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Tokyo* - BrewDog

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 65
Gots: 200 | FT: 11
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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 captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Polasiuss
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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 daveshawley
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of justintcoons
2.3/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

Translucent black with garnet highlights. 1 finger of khaki colored head that dissipates quickly. Legs are clearly visible.

Rubbing alcohol, dark chocolate, notes of cranberry and potpourri.

Incredibly boozy. Beyond the booze there are some roasty notes that could be dark chocolate or coffee? It’s hard to tell. Black licorice, sickeningly sweet toffee and butterscotch. There’s a lot of perfume and floral flavors. Some cranberry catches on the back of the palate.

Light-medium bodied, sticky and warming.

This is a pathetic Imperial Stout. Behind the massive booziness of the 18.2%, all the Imperial Stout characteristics are lost. Sickeningly sweet and cloying. Blech! Save your money!

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tokyo* is in a sense, the perfect spiritual ambassador for the modern home brewer. It revels in geekdom (The reference to the Japanese arcade craze is cleverly delicious, albeit niche, marketing); In it's kitchen sink approach and overall boldness.

The fact that it actually works as a whole and is, all things considered a really good beer, makes this beer something
that every home brewer will have a particular familiar delight upon tasting it.

I was of course skeptical going into this beer, as i was (for one) expecting the alcohol to suppress the other flavors and burn the palate OR end up being badly covered up with copious amounts of sugar. I was glad to found out i couldn't be further from the truth.

You do feel the alcohol punch upon first opening the beer, but surprisingly, it mellows out quite a bit revealing chocolate, wood and dark fruit on the nose and tongue.

It feels to me like a regional Portuguese liquorish drink, in that it's warming, coating and refined yet harsh around the edges attribute of all great artisan products. It gives the boozy feel of a Port/Muscat, the heaviness and palate of a mead and that special feeling you're having a unique beer.

Upon further tasting, you might find notes of honey sickle, red fruit and fresh vegetable. The cranberry, in particular, slowly but steadily shows itself.

The disclaimed 'copious' amount of hops never really scream their presence, proof that even going balls to wall on some ingredients, Brewdog never lost sight of balance and complexity.

All in all, Despite all the bravado and punk attitude, this beer really ends up feeling more like a work of technical rigor than one is lead to expect, even if still soaked on undeniable inspiration.

I'm calling your bluff Brewdog, this is anything but a beer for the excesses, it's a beer for the most special of moments be it alone or with great company, in the most romantic connivance or introspective star gazing. But i'm sure you already knew that.

Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Basically black in colour with a bit of brown creeping around, little tan head with a few spots of lace as well. Smell is roasty, oak, vanilla, a mild berry/fruity note and quite a bit of alcohol as well. Taste is quite sweet, vanilla, chocolate, bit of oak, berry tea flavours, roast and a fair amount of alcohol eventually creeps up as well. Big, sticky and chewy feel, lightly carbonated but seriously thick as tar. This was a giant stout, it would be tough to drink more than 4-6 oz of this beer, perhaps age would have mellowed this out, may have opened this about 3 years too soon.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Pino, 355ml into a tulip. Batch 10, best before 04/10/22.

Black body with some burgundy clarity at the edges. Light brown head. Nose of caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla, dark sugars and loads of alcohol. Absolutely huge. Tastes of vanilla, oak, caramelized dark fruits, mild toasty/charred character. Super sweet and tons of alcohol. Low carbonation, sticky and thick. Definitely needs many more years to settles, complex and almost liqeur-like in some respects.

Photo of ckollias
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Chimay snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick tan-brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong sweet syrupy aroma with a huge alcoholic stench. Hints of hops and wood.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness that is very syrupy. Good malty background with hints of vanilla, cherries, and chocolate.

M: Extremely strong and boozy. Thick body and low carbonation.

O: Great imperial stout – maybe a little too syrupy – but I very enjoyable . A definite sipping beer @ 18.2 % alcohol by volume.

Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #011. Best before 09-08-21. 18.2% ABV.

Oak aged stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine. Poured into a Sandeman port glass. Black with dark reddish-brown hues when held to the light. Amazing little foam crown on this sucker. Light tan in color. Surprising look.

Unsurprising port-like aroma. Beast-like booze vaporizing. Deeply roasty in the malts with dark fruit notes that peek through. Light bittersweet chocolate notes and an herbal touch to the nose. Pretty decent.

Big roasty stout with a rich fruity port character, lots of oak aging, and mild tannins. The jasmine creeps in and out so frequently that I'm not sure that it's really there. But, the aging on berries note is there. Not as tart as a cranberry stout would have seemed to me, but it has a great red-skinned fruit nuance in the profile. Prominent dark chocolate and a few hints of raspberry and orange rind. Semi-earthy and decently sweet, but the smack of malt bitterness balances that almost to a tee. Spicy booze finish.

Big-ass beer. 18.2% is no joke. The best I can say is that it drinks like a 14% beer. All in all, impressive carbonation on the tongue and back of throat. The body is a weighted medium--nothing really impressive. Still a decent mouthfeel.

This would be my first Brewdog beer. So far, I don't think of them as overrated. Tokio is a wild beast of a stout. What it lacks in complexity, it delivers in burly sweet flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out semi transparent with very little suds which quickly dissapate. Lacing is here if you swish the glass.
Smell is alcohol and more alcohol then some sugar malts. Mabey a little raisin or date way in the back but the alcohol is the king.
Taste is raisin and grape skin with a sugar sweetness. Alcohol soaked dates come to mind here. The alcohol does however not rule the roost in the flavor dept.
Mouthfeel is sticky but for such a high ABV brew this one is par for the course.
Overall this one will get you drunk. Might be good on a cold dark night in December but why put yourself through the cough medicine when you ain't coughing?

Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.