Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 54
Gots: 182 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of dmsohyea
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a Stone "Vertical Epic" glass.

A: a strong pour yields barely a half finger of dark tan, soapy head. Not a lot of lace, but some retention. Not completely black, some light penetrates.

S: Smell is pretty decent. Lots of chocolate and a hint of cranberry. It says there is also jasmine, but I can't smell it. Smells a bit like one of those dark chocolate covered, dried cranberries soaked in vodka. Yeah. Definitely some strong alcohol scents. So strong, in fact, that as I was trying to pick up various scents my eyes started watering from the alcohol fumes.

T: taste very closely follows the nose plus a bunch of burnt malt flavor. Chocolate cherries and tons of alcohol on the finish. Super hot and boozy. A little bit sweet for me, but to be expected for such a huge beer.

M: Actually not a strong, thick motor oil consistency. Very little carbonation, but not super thick and deathly.

O: Overall not terrible for such a big beer, but also too strong and not smooth at all. Alcohol isn't hidden and you taste every bit of that ABV. Certainly won't be trying this one again.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2-ounce brown bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 04, best before date of 24-03-20.

Pours a deep burnished mahogany with a small light tan head, which fades rather rapidly to a thin collar, failing to leave much of itself behind on the walls of the glass as it drains away.

Loads of fruitiness in the nose, almost shockingly so. Pungent aromas of cherry and cranberry engulf the nose, notes of caramel, burnt toffee and tobacco tap-dancing throughout.

Body is on the heavier side of medium, with just a hint of effervesence. Up front, notes of cherry and rich caramel toy with hints of decadent fruit cake. Tart cranberry begins to show through around the sides, as the middle is sapped completely dry by hop bitterness and alcohol. Burnt brown sugar and cranberry juice hang on into the finish, which is long and dry, showing just a hint of booze and a touch of bitter dark chocolate.

For the high alcohol content of this beer, it's surprisingly lacking in heat; overall, the flavors are bold and rather reminiscent of a barleywine, though the intense dryness that shows up in the middle is rather off-putting (it really is INTENSLY dry) and the alcohol does swim quickly to the head (though that much is to be expected from such a high-octane brew). A rather satisfying beer from the whacked-out crew at BrewDog, and one that would be interesting to cellar; still, at $13 a bottle at time of purchase, it would be a bit more accessible if priced according to similarly alcoholic brews like those from Dogfish Head, which are priced at roughly $3.00 less. Of course, figuring in the cost of shipping overseas, it really seems rather reasonable, and is likely a beer I'll revisit should circumstances favor such an undertaking.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a minor crimson tint when held up to the light. Frothy tan head that fades to light lacing around the outside of the glass.

Smells like alcohol, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Maybe caramel or molasses and more alcohol.

Tastes really sweet and fruity. Syrup, brown sugar, chocolate, oak flavors and a lot of hot alcohol lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is strong and heavy with very light carbonation. Very sweet and warm with booze.

Overall is a great beer and really drinkable for such a strong abv beer. I love this beer and I say at $12 it's worth the price.

Photo of psiweaver
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery tulip shared by Robert who had brought this bottle back from Brewdog's pub.

A: pours a light black with no head but a little bit of dark brown lacing. pours fairly thin thickness.

S: smells good very interesting and unique. I couldn't quite place the flavorings.

T: very good taste with no alcohol burn at all. Lots of richness and malt.

M:fairly thin mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. but too thin for a stout of this size.

overall good tasty beer that i'd definitely have again.

Photo of rarbring
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with tones of brown, a tan head, no lacing, but good curtains.

The smell is sweet, vinous, Madeira and port, rhubarbs and red berries, dried figs and some yeast, possibly a glue presence.

The taste is also sweet, brown syrup, dried fruits, cream sherry, port, jasmine and liqueur.

Medium low carbonation, huge body, very soft and a warm alcohol feeling. Not boozy, just cosy.

This is really something, to be enjoyed in small amounts.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a snifter. Best by: 03/24/2020. $12.99 @ Wine World.

A: It pours pitch black with a half-finger of khaki head that holds okay but laces very well.

S: The aromas fill the nose upon opening the bottle. Strong dark fruits, cranberries, potent alcohol, roastiness, and oily nuttiness.

T: Sour and sweet dark fruits, cranberries, some roastiness, and tons of booze. It's a lot like a cranberry brandy or liquer but not quite as sweet.

M: It is very thick and sticky with average carbonation.

O: This is an interesting experience but I'll probably avoid it in the future.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so my bottle reads "Tokio*" with a red star. Not sure what this means, probably nothing given Brewdog's dabbling in gimmickry. No worries, beer's beer.

Pours a dark brown or light black (light black?). Head is minimal. Lacing is non-existent. Oily

Aroma beings with interest: tartness of cranberries and some dark chocolate. Faint hints of strong coffee. And alcohol. The former characteristics don't cover up the booze. Caramel and molasses come through a bit later.

Taste has a cacophony of the aromas. Caramel, chocolate, booze, cranberries (not picking up any jasmine), and faint coffee. Vanilla makes an appearance to kill the molasses. Too bad. Still, the oak chips don't pack much of a punch, which is good for me. Sometimes I think oak is just too pushy. Anywho, this is a tough beer to drink. Boozy and the flavors don't calm that down. Maybe age it 8 years, but not sure how that would turn out.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep dark black with only a hint of brown in it, with a finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Very boozy, lots of alcohol in the nose. There is also some roasted toffee/caramel malts with just a touch of oak. Booze takes over a bit.

T - Starts off with tons of heavy roasted malt and a lot of sweetness. The sweetness seems to come from a mix of dark fruit and almost a syrupy brown sugar. The sweetness really hits the palate hard. Also some booze kinda there from the start. Through the middle there is a lot of oak flavor and dark fruit that comes through. Also a bit more booze. The finish is a mix of some booze warmness, some of the sweetness, some oak, and come chocolate flavors that linger with the booze being the strongest lingering flavor.

M - Very full bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. Though there is a lot of bite from the alcohol and from the sweetness. Not an amazing mouthfeel but better than expected from such a heavy abv beer.

D - Semi-drinkable. Huge flavors and very bold and pretty boozy. However, for 18.2% abv it is not as heavy as expected. The oak also is a very nice touch in the flavor profile and does a good job blending the booze flavor.

Photo of danieelol
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A: Tasty looking pour with thin but very persistent head. Dark black, good lacing. Really impressed with this one's appearance considering the ABV. 4.5

S: Definitely get sulfuric stouty smell and also something like juniper berries. Also, hops. Also get some musty woody notes like a wood workshop. Alcohol well hidden. Definitely notice the familiar Brewdog hop profiles as it warms also. Smell is complex but a bit subtle and faint. 4

T: Surprisingly sweet, loads of residual sugar in this. It hides the alcohol _extremely_ well though. Smoky notes coming in later. But it's still so sweet. To an almost sickly extent. 2.5

M: Pretty good for the style. 4

O: Enjoyment is substantially reduced by the excessive quantities of residual sugar. I couldn't finish the whole bottle. 1.5

Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is jet black, medium tan head, light lacing. The aroma is interesting, lots of jasmine. The alcohol is also very prevalent. The jasmine lends a surprising sweetness. There are also a ton of roasted notes. The alcohol is also very hot and heavy, at 18% not surprising. The finish is also pretty hot. The body is full, the alcohol is very hot. Overall, a real enjoyable beer that is more than a high ABV bomb. But, the alcohol does take away from the drinkability. The second half of the beer the alcohol becomes the primary flavor. This one would be more enjoyable if you split it with a friend.

Photo of 77ships
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, got this one in a tourist shop in Brussels at a high but still reasonable price compared to elsewhere, drank it at home:

A: looks very dark, black but if you hold it up to the light, you can see that it is more of a very dark brown rather than pure black, wouldn't call it clear but it is not hazy either, minor head that didn't last all that much but leaves some lacing behind

S: very heavy on alcohol, I didn't get much else, maybe some roasted malt, oak & dark fruits underneath but I mostly got booze from this one, I found a couple of small oak chip pieces at the bottom of my glass

T: not picking up on any of the cranberries that were supposed to be in here, made me think a bit more of a porter than a stout, sweet, there is malt, oak, dark fruits, syrup & a hint of liquor cherries underneath, some liquorice & spice, I drank this one very slowly and the alcohol bite turned out to be very reasonable, the alcohol is actually rather restrained if you take small sips

M: surprisingly enough this was medium bodies, I expected it to be much thicker really, there was some carbonation in there, enough for me, I don't need much

D: it is 18,2 ABV, one of these was more than enough for me, it is never going to be a session beer even if it was more commonly available and cheaper but I found it surprisingly drinkable, albeit slowly given the alcohol percentage, it is certainly drinkable

This is an interesting beer to try once, perhaps even despite the pricetag but it is not the end of all beers but it is a solid beer, if you are a fan of Brewdog, you should get this one.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got this beer at the recommendation of the guy at Spec's a couple weeks ago. He "warned" me as I was picking it up that it was over $10 a bottle...and I felt like "duh"...a beer this huge that has made it over the water costs that much just to meet cost. Anyway, I guess this guy has a lot to learn about the business of let's hope that his palate doesn't need as much work...

Appearance: The beer looks really dark in the glass, but as I was pouring it I could see that the beer itself was actually quite clear with a deep red tint. There isn't a whole lot of head on the beer, but the foam is in there...almost menacingly. Every time I swirl the beer or put it down or something, the foam will rise up to about 1/8" and then fade back down into the beer as if it is some kind of "hexed" brew that is alive and just waiting for a chance at my gullet. Interesting...I have never thought to be intimidated by a beer before, but this is almost what I would call "beer attitude". Extremely Nice!

Aroma: My initial impression of the aroma what that it was hugely complex and something that I am going to have to evaluate over a long period of time. There is dark fruit galore, along with a plethora of alcoholic spicy notes. Dark sweet toffee, and liquorish are hard to miss along with everything else. I don't really get any hops to speak of, except for that subtle quality that you get in some of the Belgian Strong Darks that is subtly fruity and floral but let the malt be the showcased element. Overall, that is a very nice addition to this already bold and complex beer. As the beer is starting to warm there is an aromatic that is really huge that I just can't put my finger on and will probably have to go back and read a bunch of reviews after this to find out what it is...but it is really a toasted pecan or something like that...maybe almond butter?...Hell, I don't know but the aroma is really complex to say the least.

Taste: Now this is a bold beer! The first part of the flavor profile is hugely malty and almost syrupy sweet, but then there is this alcoholic attenuated and almost solventy punch that kicks the daylights out of your palate a few seconds after the sip and warms you up into the finish. The finish itself has lots of sweet dark candy with hints of coffee and chocolate with some pepper from the alcohol and a clearly defined warming that sits on your palate and doesn't have any intention of leaving anytime soon. Man, this flavor is complex! The toasted pecans and nutty notes come out in the flavor as well, but it really comes across as a dessert. Somehow among all of this hodge-podge of flavor that is going on, the beer ends up being medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. I can't recall when I have had a beer this big with this approachable of a mouthfeel. Of course, you have to subtract from the drinkability as you shouldn't be able to "slam" a 18+% ABV beer...but I would say that this beer would score as high as you can, considering.

Opinion: Well, I can say that I have been blown-away by this beer! It is incredible and one of the better ones that I have reviewed to date. I would say that this beer is better suited in the Belgian Strong Dark category as that is where the flavors lean toward. Either way, this holds up to some of the greatest beers that I have had in my life and that is the 1000's by this point (Logged over 700 in BA). Even though this is one of the best beers that I have tried, I can't score it much above where I am because I think of the "all 5's" as being the "holy grail". This beer is close, but I would consider the "ultimate" beer to be next to an orgasm. This beer is NOT an orgasm, but damn-it, it is a very well crafted brew and one of the best I have had in a long time. The short and sweet it that I will definitely be drinking this beer again, so I guess the Spec's guy knew "what was up" with this one.

Batch #4 - Best Before 24/03/20

Photo of Viggo
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, can't remember who shared this one. Maybe my boy George.

Pours a very dark and viscous black, some ruby red in the corners, thin tan head forms and quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, some legs form, not bad.

Smell is pretty intense, very sweet and sugary, some caramel, brown sugar, molasses, treacle, soy sauce, dark fruit, tons of alcohol, lightly woody, comes off a bit spicy in the nose, some licorice, alright but too boozy.

Taste is the same, some nice flavours, toffee and brown sugar, molasses, licorice, a bit of wood, but very sweet and lots of soy sauce and way too much alcohol going on, sweet finish with a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Tons of heat, and way too sweet for me. Pretty tough to drink.

Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque and pitch black color with a small head that recedes after a while leaving a good amount of foam onthe surface. Lacing is a little above average.

Aroma is strong and I get a lot of oak, vanilla, port wine, chocolate and of course, alcohol. I was expecting a very malty and roasted aroma but this is has a very fruity and woody/vanilla carachter.

Taste is quite as strong as the nose with dark malts, mollasses, dark fruits (raisings), chocolate, coffee, cherries, vanilla and oak in that order (it is that complex).

Body is huge with high carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for a long time and it taste just like port wine, with lots of booze. Drinkability is low. This is a sipping beer.

Overall a very sweet beer, with lots of residual sugars and alcohol. Maybe it would be better with some aging but it is still a damn fine imperial stout with tremendous flavor and complexity. Please try this if you can.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour develops a creamy, deep tan head that rests atop the nearly opaque body, which contains ruby hues. As the beer sits the head disperses to leave a thin, yet sticky lacing behind.

The aroma is very appealing and consists of oak, herbal notes, and the sweetness of the advertised cranberries. In addition there are roasted malts, but in the end the oak prevails.

The flavor offers an immediate boozy sweetness, followed by the woody bite of the oak chips, and then evolving to the sweet or semi-tartness of the cranberries. The combination of sweetness, booziness, and oak bite is quite unique and very tasty.

This beer is thicker in body with medium carbonation, a touch viscous, and even a bit drying.

This is a very good beer. It is right in the game with the other 18% stouts, be it American Double or Russian Imperial.

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a glossy, creamy tan head. Good head retention for a beer this big.

Big, rich port notes with fruity overtones. Noticeable alcohol. Good chocolate note. Nice.

Big, big, big port. In fact, this is more like port than port. Rich, dark fruit notes, alcohol and creamy chocolate. Lots of oak.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer and scarily drinkable for something at 18.2%.

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

330ml bottle, batch 233, served in a snifter. Pours a dark chocolate color with a reddish hue, thin tan head with a little bit of lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, oak, smoke, soy, alcohol, licorice, and almost a port-like sweetness. Flavor is syrupy dark chocolate, roasted malts, wood, alcohol, and vinous. Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy, bitter and warming. Lots going on with this one, definitely a sipper.

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok, ok, ok. Let's give this big boy a shot. Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet. It pours a dark, deep brown color, nearly black, with a small off-white head with no lacing.

The smell hits you immediately upon opening the bottle and pouring. This one is big and a little intimidating. Tart and malty aromas are present along with chocolate and a warm alcohol aroma. Smells more like a liquor than a beer.

Tart and sour fruity characteristics are present and first and it ends with a nice smokey, roasted, chocolate and oak taste. It surprised me with the taste. I was expecting a stronger alcohol presence judging from the aroma, but it was surprisingly not as warm as I figured it would be.

The mouthfeel is nice, not much carbonation but it coats the mouth nicely and lingers with you.

A tough one to judge drinkability on. Would I spend $15.00 for another 12 oz. bottle of this? No, but I would drink it again if offered. Overall, I'm glad I had this beer as I believe it to be the strongest beer I've had and it was a good drink.

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith's snifter.

It's dark brown, you can tell it's not black when held up to the light. Small tan head, not much retention or lacing.

Whoa, the aroma is complex and boozy. It has hints of dark fruits, caramel, boozy spice, tingles the nostrils a bit with the alcohol kick. It's good but it makes me leery of trying this one!

The taste is similarly complex but not so boozy that I don't enjoy it. It has the same flavor profile as the aroma. Dark fruits from the cranberries and the jasmine is there too. There is still a caramel note but I don't get the chocolate roasted flavors of a typical imperial stout.

It has a good mouthfeel despite the high abv that is unmistakeable. I'd definitely drink another at some point but this isn't meant to be a session beer. It's hard to score the drinkability when I consider the price as well. Still, I'm liking this brew and I'm damn glad I've tried it.

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - It's dark, but let's plenty of light through, and is mostly red, and not just around the edges. There is some nice head retention and lacing, which surprised me.

S - Just a lot of booze. Some woody notes, but this smelled overwhelmingly of alcohol

T - Pretty similar to the nose. Some dark malty character, but very much as a background to the strong taste of alcohol.

M - Feels kind of like mouthwash.

D - It's not the worst drinking beer I've ever had, and at 18.2%, it's not something I'd really want a lot of anyway.

Photo of armock
2.1/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off coffee scents dark fruit some oak and a lot of alcohol

T - Starts off sweet with roated malt then the dark fruit flavors come out with lots of alcohol

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - Even though this is the first beer of the day for me the first sip made me gag and throw up some after washing out my mouth to get a review its not any easier to drink this is a boozy mess and the price of the bottle is going to make me finish this garbage

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick brown colored head and a little lacing all around. Smells of alcohol but not in a too offensive way, bourbon, and a little oak. Tastes of oak, bourbon, malts, a little hops, and resinous alcohol. Mouthfeel is harsh and somewhat tough to handle. Drinkability is very low.

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Very excited for this brew, though it cost me around 8 Euro for the bottle.

A: Pours a beautiful tan head with lots of cream and brilliant retention. There's a lovely bubble show to feast thin eyes on wile you wait for the opportunity to try it. I can't wait to try this beer.

Sm: Smells strongly of alcohol, oak, and almost bourbon. Very musty. Hard to smell past the alcohol for any usual stout notes, but I plan to find out in the taste. A very appealing scent.

T: As I prepare to taste it (after five minutes), the head is still a solid two fingers. Impressive for this high an ABV. A complex body. The oak comes through and carries strong through the finish. The cranberry taste is very subtle to the point that I wouldn't taste it if I weren't searching for it. As for the Jasmine, what the hell does that taste like? I'm usually disappointed with Brewdog, especially for how much their beers cost, but this beer is the first exception. It's brilliantly complex yet still refined. Here is a worthy oak aged stout.

Mf: It's as heavy as it needs to be to carry the taste, while still smooth. It is far too syrupy, however. Almost a bit slimy.

Dr: At this price, I won't have it again unless an occasion arises that warrants it. It's a good beer, but I'd have to have stateside prices to justify purchasing it a second time, especially when there are other barrel or oak aged stouts I prefer. All in all, it's well done, but expensive (this may summarize the opinion most have towards Brewdog in general).

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 (Bottle is labeled TOKLO* rather than TOKYO*)

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a just a film of a head that leaves a cloudy pattern on top of the liquid; lots of leggings on the chalice

Smell: While the aroma has a lot of alcohol, it is incredibly complex, with the anticipated chocolate and roasty elements, for sure, but also a distinct tart cranberry character; as vinous as a fortified wine; while I think I can detect the jasmine, it may be the power of suggestion

Taste: Fruity and chocolaty, with a distinct cranberry fudge character; vague hints of jasmine add a floral character by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a bit of a burn that brings on a molasses/licorice/roasty depth

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low carbonation

Drinkability: While this has been a divisive beer for other reviewers, I find myself very impressed; there are flavors in this stout that I have not encountered before and I love the port-like sipping character

Photo of cdbooth219
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into pint glass

A: Blackish-brown with ruby-red highlights. Half a finger of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of smoke, oak sourness, sweet malts, cranberries and piney hops. Hints of chocolate and alcohol as well.

T: Starts off with the oaky sourness, followed by burnt chocolate and sweet malts. Then comes the berry sweetness and alcohol burn. Finishes with alcohol warmth. Very complex.

M: Full-bodied with a bit of carbonation and quite a bit of alcohol burn.

D: Definitely drinkable for the insanely high abv, but half a bottle is definitely enough.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was a very enjoyable, very high abv stout. I may get another bottle sometime in the future, but the price tag is a bit of a deterrent.

Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.