Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 702
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 80
Gots: 234 | FT: 15
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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 Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spelled "Tokio" on this label, but this is definitely the asterisked 18.2% version. And Tokio* is aiming high. From the label: "This is a beer inspired by a 1980s space invaders arcade game played in Japan's capital. The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottle's contents." No kidding? Clearly this is not from the makers of Natural Light.

Pours a tan head that is bigger than any 18.2% beer should be...and that's great. Sticks around for a full minute before fading. And when it starts looking like it's dying, a quick swirl brings the head quickly back to life, where it stays for another minute or two. The color is a deep, deep, deep dark brown...or perhaps a lightly faded black. All a matter of degree, I guess, but I know it looks quite fine.

Smell very much favors the alcohol--not exclusively, nor to the detriment of the overall experience. Super-spicy in the nose, even strong spearmint-like character. The cranberries and jasmine this is brewed with are detectable, though the alcohol flattens them a little rather than underscoring them. Kind of smokey, too. It avoids the aftershave-like smell of some other humongous beers, but ultimately it's a little too fumy--though at 18.2%, what do you expect? (uh...that head is still going and I haven't swirled for several minutes now...unbelievable in a beer of this strength.)

A big, no, HUGE oak-aged stout, brewed with cranberries and jasmine, from a brewery I really like (and find underrated...or maybe misunderstood)...with all that I expected something original, something unique, and that's what I got. Black licorice, mint, jasmine (yes, it's right here), cranberry (yes, that too...reminds me of a cranberry vodka), wood/smoke, dark roast coffee, vanilla...lots to like here. All of it underlined by an alcohol warmth that blazes but never burns. The finish (lotsa chocolate, some coffee, many hot and minty spices, and alcohol) lasts about 10 years. Ultimately the alcohol rules, and keeps what could have been a perfect "10" experience a mere, say, "8." Whatever.

This thing feels wonderful, like a good stout should: creamy, round, rich, a little sticky, silkier as it sits and warms, never overbearing. Juicy too! I'll call it a perfect mouthfeel and leave it at that.

What is "drinkability" anyway? I'm drinking this and really enjoying it. There's a backlash right now against big or "extreme" beers, and I can sympathize with both sides of the argument. I just happen to find big beers more interesting, more thought-provoking, tastier, and ultimately more desirable. I'm not interested in sessioning. I like to sit and contemplate beer. Maybe that makes me weird, or maybe I'm just a normal guy who likes weird beer. So 4.5 "drinkability" it is. This is no DFH 120 Minute as huge beers go, but I will never forget it. Tokio* stands, isolation-chamber alone. I enjoyed the heck out of it. (3,076 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jet black with 2 finger chestnut head. Slightly clingy lacing. Perfume from jasmine plays with the thick chocalaty malty aroma more then I thought. Chocolate, sweet, foriegn flavors I attribute to the jasmine and cranberry. A little burnt from the booze, which isn't too well hidden. Bitter chocolate in the finish, slightly cloying. The more this warms the more I think it needs to sit in the bottle and dry out. This beer is kinda getting to me. I would say a 12 ounce bottle is all I could handle, not to drinkable, too sweet, too boozy. (540 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well....I assume this is the same beer. Mine is labeled "TOKlO" but it is, indeed, a 18.2% "intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout" Pours VERY thick and black, with a thin tan head. Smells of berries, chocolate, a sting of alcohol, and wood. Tastes of chocolate, burnt coffee, a very noticable alcohol burn, and a sharp hoppy aftertaste. Very sweet up front, very hoppy in back, very challenging on all fronts really. Mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, mildly carbonated, and oily at the end. Drinkability is a tough one for this beer. When you set out to do this much, its not going to be a beer is agreeable to its impending meeting with the inevitable. This one fights back. Its a really great attempt to push the envelope & one I'm really glad to be able to try. (759 characters)

Photo of craytonic
2.29/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: black pour, decent light brown head, some lacing:

Smell: Booze dominates, followed by molasses, dark roasted malts, and chewed tobacco

Taste: Booze overpowers, followed by the roasted malts, tobacco juice, molasses, and dark fruit. I am not noticing cranberries, jasmine, etc.

Mouthfeel: Full

Drinkability: Too boozy to drink much; I know it is 18.2% but see that as more of a negative (401 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I could have sworn this bottle spelled Tokyo as "T-O-K-I-O"... alas, the description for oak, jasmine and cranberry is listed on the Brewdog website... so I resolve that I had Tokyo*.

A- The head on this beer quickly receded to a haze layer and collar; little tiny bits of lacing. The body was an opaque garnet color with faint traces of carbonation.

S- The nose is very estery- lots of dark fruit (almost some synthetic fruit aromas) that dominate over the roasted and stewed malt. Whiffs of moderate to high alpha hops and some slight oakiness also on the nose.

T- OH MY GOD! This beer just punched me in the balls!! It is incredibly woody- up front you get a ton of oak lactones which give way to tannins on the mid-palate and echo in the finish. Stewed and roasted malts play second fiddle. The finish itself is peppery and amazingly oaky. As the beer warmed, a pronounced spiciness emerged, presumably the jasmine mentioned on the label. This spiciness contributed mostly to the already oaky and peppery finish.

M- Thin body with delicate carbonation. A little astringency and heat from booze. Very underwhelming in the mouthfeel department.

D- While this is a wonderfully interesting beer, it is a bit much. I would rather share this bottle than covet it for myself. (1,278 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Neighborhood in San Diego.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits, and tobacco, in that order. As the beer warms hints of peat sneak out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of sweet molasses flavors kick things off, backed by mild amounts of roasted malts. Midway through the sip good amounts of boozy dark fruits make an appearance - plums and black cherries. Hints of tobacco come into play right before a sweet ending with a good deal of heat sticking around on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a big beer but does a nice job of holding in the boozy heat. An interesting one and worth a shot. (896 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel tulip

A: pouring it looks like strong coffee in color, in glass its brown black, not as dark as many other RISs. also the head was a bit lacking, only a finger thick brown and didnt last very long.

S: coffee is first noticed, followed by cranberry and chocolate. there is the very noticeable alcohol.

T: cranberry sweetness and coffee are first, then chocolate of dark roasted malt. the cranberry gives a nice balance to the coffee and chocolate. the alcohol is very noticeable as well.

M: not as thick as other imperial stouts, it is thick and coating, low carbonation.

D: more like "sippability" very boozy, flavors are well balanced and the cranberry plays well with the coffee and chocolate. only odd thing is the bottle is spelled TokIo* (768 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle had the spelling Tokio on it so i'm not really sure what that is about.
Pours a black color with a good dark head.
Smells of malts and alcohol while that little bit of bitterness comes though probably from the cranberries.
Tastes slightly like cranberries but has a lot of oaky taste to it.
Nice dark beer and as long as it is cold is easy to drink considering the %.
I enjoy this beer and its effects on me. (419 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is definately a nightcap for me especially at its crazy ABV,it pours a dark crude oil colour that lets no light in whatsoever with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing two finger head that recedes to a smog of lacing,on smell the first aroma that hits me is alcohol followed by raisins and white port,it has a rather sirupy mouthfeel which feels more like a fine port than a RIS and it exudes tastes of raisins,port,dark chocolate,expresso,oak and finishes with a nice warm alcohol finish,overall a nice brew but not my most fav RIS and couldnt really drink more than one of these in a night,interesting brew though. (633 characters)

Photo of Kristing
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of northaustin
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a thick black with about a half finger of deep mahogany head which disappears quicly and leaves no lacing.

smells like a hodgepodge of intense roasted malts, with the cranberries and jasmine making an attempt at masking the alchohol blitz.

taste is insane. in a way i cant even grasp. i really like the flavor but there is just too much goin on. the cranberries are noticeable, but struggle against roasted malts and in the end lose.

mouthfeel: candy coated cheeks.

drinkability: this one needs time to settle. although i am enjoying the beer now i would not recommend it fresh. because the beer tries so hard to block all alchohol taste in the mouth, you get hit hard with a semi unexpected alchohol sting in the chest and throat. and its expensive as balls.

to sum it all up, im not really sure how i feel about this beer. (837 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Smell: of heavy malt, cranberries and alcohol

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

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

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

Photo of jbowers56
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Super dark brown colour - not jet black as I'd expected. A tan coloured head which was about 1 finger but fades pretty quick. Light doesnt shine through this sucker.

Insanely rich nose. Super strong bittersweet chocolate smells there. Almost like distilled 90% cocoa chocolate. Dried fruits are present too for sure. Smells boozy as hell. This is the strongest beer I've had yet and it's letting me know. The additions of jasmine and cranberry are noticeable as a kind of herbal bite, though I wouldnt have picked the cranberry in a million years if i didnt know it was there.

Monsterous beer. Almost unbelievable. Rampant fig, date and plum flavours run amok on the tongue amongst tastes of pudding, chocolate and roasty, roasty malts. Insanely sweet, but also a deep bitterness present along with some big herbal sorts of flavours. Unbelievably boozy, vodka like in its warmth and back-of-throat feeling. This is an outrage. I like it, but its a huge shock to the taste buds.

Feels luxurious in the mouth. Cloying, but could be MUCH more so. Probably the most deserving of the term 'sipper' of any beer I've had.

Shit.... What is this monster?! (1,150 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad they got this one at the local brew store...

A: Hmm, a little lighter looking than expected. Dark, but just pours a lot lighter than the motor oil brews. Not as thick. 1 inch off-white head that quickly fades. Good.

S: Smells of sweet apples upfront with a roasty booziness in the middle and oaky roast on the backend. Decent.

T: Holy big beer! Nice dark fruit, oak, and thick booze upfront. Hot brew! Sweet malts in the middle with a hint of roasty oak on the backend. Good.

M: Thick for sure. Misleading appearance. Sticks heavily to your palate. Good.

D: Goes down a little harder than normal brews, hence the 18% ABV. Not much different than what I expected.

All in all, this is a good sipping brew to try at least once. Not a whole lot special going on in this brew. Very hot and dry. Some good flavors bouncing around, but age would probably serve this one well. (879 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While I am probably in the minority with this beer that is okay. I realize why this has some lower rankings and I hope that people that see my review see what I am able to see here.

A - a very dark apperance no light is gettting through a small wispy dark chocolate head.

S - Dark chreries wonderful aroma.

T - Sort of harsh but with the abv to be accepted at the same time.

M -strong cherries with a bit of pucker it is strong.

D - I really liked this and should be retried for the style and abv. (502 characters)

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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle, $12.99, best by 12-14-19. Cute.

This beer is clear, with a dark brown body that has ruby red highlights if I shine my LED light through it. There was a very thin layer of hear, which quickly disappeared. Not even a ring.

Aroma started out as sweet fruits, mostly cherries and berries. Then dark malt followed, with some tannins and indeterminate hops. I couldn't tell if they were piney, floral, grassy, citrusy, or just plain resinous. Because they were overpowered by a boozy smell, like whiskey.

Taste was bitter at the forefront, followed by some very dark malt. Then came a blast of alcohol, followed by tannins from the oak. Finish was roasted malt, with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel was most definitely oily and slick. Nowhere near as viscous as I would have expected from something this heavy on the malt.

Drinkability has to take a big hit, however. I had to struggle to get through it. If ever a beer was a true sipping beer, well, this is it. Based on what I have had so far, of course. I still plan to have a few thousand more kinds over the next few decades. I am starting to rethink whether I should buy a bottle of Tactical Nuclear Penguin or not. (1,188 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.29/5  rDev -39.9%
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? (1,388 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle split with onix1agr, poured into snifters.

A- pours a deep ruby brown with a finger or two or tan dense head. Spots of lace with minimal stickage.

S- licorice and port wine. Booze soaked dates and a mild chocolate touch. Some burt malt in there as well.

T- yikes! That's hot, lots of alcohol. Sweet and slightly burnt. Lots of port and cream sherry. Licorice root and chickory. But its the sweetness and booze that wins.

M- mild carb and on the viscous side with a burn from the heat.

D- not there yet maybe with some time its going to be something but this 7 or so oz is going to be tough. Not quite what I was expecting from an ris more like a giant old ale. (676 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark brown, almost black colored liquid that lets some deep ruby red hues shine through. The head is a lighter tan in color and pretty tight and thick. The retention is decent, lingers for about a half a minute, with a slowly falling lace that is thick but does fall behind the head

S-the nose is light especially for an RIS. Slightly burnt malts with dark chocolate are there first. A good bit of molasses acts as the inbetween as the cranberries sweetness seems to come through towards the back. Not really sure what Jasmine smells like but there is a light almost sweeter spice mixed in there with the molasses and cranberries. Rum soaked raisins and figs lie underneath in the back

T-huge flavor! Wow is this big! Roasted malts and dark chocolate are right in the forefront. Booze in the middle with a big sweetness following. Cranberries, plum, figs, rum soaked raisins and some bitter dark chocolate in the very back. Heat from the alcohol is definintely there in the back.

M-very full bodied and chewy. This is quite rick and soft, smooth on the palate with a creamy syrup like texutre. Nice carbonation, present and low, soft and inviting.

D-this is a very big RIS, the nose wasn't quite so big; but the flavors are huge. It is a little sweet and lacks the roasted qualities of a dominant RIS; but the size alone makes me really like this. The booze was there and it was a little hot, but 18% alc is going to be. Sometimes bigger is better and for me this is one of those cases. (1,500 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,489 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle for $12.99 am i nuts?? Best before 12/14/19 ha.

Almost totally void of light, only a slight bit is seen around the edges in direct light. a slow pour appears pretty heavy with a brown mocha head, forms...spazes out a bit and settles in with plenty of foam around. As the liquid swirls my view from above looks much like a photo of the earth from the moon. a relaxed, aged look but not flat.

A really big aroma here, chocolate brownies, tangy cranberries along with a vodka-heat, herbal sharpness with the jasmine, a bit of wet cardboared, slightly sweet, huge complexity, chalky, grainy, gritty earthy aroma too and a bit of old leather.

A big and sweet chocolate malty taste, cranberries and a sharp tang effect from the combo of alcohol heat, vodka-like taste but not very hot for 18%. The hefty malt is followed by a grainy, earthy, dry and herbal flavor that has a slighty fruity-sweet edge, the hops are earthy, bitter to provide good balance believe it or not! this is a very unique stout, rightously balanced but a bit thin in flavor and feel in the middle, the heft goes away and becomes more medium-bodied with a dry LONG and slick finish. This slight weakness at the end will improve as this one gets older, I see this one maturing very well.

Sip, sip, sip...stretch this one out!! Get your money worth out of this puppy!! (1,357 characters)

Tokyo* from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.