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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

664 Ratings
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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 ErinnA
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

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 dragonWhale
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not this one, that one..Tokio* A beer that was dedicated to Thanksgiving style festivities last weekend. Popped the top and poured the viscous liquid out in clumps..maybe not quite..Thick, though, low carb..Boozy but not out of control with higher alcohols, just what it should be 18% of ridiculous ethanol pushing some cranberry and chocolate notes forward..Not really getting much jasmine or oak or French..For what this ridiculous beer is, it's pretty solid and probably would age well. A bit pricey, but whatchoo goin do? Good work, gentlemen..

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 Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bb 4-4-21 Had this one a couple years probably. I'm sure it's smooth and easy drinking by now ;-)

Appeaeance. Pours dark brown with a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Sweet dark chocolate, red berries, booze, lightly floral with some dark malts.

Taste. Tangy red berries and sweet dark chocolate. Surprisingly low alcohol taste, also surprisingly decent tasting. Some herby floral flavours going on as well. Not too shabs!

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, low carbonation. Kinda sticky.

Overall. Honestly, I was expecting this to be terrible. Pleasantly surprised with this drinkable 18+% beer.

Photo of Sigmund
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 18.2%. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Strong aroma of oak, molasses, roasted malts, sweetened strong coffee, dark dried fruits and alcohol. The flavour is sweet, malty and roasty, notes of burnt caramel and molasses, the alcohol is very noticeable. A moderate hoppy bitterness in the finish. A bit too far out on the sweet side, I'm afraid - but definitely worth sampling.

Photo of tjfinkle
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly chilled bottle poured into tulip

Appearance- Pours very dark with very little head

Smell - Malty, serious alcohol, and a slight oaky smell.

Taste - Alcohol and oak, with slight roasty and leathery aftertaste, but overall you mostly notice just how hot this beer is

Mouth- considering the style as well as the smell and alcohol content, it is not very thick, but overall good mouthfeel considering the high alcohol content

Drink- Could not drink a lot of this beer, but that is not intended. However that being said, this is a very drinkable beer for 18%

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a sniffer glass.

Body is deep and dark, very close to espresso/coffee residue. Head is tan but not very lively, it jumps up to about 1 and half fingers and then gives way to a patchy coating.

Aroma is think with alcohol esters plus bitter chocolate and coffee. Hints of burnt toffee and roasted dried dark fruits.

The alcohol esters and burnt sugar also dominates the taste palate. Golden syrup and over cooked molasses tastes also run strong. There are elements of malt but these notes deviate from the norm due perhaps to the other tastes that are a lot more dominant across the palate.

Very full bodied and tilting towards the heavy side of the weight scale. This beer is huge in many ways. Rather syrupy with a long taste spectrum and a spicy finish that leaves an olive oil like sensation in the mouth.

At and 18.2% ABV you obviously aren't going to be doing a bunch of these one after the other (or perhaps you will if you're brave) but if you have a sensible and discerning approach to the consumption of good beer, then you should consider booking out some time in your calendar to appreciate Brewdog's Tokyo*

Photo of pants678
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a finger and a half of beige head, opaque body.

Boozy if nothing else, cocoa.

Super sweet chocolate with oak notes, tinges of coffee. Must be sipped as it couldn't be more pungent with cocoa, milk and fruit. Almost like a candy, if that's a superlative for desert. Wouldn't know of cranberry unless I'd read it. As if someone poured a thimble of rum in the bottle. I complain about indecisive, non committal beers but I'd rather this one back off. This beer's mean.

Thick, but so rich you can't get a mouthful that might be offensive. All things considered it's surprisingly approachable

Photo of Daktyls
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on my bottle is spelled differently from the picture, mine is spelled "Tokio" and does not have the red dot in the first "o".

A: Pours a deep dark brown with no head at all. During the pour there was some head but immediately dissipated after the pours was finished. A very fine ring around the glass remained which is the result of this beer continuously bubbling with carbonation.

S: Smells somewhat oakey with notes of malt and cranberries. Overall a somewhat "boozy" smell as other reviewers have noted. Also some vanilla and other mild fruit notes are detectable on the nose.

T: Immediately tastes of very dark and bitter chocolate, giving way to molasses with mild cranberries and roasted malts. The taste gives way to alcohol fairly quickly but overall very enjoyable while the taste is present.

M: Somewhat creamy and oily feeling on the tongue with a light amount of carbonation. After the swallow feels like a regular hard liquor on the finish, burning the throat ever so slightly is the very high alcohol content.

D: Almost disturbingly drinkable for the amount of alcohol in this brew. Very easy to drink once the first few sips are down (much like a whiskey). While I'll definitely finish this one, I would be hesitant to have another right away.

Photo of GTJayG
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Shadman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as hell...Rich tan toffe head and gobs of lacing.

Rum raisin, slight oakiness, and booze...and I let this set for 7 months...

Surprising, despite the booziness ( I might as well get that fact over with now) there's some complexity that is nice ( maybe patience-ie cellaring pays off). Chocolate notes, sweet cranberries, some slight dry hop bitterness. Finishes with some slighty tart cranberry and alchohol astringency.

Certainly thick, but a bit too sticky and sweet on this palate.

A must try, but only if you let it cellar. At 18.2% it's a split amongst a group of 4, sip, and savour.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 011 - Best Before 09-02-21

Pours a thin root-beer color with a fairly frothy one finger tan head. Smells of dark ripe fruits and oak dominate the nose and supported by a boozy aroma. First sip is boozy and bitter, with plenty of raisins, figs, and oak comprising the flavor. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy since the beer looked a tad thin on the pour. The 18.2% ABV is fairly well hidden for such a strong beer.

Photo of Trizzle
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Someguy1_8t
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Batch 907 served in snifter
Appearance - bark brown color with little to none rapidly diminishing head.
Smell - very sweet vanilla oak scents, from the oak barrel aging. Honey and booze.
Taste - much like the smell, with the exemption of some slight cherry tartness.
Mouthfeel - light bodied with almost no carbonation. Slight lingering of sweet vanilla.
Overall - I liked and would recommend for sweet vanilla oak ale seekers. Reminded me of Hebrew Funky Jewbelation.

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Working through notes from my most recent tasting...

This beer is a dark brown color, going nearly black with dark mahogany highlights. The light brown head is thin and manages to drop spotty lacing.
Malts are all over the aroma but dominated by alcohol. Strong notes of raisins and interesting sweetness pop out as well. It seems complex but overwhelmed by the booziness, but I do get a bit of woodiness, which has a dryness to it that can't overcome the sweetness. It's very difficult to pull out, but I manage to catch the ghost of an herbal leafiness. It's delicate, so difficult like many of the subtleties in here to pick out. Still, I like what I can get from this smell.
The same goes for the flavor; there's lots of complexity that takes a lot of work to pull out under the general booziness. Otherwise that leafy hop twang does manage to make an appearance under lots of raisin, a bit of chocolate, something like licorice, light dry woodiness, and caramel.
The body isn't quite big enough for a stout, particularly a double. It's not light by any means, it's just a little shy of the heftiness of the style. It is interestingly crisp and biting, and a bit too much at that.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, batch 233, served in a snifter. Pours a dark chocolate color with a reddish hue, thin tan head with a little bit of lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, oak, smoke, soy, alcohol, licorice, and almost a port-like sweetness. Flavor is syrupy dark chocolate, roasted malts, wood, alcohol, and vinous. Mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy, bitter and warming. Lots going on with this one, definitely a sipper.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith's snifter.

It's dark brown, you can tell it's not black when held up to the light. Small tan head, not much retention or lacing.

Whoa, the aroma is complex and boozy. It has hints of dark fruits, caramel, boozy spice, tingles the nostrils a bit with the alcohol kick. It's good but it makes me leery of trying this one!

The taste is similarly complex but not so boozy that I don't enjoy it. It has the same flavor profile as the aroma. Dark fruits from the cranberries and the jasmine is there too. There is still a caramel note but I don't get the chocolate roasted flavors of a typical imperial stout.

It has a good mouthfeel despite the high abv that is unmistakeable. I'd definitely drink another at some point but this isn't meant to be a session beer. It's hard to score the drinkability when I consider the price as well. Still, I'm liking this brew and I'm damn glad I've tried it.

Photo of emceecue
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This really isn't my usual type of beer. BUT here goes. Pours dark and has a slight purplish tint.

Thin head with a tan tint that sticks around after a few sips.

After the first sip, I was tempted to pour it. It was sour and confusing. Honestly, it reminds me of a thinner blackberry brandy. It packs a wallop that I haven't had before though and it brings me to a limit I haven't reached nor had.

If I ever happen to come across it again in my travels, I will more than likely pick it up.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tokio pours a deep dark brown/near black into the glass. On top, a small, creamy tan head forms. The foam dissolves slowly to a sheet on the surface leaving behind a fair amount of spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The rich, malty aroma has notes of alcohol, oak, chocolate, raisins and roast malt.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is soft on the palate, velvety with a fizzy feel on the tongue. The flavor is very rich and malty. It begins with chocolate and toffee, followed by dark fruit (raisins, cranberries) and finishes with light spice flavors, almost like mint. Throughout the sip is a presence of alcohol. Once gone the rich, dark malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty complex beer. Lots going on, but the alcohol makes it a sipper. I wish I had a bottle or two to age in the cellar for a few years.

Photo of steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of shambeano
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L- pours a dark black, only just lets the tiniest amount of light through, with about an inch and a half of brown head, which slowly subsides, some lacing.

S- the Jasmine addition really comes through, smells very sweet with a lot of alcohol heat. touch of cranberry as well. overall the smell is very sweet and spicy, reminds me a little bit of a hot cross bun.

T- Sweet malts, cranberry and Jasmine, lots of raisin, sultana, cinnamon, orange peel, again slightly like a hot cross bun, both sweet and spicy. alcohol taste comes through again but it is pleasant. a whole heap going on here, lots of flavors and would make a great winter warmer.

M- on the thicker side, but not as thick as i was expecting. little bit of carbonation.

D- could never have more than one in an evening. not highly drinkable.

Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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