Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 702
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 80
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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 Jules11788
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head that lingers, light oily lacing; very dark brown, almost black color, amber hue when held to the light

S: Dark fruits with strong oak, raisins, cranberries, caramel, malt, more oakiness, little hint of cotton candy

T: Tastes of sweet chocolate-covered craisins that have been soaked in bourbon; has a nice oak-aged hint to it in the back of the palate. The flavor is really delicious, unlike any other imperial stout I've tried

M: Medium thickness, low carbonation; surprisingly not much booze on the tongue, but warms you up nicely as it goes down

O: This beer is outstanding and very different. Eccentric is a good word. Definitely would buy this again, even at the steep price point (702 characters)

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

Batch 907 best before 08-02-22.

A - Poured into my dogfish head chalice a dark brown with a nice half a finger mocha head that faded down to leave a light halo and wisp along with nice legs. For an 18.2% beer this is impressive. Damn impressive.

S - Aromas of booze, first and foremost, with a fair amount of sweet malts light barrel and light floral perfume notes.

T - Taste is quite enjoyable even though it is very boozy and overly sweet the flavors are solid. Nice perfumey notes along with light wine qualities. There is a nice tartness on the finish from the cranberries that cuts into the sweetness nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome for something this boozy a bit too sweet for me and still a definite sipper.

O - Overall I was really impressed with this offering from brewdog. Glad I have another bottle to age and see if the booze mellows even more. (863 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours an extremely dark brown black color, although some light gets throughh the edges. Has a nice light brown head, and medium lacing

Smell – Heavy oak, malt, molasses, bourbon, some jasmine, and cranberries. Smells good!

Taste – Tastes a lot like it smells, but the bourbon jasmine, and cranberries are more pronounced. I really liked it at first, but less so as it warmed (good beers tend to get better). The bourbon and cranberries were a strange match, and although I typically like sweet beers, the sweetness tasted odd on this.

Mouthfeel – A very thick, creamy brew. The alcohol became very noticeable as it warmed.

Drinkability – Reasonably drinkable for 18.2%abv, but again, I went from liking it a lot to just liking it as it warmed. (770 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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! (761 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,986 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,422 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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? (642 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky brown colour with hints of red along with a soapy lacing around the brim that is quite patchy.

Very spicy on the nose with a strong oak prescence and plenty of peat as well. There is some chocolate and coffee along with hints of cranberry and rasins. There was a background dark fruit aroma and some wood along with tiny amount of plum.

Spicy & incredibly strong. I could detect a lot of oak and peat along with some wood and a huge alcohol kick. This is blended with some honey and cranberry as well as some plum but this is minimal. There was also some brown sugar thrown in for good measure. It was quite complex again but far too strong for my liking. Almost like a whisky at times.

Thick with a full body and almost no carbonation at all. As I mentioned, it was quite spicy on the palate with a mix of sugar and oak in the alcohol infused finish that lingered for some time.

As expected, this one was an very strong beer and made for very slow drinking with three of us splitting a 330ml bottle and still struggling to finish it in one sitting. Worth trying for the experience alone but not really an outstanding beer in its own right.

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Photo of shigg85
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a Rochefort goblet. This is "Batch 11," good through 2021... wish I had time to store it, but i'll enjoy it as is. The appearance of this is almost sci-fi and surreal... the carbonation of this works like a Belgian strong pale ale, bubbling up in the center. However, what happens with this beer is nothing short of a doper's dream in the way that it swirls and twirls inside the glass, making almost Zen-like patterns in the thin foam of the brew. It is truly mystical to watch as it unfolds. A very thin head, but interestingly two-toned between dark cream and caramel. The brew itself is near black, and when you take a sip, the powerful 18% ABV definitely shines through, accompanied by the cranberry and hop mix of the batch. The scent definitely gives off the same feel, and it becomes even more aromatic as the brews warms in room temperature. Overall, I think this is an amazing imperial stout that puts most others to shame. If I let this sit for a few more years, the punch of the alcohol might subside and provide a more drinkable brew... but, this being a "brew for punks," I enjoy the slap in the mouth every time I drink it. I understand that this is a limited-quantity brew, so if you can find it, get yourself a bottle and enjoy when you don't have any plans later that night! (1,380 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2
330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark, syrupy brownish black. Settled black with touches of ruby at the bottom and near the head. Nice looking head considering the ABV of this. A dark brown colored, one finger head. Fell to a layer of light brown film and collar. Big ABV legs with this. Very thick. Few bits of spotty lacing.

S-- Big. All I can say is just a big nose. Toasted oak, stewed plumbs and raisins. Big time port like quality to this and would think this was on a port barrel with this sort of nose.

T-- Quite smooth really. Lots of dark fruits, port, oak and flashes of hops and alcohol. Expected a mess and far from it.

M-- Slightly syrupy, that is OK as masked well with the oak. Get the cranberry in the mid and back palate. Little bit of alcohol burn with this but finishes clean with a long lasting spiced rum fruit cake finish. Medium bodied and just enough carbonation to make this lively and smooth out the rough spots.

O-- Nice little surprise. Have to give Brewdog some credit as not a big fan of their stuff overall. A well made beer. Great balance for this high an ABV. Not just a booze bomb. Slow sipper and something worth getting for long term cellaring (1,204 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I heard a liquor store here in Indy had a bottle of Tokyo*, I just had to have it. This beer is VERY limited, and very strong. I called the liquor store, and they didn’t know if they had any left. I went in… and they had 6 bottles for $14.99. That i insanely cheap for this beer. They only made 3,000 bottles of this stuff. I should have bought two so I could cellar one. You can hold on to this puppy for up to a decade.

I am a big fan of BrewDog. They have a very Three Floyds brand to them, and they are always trying to push the limits with their beers to produce a bigger and better brew. I am pumped about this one. I hear it smells and tastes like a fine whisky… sign me up!

In the Glass: This beer has a very impressive tan head on it. The lace is also amazing. It just hangs on for dear life. I assumed that a beer that is this big would have a thicker appearance, but I am glad that it doesn’t. I also didn’t smell anything as I was pouring, so I am excited to stick my nose in the glass.

Nose: Now that smells like a stout. This is an imperial stout, but there are tons of cranberry notes rushing to the surface. You also get the booze, which I expected. I hate it that I keep going back to the ABV, but man… this is big. I am sure the beer, because of BrewDog, will impress. But that number is hard to ignore.

Flavor: The flavor is immediate on the tongue. As you swallow it becomes somewhat sweet, and then you are hit with the heat of the alcohol. It is not overwhelming, and deepening on the setting could be quite welcoming. I would compare this to a good barleywine. I will say I disagree with people who compare this to whiskey. Not even close.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is incredible. The bubbles are enough to appreciate it, but then the sweet smoothness sets in. It feels thicker on the tongue than it looks in the glass. I am very impressed with the overall complexity of this beer.

Aftertaste: Awesome. The aftertaste is incredible. It is sweet, and just hangs on begging for another drink. The chocolate is also present when it comes to the aftertaste. It is a deep, dark chocolate note that hangs on after the sweetness becomes slightly bitter.

BrewDog, you have done it again. I am blown away with this beer, and am SO glad I got to try it. I might see if I can find another bottle and throw in the cellar. Imagine 10 years from now… If you like a good beer that provides a mouthful of flavor and will leave you drunk after 1 or 2 pints, then grab some BrewDog. I will warn you, this is NOT a beer for someone that isn’t into craft beer. Bottoms up, people!

Tokyo* - The bottle says: “This is a beer inspired by a 1980’s space invader arcade game playing 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.

This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of specialty malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favorite hops before carefully aging the beer on French toasted oak chips.

Our approach has the same contempt of the mass beer market that the old-school punks had for pop-culture. BrewDog is a moodier day rebellion against soulless corporate bureaucracy and the bland, apathetic beer they industrially produce.” (3,459 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours brown-tinged black with a small, light tan head.
Very sweet smelling aroma, with port-like vinuous notes very evident. Also prominent is oak. Some roasted malt is noticeable, along with lots of caramel and prunes.
Similarly sweet flavours, again somewhat reminiscent of port. Roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, prunes. Booze follows, seeming slightly solvent-like.
Carbonation, though low, seems too high for this sort of beer.
Could do with a little more age. (467 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 011 - Best Before 09-02-21

Pours a thin root-beer color with a fairly frothy one finger tan head. Smells of dark ripe fruits and oak dominate the nose and supported by a boozy aroma. First sip is boozy and bitter, with plenty of raisins, figs, and oak comprising the flavor. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy since the beer looked a tad thin on the pour. The 18.2% ABV is fairly well hidden for such a strong beer. (420 characters)

Photo of claaark13
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't like BrewDog. I'll say that first. Poured at cellar temp into a CBS snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown, but appears black in the glass. Has a very thick head that slowly gets to some nice lacing. Sticks very well.

S - Sweet molasses and dark malts, oak and brown sugar. With the oak comes a slightly medicinal aroma. It would be so much better without this. After some thought, it reminds me of the smell of paint.

T - Strong oak throughout, molasses, brown sugar. Much like the aroma. The oak gives way to a slight booziness in the finish. It is as if the oak chips were soaked in something, although I suspect that they are just providing a very strong oak flavor through the base. It is very smooth, particularly for 18.2%.

M - Fairly thick. Really sticks to the mouth.

O - It's hard for me to hate on this beer. The oak chips could have been done a little better (aroma/taste), but it really isn't that bad at all. Best BrewDog I've had....I can't get much of the booze. I'd bet that if this were swapped with the Bourbon DL variant in a tasting, no one would notice. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Dennoman
2.06/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A knowledgeable American sommelier I met at a pub here in Belgium, described BrewDog as "great marketing, lack of talent". After drinking this brew, I think I have a reasonably good idea what he's talking about.

This beer is just wrong on so many levels. The completely overpowering sweetness from plums and other dark fruits and raw alcohol you get from the nose are quite frankly sickening. The taste is equally bad, adding a stale dampness remeniscent of rain on hot concrete, potpourri and grandmum's living room with all the windows closed.

For me, this beer really doesn't have any redeeming qualities whatsoever. It doesn't even LOOK that appealing for an Imperial, having quite a light and tame head and not even being very dark, probably due to the amount of alcohol running through it, making it look quite insepid for its genre.

There are certain things I want from a stout, and I guess BrewDog Tokyo* has nothing of the sort. No beautiful roasted coffee, no bitterness, no texture, no deep dark brown head and pitch black body, ... as much as I would have liked to adore this beer as an almost unconditional stout fan, I absolutely hated this.

The only reason I didn't pour it down the sink, is because I coughed up €10 for the damn thing. (1,258 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured midnight black with a small tan head with very good retention. Nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma of alcohol was very dominant at first then with some warming coffee and dark fruit was present.
Taste of sweet dark fruit, molasses, heavy on the black licorice and alcohol.
Mouth Feel was full body , light carbonation, syrupy with a strong alcohol bite.
Overall a nice sipping beer, just a little too much sweetness and drink with care it can knock you down , you feel the 18% ABV with every sip. (503 characters)

Photo of GriffinT
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is an experience. I had it the other night in a pub in Estonia served in a brewdog glass with a short stem.

The appearance isn't too special at first glance. It's pretty dark and opaque. After you taste it, though the small mocha cream colored head reforms and reveals a bit of a mahogany color.

The smell is complex. It's got a sweet smell with notes of pine from the dry hopping process and the cranberries are there. It's really nice.

Taste was of course the star of this beer as it warms the mouth because of the high alcohol content. I taste the sweetness of the Jasmine and cranberries, but the hops and malt are in perfect balance in my opinion. I think this beer would have been fine without aging it on the Oak chips, but it just adds another level of complexity to explore. The slight smokiness also helps to balance the sweetness of the beer. It's a beer that's easy to drink in two stages. Sometimes I would pick up the glass and just smell the aroma and put it back down and sometimes I would take a drink. It's a heavy weight, so I took it with water as well. I'm not sure if that's a good idea, but I imagine it would clean the palate.

Like I said, this warms the mouth and goes down like thick honey. It's really nice and has no carbonation bite at all.

Standing ovation for Brewdog.

(I'm just an amateur, but I dig beer, so I'm trying to get better at analyzing and discussing. Bare with me.) (1,427 characters)

Photo of marc956
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't too sure what to expect when I finally tried this last night. But it has complexity, depth and flavour which I'd not experienced in any beer prior eh. Not even other imperial stouts like Pranqster or high-end IPA's even come close. Obviously not a session beer due to high ABV but worth a try. (300 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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). (4,049 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes. Best before 09/08/21.

A - Poured pitch black with one finger of medium brown head. Stick rings of lace and no retention.

S - Good dose of chocolate and noticable licorice. Dark fruit was there as well with chocolate covered cranberries and black forrest cake-style aromas. Nice stuff.

T - Tons of chocolate. Sweet but not overly so. You can tell the strength is there without the burn. Dark fruit, lot's of coffee, and a nice dark fruit finish.

M - Big body with good carbonation, and a sweet finish with some dried boozy fruits.

O/D - Nice for the strength. I kept comparing this to Mikkeller Black b/c of the style/strength similarities. Found this to be better. Very smooth and drinks really easy but still gives you a kick once and a while. A nice stout, ultra-strong stout. (818 characters)

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with no head whatsoever. Diggin it.

S: Lots of raisin, charred malt, dark bread, port and wood.

T: I've only had one other beer close to this ABV wise (World Wide Stout) and this is waaay smoother. Big burnt raisin skin flavor upfront with notes of plum, port, brandy and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty syrupy and it wears on you the more you drink. Overall a pretty accessible beer, all things considered. Pretty impressive. (452 characters)

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