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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

272 Reviews
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Reviews: 272
Hads: 731
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 25.65%
Wants: 85
Gots: 243 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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 1000lbgrizzly
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oily black body, dark head that dissipates completely, courtesy of the oak aging. Nose is heavy on the tart cranberry, subdued roasted malt. Shy for such a huge ABV. Taste is sweet chocolate with tart fruit, hint of licorice. No alcohol, for the positive. Finish has a lasting soy sauce tang yuck. Not much complexity, no hints of the jasmine, oak, or alcohol. Medium body, oily, could even be called light. Huh?
If there was ever a beer to make me question the listed ABV, this is it. No telling by the nose, taste, or my own intoxication. I swear, I got more sober while drinking this. As for the rest of it, it was tasty, but also a little weird. Roasty and tart is hard to pull off, and this didn't do it. No real depth- no oak, barely any stout notes, no jasmine. Interesting, especially how they hid the alcohol so well, but not anything beyond moderately enjoyable. No where near worth the price. >:(

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle split with a good friend.

Unique smell of cranberry, molasses and licorice. Boozy but expected for the ABV. Taste is very sweet cranberry and booze. Odd for a jet black color of beer. Very sweet to start but my palate adjusted as the beer warmed. Glad I got to try but nothing I would seek out again especially with the hefty price tag.

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Photo of pmangold
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jet black, tons of sweet chocolate on the nose. the taste follows with it being very sweet and loads of chocolate flavor in there. it's not nearly as hot as I thought it would be, much easier sipping than I had assumed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Dark red brown with a minimal head (but from a gentle pour).
Rich sweet, inviting aroma. Overly sweet flavor up front but good balance eventually appears, and the late aftertaste is mildly bitter.
Good complexity.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Jnarowe
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Big, bold, thick, boozy, oakey, cranberries, herbal, molasses malty.
Black/Brown and opaque.
Big woody alcohol nose.
heavy body with a dark tan, head with small lace.
Warming and as intense as they come.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
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).

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.71/5  rDev +22%
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!

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
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!

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of kodt
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of hopley
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

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Photo of Lukass
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Been really looking forward to trying this one, but felt a bit guilty given the hefty price tag..

Poured into a snifter. Waited til I was about half way done with this brew before I reviewed, so it could warm up a bit and the flavors could really come through. This one poured an obvious pitch black, with just a tad of brown around the edge. A thin tan head that gathered around the edges, and the bubbles kept creating this interesting swirling, whirlpool effect on the surface.

After smelling, I could already predict the taste – huge roasted malt, with a good dose of hops (centennial I'm thinking), and burnt tobacco, coffee, syrup, dark sugars and dark fruits. This thing is huge. Tastes a lot like a jacked-up Expedition Stout (which is one of my favs). The only thing I didn't really enjoy about this beer was the mouthfeel. It was a bit syrupy and chewy, especially as it warmed, but I'm not really surprised, given it's alcohol strength. The alcohol got more intense as the temp rose, but was never 'hot'. The sweetness really plays a key role in balancing the booziness of this beer quite nicely, almost like a fine port. Really enjoyed this. Needless to say, this was the only beer I am having tonight. Could easily split this into two snifters, but my wife wanted nothing to do with this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

If the saying is true, "Everything in moderation, even moderation", then Brewdog brewers are taking some artistic, boozy and roasty liberties, pushing this massive stout well beyond 18% alcohol.

Popping the cap and tilting the bottle, the dark brown, tawny elixir might as well crawl into the glass all by itself. Its oily appearance nestles into the snifter with the daintiest swirl of espresso-like creme for its crown. Lavish aromas flood the olfactories with coffee, dark chocolate, wonderfully burnt sugar, sherry wine, port and madeira. Its strong vinous presence sneaks in a robust and fortified wine flavor just underneath the decadent sweetness of black-strap molasses, brownie batter and buckwheat honey.

The low-lying carbonation allows the toasted sweetness to seep deep into the tastebuds, pulling with its the flavor and texture of fudge, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, heavy cream and spun toffee. But when the sweetness reaches a crescendo, in trots the strong booze and tangy fruit balance. Red grape, licorice, red berry, plum, prune and blackberry- all seeming in the booze-soaked variety- slice through the malt for a surprisingly well balanced taste.

Long and savory in its finish, the stout doesn't exit the palate quickly, rather preferring to linger like fine port or cognac. Its thick, cloying texture and smoldering alcohol warmth evoke a patient session of low volume to allow the savory umami, teryaki-like, salty, meaty oxidation to be explored to its fullest.

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Photo of andyroo0810
5/5  rDev +29.5%

If there was a way to give more than 5/5, I would. One of the most exceptional beers I've ever had the pleasure to taste. When cold, there was a very boozy taste to it, but after letting it get about halfway to room temperature, it tasted like nothing but absolute perfection. Subtle coffee, espresso, and some light almost invisible fruitiness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.