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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 161 | FT: 9
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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 Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, batch 002, best by Dec. 14, 2019, but I think this will be able to last for far longer than that,

A: Pours black with a 1/2 finger of tan head, nice retention with spots of lace on the glass.

S: Has some nice aromatics, but not particularly pungent as I tend to find on beverages with a lot of ethanol. Baker's chocolate/chocolate covered cherries, roast with a hint of charcoal, and a wildflower feel/violets - that's the jasmine I'm assuming, it's quite light on the back end. I got a bit of root beer too. A definite molasses/dark sugar undercurrent throughout.

T: Dark flavours - chocolate and roast again with almost a hint of honey. Some residual sugar, but it's pretty well attenuated, at least in the taste. The cranberries used are light in the flavour, but evident. This is boozy for sure, but for me it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the beer as a lot of ethanol bombs can; for 18.2% it was fairly well balanced.

M: Full-bodied, viscous - what I expected. Nice warming alcohol going down which I liked. It's like a spirit in the very end of the finish, but not rough as some liquor can be.

D: This is a sipper, an after dinner drink for sure. It's definitely still raw. The ethanol is too high in the overall scheme of things, but that will go away with time. This is a beer that is fun to drink now, it's definitely an experience, but is something to put in a hole in the ground until 2025, dig it up, and you're going to have an incredible elixir.

Halcyondays, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle for $12.99 am i nuts?? Best before 12/14/19 ha.

Almost totally void of light, only a slight bit is seen around the edges in direct light. a slow pour appears pretty heavy with a brown mocha head, forms...spazes out a bit and settles in with plenty of foam around. As the liquid swirls my view from above looks much like a photo of the earth from the moon. a relaxed, aged look but not flat.

A really big aroma here, chocolate brownies, tangy cranberries along with a vodka-heat, herbal sharpness with the jasmine, a bit of wet cardboared, slightly sweet, huge complexity, chalky, grainy, gritty earthy aroma too and a bit of old leather.

A big and sweet chocolate malty taste, cranberries and a sharp tang effect from the combo of alcohol heat, vodka-like taste but not very hot for 18%. The hefty malt is followed by a grainy, earthy, dry and herbal flavor that has a slighty fruity-sweet edge, the hops are earthy, bitter to provide good balance believe it or not! this is a very unique stout, rightously balanced but a bit thin in flavor and feel in the middle, the heft goes away and becomes more medium-bodied with a dry LONG and slick finish. This slight weakness at the end will improve as this one gets older, I see this one maturing very well.

Sip, sip, sip...stretch this one out!! Get your money worth out of this puppy!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says Tokio*, but I'm assuming it's the same beer. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Hard pour yields a on finger tan head that quickly becomes a bubbly splotchy layer of foam concentrated on the edge of the glass. Dark brown to the point of blackness. Little bits of lacing pulled down by nice legs. Pretty impressive for the abv. Agitation brings back a half finger of head that settles in a mostly uniform layer of foam concentrated towards the edge of the glass.

The smell is intensely sweet in a syrupy/dark fruit way. Picking up the jasmine and cranberry. Some licorice. Definitely some alcohol. The smell alone was somewhat overly sweet.

Intense dark fruit. Jasmine, cranberry, plumbs and figs. Licorice that is pretty intense as well. Maple syrup. A hint of oak and vanilla. Bitterness that seems to come from the cranberries. Some resin-y hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but noticeable. Somewhat cloying and too sweet for me.

On the high end of medium bodied, surprisingly only semi-viscous/syrupy. Medium carbonation, tight and fairly assertive bubbles. Slightly hot in the mouth and on the way down.

Pretty drinkable for the abv (18.2, what a doozy), however the taste is kinda of cloying despite an attempt at balance with some bitterness. Reminded me of Bell's Batch 9000 in some respects. If you like Batch 9000, then maybe worth a try.

Honestly, I'm starting to lose my interest in Brewdog. Their prices are high, and most of their beers I've tried (with the exception of some of the Paradox series) don't justify the purchase price.

billshmeinke, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a deep very dark brown color. It is very opaque but not quite black. There is an aggressive yet poorly retained tan colored head atop the beer.

S: Chocolate and tangy cranberry come through on the nose... smells very nice. I keep going back in for another sniff... not too hot on the nose there is a mild boozy quality with a little vanilla present too but i would never guess just from the smell that this beer is 18.2%

T: rich coco is the first thing that grabs my palate. wow this is actually very balanced and quite good... I cannot believe how well the alcohol is hidden! there is a burning after taste which lingers but the flavors are not disrupted by the strength. I don't get very much fruit but i suppose there is a little going on.... not quite as much complexity as id like to have. But there is a nice thing going on here I like this beer! Im excited to age one!

M: Excellent!!! very high points... velvety and prickly all at once... also this beer has an extremely long finish bonus!

D: very high points for the abv!

flannelman808, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the Goat. I missed the brewers, but managed to score some of the goodness they brought.

Appearance- Very deep brown. A hint of chestnut. But, almost black. Only 1/4 inch of tan head. Little bit of mocha head. It caps nicely. Minimal lacing.

Smell- Boozy raisins. Seriously. Smells like a rum fruit cake. It's hot, for sure.

Taste- Sweet chocolate off the bat. It's boozy and hot. But it settles down as you get used to it. Tastes like sweet cherries and whisky. It's like a digestif. Whisky + beer = interesting.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thin. I expected more body.

Drinkability- It's a big, hot beast. It tastes every ounce of the 18%. I've had beers of this strength that really hid the fact, but this one does not.

Initially, I thought it was a poor experience. But as I got used to it, I began to appreciate that it was surprisingly smooth. And certainly interesting. I thought it was hard to finish a small pour, but when it was gone I almost wanted another. Definitely interesting, and definitely worthwhile.

callmescraps, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Turns up a one finger medium looking tan head with decent retention. Black body, though it's relatively thin and clear for the big ABV, with basically no carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a wisp and a ring. Only the ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the sides. A little lack luster, and not quite thick enough for what it is.

SMELL: Roasted malts are there, with some dark chocolate notes too. A bold bourbon presence with some oak notes and hints of vanilla. A nice bold nose with some well integrated boozy qualities.

TASTE: Roasted malts with heavy bourbon notes and alcohol all over the place. Some oak shows through with hints of bitter chocolate at the finish. The aftertaste is bold and longer lasting with some hop bitterness and caramel sweetness, as well as lots of bourbon and booze. A very boozy imperial stout; lots of heat.

PALATE: Thinner body and kind of airy. Not creamy or smooth enough, goes down decent but with lots of heat and a good alcohol scratch at the finish. Feel wasn't what it needed to be for this. Not quite awful, but close.

OVERALL: This one just didn't work out for me. The taste profile was pretty big, but there was far too much booze and heat than there needed to be. The booze was just too dominating. Combine that with a relatively thin and airy body, and this one was a chore to drink. The nose was enticing and the taste profile showed some real promise, but perhaps a few years on it will mellow out the alcohol and make it more enjoyable. Moreover, a bigger body to compliment the bold taste profile would go a long way in helping this one. I have another bottle, but I think I'll sit on it for a while and hope it mellows out.

Jeffo, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of SShelly
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brackish brown with a light white head.

Light chocolate a sweet malt in the nose, a little bit of dark fruit.

Intense sweet malt, intense sweet, little bit of dark chocolate and malt behind all the sweetness.

Desserty, and a sipper, glad I got to try it not sure I want anymore.

SShelly, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark with some foam
S: Can smell a bit of chocolate in the nose
T: Interesting mix of sweetness and other flavors with a chocolate aftertaste
M: Very full bodied beer; the alcohol is evident, but more like that in a 10% abv beer
D: There's no way anyone could plow through these; it's a night cap beer to sip and next to a fireplace

metter98, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque brown color. A two finger, wispy, tan head forms with good retention. Impressive for the high alcohol content.
S: Sweet malt and chocolate. A light fruity aroma lingers. Nothing much in the nose. Kind of bland.
T: Sweet malt with brown sugar, vanilla, and chocolate up front. A sweet fruitiness linger that is slightly bitter. Is that the cranberries? Some alcohol as well. Interesting.
M/D: A medium body and thin, in a relative way for a RIS. Really, not hard to drink considering the alcohol. There is a bit of hotness towards the finish, but does not overpower at all.

This is probably the best Brewdog I have had so far. The flavors meld well together, and it is not over barring hot alcohol. For the massive ABV, this is pretty drinkable. Not bad at all. I don't know if I will get this again because of the price tag, though worth at least one try.

champ103, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Had to open this guy after Rip Tide let me down so much. Can this brew redeem the Dog?
Pours a cloudily opaque black-brown with a highly transitory head of tan bubbles that leaves no lacing at all behind. There's a heavy pall of alcohol in the nose covering notes of oak, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. This pattern is renewed on the tongue, as notes of vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and roasted dark malts are o'ercovered by a heavy alcohol burn. Luckily this burn rolls in after the other flavors have a chance to grab hold of the tongue, but they are nearly forced off the cliff when the ill wind starts a-blowin'. Things look better in terms of the body, which is a nice bit o' husky with active carbonation and a relatively smooth texture. Unfortunately, the drinkability takes a good hit with the alcohol and its burn, which turn this brew into a languidly slow sipper. I must say that this is indeed a step up from the Rip Tide, but not much of one; the Paradoxes stand head-and-shoulders above them both. Still, an admirable attempt and an intriguing could-have-been.

TMoney2591, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's today. Have to say I was bit surprised to see this on tap here today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is definitely pretty boozy, with a pronounced nose of coffee, chocolate and calvados. This beer smells as if it's seen some serious barrel aging (which I assume it has). Regardless of the abv., there's no getting around that this beer smells pretty good. The flavor profile is profound, and reminds me somewhat of the World Wide Stout (including the alcoholic kick in the finish). This stout is pretty sweet, but with a considerable amount of vanilla, cherry, chocolate and coffee. There's also a bit of an alcoholic burn in the finish, but given the abv., that's hardly a surprise. Mouthfeel is full, intensely rich, and very long. It doesn't have that mouthfeeling creaminess I like to see in bettter stouts, but is still pretty impressive. Drinkability is the one area where this beer completely falls apart. The alcohol is very noticeable in this beer, and the sweetness only adds to it. While delicious, I found myself starting to wince each time I took a sip (of course, I do the same thing every time I try something by Cantillon).

Interesting beer... but not one I'm sure I can ever see myself ordering again.

John_M, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is malty sweet with significant alcohol, rich roasted chocolate, and some spicy floral tones. Smells quite good.

Pours very black, clear, moderate head with good bit of last for the abv. Looks good.

Dark, rich, and stoutish yet ripe with spicy alcohol. Odd fruit character, must be the cranberry, which adds significant and pleasant depth. Good bit of sweetness. Soft cola character - in body mostly, with less carbonation. Slight tartness. Mostly dark malt and alcohol. Tastes good. Feels quite good. Good drinkability.

Nice. One of the better BrewDogs I've tried.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good hefty sipper, a bit too obvious on the boozy profile and short on the fruitiness but with a fair range.

Presentation: 10 oz draft serving. Menu notes style, country, serving temp (48º), and Alc. by Vol. (8.2%). Served into a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, minimal head and retention, no surface memory or lace.

S - Slightly perfumy, which might be the jasmine but it is not evident with a tiny fruity note, and alcohol pulling the malt.

T - Dark fruits, sweet malts with a predominant boozy structure.

M - Medium-full body with a slightly sticky finish, and a warming alcohol rhythm.

D - Nice sipper, the alcohol does not hinder so much the drinkability as a bit of a dull note in the sense that it feels like it could reach a more pronounced character.

Notes: Too similar to some hefty offerings but while decent at times it feels a bit too generic despite the rich mix of ingredients. Brewdog is riding the hype quite a bit but they can do better than this.

Daniellobo, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer on tap at a local beer bar. My wife ordered this and we shared it. Beer is black with a brown thin head made up of big soapy bubbles. There is some lacing on the glass but I can't see any carbonation. It looks fine (served in a snifter btw).

I did not look at the menu until after I took a sniff of this beer. I immediately asked my wife what the ABV was, 18.2 %. Shit. The beer kind of smells like nail polish remover. Its sweet and really really hot. Lots of alcohol in the nose. Really knocked me over and made me fearful to drink it. Bring on the extreme.

Beer is primarily sweet and thin. The description on the menu says that it was made with jasmine and cranberries. If you say so Brewdog, I don't get any of that and I'm usually pretty good at picking stuff out like that. Drinkability is fine for such a giant beer but mouthfeel is too thin and there's not a lot going on in the taste department. The liquor quality of this beer overwhelms any subtly and any flavors you may have wanted / been expecting.

I didn't order this beer but it represents a "new" trend in brewing and by brewers, especially this brewer and others like DFH. Bigger isn't always better, more ethanol doesn't make you some brewing genius. How about a session beer everyone? How about something with some flavor other than malt and ethanol? How about making a beer with cranberries and making the cranberries the star? I'm sick of it.

drabmuh, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


12oz bottle shared by John (wetherel). Thanks! The beer is dark brown with a small light brown head. The nose is of molasses, dark fruits, cola, peat, oak, and a little chocolate. The taste is of peaty dark fruit chocolate oak with a big brown sugar midpalate section and a high level of booze heat. It's reminiscent of a liqueur. The mouthfeel is smooth and viscous. Tokyo* is a sweet and alcoholic sipper.

HopHead84, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Nice, tight small head with minimal retention and lacing.

Smells hugely of muscat. Real fortefied wine. Some toasted malts in the background.

Spice from the alcohol and a big sweetness. More raisins (dried cranberrys?), the added jasmine that I was skeptical about is there and is actually quite a complement. Alcohol is present but not to its detrement. Quite the reverse. Would definitely drink as a digestif. Minimal hop or toasted malt bitterness to speak of. A desert beer for sure.

Mouth feel is ultra smooth and cognac slippery; first sip went down the wrong hole.... ahem.... But as a digestif quite appropriate.

Would definitely enjoy this one after a big meal.

To be honest this has grown on me as I have finished it. As an 'Russian Imperial Stout' I originally marked it down. I dubbed it a 'Strong Desert Stout' and re-reviewed. A sipper and definitely one to be *respected!*. Like port? Like this.

Trizzle, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of checkfeet
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampled this with a friend in Glasgow who picked up a bottle at the shop despite the hefty price, though turned out to be a better beer to share among friends because of the strength.

Pours a dark viscous black tar with minimal head and little lacing. The nose is very sweet, like melted candy and the taste is similar - strong and far too sweet.

I could see this pairing well with black forest gateaux or some other rich, chocolatey cake, but on its own, even as a nightcap sipper it doesn't live up to the hype.

checkfeet, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a chalice. Viscous looking dark body, minor foaminess.

Aroma is deep and alcoholic, as you would expect - a mocha spiked with a lot of whiskey.

One sip. Sickeningly sweet. Another sip....sickeningly sweet....and so on and so on. Inexplicably, it's straight-up sweetness and alcohol. Little to no nuance/complexity playing off the sweetness. I can't pick up bitter chocolate, coffee, hops, anise, vanilla...nothing. It's simply achingly sweet and bracingly alcoholic. In despair, I pick up a piece of bitter chocolate, hoping to enhance the experience, and indeed, the bitter dark chocolate provides a much-needed counterpoint. However, should I really have to pair an 18% stout with a piece of chocolate in order to get any flavor depth at all out of it? I don't think so. I can't believe I'm giving this a 2.0 for taste, but I am.

Feel is syrupy, not exactly helping, but that is to be expected with a beer this alcoholic.

Drinkability is extremely limited. You might protest, "oh, but it's 18%!" To which I say so the hell what? DFH World Wide Stout is 18%, and while certainly sweet in its own right, that beer is quite complex and tasty, beckoning further sips. This? This just makes me think of my teeth, rotting away.

Patrick999, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a room temperature 330ml bottle into an oversize wineglass.

Appearance: Jet black in colour and pours like thick oil. Small tan head fades within a few seconds, leaving just a thick black liquid. Small amount of carbonation. Thick legs on the side of the glass.

Aroma: The alcohol is very obvious on the nose, in fact it actually burns all the way to the back of the throat. Spicy, quite peppery. There are sweet cherries and pears. Burnt caramel.

Taste: Sweet at the start, fruity, with burnt sugars. There is a taste of gingerbread, molasses and possibly kola nut? There is a pepperiness in the middle, which is somewhat perfumy. The finish is bitter dark chocolate, with a powerful warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, flat, warming, and slightly oily. It's not as thick as I thought it would be.

Drinkability: It's almost like drinking a spirit, with the alcohol content being so high. The flavours are huge and overpowering at times but there does seem to be a strange balance between them, possibly held together by the alcohol. It is certainly a beer that has to be experienced.

PartyBear, Aug 29, 2009
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Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.