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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 67
Gots: 205 | FT: 13
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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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Ratings: 670 | Reviews: 259
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.

Photo of BDTyre
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 16/6/11

A black with some cola at the edge, much to my surprise a large tan head that retains well slowly falling to a 1/2in film that leaves a fair bit of unorganized lace

S woody booze with molasses and sweet dark fruit with a port wine aspect going for it

T I think I taste a little cranberry but its heavily candied and may just be in my head because it's written on the label, some vanilla and faint smoke, the booze is there but considering its 18.2% its to be expected.

M thick and syrupy with decent carbonation but the burn hits your lips and throat but once again its a big one and if there was no burn I'd be worried

O quite interesting and intense to say the least, perhaps a decade under the stairs would calm this one down, but for what it is I thought it was pretty good

I'm always curious when I see a big beer hit the shelves and they are hit or miss in my experience. I thought this one was pretty good and just an intense beer all around, worth trying and I may need to tuck a few away for a rainy day.

Photo of bamojr
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick midnight black with rich coffee head. smelly pretty strongly of alcohol as is to be expected, also a lot of floral smell some hops and cranberry. Very very sweet flavor, not what I was expecting at all, super high alcohol taste and huge barley flavors. This one bombards the taste buds and I am very impressed, I know that BrewDog is known for their outlandish brews and I though this would be one, and I must say that this has caught me off guard as have all their other beers. I really like the treat of having a BrewDog when I can. It still is quite hard to down because it is so strong.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a one finger chocolate head which quickly goes away. Super dark, with chunks of lacing on the glass. Looks like one serious 18% brew.

S- Holy Crap. I almost choked this beer is so strong smelling. In a good way though. Don't get too close, you'll lose some brain cells. Oak, vanilla, jasmine, alcohol all present in a very potent, but pleasant package. If the edge was off just a bit, I would've upped the score.

T- All the smells come through, w/ cranberry added. Nicely done- but like any super high ABV beer, it's a sipper. Almost like a port. The cranberries really come through at the end, with the oak, vanilla, and alcohol on the front edge. Nice, but not more than a 4.

M- Very tart from the cranberries. It feels alive in your mouth. Fairly thick, w/ a nice alcohol burn on the end, which lingers. Not bad, just not outstanding.

O- This is a good beer, not great- but very enjoyable. At 18.2% ABV, it's a sipper for sure. I enjoyed it, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again. If you haven't had it- pick it up.. It's worth a taste.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown, mahogany-oak colored with an orange tint. Mildly cloudy. No head whatsoever with practically no lacing.

S: Molasses, wood and oak, bourbon, bananas, bittersweet chocolate. Lots of complexity in the nose, tons of aroma.

T/M: Heavy molasses and sugared fruits on the initial sip. Burn and warmth of the ABV% is quite apparent to say the least. Honey sweetness, bourbon, wine-like dark fruits and a mild hop bitterness compose most of the body of this brew. Jasmine is hardly recognizable in my opinion, yet the cranberries add a nice sweet bite to the body. Very malty and very sweet. Oakey/dry aftertaste. Medium carbonation with a heavy and full body.

D: The alcohol content in this bad boy is a little too much for the rest of the flavor... all though, for what it is it's a pretty good brew.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Bottle labelled "Tokio*" at 18.2% ABV. The description on the label matches the description on here, so here I will review it. 11.2 oz. bottle poured into my Dogfish Head snifter. Best by date of March 2020 on the label, so I am gonig to assume this is about a year old. That timeline fits pretty well with when Brewdog started distributing here.

Appearance: Appearance almost resembled Coca Cola on the pour. Bright fizzy head that receded rather quickly, not surprising with the ABV on this beast. Almost midnight black, very daunting.

Aroma: Big whiff of alcohol in the nose, but honestly not as bad as I was expecting considering the ABV. Chocolate and rum notes are definitely present. Definitely comes off as very sweet. I am also getting a fruit (cherry perhaps) note in there. I assume this is from the cranberry.

Taste: Overwhelming sweet chocolate and booze. Again though, the alcohol is not as hot as I would expect (still really hot and almost drinks like a watered down shot at times). I'm getting a couple roasted notes and some chocolate but there is a lot of just sweet sugar here too. The cranberries again lend a tart, fruity note that I think tastes almost more like cherries. The fruit borders on the line between sweet and a bit tart. I'm not getting any jasmine, but I assume that is likely due to the strength of all the other flavors. Definitely warming throughout.

Mouthfeel: Not as full as I expected, minimal carbonation. Goes down smooth enough for what it is.

Overall, not the most drinkable or balanced beer but I genuinely liked it for the most part. The price tag is high and it is certainly not something I would buy a ton of. It drinks hot, but not as bad as I had prepared for. I would be really interested to see how this tastes in ten years. I really think it would require a really long cellaring to get rid of any of the heat here.

Photo of d4114
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black but light gets through the sides and is blood red; Has nice head about one finger of tan head with small bubbles.

S- Well you definitely get the alcohol, I think I might have got high from smelling this beer. Oak with dark fruits, a sweet chocolate, caramel and a little banana.

T- Alcohol overpowers most flavors but after that sweetness hits you, then the fruits, bitter in the middle, then left with more sweetness and a woodiness.

M- Full bodied, not much carbonation very wine like.

O- Just too hard to drink. Lots of really good flavors and fun to drink but its just too harsh, it could use some age. Also I drank this bottle by myself but I would suggest splitting it with someone even though its only a 120z bottle.

Photo of homebrew311
2.06/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: somewhat of a light brown, zero head, no lacing

S: aroma features some earthy tea notes along with bark, I pick up a spirit like spice character, not picking up any stout flavors, some medicinal cough syrup like character in there

T: the taste is also very spirit like with huge sweetness, some cranberry comes through, big time alcohol burn on the finish

Mf: thin, no carb

O: not digging this at all, way too booze forward, even for an 18% brew, no stout character at all

Photo of dmsohyea
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
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
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.65/5  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
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
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 +0.3%
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.

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
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