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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Ratings: 662
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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2.31/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes 08/26/11 at the Bad Apple.

Pours a deep black, no head. Smells of straight malt. Hints of chocolate, and coffee but no hop aroma. Not much going on. Tastes rough and boozy giving way to more complex chocolate, cranberry and vanilla notes. Aftertaste is way too harsh though, even for a Imperial Stout lover like me. It was fun to try and there was definitely some nice flavors in there, but way too much of a hot mess. Tasted like cough syrup as it warmed as well. I'm not a Brewdog hater but this just didn't agree with me.

Photo of czfreeman
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at my SC, given to me around a year ago, batch 04.
Opening and pouring:
Pours a ruby black tone, light head that dissipates nearly immedialy.
Smell immediatley recalls a port wine. Rich red wine aromatics-vanilla, tobacco, cherry,cranberry,molasses,nice burn of spicy .alcohol on the finish. Pepper, spiced figs. Caramel,
Flavor is very warm, and very sweet. vanilla tcherry, oak, tobacco, fig, spicy pepper, molasses, burn. alomond, spices akin to clove round out the flavor lingering in sweet vanilla.
Mouthfeel need a bit of carbonation to perk things up. The caramel sweet body is nice, I would love to serve this to a port wine drinker.
I will use this as a pairing beer.

Photo of jrenihan
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a murky dark brown. While pouring, looks a little like swamp water. No head.

Smell is filled with oak, vanilla and booze. Jasmine is there as well. Clearly a strong brew from the scent alone.

Taste is VERY boozy, and very sweet. Oak and vanilla bound, and jasmine is there s well. I would not have identified the cranberry without knowing it was there- not because it is not noticeable, but it is such an unusual flavour in a beer that I do not think I would have placed it. It is clearly there once recognized. Roasted malt is present as well. A lot going on in this beer, and it is VERY strong.

More carbonated than is typical for the style. Lots of alcohol heat. Heavy body, but not overly so.

This is a good beer in many ways, but it is simply too strong. Toned down to a more moderate 12% or so (??!), this could be very nice. As it is, it is just a little too much to really enjoy. Definitely some nice flavours.

Photo of Squelch
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: Jet black. no head. opaque.

smell: Alcohol. Malt. no hop aromas here.

Taste: Strongly sweet. Artificial. overly sweet in my book.

Mouthfeel: HEAT from the alcohol.

Overall: Do not like this one. WAY too much alcohol. Very unique beer but maybe not a beer at all?!

Photo of evlu1441
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be the second highest ABV beer I've ever had. I'm rather excited.

It pours pitch black with a thin, yet slightly foamy tan head.

The aroma is very strong and robust. There is distinctive toffee and chocolate aromas, but the alcohol lends towards a perfumy aroma. I'm really enjoying this. It fills the room with a very rich smell.

The taste is very sweet! It's almost too sweet! The flavours of toffee and molasses come through very clearly. It has a very syrupy mouthfeel. The hoppy aroma comes through in the finish adding some aromatic and earthy flavours. The alcohol is present throughout, but isn't unpleasant.

Overall, I shared this bottle, and can't imagine finishing a whole one on my own, but it is a very luxurious beer. I'm liking it.

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

Batch ten, best before 04-04-2021! Decided to open it a bit early..:)

Poured from a bottle into a schooner.

A - deep, dark brown color rather than black. Has some chunky residue floating in it; also appears cloudy. Tan head, about a finger high largely dissipates after a couple minutes leaving some streaky lacing.

S - not a huge nose on it; has some licorice, but also some leather and even astringent odors

T - the flavor is completely dominated by the alcohol, with the strong warming effect right up front, and only some hints of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee in the background. Also has a bit of a spicy finish that endures impressively long. Doesn't really taste like a beer, but instead some sort of evil mixed drink!

M - thick and syrupy with some light carbonation. Totally coats the mouth and the alcohol seriously warms things up.

D - drinkable only over a looong session. Powerful and somewhat off-putting with its alcohol. Sipper to the max.

Very interesting beer, though in some ways in really transcends what i'd normally call a beer. A very novel experience, but not necessarily one i'd have again.

Photo of kcopelan002
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a plastic cup. I shared half of the bottle with a friend. It was a good thing I did because this is a very strong beer. I'm not saying it was bad just that I would struggle to finish the whole bottle by myself.

Appearance- Dark brown with a soft tan head.
Smell- A nice blend of fruit with a sweet alcohol smell
Taste- A straight kick in the mouth to start. At the end I tasted the , cranberries and molasses
Mouthfeel- Syrupy. i could definitely taste the alcohol.
Overall- A warning for this beer not for the faint of heart.

Photo of fatmcb1
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Pours black with dark brown edges. A finger of head dissipates to nothing. No lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is very complex, with plenty of chocolate, sweet malt, and alcohol. There is a background of dark fruit and hops.

Malt is a bit overpowered by dark fruit and alcohol. There is certainly still some chocolate, but it's not as pronounced as it is in the nose.

Mouthfeel is a bit light. The higher abv is not particularly well masked.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer more as it warmed up. I would add additional malt and make it thicker. Only for the brave.

Photo of Fenris244
4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my duvel tulip

Pours almost jet black in color(upon closer inspection is a dark brown but whatever) almost no head, bit of lacing from what little there is.

Aromas of jasmine and coffee(weird) and some sweetness like apples and cranberries as well as some chocolate and spice and some of that roasted malt as well as a nice earthiness, more aromas than i can count in this thing.

Wow, sweet up front with berries and raisins and some brown sugar and mellows out quickly into something almost like cinnamon and clove, the alcohol kicks like a mule on the finish and the beer is rounded out by some chocolate and some beautiful roasted malt bitterness.

Heavy in body, and just smooth enough to balance out the jagged edge of the alcohol

Overall? Its not refreshing or crisp or subtle hits like a damn hammer and I couldnt be happier, this is on of the best beer experiences I've ever had. It hits hard has a fantastic balance of flavor and is one the best brews I've ever had

Photo of jondeelee
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is a review of "Tokio" with a red asterisk--the 18.2% ABV version--as opposed to bottles with the "Tokyo" spelling, with a white asterisk, or sans asterisk altogether. The beer--subtitled an "intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout"--is noted on the label as having been brewed with cranberries and jasmine, then dry hopped and aged on French toasted oak chips.

Tokio begins with the kind of aroma that lets you know your tastebuds are in for an ass-kicking (as if the 18.2% ABV wasn't enough): huge sugary malts, bursting with crystallized sugars, fig and port aromas, oranges, brown sugars, molasses, candied dried fruits, cognac, and anise, and rosewater hops which add a heaping dose of pine and grapefruit.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a sugary-sweet lure of brown sugars, raisins, and figs, then takes a sudden plunge into the bitter and dark, bringing in paralyzing doses of, in order, black malt, espresso, tobacco, ash, whiskey, cognac, and vodka, as the brew lingers on the tongue, the flavors change, and the sugars die off to reveal the massive alcohol content. I'm not exactly sure where the cranberries and jasmine come into play, as my tongue is overwhelmed by these darker, more alcoholic flavors (perhaps they help temper them?), but the presence of the oak chip aging definitely adds overtones of wood and char. Even the hops, coming in at 90 IBUs, take a backseat to the malts, and are mostly noticeable late in the mouthful, especially in the long-lingering aftertaste, where they are accompanied by chocolate and black malts, with hints of whiskey. Mouthfeel is an alcoholic medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, I'm impressed by the craft of this beer, as it's difficult to imagine how so many flavors have been crammed into one bottle. The mix feels supersaturated, the ingredients fighting for attention, but simultaneously working in harmony. This is, however, a sipping beer, and definitely not for the faint of heart. The sheer levels of alcohol and flavor in this would, I suspect, make a guzzler quite sick, and I doubt the casual beer drinker would appreciate (much less like) what they're tasting. But if you're on the lookout for something impressive, daring, and cutting-edge, this is certainly a good place to start.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/3 pint served in a Teku glass in the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 7 June 2011.

A: Thick finger of head fades softly, leaving traces on the sides and surface. Murky dark-brown.

S: Hrm. Deep, heavily alcoholic, fruity, and...stoutish. Very sweet. Strong and nice.

T/M: Thick, creamy, and strong, but with an odd fruity twang (cranberry?) and somewhat misplaced carbonation. Sweet like a liqueur. Lighter on the endtaste. A bit...not harsh, but it drys/burns the mouth like liquor. Rounder, and nicer than the bottle I had about a year ago. The aftertaste is wetly sweet and dryingly bitter. Jasmin-vanilla notes may be my imagination. Smokiness?

O: I dig this beer a lot more months later and on-tap. This, I would recommend. And drink again. Several times, probably.

Photo of k7sw
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The first thing I noticed upon opening the bottle was the overwhelming scent. It smelled very strongly of Whiskey (Jack Daniels probably), presumably from the oak chips.
A- Poured with a 1 finger head reduced to a thin, nicely laced head. Overwhelmingly dark, almost entirely opaque. Could only see the tiniest bit of red around the edge.
S- Strong whiskey scent, I was quite partial to it. Bit of soy sauce.
T- The oak is apparent in it's taste. Hint of jasmine is there. Couldn't really pinpoint the cranberry. There wasn't much to mask the flavor of the alcohol.
M- Carbonation was perfect. Brought out the flavor without overpowering it. Warming (and it would be at 18.2 percent
O- I was stunned at the first sip and the finish followed through. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Dark fruit, alcohol nose and flavor is molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. Nice IS. Best by Dec 2019, couldn't wait! Expensive at $13.95 for a 330ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color almost seems black but is actually very dark brown and with a reddish glow to it. Head retention is low and there is just a bit of lacing. Smells like soy sauce upfront. In the background you get dark berries, raisins, and smokey leather. The taste is very port like. Sweet cherries and grapes, tart blueberries, chocolate. I could go on and on. Very complex on the taste. The alcohol is surprisingly toned down for the abv. Its there but not in your face. Mouthe feel is medium bodied, smooth, soft, and low carbonated. Pretty damn good. Its almost like drinking a fine port wine. Overall Im glad I purchased this beer. A very good extreme beer experience.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: This brew is almost pitch black with just a hint of brown when held up to a light. There is no head or lacing to speak of, although there was about half a finger of large brown bubbles during a vigorous pour which disappeared within seconds of finishing the pour.

S: The first thing I notice and the backbone of the smell are roasted malts and molasses. This quickly gives way to a medley of scents including oak, licorice, dark fruits, coffee and, last but certainly not least of all, alcohol.

T: There are so many flavors going on here that it’s hard to get them all put down. There is a moderately strong oak flavor and a very powerful taste from the alcohol which combine to give the beer an interesting spiciness. The roasted malts I noticed in the smell are here again but milder, acting more as a platform for bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. This is balanced a bit by some fruits. There is definitely the more standard group of dark fruit flavors that one finds in imperial stouts, but I can also make out some lighter fruit flavors, likely from the added cranberries. Also adding to the sweetness are notes of vanilla and maybe even a little bit of bourbon. There is a noticeable amount of hops that add a light floral flavor. The finish is long, bitter, and heavy on the coffee, hops and especially the alcohol.

M: Pretty thick without being syrupy or unpleasant. Though it seems like there is next to know carbonation, there are some light small bubbles with give an enjoyable effervescence which complements the spicy burn of the alcohol.

O: A fantastic brew but not for the faint of heart. This cost me 13 dollars for an 11.2 ounce bottle and it was worth every penny. I’ll probably be buying two more bottles to cellar. I think cellaring might help temper the strong alcohol flavor and make it easier and more pleasant to drink.

Photo of caryt
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Green Dragon, Portland, OR.

A - The color is a deep mahogany with a small cream colored head lacing.

S - The smell is overpowering making you think, "what did I get myself into here." The smell of alcohol hides any taste expectations to come.

T - Sour cherries, molasses, some smoke, and surprisingly not as much booze as you expect from the smell.

M - The mouthfeel takes a sip to get used to due to the acidity but after that it is amazingly drinkable for 18.2% and delicious.

O - This is a great unique beer and I'm extremely happy I walked into. This is a must try for anyone who indulges in this style of beer. It doesn't compare to anything

Cheers to BrewDog for another successful extreme beer venture.

Photo of diamondc
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: For such a high abv beer, this one sure has good head retention and lacing. Pitch black. Mocha colored head.

S: Oak-y, chocolate, dark berries way out in the open, coconut and licorice. Awesome.

T: Wood chips, dark berries, sweet milk chocolate, surprisingly light roasted malts. A pleasant dry, earthy bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: Sweet, almost bordering on cloying, but luckily never getting there. This is really 18% abv? It's not that noticeable until the very end.

O: A great beer experiment, these guys are brewing some of the best 'extreme' beers right now.

Photo of thagr81us
2.64/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured pitch black with a one and a half finger light brown fizzy head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, peat, raisins, dark fruit, maple syrup, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, peat, massive alcohol, and maple syrup. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really a big fan of this one. It just seemed like a big mess to me if I'm honest. As you probably know this one is pretty high ABV and it definitely lets you know this fact right out of the gate. Not a whole lot of balance going on in this one at all as the alcohol truly dominates this brew. While it is a LITTLE sweet up-front, it doesn't stand a chance again the booze. To be fair, it did smooth out some when it warms up, but not much. Also upon warming the aroma actually made my eyes burn! Worth trying at least once to say you did, but I will not be having this one again...

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Massive POP as the cap is removed. Pours out absolute pitch black, dense creamy tan head.

Intense sweet and boozy aroma, molasses and treacle, licorice, cherry skins, mild roasted malt, mild black coffee.

Sweet and boozy flavour, cherry and grape skins, molasses, dry herbal in the middle from the juniper berry, tart and sweet berry blending with cafe au lait on the finish. Mild alcohol warmth is present yet not intrusive.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, silky smooth and nearly slick, no carbonation.

Smooth for the abv%, although not as complex as the hype and description makes it out to be. An okay DRIS that masks the abv% for the most part, yet lacks the depth of many regular RIS's at half the strength and extra ingredients.

Photo of whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted July 4th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - utterly opaque black, two finger very tan head and some serious lacing

S - huge alcohol, yeast, sugar, cherries, soy sauce, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, more alcohol, port, wine barrels, wood, oak, earth, flowers and some nice hops. Wow!

T - bourbon, chocolate, lots of yeast, tons of alcohol, oak, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, jammy, earth, lots of port wine notes. This beast has to be fortified, it effing huge! Deep dark fruits, dried fruits, in the middle lots of hops, toasted malts, floral and wow, just yummy

M - uber chewy, lots of complexity, overly full bodied, medium acidity and huge finish

D - if you do not like humongous beers, then this one is not for you! Stay away if you aren't a ginormous fan of beers that can kick your ass. But, this beer is great to say the least. Lots of everything but in a huge way, balanced

Final thought - at $11 a 12oz and an almost 19% ABV , this beer is epic to say the least

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a very dark black color with a tan colored head on it. The head last for a good amount of time despite the abv. The smell of the beer was roasted, boozey, it had a fantastic herbal spice to it and a hoppy aroma in there too. The taste of the beer was really complex, there was some dark chocolate, some herbal spices the cranberry was hidden, and some hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and had a good carbonation. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this stout, a really good brew.

Photo of ferrari29
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a coffee colored head; frothy in appearance; held well; black colored body; some layered lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Fruit and cherry, cranberries; some dark fruits like plum; deep fig and dates aromas on the back end; high levels of ABV come up after taking a few deep breaths and letting the alcohol mode; little to no roasted malt scents

T - Traditional roasted malt flavors come up; some chocolate; tip of the tongue catches some sweet flavors of cherry, cranberries and dark fruit, but they disappear rather quickly; scents and flavors of wood and high alcohol overwhelm the palette; smoked flavors are very powerful in this beer

M - Lots of carbonation; burn around the gum line; burn and very high ABV content in the aftertaste and down the hatch; roasted malt, dark fruit flavor and cherry linger for quite a while

D - Unique and packed with flavor; I really liked this; very active palette and plenty of flavors coat your tongue and feels like a roller-coaster ride of sweet and burnt smoked flavors; I dig

Photo of Klym
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with Cavery. Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Darkest red possible with an impressive head that only lasts seconds. The beer looks like an alcohol bomb.

S: Hot whiskey with cloves, juniper and jasmine invading the nostrils. Intensity seems to be the backbone.

T: Sweetness! Sweetness dominate this with honey and syrup but no heaviness or sugar overload. Shockingly over the top on the sweetness with no negativity about it. Barbecue sauce and plums in the aftertaste. Incredibly original and amazingly flavorful for the ABV! Brewdog has really surprised me with this one.

M: With this ABV I think you can't expect much with the mouthfeel. Even with that said, the mouthfeel was much better than I imagined it would be. Carbonated but creamy.

O: Such an unexpected delight. Brewdog doesn't fear its critics and it shows. This is an amazing beer, embodying boldness, courage, and extremity. How they could go so extreme in ABV but so extreme in the opposite direction with such a sweet taste is beyond me. I would absolutely have this again and hold it high against the classic 'greats' out there.

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4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown, inky black body. Even my table lamp can't penetrate. Very thin beige head that leaves foamy rings on the glass.

Rich, fruity bourbon; raisins; dark chocolate; wine; vanilla all linger in the scent. Winey, almost brandy-like with strong vanilla and bourbon notes. Mocha and fruit in the background. Very rich and complex. The hops aren't immediately noticeable, but they certainly lend to the intricate taste. Even at 18.2% there is a very very light alcohol burn.

Rich and thick with a very mild carbonation. An excellent dessert beer, well worth repeating if you can get it. The only real problem is the high ABV, especially since you can hardly even taste it.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tokio pours a midnight black with a firm beige finger of foam leaving more "legs" than lacing. Nose is bourbony booze, oak, vanilla caramel, along with nougat, dusty spiceand roasted malts. The taste hits you with pleasant booze, dark chocolate, red fruit, spice and more bourbon barrel. Finishes warming with a nice tannic grip and a balancing acidity. I wanted to hate this beer and really enjoyed, my ba palate is not completely tuned but this ba stout is my favorite so far which is amazing at this abv.

Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.