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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 50
Gots: 174 | FT: 10
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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 markskar
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle spells it "Tokio*". Batch 002, best before date of 14/12/19. Label reads: "intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout: malt beverage brewed with cranberries and jasmine".

This is a damn good Imperial Stout. I was skeptical about whether I'd enjoy it due to the super-high abv. Lately it seems that some brewers just go to extremes to get the hype and sell more beer, and the quality often suffers. Not so with Tokio. Thick and rich, very enjoyable as a dessert (or on it's own too I'm sure, I just happen to be enjoying one after a big pasta dinner).

A: Pours pitch black with a surprisingly thick head for a high abv brew. Lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma at first was a little bit funky, oaky, and not terribly pleasant. However, as it warms the cranberries and roasted malt aromas start to shine through. The alcohol aroma is well hidden.

T: Rich, roasted malts and dark fruit. The cranberries are detectable, but blended nicely with coffee/chocolate flavors. The taste is like chocolate covered raspberries. Very pleasant. As with the aroma, the alcohol is very well masked.

M: Thick and a little bit sticky. Little bit of an burn from the alcohol in the back of the through, but pretty smooth overall.

D: For the style and the high abv it is extremely drinkable. Definitely a sipper, and to be consumed in moderation, but delightfully enjoyable after a heavy meal as a dessert.

markskar, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle from stopbarking poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky mahogany brown that doesn't quite get to full black. There is a fairly big bubbly tan head that recedes to a small cap and leaves no lacing but a bit of legs on the side.

The aroma is heavily roasted black malts, charred almost, with a big vanilla sweetness and cranberries. No doubt about the alcohol in this one as it burns the nostrils. Lots of oak and a hint of jasmine lend a light spiciness to the nose.

The taste starts with a quick hit of chocolate covered cranberries but it's quickly swept away by the oak and vanilla which has an accompanying alcohol burn. The taste doesn't seem quite as charred as the nose but more boozy and sweet. It burns a lot.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and seriously boozy. Slick with soft carbonation.

This is a big, oaky stout with a ton of contrasting flavors and a massive alcohol presence. It's certainly low on the drinkability scale but it's an interesting beer to try once.

gford217, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 002, best before 14/12/19

Poured into a snifter. Dark, dark brown body, with a tint of ruby red around the edges. A thin, lightly-tan film sits on top after the initial head gives way. Light waves lacing after each sip.

Dark roasted malts, alcohol infused cranberries, vanilla and oak rise up from the glass. A little bit of chocolate, but vanilla and cranberries are the dominant smell. The alcohol is a bit stiffer than most beers, but does not get in the way too much.

Rich oak and vanilla flood the taste buds at first, followed by a rush of cranberry and dark, chocolaty, malts. However, before the malts and cranberry can really set up they are wiped out by a wave of alcohol. The alcohol is really quite dominating on the finish. There is also a hint of floral notes in the beer, which may be the jasmine, but I'm not exactly sure, since I haven't dealt with jasmine too much. In general the flavor has a nice complexity that I enjoy, but the high ABV knocks it down a notch just because it wipes things out a bit.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Creamy, smooth, ample carbonation and lots of warming alcohol.

Drinkability is a tough to rate for this beer. I admire the beastliness of the beer, but the ABV does wash out a bit of the flavor. Definitely a sipper, but one that I quite enjoy. Perfect for splitting with someone on a cold winter night. Enjoy it slowly like a nice whisky.

Overall, this is a fairly crazy brew. Nice aroma, great complexity in the flavor and a big helping of alcohol heat. Not for the faint of heart, but probably an enjoyable beer for those that like stouts and scotch. The brew seems to have a lot of potential for aging, so I think I'll pick up one or two more and see how they fair down the road. Worth seeking out.

sisuspeed, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, revealing deep brown body with a thin layer of dense and creamy tan head. Some lacing. Smells Strong and sweet with heavy vanilla notes and hints of dried fruit. Somewhat boozy, but with the 18.2 percent it's a lot better masked than I expected.

Tastes really good, but the alcohol is ever present. Lots of oak and vanilla with a decently strong bitter hop presence over the roasted tones and malt. The cranberry flavor is folded in with all the other dark dried fruit flavors of date, apricots and fig. Jasmine is hard to detect, but there is a certain delicateness to the brew otherwise unexpected from something that packs such a whopping alcohol punch. Carbonation is tight and tingly in what is perhaps a medium body but drinks like a fine bourbon. Very much a sipper, this one, and one I could easily split a bottle a few ways of.

Overall, it's worth a try... especially on a cool night with a crackling fire and some anti-establishment literature.

abuliarose, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft, City Beer Store, BrewDog night. This was an interesting beer, but it was just a bit too big for its own good with heat overshadowing much of the complexity. Appearance is very dark brown to black with a pretty good light brown head, unexpected in such a big beer. Unfortunately, this beer is quite hot. There's a lot of booze in the aroma and even more on the palate. There's chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and roast, but it's all buried under alcohol and the more delicate notes just don't really show up. For instance, it's floral and fruity but I can't pick out jasmine or cranberries specifically. I would enjoy trying the normal version of this beer for a point of comparison and to see if more subtlety came through without quite so much booze. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, also from the booze. It's not terrible at all, but the alcohol content just throws things off-balance for me.

popery, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spelled "Tokio" on this label, but this is definitely the asterisked 18.2% version. And Tokio* is aiming high. From the label: "This is a beer inspired by a 1980s space invaders arcade game played in Japan's capital. 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 bottle's contents." No kidding? Clearly this is not from the makers of Natural Light.

Pours a tan head that is bigger than any 18.2% beer should be...and that's great. Sticks around for a full minute before fading. And when it starts looking like it's dying, a quick swirl brings the head quickly back to life, where it stays for another minute or two. The color is a deep, deep, deep dark brown...or perhaps a lightly faded black. All a matter of degree, I guess, but I know it looks quite fine.

Smell very much favors the alcohol--not exclusively, nor to the detriment of the overall experience. Super-spicy in the nose, even strong spearmint-like character. The cranberries and jasmine this is brewed with are detectable, though the alcohol flattens them a little rather than underscoring them. Kind of smokey, too. It avoids the aftershave-like smell of some other humongous beers, but ultimately it's a little too fumy--though at 18.2%, what do you expect? (uh...that head is still going and I haven't swirled for several minutes now...unbelievable in a beer of this strength.)

A big, no, HUGE oak-aged stout, brewed with cranberries and jasmine, from a brewery I really like (and find underrated...or maybe misunderstood)...with all that I expected something original, something unique, and that's what I got. Black licorice, mint, jasmine (yes, it's right here), cranberry (yes, that too...reminds me of a cranberry vodka), wood/smoke, dark roast coffee, vanilla...lots to like here. All of it underlined by an alcohol warmth that blazes but never burns. The finish (lotsa chocolate, some coffee, many hot and minty spices, and alcohol) lasts about 10 years. Ultimately the alcohol rules, and keeps what could have been a perfect "10" experience a mere, say, "8." Whatever.

This thing feels wonderful, like a good stout should: creamy, round, rich, a little sticky, silkier as it sits and warms, never overbearing. Juicy too! Just...wow...wow. I'll call it a perfect mouthfeel and leave it at that.

What is "drinkability" anyway? I'm drinking this and really enjoying it. There's a backlash right now against big or "extreme" beers, and I can sympathize with both sides of the argument. I just happen to find big beers more interesting, more thought-provoking, tastier, and ultimately more desirable. I'm not interested in sessioning. I like to sit and contemplate beer. Maybe that makes me weird, or maybe I'm just a normal guy who likes weird beer. So 4.5 "drinkability" it is. This is no DFH 120 Minute as huge beers go, but I will never forget it. Tokio* stands alone...like, isolation-chamber alone. I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Metalmonk, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jet black with 2 finger chestnut head. Slightly clingy lacing. Perfume from jasmine plays with the thick chocalaty malty aroma more then I thought. Chocolate, sweet, foriegn flavors I attribute to the jasmine and cranberry. A little burnt from the booze, which isn't too well hidden. Bitter chocolate in the finish, slightly cloying. The more this warms the more I think it needs to sit in the bottle and dry out. This beer is kinda getting to me. I would say a 12 ounce bottle is all I could handle, not to drinkable, too sweet, too boozy.

pmlondrigan, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of roblowther
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well....I assume this is the same beer. Mine is labeled "TOKlO" but it is, indeed, a 18.2% "intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout" Pours VERY thick and black, with a thin tan head. Smells of berries, chocolate, a sting of alcohol, and wood. Tastes of chocolate, burnt coffee, a very noticable alcohol burn, and a sharp hoppy aftertaste. Very sweet up front, very hoppy in back, very challenging on all fronts really. Mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, mildly carbonated, and oily at the end. Drinkability is a tough one for this beer. When you set out to do this much, its not going to be a beer is agreeable to its impending meeting with the inevitable. This one fights back. Its a really great attempt to push the envelope & one I'm really glad to be able to try.

roblowther, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of craytonic
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: black pour, decent light brown head, some lacing:

Smell: Booze dominates, followed by molasses, dark roasted malts, and chewed tobacco

Taste: Booze overpowers, followed by the roasted malts, tobacco juice, molasses, and dark fruit. I am not noticing cranberries, jasmine, etc.

Mouthfeel: Full

Drinkability: Too boozy to drink much; I know it is 18.2% but see that as more of a negative

craytonic, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I could have sworn this bottle spelled Tokyo as "T-O-K-I-O"... alas, the description for oak, jasmine and cranberry is listed on the Brewdog website... so I resolve that I had Tokyo*.

A- The head on this beer quickly receded to a haze layer and collar; little tiny bits of lacing. The body was an opaque garnet color with faint traces of carbonation.

S- The nose is very estery- lots of dark fruit (almost some synthetic fruit aromas) that dominate over the roasted and stewed malt. Whiffs of moderate to high alpha hops and some slight oakiness also on the nose.

T- OH MY GOD! This beer just punched me in the balls!! It is incredibly woody- up front you get a ton of oak lactones which give way to tannins on the mid-palate and echo in the finish. Stewed and roasted malts play second fiddle. The finish itself is peppery and amazingly oaky. As the beer warmed, a pronounced spiciness emerged, presumably the jasmine mentioned on the label. This spiciness contributed mostly to the already oaky and peppery finish.

M- Thin body with delicate carbonation. A little astringency and heat from booze. Very underwhelming in the mouthfeel department.

D- While this is a wonderfully interesting beer, it is a bit much. I would rather share this bottle than covet it for myself.

jgasparine, May 28, 2010
Photo of beeragent
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep redish brown, appearing almost black in the glass with nice ruby hues coming through when held up to the light. The pour created a good 1 inch head, that slowly faded, leaving medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Oh the aroma!! Awesome aroma of roasted malts mixed with a very noticeacble cranberry smell mixed in. A deeper inhale shows chocolate along with the oak aroma from the barrel. Very complex and inviting!!

T - The cranberry/roasted malt flavor coats the palate first, before passing to the oak barrel taste. The first thought of the flavor is almost black cherry soda with chocolate, before turning into whiskey. The taste then shifts to the alcohol in the finish, which is hidden well up front, but has a slight burn in the swallow. The complexity of the taste is amazing! There is so much going on here.

M - Heavy bodied with a relatively smooth finish. Medium amount of carbonation, a bit more than expected, but still works well.

D - Aside from the high abv of this beer, this beer is AMAZING!!!! Just a huge complex beer throughout. I havent been too impressed with Brewdog until I tried this. This one blew me away. Definetly a sipper beer, but well worth the time.

beeragent, May 27, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Neighborhood in San Diego.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits, and tobacco, in that order. As the beer warms hints of peat sneak out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of sweet molasses flavors kick things off, backed by mild amounts of roasted malts. Midway through the sip good amounts of boozy dark fruits make an appearance - plums and black cherries. Hints of tobacco come into play right before a sweet ending with a good deal of heat sticking around on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a big beer but does a nice job of holding in the boozy heat. An interesting one and worth a shot.

glid02, May 14, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into duvel tulip

A: pouring it looks like strong coffee in color, in glass its brown black, not as dark as many other RISs. also the head was a bit lacking, only a finger thick brown and didnt last very long.

S: coffee is first noticed, followed by cranberry and chocolate. there is the very noticeable alcohol.

T: cranberry sweetness and coffee are first, then chocolate of dark roasted malt. the cranberry gives a nice balance to the coffee and chocolate. the alcohol is very noticeable as well.

M: not as thick as other imperial stouts, it is thick and coating, low carbonation.

D: more like "sippability" very boozy, flavors are well balanced and the cranberry plays well with the coffee and chocolate. only odd thing is the bottle is spelled TokIo*

rootbeerman, May 09, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle had the spelling Tokio on it so i'm not really sure what that is about.
Pours a black color with a good dark head.
Smells of malts and alcohol while that little bit of bitterness comes though probably from the cranberries.
Tastes slightly like cranberries but has a lot of oaky taste to it.
Nice dark beer and as long as it is cold is easy to drink considering the %.
I enjoy this beer and its effects on me.

Spineypanda, May 06, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is definately a nightcap for me especially at its crazy ABV,it pours a dark crude oil colour that lets no light in whatsoever with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing two finger head that recedes to a smog of lacing,on smell the first aroma that hits me is alcohol followed by raisins and white port,it has a rather sirupy mouthfeel which feels more like a fine port than a RIS and it exudes tastes of raisins,port,dark chocolate,expresso,oak and finishes with a nice warm alcohol finish,overall a nice brew but not my most fav RIS and couldnt really drink more than one of these in a night,interesting brew though.

ADZA, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Kristing
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now this is truly a wonderful example of a strong, complex and sublime Imperial Stout. Of course, it is not the kind of beer you drink as a refreshment or as a session beer. This is the sort of beer that you kick back and relax with.

It would take a while to explain all the different levels of taste in the Tokyo, as it changes dramatically over time. But it suffice to say, that you will find plenty of coffee, chocolate, raisins, licorice and a beechwood kind of smokiness, not all at the same time though.

In conclusion, if you like complex, delicious beers to relax and indulge yourself with, then you will probably like this one.

Kristing, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of northaustin
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a thick black with about a half finger of deep mahogany head which disappears quicly and leaves no lacing.

smells like a hodgepodge of intense roasted malts, with the cranberries and jasmine making an attempt at masking the alchohol blitz.

taste is insane. in a way i cant even grasp. i really like the flavor but there is just too much goin on. the cranberries are noticeable, but struggle against roasted malts and in the end lose.

mouthfeel: candy coated cheeks.

drinkability: this one needs time to settle. although i am enjoying the beer now i would not recommend it fresh. because the beer tries so hard to block all alchohol taste in the mouth, you get hit hard with a semi unexpected alchohol sting in the chest and throat. and its expensive as balls.

to sum it all up, im not really sure how i feel about this beer.

northaustin, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of pastradul
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i have had this on draft once before. and had for a second time at Stone Brewery this past weekend!

Pours a deep black, with a slight red tint to it when in the light.

Smell: of heavy malt, cranberries and alcohol

mouthfeel: like crinking candy syrup. So think and heavy. Pretty much exactly what you would expect it to feel like for an 18% Stout.

Taste: initial heavy malt that quickly turns into sweet cranberry covering the mouth followed by a strong alcohol warmth!

overall: This is an amazing beer. I have two bottle sitting in my "cellar" right now, The best before date is december 2019! I don't know how long I will sit on them... but is going to be a while!

pastradul, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Super dark brown colour - not jet black as I'd expected. A tan coloured head which was about 1 finger but fades pretty quick. Light doesnt shine through this sucker.

Insanely rich nose. Super strong bittersweet chocolate smells there. Almost like distilled 90% cocoa chocolate. Dried fruits are present too for sure. Smells boozy as hell. This is the strongest beer I've had yet and it's letting me know. The additions of jasmine and cranberry are noticeable as a kind of herbal bite, though I wouldnt have picked the cranberry in a million years if i didnt know it was there.

Monsterous beer. Almost unbelievable. Rampant fig, date and plum flavours run amok on the tongue amongst tastes of pudding, chocolate and roasty, roasty malts. Insanely sweet, but also a deep bitterness present along with some big herbal sorts of flavours. Unbelievably boozy, vodka like in its warmth and back-of-throat feeling. This is an outrage. I like it, but its a huge shock to the taste buds.

Feels luxurious in the mouth. Cloying, but could be MUCH more so. Probably the most deserving of the term 'sipper' of any beer I've had.

Shit.... What is this monster?!

jbowers56, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who would have thought I'd run into this beer on-tap? I already bought two bottles for myself, but maybe I'd be better off tasting a small amount before I dive into my bottles. On-tap at 38 Degrees in a 4½ ounce taster glass, on to the beer:

Creamy black color, not the super dark jet black I've come to expect from the style. A little bit of lacing stay on top the beer and on the glass. There's a lot of chocolate fudge in the aroma. I didn't really smell a lot of booze. The cranberry starts to come out and add another dimension to the nose. A really pleasant nose, and not harsh at all.

Ok, here we go. There is some good flavor, and yes, there is quite a bit of alcohol. Chocolate liqueur is the most dominant of the flavors. I like how the jasmine and cranberry additions are melded into this strong beer; it's not just a strong cloying stout. Strong vodka-like booze hits towards the end, but the boozy element is short lived. Body is more medium bodied than full, aftertaste isn't very intense, which helps get this beer down faster.

Tokyo* isn't just another high ABV stout; the spice and fruit really add to make this beer unique in its category. Personally, I've been dissapointed with the BrewDog beers I've sampled in the past, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see this beer come out without being a train wreck. Now, the hard part will be saving a bottle for long-term aging.

DoubleJ, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad they got this one at the local brew store...

A: Hmm, a little lighter looking than expected. Dark, but just pours a lot lighter than the motor oil brews. Not as thick. 1 inch off-white head that quickly fades. Good.

S: Smells of sweet apples upfront with a roasty booziness in the middle and oaky roast on the backend. Decent.

T: Holy big beer! Nice dark fruit, oak, and thick booze upfront. Hot brew! Sweet malts in the middle with a hint of roasty oak on the backend. Good.

M: Thick for sure. Misleading appearance. Sticks heavily to your palate. Good.

D: Goes down a little harder than normal brews, hence the 18% ABV. Not much different than what I expected.

All in all, this is a good sipping brew to try at least once. Not a whole lot special going on in this brew. Very hot and dry. Some good flavors bouncing around, but age would probably serve this one well.

steve8robin, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While I am probably in the minority with this beer that is okay. I realize why this has some lower rankings and I hope that people that see my review see what I am able to see here.

A - a very dark apperance no light is gettting through a small wispy dark chocolate head.

S - Dark chreries wonderful aroma.

T - Sort of harsh but with the abv to be accepted at the same time.

M -strong cherries with a bit of pucker it is strong.

D - I really liked this and should be retried for the style and abv.

Casey10, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of orange-brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam dissipates quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of caramel and roasted malt with some sweet toffee and bread.

T - Dark caramel and molasses up front. Some soy-like malts and cola in the middle. Complex notes of alcohol and dark sugar including boozy fruit flavors of cherry and fig with thick molasses. Finishes with more dark chocolate and burnt sugar.

M - Thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Like all of the super high ABV beers that I have had, drinkability isn't a word that belongs in any description of this beer. The six oz serving that I had was as much as I needed, and I would have had a hard time drinking any more. It has a soy sauce character that seems to be tied to the molasses flavors and that threatens to overwhelm the other elements of the beer. There are some nice notes of caramel and fruit that help create a level of complexity and counter the excessive molasses. In my experience, it seems like anything over 14 or 15% ABV develops a level of syrupy sweetness and alcoholic heat that cannot be balanced out and that begins to turn it into something other than beer. While Tokyo is relatively complex and balanced for a beer of this strength, much of its appeal is novelty.

nickfl, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Black with reddish hues, a bit of lace, a thin head. Floral and roast aroma, a contradiction. A mild amount of carbonation. Initially, a good chocolate hits the tongue. Serveral sips later, very boozy, more vodka-ish. Below average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle, $12.99, best by 12-14-19. Cute.

This beer is clear, with a dark brown body that has ruby red highlights if I shine my LED light through it. There was a very thin layer of hear, which quickly disappeared. Not even a ring.

Aroma started out as sweet fruits, mostly cherries and berries. Then dark malt followed, with some tannins and indeterminate hops. I couldn't tell if they were piney, floral, grassy, citrusy, or just plain resinous. Because they were overpowered by a boozy smell, like whiskey.

Taste was bitter at the forefront, followed by some very dark malt. Then came a blast of alcohol, followed by tannins from the oak. Finish was roasted malt, with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel was most definitely oily and slick. Nowhere near as viscous as I would have expected from something this heavy on the malt.

Drinkability has to take a big hit, however. I had to struggle to get through it. If ever a beer was a true sipping beer, well, this is it. Based on what I have had so far, of course. I still plan to have a few thousand more kinds over the next few decades. I am starting to rethink whether I should buy a bottle of Tactical Nuclear Penguin or not.

connecticutpoet, Apr 11, 2010
Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.