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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

565 Ratings
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 43
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-23-2011 15:07:39 | More by waiting4lunch
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-23-2011 04:36:41 | More by winegourmet76
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-22-2011 04:58:47 | More by Hophead717
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

11-22-2011 03:30:56 | More by ElGallo
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2011 18:01:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2011 22:20:53 | More by JAHMUR
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-18-2011 20:16:04 | More by Brueghel
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2011 18:14:39 | More by caninedevotion
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-18-2011 13:43:50 | More by sampx
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-18-2011 02:49:18 | More by codynevels
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by January of 2021 - Wow... you can't write jokes like that.

Special thanks to Huhzubendah (Matt), for getting my Cigar City snifter back to me so that I could enjoy this beer. Or did I really enjoy it?

A: This definitely didn't pour out like the ink bomb I was expecting. Actually, there were quite a few brown notes as the liquid was pouring, and more than enough spritzy carbonation to go around. The small beige head was subtle, yet it effectively stayed around for a good bit.

S: Strong booze.... jeez! Did something die in my glass? No chocolate, oak, or anything of that nature. After I warmed up to it, I managed to get a hint of jasmine and dark fruit.

T: In this very rare instance, I actually dug the fact that this was a VERY sweet beer. No chocolate, soy sauce, or anything of that nature (or things typically attributed to extreme stouts) could be found. I got a tremendous amount of the jasmine on the back end, and lots of uber sweet fruit sugar. To be fair though, this got substantially better the longer I let it warm and got used to its taste profile. I started to grow some affection for the way it made my tonsils stick together, and the way it made every cut that every even thought about forming in my mouth miraculously heal.

M: You know how sweet fruit gets after you put it in a dehydrator for several hours? Well, multiply that times 10.... then add another 5 tablespoons of sugar. I will say this though.... the sweetness worked miracles in terms of hiding the intense alcohol that I got on the nose. The lacing on the glass was used car wash stuff, and not only was there a substantial amount of lingering, but I believe my throat and esophagus are completely clean now... not to mention my stomach, which is now devoid of its lining.

O: Stout, my ass... this is a straight up spirit. My suggestion would be to bury this in the ground until about the year 4000.

Maybe this isn't just my thing... or maybe Huhzubendah pissed into my Cigar City snifter one two many times while it was in his possession.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 22:15:52 | More by Chaney
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 11:47:11 | More by eerbayman
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-15-2011 06:30:41 | More by patm1986
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 03:34:32 | More by oline73
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-15-2011 01:17:07 | More by ithinkimasofa
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 18:12:16 | More by meerkat2
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-14-2011 15:56:15 | More by trixdout
Photo of Brenden


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Working through notes from my most recent tasting...

This beer is a dark brown color, going nearly black with dark mahogany highlights. The light brown head is thin and manages to drop spotty lacing.
Malts are all over the aroma but dominated by alcohol. Strong notes of raisins and interesting sweetness pop out as well. It seems complex but overwhelmed by the booziness, but I do get a bit of woodiness, which has a dryness to it that can't overcome the sweetness. It's very difficult to pull out, but I manage to catch the ghost of an herbal leafiness. It's delicate, so difficult like many of the subtleties in here to pick out. Still, I like what I can get from this smell.
The same goes for the flavor; there's lots of complexity that takes a lot of work to pull out under the general booziness. Otherwise that leafy hop twang does manage to make an appearance under lots of raisin, a bit of chocolate, something like licorice, light dry woodiness, and caramel.
The body isn't quite big enough for a stout, particularly a double. It's not light by any means, it's just a little shy of the heftiness of the style. It is interestingly crisp and biting, and a bit too much at that.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 14:39:57 | More by Brenden
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black liquid, I think it's slightly hazy. Great, mocca-coloured, compact head. It sinks away slowly, leaving much lacings.

S: Fruity smell with loads of burned sugar. Some lingonberries, coffee and cocoa. Subtle spicy notes. Quite noticeable alcohol. Some liquorice. Small hints of soy sauce. Overall a very powerful smell.

T: Pretty much alcohol. Slightly smokey. Lots of burned sugar. Some fruitiness. Sweet, roasted malt, molasses and syrup. Some hoppy citrus flavours. Subtle hints of lingonberries. A hint of jasmine, hardly noticable. Overall very sweet.

M: Sticky! My lips have never been so attached to each other. Thick liquid, medium carbonation, small bubbles. Clearly there's a lot of alcohol in it as well.

O: I don't really know what to say about it. Sure as hell it tastes good, but at the same time it's really, really sweet... Maybe it could need a few handfuls of hops to make it all the way.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 20:37:20 | More by cobrarax
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black into a Maudite Chalice... from pouring it looks like it has a reddish hue to it, although in the glass it looks black. Held to the light you can see some of the red tint but that is all. Not much appearance of head, a light film that goese away quickly. There is some action on the top of the beer but nothing too crazy.

S: A strong smell of berries on top of this one. Says raspberries on the bottle and I would agree with that. Maybe a hint of alcohol on the nose of it, but doesn't smell anywhere near the 18.2% ABV in this monster. A hint of the oak is present but its light, perhaps some caramel, but that could just be from the oak barrel as well.

T: At first I'll say I was slightly intimidated by the ABV on this beer, but that wouldn't scare me off. Upon the first sip, I thought wow its not that bad. It has the makings of a stout, but the berries are a nice finish. That went down easy. Second and third sips I could taste the booz on it, but still doesn't taste as if its up in that league. The berry taste on it reminds me of a wine. I'm not a big vino lover, but its not at all bad.... Strange that I'm drinking a beer and it has this flavor. To me this feels like its been inspired by a wine drinker, and they took some things they love and put them together. Its not a bad taste, very different.

M: Medium body, and an acidic taste like a wine. It goes down easily with medium carbonation.

O: This is a hard beer to review in the overall category. From being intimidated up front, to being suprised, to starting to think I was drinking a glass of wine. Its obvious that a lot of work went into this beer and I appreciate it. However, I dont think this is something that I would want to drink again. Its good for the try, but its just not up my alley. I very much appreciate all of the work that went into it because they pulled off what they were going for.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 23:18:34 | More by thadbme
Photo of Mar02x


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drunk this beer in Jay's pub in Waalwijk.

A - A nearly pitch black beer, against the light there is a dark red color shining true. Almost no head, the foam that is present has a light brown color.

S - A nice sent of oak wood, malts, booze and pine. I think there is more but I can't define it. I think its tar that they scraped of an old flat roof.

T - A very sweet beer with hint of oak wood, candy sugar, hops, booze, and black candy.

M - A soft carbonated beer, sticky with a light hop taste to it. In the finish comes a nice alcohol warmth to knock you out. You feel this one going up you brain quite fast. Maybe its a alien brew.

O - A good stout, that by the way doesn't taste like a stout. What is it then? Well its more like a very strong quadruple.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 16:36:06 | More by Mar02x
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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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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an inky, opaque black with a fizzy tan mousse that sticks around longer than expected.

S: Intense aromas of dried cranberry, pomegranate, jasmine, oak, roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, and sherry are present on the nose.

T: Opens sweet and woody with notes of black cherry, pomegranate, fig, dried cranberry, oak, roasted grain, coffee, bitter chocolate, jasmine tea, and sherry. The finish is long and intense with the jasmine and fruit flavors fully blending with the robust sherry notes. Quite lovely, though I was expecting more prominent hopping.

M: Medium-to-full bodied and relatively dry with lively, active carbonation.

O: This is a really nice stout. Its unique flavor profile clearly sets it apart from other beers of this style. Worth a shot if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 13:58:15 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of brotherloco


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Batch -002. Best Before 14/12/19. Served in a tulip.

Bottle is red asterisk "Tokio" version. ABV is 18.2%

Pours almost pitch black with a decent head for a high ABV beer. Over a finger of dark beige foam, settles to a thin head with a thick ring. Lacing disappears quickly.

Strong sweet aroma. Chocolate malts, chocolate covered cherry notes, vinous sherry notes, dark fruits, molasses, some dry roastiness. A touch of spice.

Taste does not let down the strong aroma. Sweet, more like a barleywine than a stout. Vinous fruity notes kick in quickly and tingle on the tongue. Transitions into a rather roasty, and bitter coffee finish, but sweetness doesn't completely go away. The finish might be the contribution of the toasted French oak, but hops play a big part too. Amazingly, I'm not really tasting the alcohol, but after a few sips you really feel it on your tongue, a slight numbing sensation. This is definitely a sipper.

Body is a bit thinner than I was expecting, and carbonation is right around medium. Very drinkable for the strength.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 04:00:12 | More by brotherloco
Photo of mikehblack


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 007. Poured into a snifter.

A- Black with brown edges. Khaki head dissipates very quickly into a thin ring. Leaves tons of alcohol on the glass.

S- Nose is sweet with heavy heat. Finding some roasted malts and dark fruit in there but the alcohol just dominates.

T- Like a Port wine, sweet and with lots of fruit depth. Chocolate and coffee notes are hidden by the high alcohol. Burns on the way down.

M- Very nice silky mouthfeel, coats the tongue and roof of mouth. Leaves a trail of heat.

O- Pretty interesting but it could use a good amount of time to bring down the heat. It is way too boozy right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 03:02:40 | More by mikehblack
Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.