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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 160 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Jamison85, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Florya, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

aslamm75, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter

A - Pours pitch black with a dark esspresso head

S - Astringent bakers chocolate, booze, licorice, tobacco, dank earthy hay, old malts,

T - Wow! Super sweet(I'm talking diabetic coma sweet!) licorice, syrup, concentrated grape juice, straight raw brown sugar, sweet tobacco juice, tart fruit helps out a little with the cloying sweetness. Finishes with a peppery alcohol bite.

M - Heavy sugary body, low carbonation, cloyingly sweet.

This one is hard to drink. Sweet does nothing to describe this sugary substance. Thank God there was some tartness in there to combat it. There's good flavors in there but is just overtaken with the sweetness. I wanted to like this but this is a mess.

StaveHooks, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of kirok1999
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking stout, rich black with a nice thick off white head. Nice smell too, lots of sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee notes, raisins and cherry. Taste is overpoweringly sweet, made me shudder. Aftr you get over the sweetness some of the other flavors come through. Mild musky spice, a bit of lingering tartness and just a ton of sugar. Glad I split it with 3 other guys cause there's no way I would havewanted to finish the whole bottle myself.

kirok1999, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

GrindFatherBob, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Eucrid, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

SageO, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

sennin, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of kevanb
2.18/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Intergalactic Fantastic Oak Aged Stout with Cranberry and Jasmine, an interesting concept. 11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Tokyo* pours a dark cola brown color, almost black but not quite, fairly opaque but also surprisingly clear from the top down once the head recedes. Shockingly, there is a head, almost a finger high, tan in color, moderate retention, easily resummoned with a quick swirl of the glass, light lace. The aroma is of sharp acetone nail polish, chewy oak and violent alcohol, extremely harsh and quite unpleasant. The flavors are very similar, lots of chewy oak, a bit of vanilla comes out before the nail polish flavors really dominate the tongue and to make matters worse, the punishing alcohol takes control of what is already an astringent and toxic brew and just obliterates the palate with an out of control harshness. The body is thin, bubbly and over-carbonated, abrasive on the tongue but it does have a moderately smooth finish but the zesty carbonation can be felt on the tongue for quite some time.

Verdict: Just awful. Simply awful stout from BrewDog. I appreciate the creativity and lack of convention from this brewery and love trying their stuff, but to say this was successful is impossible. A drain pour.

kevanb, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

JoninVT, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of KentMills
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to find this bottle at Wise Guys, where Nate was extremely knowledgeable.

This beer poured black with light brown/dark tan head.

It's smell was a hint of dark sugars and dark fruits which always get me excited to taste.

Taste was raisin, cherry, molasses with a full body. Delicious!

While I've had better beers of this style with more forward flavors, this is by far the easiest to acquire with a much less unreasonable price. Seriously, try it. I know I will again and again.

KentMills, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JRod1969, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Hultkrantz, Feb 16, 2013
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$13.00 for the 11.2oz bottle
Batch - 002, Best before14/12/19
Served in a stemless wine glass at room temperature
Sampled 12OCT12

Proclaimed on the bottle:
"intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout...brewed with cranberries and jasmine"

Slow down...I'll be the judge of 'intergalactic.'

[A] Pours with a finger and a half of light to medium light brown head. Surprisingly deft retention. The collar remains throughout. body is straight black. Thin wavy bands and dots of lace cling to the glass.

[S] First whiffs bring in a healthy dose of acetone and even a bit of sharp nail polish. This fades off to respectable levels giving way to cranberries, jasmine (I guess that's jasmine) and other pungent herbs.

[T] For starters, this beer is heavily sweet. But it's not as sweet as expected honestly. And it's not lacking in the complexity department either. Between the tartness of the cranberries, the intensity of the herbs, the soft French oaky tannins and the sharpness of the alcohol, the sweetness is [somehow] kind of manageable. Chocolate, fudge and bitter molasses help to offset as well.

[M] Smooth, oily texture. Soft and rolls over the tongue. moderately thick, ABV considered.. Definite heat as expected, but not palate burning on the finish. A slow sipper nonetheless.

[O] I had this beer on draft a while back. And it was an absolute mess at that point. Two years later and - for what it is - this beer is actually pretty decent. Certainly an impressive feat if nothing else. Well done guys. Maybe not intergalactic, but pretty close.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

schopenhauerale, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

stephenjmoore, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bark, Feb 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Pelicanrocks, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Someguy1_8t
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Batch 907 served in snifter
Appearance - bark brown color with little to none rapidly diminishing head.
Smell - very sweet vanilla oak scents, from the oak barrel aging. Honey and booze.
Taste - much like the smell, with the exemption of some slight cherry tartness.
Mouthfeel - light bodied with almost no carbonation. Slight lingering of sweet vanilla.
Overall - I liked and would recommend for sweet vanilla oak ale seekers. Reminded me of Hebrew Funky Jewbelation.

Someguy1_8t, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Ciocanelu, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

SoCal_Guardian, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

seblp, Jan 27, 2013
Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.