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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 715
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 81
Gots: 240 | 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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet with no head - that’d be the high ABV. 3.75
Soy, must, cranberry, and bourbon on the nose. 4
Brown sugar, Coke, barrel, vanilla, raisin, char, cherry liqeuer - no jasmine or cranberry.
Finish is endless, cycling through cocoa nibs, vanilla-bourbon, fish sauce and a hit of IBUs. 4
Just past medium, hot, sharp. 3.75

2009, double barrel aged.

Umami! Lots of sugar, lots of sharp edges, too. Whiskey-saoked raisin brandy warming to lots of brown sugar. But just too hot to really get into the depth of flavor, even after a few years to settle. That’s a shame, because it has a lot to offer. At the same time, sad to see it go. Mighty. 4
“Everything that’s dark is in there.” - Carter. (700 characters)

Photo of Jnarowe
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible rich malts, deep coffee, molasses, tart sweetness of the cranberries. Sticky. Definitely hot on the finish but not detracting. Much less heat than similar ABVs. Beautiful. Tasted at 69F. (197 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (with name/spelling change to Tokio) - bought about 5 months ago:
Pours very dark, I'd say black, with visibility otherwise only at the very edges. The head builds up a nice tan before receding to the edges. No lacing, but definitely some legs on each sip.

Nose it think sweetness cut by a hint of tart. Molasses is the first thing I get, along with an overall impression of a port or other fortified wine. There is some very muted roast (maybe even a tiny bit of smoke) underneath dark brown sugar and alcohol, but in the beer world, this reminds me of some dark Belgian ales more than a stout.

Taste starts off less sweet and not as thick as I'd expect from the nose (can smell predict feel?). The molasses is still there, but it actually takes a back seat to what has to be the cranberries (that tastes like dark alcohol-soaked cherries to me). Knowing they are cranberries doesn't help change that impression (like knowing an ingredient sometimes does for me). Once the sweet, tart, alcohol moves on from attacking my tongue, I do get an herbal and berry fruit taste that is actually quite pleasant - especially after the bold opening. The end actually ends up bringing on a light lingering taste of a sweetened coffee to join the taste the cranberries continue to supply.

This beer is a little sticky and coating, with pretty heavy body. It is a sipper, and the alchol provides a touch of heat, but less than a 18% beer could.

Definitely should consider this as a dessert beer, but not as sweet in the mouth as in the nose. This beer had aspects I liked (the subdued berry and roasted notes mid taste), but also some things that seemed over the top. Overall, though I really enjoyed it. (1,713 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It takes a hard pour - and some patience - to generate a 3/4 finger dark brown head, but once it forms, retention is good. Nice lacing. Very dark, nearly black brew, with a nut brown sheen.

Boozy aroma right out of the bottle, but once settled in the glass, it tames slightly. Chocolate, dark fruit and grapes, and roasted barley are the highlights. A touch of brown sugar and caramel, and a hint of oak. Still a touch boozy, but not too intimidating.

Flavor is off-the-charts sweet! This is a shocking development, as the aroma really did not hint at the massive amount of sugar. It completely hides the booziness, which only comes through as a chest warmth long after the brew has slid down your throat. Reminds me of certain Evil Twin stouts.

What else? Chocolate, certainly, and some roasted barley. I would not have guessed cranberries specifically, but there's definitely a berry sweetness. Same goes for the jasmine: it doesn't come through specifically, but there's definitely a floral component to the flavor.

There's a blunt edge to the bitterness: partially from the oak, likely, and perhaps due to the hops. I can almost feel the hops fighting through the syrupy sugar to be noticed - pine, grass, orange juice? - but in the end, the sweetness is just overwhelming.

Long, wet, sticky, sugary finish. Fairly thick and chewy, yet slick. There's no way you would guess this clocks in over 18%; 12% would seem like a reasonable guess. (1,447 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked this beer a good deal more than I thought I would. I think it's because although it's a huge beer as far as the abv goes, as it opens it up it delivers a surprisingly smooth and even somewhat mellow beer with big but integrated flavors. Starts with a blast of maple syrup, and a touch of soy and dark roastiness. Mellows into brown sugar, vanilla, and fruity chocolate. I enjoyed this more and more with every sip. (422 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. The color is an opaque dark brown with a thick tan head; a classic looking stout. The smell features malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. There is also something very sweet - vanilla or brown sugar. You can also smell the alcohol. It is a strongly fragrant beer. The first taste to hit you is the cranberry; this may be the sweetest stout I've ever sampled. You also taste the maltiness. There is absolutely no bitterness but the alcohol burn hits hard. It has a pleasant mouth feel. Overall, this is a stout lover's delight. I just wish the AVB were lower. This packs a wallop! It also dents the wallet at $12.99 for a 12 oz. bottle. I'm glad I tried it and wouldn't turn it down in the future, but it's a bit over the top to be part of my regular rotation. (790 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 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 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 Labeorphile
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (196 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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. (2,316 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 kodt
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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. The jasmine and cranberry make this beer though, without them it would be a booze bomb. (234 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (649 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 Lukass
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,311 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (1,495 characters)

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 GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (409 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 LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (328 characters)

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