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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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Ratings: 664
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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Photo of TonyBrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to dscheuster for this brew (and many others).

Poured a very short pour and got nearly zero head. Color is black as I expected with little to no head. Surprised that there are some bubbles coming up.

Smells: heat with sweet, malty, a bit chocolatey and hint of fruitiness.

Taste is fruity, very sweet, but the heat becomes an overpoweringly alcohol. Hard to taste the jasmine, or the cranberry for that matter, but do pick up a definite fruit taste throught the big Heat.

Brew dog has done it again - taken an over the top extreme idea n made a BIG, big ale from it. Of course with a lot of heat. They are marketing whores but im not hating them for it! Thanks for the crazy ones!!

Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very deep brown, opaque and dense. Tan head of half a finger sticks around.

Sour cranberries, oak,bourbon,cherry, jasmine, dark chocolates, alcohol, and other nice fruity esters emanate from the goblet.

Well form reading the reviews I thought I may not like this but I guess this is why we review. I actually think it's quite pleasurable especially considering the ABV. Vanilla oak, hints of bourbon, Roasty malts, with dark burnt chocolates on the finish that leave a long tannic finish. Alcohol burns the chest but isn't overly offensive. Residual sugar levels are pretty high in this bordering on cloying. The sourness of the cranberries shine through at the mid palate onto the finish. Hints of floral notes, and bitter hop character.

Mouth is a bit thin but is expected with this high of ABV.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Thanks, Max.

Pours black with no head or lacing. Nose brings quite a bit of pungent herbs and some booze. The taste is smilar, win the booze and gin-like characteristics taking over. No cranberry detected. Feel is somewhat light all things considered. Lots of booze. Interesting, but not highly drinkable.

Photo of AAvgerinos
2.77/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There's nothing Stout-like about this beer. No roast/coffee/bready qualities. Not even that characteristic old world Porter/Stout funk. Methinks they should have called this a barleywine or just strong ale.

In a nutshell, it basically tastes like cheap fortified Port. Maybe it will smooth out in a few years, but then it might just taste like syrup.

The aroma smelled strongly of brandy soaked prunes. Color was a hazy brown with red highlights. Besides the hot alcohol notes, the taste had some pleasant sherry/port qualities which got better as the beer warmed. As it warmed one could also pick out a vague burnt sugar note.

To give this beer a chance, serve and consume near room temperature. At typical bar tap temperature it was way too hot and thick.

Overall... meh.

Good idea, bad execution.

EDIT: Serving size was a "sample" at about 4-5 ounces. Like wine, this was plenty.

In case it wasn't obvious, I'd like to point out if you're hoping to find barrel/oak notes, dry hop character, or anything else described on the label of this beer, you will be sorely disappointed. It basically tastes nothing like the description will lead you to believe. That's not a bad thing, just be ready for it.

Photo of cjgator3
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

An 18.2% oak aged stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine? I'm game!

A- Poured into a sniffer. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark and roasty with a good amount of oak and a touch of chocolate. I'm also picking up a good amount of the cranberries as well. I'm not picking up the jasmine a whole lot, but there is definitely some floral notes going on in the background. For a beer this strength, the alcohol is not a huge part of the aroma. I'm digging this beer so far!

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with some chocolate. I can pick up on the cranberries a little bit in the taste as well. The finish is roasty with some bitterness from the hops and a warming slightly boost finish from the high alcohol. I'm also picking up on some of the oak in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected but has a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, the strength of this beer makes this one unquestionably a slow sipper. I really enjoyed this one and think that it has the potential to turn into a really special beer after some extensive aging. Recommended!

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to spycow for this brew.

11.2 oz.
Batch: 3
Best Before: 16/02/20

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind, with a few small islands. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate, toffee, figs, raisins, plums, jasmine, cranberries, nice oak note. The taste is malty, with some hops, lots of dark stuff. Full body, this one is kinda hot, but very tasty and very drinkable, very complex brew. For being this high in ABV, it's hidden pretty well. Very Drinkable, I like this one, hit's the spot. Thanks Chris.

Photo of Seanibus
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is nuts. Almost not a beer at all. Frankly, its elements are good, but its sum total is hard to drink.

Pours super black with a slight tan head. The aroma is sharp and boozy, like a beer-flavored cognac. Taste is chocolatey and super hot and boozy, with lots of plum and raisin, maybe even pruny. This is so hot and alcoholic, with a currant or cherry character. It is so rich, it is almost hard to describe. There is a slow spread of warmth across my chest, like a great brandy. The mouthfeel is sticky, with a boozy, brandy-like finish.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, batch 002

A: Dark black under a good sized brown head. Some spotty lace, small amount of retention.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate, some cranberry, alcohol, toasted. Pretty complex.

T: Caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, some cranberry, sweet, mild bitterness in the finish. Again, complex.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is high, a bit slick on the tongue. Drinkability is OK for such a big beer, would definitely do well with some age.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch ..3
Best by 16/02/20
Oak aged stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine
In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown, almost black color, with a miniscule tan head.
Strong aroma of alcohol, also tart fruit and chocolate.
More of a chocolate taste than anything else. Could appreciate the cranberries, but couldn't find the jasmine. Alcohol noticeable.
A bit on the hot side, but not as much as I guessed from the aroma.
Interesting beer.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Sixtus chalice.

A - Pours a thick black ebony colour with a beautiful ivory coloured head that reduces to a film.

S - Aromas of coffee, chocolate and spicey malts.

T - Up front there are some molassis chocolate that is slightly sweet, followed by a licorice very boozy finish that warms the belly.

M - Full bodied with well balanced minimal carbonation.

D - This is a one off brew for me that was interesting but not mind blowing.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classy black-tie black, with an oddly animated centimeter of taupe foam. The aroma is deep and dark and complex. Baked figs; black cherries; coffee beans; 70% cacao chocolate; tarry licorice; wet maple leaves; marzipan; dark brown sugar, raisins; and sweet walnut liqueur. A pancake breakfast comes to mind. The flavor is somewhat flatter than the aroma, mostly cola, chocolate syrup, vanilla, brandy, sweet sherry, candied cranberries, and honey. It's stupendously thick and sweet - really, like teeth-numbingly sweet - but that helps smooth out the rougher edges you'd expect from a beer of this obscene strength.

This is an exceptional imperial stout. The strength is completely unwarranted, to be honest, as I've had stouts half this ABV that are twice as complex, but nonetheless I am impressed with the flavors and the surprisingly well-hidden alcohol. Another well-executed high-concept ale from BrewDog.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Hulmeville inn. Poured black with some highlight's you could see through around the edges. Nice heading after the pour which did leave a thin lace around the glass. Not a bad heading at all for such a heavy beer.

Not too much of a nose as I would have anticipated the heavy alcohol content would have just reeked but stays in tune. Feint oak aroma. Nothing really popping out here.

Taste is just insane. At first taste I thought to myself Jesus this is just too much alcohol. After the second sip I let wander around a bit. Nice fruity flavors pull through for a quick to touchdown and are immediately put to rest by the burning alcohol.

Mouth is full bodied,thick and chewy with an insane hot booze feel. It did have some nice carbonation for how high in alcohol it was.

This is not a bad beer but anything more then a glass or two could be a downfall.

Photo of Urbancaver
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours thin and remarkably clear... Was expecting a thick dark beer...

Smell- smells like oak and alcohol... Not much else to it

Taste- burns the lips... Tastes like oak, oak, and more oak...

Mouthfeel- thin and burning... Not much stout to it as the flavor is dominated by the oak flavor

Drinkability- well, for an 18% it's nothing special... Raisin d'extra and others are far more drinkable...

Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a nice tan coaster head. Bad ass aroma of oak mixed with with cranberry fruit with super dark chocolate. Slight burn of alcohol at the end of the smell. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet taste along with roasted notes and fruit. This is like nothing I have had before. Very tasty. Get raisin type molasses flavor from this. Surprisingly very little alcohol flavors that I pick up. Overall a pretty cool beer but hard to drink a lot of it.

Photo of cratez
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3oz sample courtesy of Chris Dynes. Thanks dude!

A: midnight black in colour with ruby edges. A thin tan head and dots of lacing make a brief appearance before subsiding about halfway through. Given the weight of this beer, I'm surprised that the initial pour produced some foam and lace. Pretty impressive.
S: very hot and aromatic liquor, whisky, a strange doughiness (like stale sour dough bread?), smoke, nail polish, coffee liqueur, leather, and a strong sweetness that I can't put my finger on.
T: extra dark chocolate, raw cocoa, roasted barley, liqueur-like flavours, damp wood, port wine, prunes, a touch of maple, earth, and a bittersweet, boozy aftertaste.
M: sharp palate, fuller than medium but thin for the style, drying finish with alcohol on the breath.
D: an obvious sipper, I prefer this over the Bismarck. The booze dominates, no doubt, but the beer displays a respectable range of flavours and aromas, and I managed to finish 1/4 of a bottle. Worth trying if you're looking for something novel.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown - not quite dark, as it's brown all over that. Head is modest, but a reasonably good retention, lace is alright but not very sticky. Looks a bit plain, but not bad.

Smell is incredibly boozey. Actually feels like it's giving me a headache just sniffing that. Very sweet with huge alcohol phenols. Has a refined-sugar/rum kind of aroma, and disappointingly little dark or roasty characters off it besides a slight sweet chocolate fragrance.

Taste is incredibly strong, very sweet with golden syrup combining with slight chocolatey notes, and a genuine heat from alcohol on the back. Only a slight sip gives you a huge amount of flavour, so marks for that, but it's strong so of course you will get that effect. Brown sugar, some peppery spice, but really the palate is unnuanced with the dominant flavour being strong alcohol. Doesn't quite harness its own strength, and the booziness dominates an otherwise fairly unilateral palate.

Syrupy, fairly thick mouthfeel. Definitely feels heavy as well as tasting it. Can't say I'm a huge fan.

Yeah, not an unpleasant experience, just doesn't have any sparkle to it. Like a really strong, muscular person with no personality.

Photo of GabrielM
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JMBSH for including this as an awesome extra! Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - a shade under pitch black with a surprising 1-inch tan head that lasted longer than expected.

S - first thing is a strong hit of alcohol, then cranberry, raspberry and oak. There is probably more in there, but alcohol is definitely the dominating aroma.

T - the first to hit the palate is smokey oak, then a strong blast of alcohol. The cranberries are present, as is some burnt espresso and some bitter chocolate. Goes down leaving a very noticeable burn.

M - actually better than expected after smelling and tasting. The alcohol is very hot, but the carbonation, thickness and consistency are all great while in the mouth.

D - too young and hot for now, but it has promise. Give this one a good 3, 4, or 5 more years and it'll be prime.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.2/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As soon as I popped the cap I could smell the booze on this. I'm actually a little intimidated by this guy. It looks pretty nice, with a dark body and a thin tan head that disappears quickly into thin lacing. Not bad for an 18+! Smells boozy! That isn't shocking though. I am pleased with how the cranberry aroma pulls through with a bit of oakiness and toastiness! However, it's all still masked by a gigantic wall of alcohol that BrewDog has reputed themselves with. I'm less than impressed with the flavor, this just burns. My taste buds have been burned and I can't taste anything except alcohol heat! Behind it I can get a bit of oak with a slight touch of dark fruit but damn! This isn't even novel for me. The mouthfeel is nothing more than aggressive alcohol burning. Not very pleasant. I'll finish this, but damn, it's going to be a chore.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant deep brown colour, with a filmy head of crusted off-white foam. Very fine bubbling when swirled. Body looks pleasantly thick. Not bad at all.

Nice hop characters on the nose. Extremely fresh and slightly fruity, with a slight hint of coconut. Crisp and rather sharp. Certainly not much note of the darkness apparent in the appearance on the nose. But it's extremely pleasant.

Taste is yet another spanner in the works. Extremely long and languid palate -- big roasted characters and deep tropical fruit characters mingle together. Overripe papaya mixes with the dark roasted flavours and vanilla and coconut nuances. It's extremely odd, but extremely -- really, extremely, genuinely -- tasty. Lovely palate. Really good.

This is an extremely tasty brew, that mingles fruit and darkness together in some wonderfully bizarre chimera. It's a lovely and extremely interesting brew.

Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled as Tokio. Batch DD2

Poured into Darkness Snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades a little. Color is a dark murky brown.

Aroma: Lots of oak followed by cranberries. Very sweet dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Very big. Very good.

Taste: Cranberries up front with loads of oak and vanilla following. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel. Sweet. It has a herbal taste to it. Ends with coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warming. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and warming. Not overly hot.

Overall, hardly any booze shows. Really nice in that aspect. I love the cranberries. It is a very beer and a sipper for me.

Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is listed as being Tokio, which is retired, but my understanding is that this is the exact same beer. If it needs to be moved, that can certainly happen. This sat in my cellar for the last couple months, and probably for the better with a brew this big.

A: Typical onyx pour, totally opaque. What surprised me, though, was the good size of head that I got off of the pour... a solid finger+ which is still setting on the brew a few minutes later while I type. Nice!

S + T: Seeing cranberry noted on the bottle, I find myself picking up on it in the aroma, but I don't believe I would have otherwise. The same does not go for the flavour, where I most definitely detect it... along with some dark fruits, it is a nice addition to an otherwise intense malt and alcohol. Perhaps the little bit of time has helped smooth it out, but in the very few big stouts I have had that are 12% and upwards, they seem to be quite dominated by a very intense roast / burnt malt character that gives it almost a charcoal quality. This doesn't have that element, instead being a nice, robust roast. It allows the fruitiness to come out, at least in flavour, and a nice amount of vanilla and wood notes in both flavour and aroma.

M + D: Still quite hot, which doesn't surprise me... time doesn't take away from the fact that this beer was brewed to have a high alcohol content. Body is about just right, considering... not too thick, but creamy enough to leave a slick residue of it over the tongue. Certainly one to savour over a good hour, and as it warms a bit, some more interesting qualities make themselves known. Pretty nice beer, though one I'd only find myself picking up very occasionally considering the ABV and price.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Tokio*" pour from a bottle into a snifter. Very thin head and almost no lacing. Cloudy reddish-brown body. Nose has significant alcohol and fruit esthers, some honey. Taste is hoppy with significant alcohol 'burn' but not overpowering considering the ABV. Cranberries (mentioned on the bottle) barely detectable; as for the jasmine, I doubt that I'd be able to tell. Definitely honey as well. Bitter overall, but significant sweetness to balance. Mouthfeel thin, unremarkable, but with a burn from the alcohol. Ultimately overpriced (as compared to something like Samichlaus); as for high ABV, they don't come much higher, though. Not too drinkable, all things considered, unless you have a taste for very strong, alcoholic beer and have the deep pockets to match.

Photo of mattboyer182
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black, thin head. Smells very fruity. Feels pretty thin for such a strong stout. You can really taste the cranberries. It actually tastes very similar to a barley wine. Kinda disappointing cause I wanted a stout. You can really taste the alcohol.

Photo of lackenhauser
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very muddy looking brown color. Mild ring of carbonation. A ton of sediment, need to hold back near the end of the pour. Very oakey and solvent smelling. Flavor of dried fruit, oak, burnt coffee and a mild spiciness. Alcohol is fairly obvious. Mildly sticky and gummy sweetness. Average body. Ok overall. Needs to age a great deal to remove the "hotness". Nowhere near the balance and complexity that I liken it to if I was to compare it to a WWS at the same abv.

Photo of phillybeer7779
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Listed as a stout, but poured a much lighter color, one that would be more associated with a darker barleywine or old ale. The smell was of cranberries and some jasmine, with a hint of alcohol. The cranberries and jasmine were both present in the taste, but the alcohol was very much in the front. As far as mouthfeel, the cranberries and jasmine were in the front, but the alcohol burn took over in the end, I could feel when this one reached my stomach. This beer is 18.2%, and I could feel this with every sip. This beer is not totally undrinkable, but there is no way I would want to even smell another one of these after having one. Purely a sipper, and one that should probably end an evening of drinking (provided that you didn't drink all that much). Overall a worthwhile and enjoyable beer to try, but know what you are getting into!

Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.