Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 78
Gots: 225 | FT: 14
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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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Best before 12/14/19.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, maple, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and maple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some solid aromas and tasty flavors.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark with some foam
S: Can smell a bit of chocolate in the nose
T: Interesting mix of sweetness and other flavors with a chocolate aftertaste
M: Very full bodied beer; the alcohol is evident, but more like that in a 10% abv beer
D: There's no way anyone could plow through these; it's a night cap beer to sip and next to a fireplace

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Thanks, Max.

Pours black with no head or lacing. Nose brings quite a bit of pungent herbs and some booze. The taste is smilar, win the booze and gin-like characteristics taking over. No cranberry detected. Feel is somewhat light all things considered. Lots of booze. Interesting, but not highly drinkable.

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 (Bottle is labeled TOKLO* rather than TOKYO*)

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a just a film of a head that leaves a cloudy pattern on top of the liquid; lots of leggings on the chalice

Smell: While the aroma has a lot of alcohol, it is incredibly complex, with the anticipated chocolate and roasty elements, for sure, but also a distinct tart cranberry character; as vinous as a fortified wine; while I think I can detect the jasmine, it may be the power of suggestion

Taste: Fruity and chocolaty, with a distinct cranberry fudge character; vague hints of jasmine add a floral character by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a bit of a burn that brings on a molasses/licorice/roasty depth

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low carbonation

Drinkability: While this has been a divisive beer for other reviewers, I find myself very impressed; there are flavors in this stout that I have not encountered before and I love the port-like sipping character

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 StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a very dark black color with a tan colored head on it. The head last for a good amount of time despite the abv. The smell of the beer was roasted, boozey, it had a fantastic herbal spice to it and a hoppy aroma in there too. The taste of the beer was really complex, there was some dark chocolate, some herbal spices the cranberry was hidden, and some hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and had a good carbonation. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this stout, a really good brew.

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 TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Had to open this guy after Rip Tide let me down so much. Can this brew redeem the Dog?
Pours a cloudily opaque black-brown with a highly transitory head of tan bubbles that leaves no lacing at all behind. There's a heavy pall of alcohol in the nose covering notes of oak, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. This pattern is renewed on the tongue, as notes of vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and roasted dark malts are o'ercovered by a heavy alcohol burn. Luckily this burn rolls in after the other flavors have a chance to grab hold of the tongue, but they are nearly forced off the cliff when the ill wind starts a-blowin'. Things look better in terms of the body, which is a nice bit o' husky with active carbonation and a relatively smooth texture. Unfortunately, the drinkability takes a good hit with the alcohol and its burn, which turn this brew into a languidly slow sipper. I must say that this is indeed a step up from the Rip Tide, but not much of one; the Paradoxes stand head-and-shoulders above them both. Still, an admirable attempt and an intriguing could-have-been.

Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of orange-brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam dissipates quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of caramel and roasted malt with some sweet toffee and bread.

T - Dark caramel and molasses up front. Some soy-like malts and cola in the middle. Complex notes of alcohol and dark sugar including boozy fruit flavors of cherry and fig with thick molasses. Finishes with more dark chocolate and burnt sugar.

M - Thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Like all of the super high ABV beers that I have had, drinkability isn't a word that belongs in any description of this beer. The six oz serving that I had was as much as I needed, and I would have had a hard time drinking any more. It has a soy sauce character that seems to be tied to the molasses flavors and that threatens to overwhelm the other elements of the beer. There are some nice notes of caramel and fruit that help create a level of complexity and counter the excessive molasses. In my experience, it seems like anything over 14 or 15% ABV develops a level of syrupy sweetness and alcoholic heat that cannot be balanced out and that begins to turn it into something other than beer. While Tokyo is relatively complex and balanced for a beer of this strength, much of its appeal is novelty.

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actualyl Tokio* (with an 'I'), but should be the same. A bit behind my beer night, so this should be a good one to get me caught up. Best before 16/02/20

Pours a very light fizzy head covering that is darker colored and covers the whole beer, but fades at a med pace to a very light bubble cover... I'm surprised a beer this high abv has a head at all. It coats the glass, it doesn't even have legs it just coats the glass and stays there like friend that won't leave despite all the hints for him to get the hell out, a legless friend or something. The beer itself is practically pitch black, but has an eerie looking brownness to it that is hard to explain other than it's some crazy living beast that changes to trick your eyes.

Nose is pure heavy malted super imperialized stout. Malts first and foremost, with a bit of roasted malt and coffee, plenty of chocolate levels with dark, baker's, and sexual... umm, sorry that slipped out. Anyways, the super dark roasty malt has that heavy aroma that feels like it will have some soy sauce and syrup. The aroma itself is so heavy and thick I think it has it's own isotope. There's a bit of booze in the aroma, with hints of caramel, molasses, and essence of pure syruped malt, if that's a thing. Powdered cocoa, chocolate syrup, and that chocolate aroma as if a baker at all his own baker's chocolate and then dipped himself in it and turned into a giant chocolate bar himself. Too overpowered to get any Jasmine or Cranberries.

Taste whoa... more of the same, and hard to swirl around my mouth as the booze starts to creep... no run up like its my pimp and I just gave his crack away for tricks. The booze tickles, tingles, and even burns a bit, but pretty much expected for 18.2% abv. That is supported by a huge malt bill, makes the Clinton monument look like the Washington monument (if you get the reference). Malts come from all sides, starting with more chocolate, some hot cocoa, milk chocolate syrup, boozy chocolate malt profile. Then some roast but not a lot, just a bit of roast with hint of coffee and chewy malt taste, and a bit of malted milk ball. That gives way to the caramel and syrup again, but never really goes soy sauce heavy surprisingly. Waves of bitterness follow suit, some from the bitter roasty malts, but then a bit of an earthy herb like hop taste, that leads into the jasmine. A light jasmine flavor adds some interesting floral characteristics that actually come out surprisingly, between all the crazy malts, booze, and others. I don't get much for cranberry but I do get a hint of tartness from it, and there is a hint of an underlying fruity flavor with the chocolate. Another layer of chocolate supports all these flavors, more of the super dark rich layered cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, baker's again, chocolate lava cake, and even chocolate fountain (without the layers of bacteria in those things, blech!!!). In the background late on the finish is a vanilla taste, bringing a light oaked vanilla and hint of toasted oak. Finish is bitter, mostly roasted malt bitter but no soy sauce again, plenty more dark chocolate. The booze sticks around a bit and burns little marks into the tongue that the big malts and chocolate seem to find ways to clog the pours and leave a layer that never leaves. I don't think I'll taste anything else for hours now, and a hint of the jasmine late as well

Mouth is huge, to use the same analogy, makes used motor look like water, light but decent enough carbonation, and quite boozy.

Overall well done, really interesting malts that don't get explosive or soy sauce tasting but still fairly thick, rich, and syrupy, loads of chocolate, and it still finds a way to bring out a hint of jasmine on the back end. The cranberries just add a bit of tartness and hint of fruity flavor, but no real full cranberry flavor. A nice bitterness to balance it a bit, and booze is to be expected but doesn't make it undrinkable. Fairly well balance... just wish it wasn't so damn expensive. (hope I didn't run out of characters).

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Very excited for this brew, though it cost me around 8 Euro for the bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful tan head with lots of cream and brilliant retention. There's a lovely bubble show to feast thin eyes on wile you wait for the opportunity to try it. I can't wait to try this beer.

Sm: Smells strongly of alcohol, oak, and almost bourbon. Very musty. Hard to smell past the alcohol for any usual stout notes, but I plan to find out in the taste. A very appealing scent.

T: As I prepare to taste it (after five minutes), the head is still a solid two fingers. Impressive for this high an ABV. A complex body. The oak comes through and carries strong through the finish. The cranberry taste is very subtle to the point that I wouldn't taste it if I weren't searching for it. As for the Jasmine, what the hell does that taste like? I'm usually disappointed with Brewdog, especially for how much their beers cost, but this beer is the first exception. It's brilliantly complex yet still refined. Here is a worthy oak aged stout.

Mf: It's as heavy as it needs to be to carry the taste, while still smooth. It is far too syrupy, however. Almost a bit slimy.

Dr: At this price, I won't have it again unless an occasion arises that warrants it. It's a good beer, but I'd have to have stateside prices to justify purchasing it a second time, especially when there are other barrel or oak aged stouts I prefer. All in all, it's well done, but expensive (this may summarize the opinion most have towards Brewdog in general).

Photo of drabmuh
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer on tap at a local beer bar. My wife ordered this and we shared it. Beer is black with a brown thin head made up of big soapy bubbles. There is some lacing on the glass but I can't see any carbonation. It looks fine (served in a snifter btw).

I did not look at the menu until after I took a sniff of this beer. I immediately asked my wife what the ABV was, 18.2 %. Shit. The beer kind of smells like nail polish remover. Its sweet and really really hot. Lots of alcohol in the nose. Really knocked me over and made me fearful to drink it. Bring on the extreme.

Beer is primarily sweet and thin. The description on the menu says that it was made with jasmine and cranberries. If you say so Brewdog, I don't get any of that and I'm usually pretty good at picking stuff out like that. Drinkability is fine for such a giant beer but mouthfeel is too thin and there's not a lot going on in the taste department. The liquor quality of this beer overwhelms any subtly and any flavors you may have wanted / been expecting.

I didn't order this beer but it represents a "new" trend in brewing and by brewers, especially this brewer and others like DFH. Bigger isn't always better, more ethanol doesn't make you some brewing genius. How about a session beer everyone? How about something with some flavor other than malt and ethanol? How about making a beer with cranberries and making the cranberries the star? I'm sick of it.

Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled as Tokio. Batch DD2

Poured into Darkness Snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades a little. Color is a dark murky brown.

Aroma: Lots of oak followed by cranberries. Very sweet dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Very big. Very good.

Taste: Cranberries up front with loads of oak and vanilla following. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel. Sweet. It has a herbal taste to it. Ends with coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warming. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and warming. Not overly hot.

Overall, hardly any booze shows. Really nice in that aspect. I love the cranberries. It is a very beer and a sipper for me.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, batch 002, best by Dec. 14, 2019, but I think this will be able to last for far longer than that,

A: Pours black with a 1/2 finger of tan head, nice retention with spots of lace on the glass.

S: Has some nice aromatics, but not particularly pungent as I tend to find on beverages with a lot of ethanol. Baker's chocolate/chocolate covered cherries, roast with a hint of charcoal, and a wildflower feel/violets - that's the jasmine I'm assuming, it's quite light on the back end. I got a bit of root beer too. A definite molasses/dark sugar undercurrent throughout.

T: Dark flavours - chocolate and roast again with almost a hint of honey. Some residual sugar, but it's pretty well attenuated, at least in the taste. The cranberries used are light in the flavour, but evident. This is boozy for sure, but for me it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the beer as a lot of ethanol bombs can; for 18.2% it was fairly well balanced.

M: Full-bodied, viscous - what I expected. Nice warming alcohol going down which I liked. It's like a spirit in the very end of the finish, but not rough as some liquor can be.

D: This is a sipper, an after dinner drink for sure. It's definitely still raw. The ethanol is too high in the overall scheme of things, but that will go away with time. This is a beer that is fun to drink now, it's definitely an experience, but is something to put in a hole in the ground until 2025, dig it up, and you're going to have an incredible elixir.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.29/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into some glasses, courtesy of oglmcdgl, thx 4 the shot.

Not as dark as expected for a ris, tokyo pours out of the bottle with a dark reddish/brown color and some black. Once in the glass, it appears black, but is not quite there. A finga of tightly coiled tannish foam that left no lace.

Wow, this is a booze monster, boozy as hell with some dark fruits resembling bum wine. This reminds me of a certain fruit beer brewed in delaware. I can't even get chocolate or other familiar smells out of this, just booze

The booze is in the way, it's large and in charge, the oak aging barely comes through and you have to look for it. All the crazy ingredients used form some type of odd taste that I can't break down. Port wine and licorice makes sense.

Boozy and hot on the mouth. This does not have the biggest body for a 18 percent ris, on the thicker side of medium. The hotness makes this seem bigger than it is. Carbonation is not a problem, it's there but it does not liven things up that much.

No way in hell that I would drink an entire bottle of this to the head, hell, I had a time with my six ounces or so. Very similiar to dfh wws fresh out the gate which I was expecting so I was not totally dissapointed, just aware of what it was before I dove in. Sure I could lay a bottle down for five years to mellow the booze, but where it's at now, what's the point?

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle into a snifter. Dark brown in color with a thin lacing scattered across the top. Decent retention to it as I drank it.

The juniper and cranberry give it a very noticeable fruity and herbal quality. Darker, roasted malts give it some notes of chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee. I get a little of the oak in it as well and the alcohol isn't too bad all things considered. It's very sweet and a little overly fruity though.

The taste shows more of the sweeter, fruity qualities to it with both cranberry and cherry flavors to it. It's got a lot of caramel sweetness to it throughout. The finish shows a little more of a dark, roasted malt flavor with a touch of oak as well. The herbal juniper is a little noticeable lingering in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and syrupy. Carbonation is low. Overall, it was a decent beer but definitely not an outstanding one in the style. It was very sweet and a little too fruity for me. The over done sweetness combined with the syrupy mouthfeel and alcohol heat just didn't work all that well for me. The roasted malts and oak were overshadowed unfortunately.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so my bottle reads "Tokio*" with a red star. Not sure what this means, probably nothing given Brewdog's dabbling in gimmickry. No worries, beer's beer.

Pours a dark brown or light black (light black?). Head is minimal. Lacing is non-existent. Oily

Aroma beings with interest: tartness of cranberries and some dark chocolate. Faint hints of strong coffee. And alcohol. The former characteristics don't cover up the booze. Caramel and molasses come through a bit later.

Taste has a cacophony of the aromas. Caramel, chocolate, booze, cranberries (not picking up any jasmine), and faint coffee. Vanilla makes an appearance to kill the molasses. Too bad. Still, the oak chips don't pack much of a punch, which is good for me. Sometimes I think oak is just too pushy. Anywho, this is a tough beer to drink. Boozy and the flavors don't calm that down. Maybe age it 8 years, but not sure how that would turn out.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who would have thought I'd run into this beer on-tap? I already bought two bottles for myself, but maybe I'd be better off tasting a small amount before I dive into my bottles. On-tap at 38 Degrees in a 4½ ounce taster glass, on to the beer:

Creamy black color, not the super dark jet black I've come to expect from the style. A little bit of lacing stay on top the beer and on the glass. There's a lot of chocolate fudge in the aroma. I didn't really smell a lot of booze. The cranberry starts to come out and add another dimension to the nose. A really pleasant nose, and not harsh at all.

Ok, here we go. There is some good flavor, and yes, there is quite a bit of alcohol. Chocolate liqueur is the most dominant of the flavors. I like how the jasmine and cranberry additions are melded into this strong beer; it's not just a strong cloying stout. Strong vodka-like booze hits towards the end, but the boozy element is short lived. Body is more medium bodied than full, aftertaste isn't very intense, which helps get this beer down faster.

Tokyo* isn't just another high ABV stout; the spice and fruit really add to make this beer unique in its category. Personally, I've been dissapointed with the BrewDog beers I've sampled in the past, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see this beer come out without being a train wreck. Now, the hard part will be saving a bottle for long-term aging.

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 smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Batch 007, with best before listed as 15-01-21. My bottle distinctly says "tokio" without the distinct "y" but this is the same beer based on the description.

Snap crackle pop rice crispies Batman. What a fizzy sound out of the bottle. Head of cocoa brown just can't be made and disintegrates quickly. Extremely filmy wet like coating and watery appearance. Classic dark walnut brown though with wet hues. I am kind of torn on appearance, it has a mix of good and bad so I am scoring it down the middle.

Nose is strong. Barleywine fruit tart berry and booze. Soft milk chocolate but mostly a large amount of.heat. Red swedish fish and chocolate but mostly hot alcohol. Stronger swirls bring up brine, pickle, and some slight turpentine. Yikes!

Taste is extremely fruity. Wine like viscosity and mild char roast. Extremely noticeable fruitiness of red fruits, cherry, cranberry, raspberry and so forth. A very surprisingly heat tolerance on the palate that isn't jarring or dry. Just a surprising small amount of fizz that gives some candy like sweet action. Some tobacco and tannic qualities in the aftertaste also.

I thought after the pour I was really not going to like this but I am actually rather enjoying this complex palate, and wine texture. A true sipper if there ever was one. I had fun and I want more!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant deep brown colour, with a filmy head of crusted off-white foam. Very fine bubbling when swirled. Body looks pleasantly thick. Not bad at all.

Nice hop characters on the nose. Extremely fresh and slightly fruity, with a slight hint of coconut. Crisp and rather sharp. Certainly not much note of the darkness apparent in the appearance on the nose. But it's extremely pleasant.

Taste is yet another spanner in the works. Extremely long and languid palate -- big roasted characters and deep tropical fruit characters mingle together. Overripe papaya mixes with the dark roasted flavours and vanilla and coconut nuances. It's extremely odd, but extremely -- really, extremely, genuinely -- tasty. Lovely palate. Really good.

This is an extremely tasty brew, that mingles fruit and darkness together in some wonderfully bizarre chimera. It's a lovely and extremely interesting brew.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/24/2010

12oz bottle shared by John (wetherel). Thanks! The beer is dark brown with a small light brown head. The nose is of molasses, dark fruits, cola, peat, oak, and a little chocolate. The taste is of peaty dark fruit chocolate oak with a big brown sugar midpalate section and a high level of booze heat. It's reminiscent of a liqueur. The mouthfeel is smooth and viscous. Tokyo* is a sweet and alcoholic sipper.

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
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