING!!!! Just a huge complex beer throughout. I havent been too impressed with Brewdog until I tried this. This one blew me away. Definetly a sipper beer, but well worth the time. (1,264 characters)

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
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. (162 characters)

Photo of GriffinT
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is an experience. I had it the other night in a pub in Estonia served in a brewdog glass with a short stem.

The appearance isn't too special at first glance. It's pretty dark and opaque. After you taste it, though the small mocha cream colored head reforms and reveals a bit of a mahogany color.

The smell is complex. It's got a sweet smell with notes of pine from the dry hopping process and the cranberries are there. It's really nice.

Taste was of course the star of this beer as it warms the mouth because of the high alcohol content. I taste the sweetness of the Jasmine and cranberries, but the hops and malt are in perfect balance in my opinion. I think this beer would have been fine without aging it on the Oak chips, but it just adds another level of complexity to explore. The slight smokiness also helps to balance the sweetness of the beer. It's a beer that's easy to drink in two stages. Sometimes I would pick up the glass and just smell the aroma and put it back down and sometimes I would take a drink. It's a heavy weight, so I took it with water as well. I'm not sure if that's a good idea, but I imagine it would clean the palate.

Like I said, this warms the mouth and goes down like thick honey. It's really nice and has no carbonation bite at all.

Standing ovation for Brewdog.

(I'm just an amateur, but I dig beer, so I'm trying to get better at analyzing and discussing. Bare with me.) (1,427 characters)

Photo of Kristing
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now this is truly a wonderful example of a strong, complex and sublime Imperial Stout. Of course, it is not the kind of beer you drink as a refreshment or as a session beer. This is the sort of beer that you kick back and relax with.

It would take a while to explain all the different levels of taste in the Tokyo, as it changes dramatically over time. But it suffice to say, that you will find plenty of coffee, chocolate, raisins, licorice and a beechwood kind of smokiness, not all at the same time though.

In conclusion, if you like complex, delicious beers to relax and indulge yourself with, then you will probably like this one. (637 characters)

Photo of shigg85
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a Rochefort goblet. This is "Batch 11," good through 2021... wish I had time to store it, but i'll enjoy it as is. The appearance of this is almost sci-fi and surreal... the carbonation of this works like a Belgian strong pale ale, bubbling up in the center. However, what happens with this beer is nothing short of a doper's dream in the way that it swirls and twirls inside the glass, making almost Zen-like patterns in the thin foam of the brew. It is truly mystical to watch as it unfolds. A very thin head, but interestingly two-toned between dark cream and caramel. The brew itself is near black, and when you take a sip, the powerful 18% ABV definitely shines through, accompanied by the cranberry and hop mix of the batch. The scent definitely gives off the same feel, and it becomes even more aromatic as the brews warms in room temperature. Overall, I think this is an amazing imperial stout that puts most others to shame. If I let this sit for a few more years, the punch of the alcohol might subside and provide a more drinkable brew... but, this being a "brew for punks," I enjoy the slap in the mouth every time I drink it. I understand that this is a limited-quantity brew, so if you can find it, get yourself a bottle and enjoy when you don't have any plans later that night! (1,380 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
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. (2,290 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I heard a liquor store here in Indy had a bottle of Tokyo*, I just had to have it. This beer is VERY limited, and very strong. I called the liquor store, and they didn’t know if they had any left. I went in… and they had 6 bottles for $14.99. That i insanely cheap for this beer. They only made 3,000 bottles of this stuff. I should have bought two so I could cellar one. You can hold on to this puppy for up to a decade.

I am a big fan of BrewDog. They have a very Three Floyds brand to them, and they are always trying to push the limits with their beers to produce a bigger and better brew. I am pumped about this one. I hear it smells and tastes like a fine whisky… sign me up!

In the Glass: This beer has a very impressive tan head on it. The lace is also amazing. It just hangs on for dear life. I assumed that a beer that is this big would have a thicker appearance, but I am glad that it doesn’t. I also didn’t smell anything as I was pouring, so I am excited to stick my nose in the glass.

Nose: Now that smells like a stout. This is an imperial stout, but there are tons of cranberry notes rushing to the surface. You also get the booze, which I expected. I hate it that I keep going back to the ABV, but man… this is big. I am sure the beer, because of BrewDog, will impress. But that number is hard to ignore.

Flavor: The flavor is immediate on the tongue. As you swallow it becomes somewhat sweet, and then you are hit with the heat of the alcohol. It is not overwhelming, and deepening on the setting could be quite welcoming. I would compare this to a good barleywine. I will say I disagree with people who compare this to whiskey. Not even close.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is incredible. The bubbles are enough to appreciate it, but then the sweet smoothness sets in. It feels thicker on the tongue than it looks in the glass. I am very impressed with the overall complexity of this beer.

Aftertaste: Awesome. The aftertaste is incredible. It is sweet, and just hangs on begging for another drink. The chocolate is also present when it comes to the aftertaste. It is a deep, dark chocolate note that hangs on after the sweetness becomes slightly bitter.

BrewDog, you have done it again. I am blown away with this beer, and am SO glad I got to try it. I might see if I can find another bottle and throw in the cellar. Imagine 10 years from now… If you like a good beer that provides a mouthful of flavor and will leave you drunk after 1 or 2 pints, then grab some BrewDog. I will warn you, this is NOT a beer for someone that isn’t into craft beer. Bottoms up, people!

Tokyo* - The bottle says: “This is a beer inspired by a 1980’s space invader arcade game playing 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.

This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of specialty malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favorite hops before carefully aging the beer on French toasted oak chips.

Our approach has the same contempt of the mass beer market that the old-school punks had for pop-culture. BrewDog is a moodier day rebellion against soulless corporate bureaucracy and the bland, apathetic beer they industrially produce.” (3,459 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (1,679 characters)

Photo of maxifunk777
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
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! (316 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted July 4th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - utterly opaque black, two finger very tan head and some serious lacing

S - huge alcohol, yeast, sugar, cherries, soy sauce, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, more alcohol, port, wine barrels, wood, oak, earth, flowers and some nice hops. Wow!

T - bourbon, chocolate, lots of yeast, tons of alcohol, oak, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, jammy, earth, lots of port wine notes. This beast has to be fortified, it effing huge! Deep dark fruits, dried fruits, in the middle lots of hops, toasted malts, floral and wow, just yummy

M - uber chewy, lots of complexity, overly full bodied, medium acidity and huge finish

D - if you do not like humongous beers, then this one is not for you! Stay away if you aren't a ginormous fan of beers that can kick your ass. But, this beer is great to say the least. Lots of everything but in a huge way, balanced

Final thought - at $11 a 12oz and an almost 19% ABV , this beer is epic to say the least (1,016 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i have had this on draft once before. and had for a second time at Stone Brewery this past weekend!

Pours a deep black, with a slight red tint to it when in the light.

Smell: of heavy malt, cranberries and alcohol

mouthfeel: like crinking candy syrup. So think and heavy. Pretty much exactly what you would expect it to feel like for an 18% Stout.

Taste: initial heavy malt that quickly turns into sweet cranberry covering the mouth followed by a strong alcohol warmth!

overall: This is an amazing beer. I have two bottle sitting in my "cellar" right now, The best before date is december 2019! I don't know how long I will sit on them... but is going to be a while! (671 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
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! (222 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured almost pitch black even when held up to the light... Dirty mocha brown head poured quite very loose and bubbly and faded instantly to thin covering... light lacing..

Aroma - Very strong sweet oaky bourbon to the fore straight away, very woody and earthy, lots of fresh vanilla, roasted malts, hints of tar, cigar smokiness, rich stewed dark fruits (blackcurrents and prunes), molasses and burnt brown sugar, alcohol is just noticeable, fresh black pepper

Taste - Tons of roasted and charred malts mixed with strong molasses / black treacle sweetness followed closely by warming alcohol, lots of vanilla, liquorice, defnite cigar / tobacco smokiness, rich dark sweet fruits (black cherries, prunes, figs, raisins, blackcurrents), very earthy, espresso, light soy notes, alcohol definitely comes through, dark chocolate...

Feel - Smooth, slick and full bodied... incredibly drinkable for a 18% brew although you definitely notice the alcohol after one bottle..

Overall - An amazingly complex stout... highly recommended. By far the best Brewdog beer i've had... (1,117 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: For such a high abv beer, this one sure has good head retention and lacing. Pitch black. Mocha colored head.

S: Oak-y, chocolate, dark berries way out in the open, coconut and licorice. Awesome.

T: Wood chips, dark berries, sweet milk chocolate, surprisingly light roasted malts. A pleasant dry, earthy bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: Sweet, almost bordering on cloying, but luckily never getting there. This is really 18% abv? It's not that noticeable until the very end.

O: A great beer experiment, these guys are brewing some of the best 'extreme' beers right now. (577 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown, inky black body. Even my table lamp can't penetrate. Very thin beige head that leaves foamy rings on the glass.

Rich, fruity bourbon; raisins; dark chocolate; wine; vanilla all linger in the scent. Winey, almost brandy-like with strong vanilla and bourbon notes. Mocha and fruit in the background. Very rich and complex. The hops aren't immediately noticeable, but they certainly lend to the intricate taste. Even at 18.2% there is a very very light alcohol burn.

Rich and thick with a very mild carbonation. An excellent dessert beer, well worth repeating if you can get it. The only real problem is the high ABV, especially since you can hardly even taste it. (685 characters)

Photo of bamojr
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of hopley
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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! (965 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: This brew is almost pitch black with just a hint of brown when held up to a light. There is no head or lacing to speak of, although there was about half a finger of large brown bubbles during a vigorous pour which disappeared within seconds of finishing the pour.

S: The first thing I notice and the backbone of the smell are roasted malts and molasses. This quickly gives way to a medley of scents including oak, licorice, dark fruits, coffee and, last but certainly not least of all, alcohol.

T: There are so many flavors going on here that it’s hard to get them all put down. There is a moderately strong oak flavor and a very powerful taste from the alcohol which combine to give the beer an interesting spiciness. The roasted malts I noticed in the smell are here again but milder, acting more as a platform for bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. This is balanced a bit by some fruits. There is definitely the more standard group of dark fruit flavors that one finds in imperial stouts, but I can also make out some lighter fruit flavors, likely from the added cranberries. Also adding to the sweetness are notes of vanilla and maybe even a little bit of bourbon. There is a noticeable amount of hops that add a light floral flavor. The finish is long, bitter, and heavy on the coffee, hops and especially the alcohol.

M: Pretty thick without being syrupy or unpleasant. Though it seems like there is next to know carbonation, there are some light small bubbles with give an enjoyable effervescence which complements the spicy burn of the alcohol.

O: A fantastic brew but not for the faint of heart. This cost me 13 dollars for an 11.2 ounce bottle and it was worth every penny. I’ll probably be buying two more bottles to cellar. I think cellaring might help temper the strong alcohol flavor and make it easier and more pleasant to drink. (1,911 characters)

Photo of jamesmk48
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer considering the really high ABV, and is hard to accurately rate due to that fact in my opinion. If you like high ABV IPA's/ Stouts, then you should try this. If you like pilsners/wheat beers/light beers, then I'd say you probably won't like this. Its boozy, complex,and in my opinion worth the $12.00 USD price tag for a 12 oz bottle ( only once I might add). (386 characters)

Photo of marc956
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't too sure what to expect when I finally tried this last night. But it has complexity, depth and flavour which I'd not experienced in any beer prior eh. Not even other imperial stouts like Pranqster or high-end IPA's even come close. Obviously not a session beer due to high ABV but worth a try. (300 characters)

Photo of janubio
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 330 ml. Wow, this is a great one. Brown-black colour, pours a dark red head, that doesn't hold much. Smell of coffee, figs, pepper, vanilla, licorice, with toasted notes, maybe wood... and pure alcohol, maybe too much ethanol. Thick body, it seems to "weight" in your tongue, and dumb it. Taste is the same of smell, plus oranges and definitely wood. Maybe too agressive, even more when it warms, but a pleasure to your senses. It may be hard to drink for most people, even for beer lovers, but it's really great. (521 characters)

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.