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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 48
Gots: 171 | FT: 10
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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

DerrickW, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

C_S, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

S_Rimmer1, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Denver during my exploration of some of the biggest and most intense stouts. This comes after the Nogne/Mikkeller/BrewDog collab and the Dogfish Worldwide Stout. Really intrigued, been looking forward to this and there is no better time in the middle of the summer for a huge brew like this than a cool night filled with thunderstorms and buckets of rain.

Chilled just a bit... Pours from the glass a clean chocolate tone. But when all together is a sharp black with a very small and strikingly light sad agains the black coloration of the beer. Looks magnificent.

The smell comes off as a sweet coffee with honey and floral tones to it. A very sweet bakers chocolate. Hints of dark red fruits such as cherries and of coarse cranberries. A bit woody. Pretty nice, not an overwhelming scent but definitely makes me want to take a sip immediately.

And here we go...

Delightful. This met my expectations entirely and is just way tasty. It is sweet and a bit desserty, but it is not cloying or sickeningly sweet. The jasmine really aids this, along with the rich coffee and dark chocolate notes. It's like drinking the most exquisite dark chocolate candy bar in the world. The cranberries shine through and sharpen things up and add a dimension of tartness that really holds the fringes together. I sense a little bit of cherry in this, there is a bit of port-like qualities. The oak chips add a perfect undertone of vanilla that hovers in the background and balances everything. There is a touch of herbal tones and anise. The booze are apparent but they really give a the beer a touch of spiciness when placed alongside the robustness of the beer.

The mouthfeel is slick and is a fine medium to heavy body. Not a massive, thick, oily beer. It is dangerously easy sipping for 18+ percent alcohol. The carbonation is crunchy and mild. It is a warming brew, you can feel it in the mouth and throat and down a bit into the chest. The tail end is a bit dry with the coffee and cranberry notes.

Overall... I'll drink this again. Not doubt. A beer that any imperial stout lover should try.

Misanthropy_Sipping, Jun 28, 2014
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NRo, May 29, 2014
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Stoutmeister, May 27, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with thin patchy brown foam. Light aroma of dark malt, molasses, dark dried fruit, faintly floral. Flavor is sweet dark malt with slight toastiness, dark dried fruit, hints of cranberry tartness, cocoa, oak but all the flavors are overwhelmed by alcohol. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. If beer was distilled into a liqueur, this is what I imagine it would taste like. There are lots of interesting flavors here and most would make up a nice imperial stout, but it's just a bit too strong to allow the flavors to take the front seat. Rich, warming and definitely worth trying but perhaps too intense for an evening of beer drinking. This would be an excellent after dinner / dessert drink, perhaps with ice cream. As the glass warmed up, it opened up like a good whiskey or liqueur. Tasty but a bit daunting.

LiquidAmber, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bayern1987, May 22, 2014
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afsdan, May 22, 2014
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bcp5296d, May 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an enormous beer, just huge in every way. super viscous, heavy booze factor, and a slow sipper for sure. dark black in color with some obvious yeast sediment swirling around and not much head more than a thin tan film on the surface. i get cranberry right away on the nose, its tart and red fruity, a cool compliment to the abundance of specialty dark malts in this beer. alcohol also stings the nostrils, and chocolate, tobacco, and black licorice all flash in and out of the smell. i dont get the floral element much though at all. perhaps overpowered by the intensity of the base beer. the flavor is dense dark grain, heavy srm cara malts, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and those cranberries that dont do much to lighten it up at all, but certainly add an unconventional and appealing layer to this. the beer is so sweet, its super sticky and thick, hard to drink real fast, more textured like a cordial than a beer, and limited carbonation doesnt help that. its extremely sweet too, and the tartness of the cranberries isnt enough to cut it. if they could find a vital and vigorous enough yeast strain for this, it would keep right on going, because there is a ton of residual sugar here. overall a real intense experience, a bottle to share, and one that certainly isnt for the faint of heart. not amazing, but you have to appreciate this.

StonedTrippin, May 19, 2014
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Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.