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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Tokyo*Tokyo*

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BA SCORE
88
very good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 45
Gots: 153 | FT: 8
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottles contents. This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips. It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.

90 IBU

(Beer added by: PartyBear on 08-29-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 03:41:21 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

09-02-2012 03:31:16 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:58:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-13-2013 01:18:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 10:21:25 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 16:43:05 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:49:08 | More by brentk56
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-29-2011 01:12:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

12-06-2011 18:06:31 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

12-14-2011 10:35:09 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-31-2013 04:17:32 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

06-14-2014 01:01:51 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-18-2013 16:17:29 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:02:58 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 02:26:11 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Ah, moderation redefined...

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with very slight cola edges, and a healthy three fingers of dense, caked, beige head, which leaves some mushroom cloud/Joshua tree lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of sweet caramel, treacle, boozy cranberry sauce, black licorice, jasmine tea (my heretofore only exposure to the scent), and earthy, floral hops. The taste is big sweet chocolate malt, somewhat tart cranberries, a bit of toffee, vanilla, some fairly saccharine floral notes, soft earthy hops, and a surprisingly mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is actually noticeable, but not all that pushy, the body medium-full in weight, a bit sticky, but smooth amidst a boozy edge. It finishes still quite sweet, the fruit and florals aiding and abetting up front, the liquor doing so on the down low.

A generally enjoyable big (nae, huuuge) stout, if just a bit too one-sided in its multifaceted sweetness. It would have been nice to have perceived the dry-hopping with their unspecified 'favourite hops', at least to balance things out a wee bit more. Anyways, this is one herculean effort at hiding so much ABV, that I have to give credit were it is due. Moderation - R.I.P. Logic - on death watch.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:56:58 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2011 22:20:53 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 06:16:58 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-17-2013 20:02:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 18:16:53 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 02:10:52 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 17:52:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 03:34:32 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2011 18:01:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-17-2013 07:35:36 | More by zestar
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Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.