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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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592 Ratings
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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 48
Gots: 160 | 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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev -1%

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer for $6.75. I was expecting something along the lines of World Wide Stout, but this was much more like port. I'd be interested to see what this tastes like in a few years, but right now it's a surprisingly smooth mix of dates, cranberries, chocolate, and roasted grains. There's a bit of warming alcohol. It's not offensively strong, but I'd expect it to cool with time. There's a tart and bitter undertone and for the strength, the body is fairly reasonable. It's a beer you probably should split, but wouldn't need to. Be warned.

tempest, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of gtermi
3.88/5  rDev -1%

A: The beer pours a motor oil black body with a thin white head that quickly fades and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. There is also some floaties in the beer, probably from the fruit or yeast

S: I am picking up a strong amount of sweet booze, a tiny bit of chocolate. The boozy smell really dominates.

T: Dear mother of god this is a freaking sweet beer. The first sip just destroys my palate and takes a long time to recover so I can enjoy the after taste. The after taste consists of some chocolate, roasted malt and a very tiny bit of sour fruit.

M: It is very smooth and it goes down with ease. There is also a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat.

O: This beer is pretty crazy and for sure one of those beers you could only drink once every few months, but man is it easy to drink for an 18% beer. I cant wait to see how this beer tastes with a few years on it.

gtermi, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

mtstatebeer, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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*

SleepyMonk, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -1%

Pours a solid black with a surprisingly large tan head that dissipates quickly to form a ring. Smells of licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, treacle, sweet dark fruits, a non-descript floral component, and a hint of alcohol. Wow this really has a lot going on in the aroma! Taste is sweet with thick chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars, a little fruit and a lot of harsh alcohol. Leaves a long lingering sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and vodka in the finish. Thick body, light carbonation, creamy Hershey's chocolate syrup type mouthfeel. This one packs a punch! Its a sipper for sure, but I would have liked the alcohol burn to be a bit less harsh. I enjoyed this one for most of the night.

johnnnniee, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

theboozecruise, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

ATLbeerDog, May 16, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Proteus93, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

jrenihan, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of NCSUdo
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

NCSUdo, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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 nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

$13.00 for the 11.2oz bottle
Batch - 002, Best before14/12/19
Served in a stemless wine glass at room temperature
Sampled 12OCT12

Proclaimed on the bottle:
"intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout...brewed with cranberries and jasmine"

Slow down...I'll be the judge of 'intergalactic.'

[A] Pours with a finger and a half of light to medium light brown head. Surprisingly deft retention. The collar remains throughout. body is straight black. Thin wavy bands and dots of lace cling to the glass.

[S] First whiffs bring in a healthy dose of acetone and even a bit of sharp nail polish. This fades off to respectable levels giving way to cranberries, jasmine (I guess that's jasmine) and other pungent herbs.

[T] For starters, this beer is heavily sweet. But it's not as sweet as expected honestly. And it's not lacking in the complexity department either. Between the tartness of the cranberries, the intensity of the herbs, the soft French oaky tannins and the sharpness of the alcohol, the sweetness is [somehow] kind of manageable. Chocolate, fudge and bitter molasses help to offset as well.

[M] Smooth, oily texture. Soft and rolls over the tongue. moderately thick, ABV considered.. Definite heat as expected, but not palate burning on the finish. A slow sipper nonetheless.

[O] I had this beer on draft a while back. And it was an absolute mess at that point. Two years later and - for what it is - this beer is actually pretty decent. Certainly an impressive feat if nothing else. Well done guys. Maybe not intergalactic, but pretty close.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of psiweaver
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into my Bruery tulip shared by Robert who had brought this bottle back from Brewdog's pub.

A: pours a light black with no head but a little bit of dark brown lacing. pours fairly thin thickness.

S: smells good very interesting and unique. I couldn't quite place the flavorings.

T: very good taste with no alcohol burn at all. Lots of richness and malt.

M:fairly thin mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. but too thin for a stout of this size.

overall good tasty beer that i'd definitely have again.

psiweaver, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

WanderingFool, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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 mothman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

mothman, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of shambeano
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

shambeano, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with thin patchy brown foam. Light aroma of dark malt, molasses, dark dried fruit, faintly floral. Flavor is sweet dark malt with slight toastiness, dark dried fruit, hints of cranberry tartness, cocoa, oak but all the flavors are overwhelmed by alcohol. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. If beer was distilled into a liqueur, this is what I imagine it would taste like. There are lots of interesting flavors here and most would make up a nice imperial stout, but it's just a bit too strong to allow the flavors to take the front seat. Rich, warming and definitely worth trying but perhaps too intense for an evening of beer drinking. This would be an excellent after dinner / dessert drink, perhaps with ice cream. As the glass warmed up, it opened up like a good whiskey or liqueur. Tasty but a bit daunting.

LiquidAmber, May 23, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pitch black with no head whatsoever. Diggin it.

S: Lots of raisin, charred malt, dark bread, port and wood.

T: I've only had one other beer close to this ABV wise (World Wide Stout) and this is waaay smoother. Big burnt raisin skin flavor upfront with notes of plum, port, brandy and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty syrupy and it wears on you the more you drink. Overall a pretty accessible beer, all things considered. Pretty impressive.

notchucknorris, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A-pours a dark brown, almost black colored liquid that lets some deep ruby red hues shine through. The head is a lighter tan in color and pretty tight and thick. The retention is decent, lingers for about a half a minute, with a slowly falling lace that is thick but does fall behind the head

S-the nose is light especially for an RIS. Slightly burnt malts with dark chocolate are there first. A good bit of molasses acts as the inbetween as the cranberries sweetness seems to come through towards the back. Not really sure what Jasmine smells like but there is a light almost sweeter spice mixed in there with the molasses and cranberries. Rum soaked raisins and figs lie underneath in the back

T-huge flavor! Wow is this big! Roasted malts and dark chocolate are right in the forefront. Booze in the middle with a big sweetness following. Cranberries, plum, figs, rum soaked raisins and some bitter dark chocolate in the very back. Heat from the alcohol is definintely there in the back.

M-very full bodied and chewy. This is quite rick and soft, smooth on the palate with a creamy syrup like texutre. Nice carbonation, present and low, soft and inviting.

D-this is a very big RIS, the nose wasn't quite so big; but the flavors are huge. It is a little sweet and lacks the roasted qualities of a dominant RIS; but the size alone makes me really like this. The booze was there and it was a little hot, but 18% alc is going to be. Sometimes bigger is better and for me this is one of those cases.

cpetrone84, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pours very deep coffee color into my glass with one finger of head at best that dissipates quickly, not much in the way of lacing.

S - Dried dark fruits, rich malts, bitter cocoa, coffee, hints of vanilla, and a bit of alcohol as well.

T - Very rich and sweet. Molasses and dried fruit. Bittersweet cocoa mixed with a coffee-like flavor. Nice oak and vanilla notes as it melts away in your mouth with a slight alcohol burn, but nothing like you would expect at the ABV.

M - Pretty full in body, but not as think and syrupy as I expected. Mild carbonation and slight burn from the alcohol.

D - Great beer to try, but a bit more of a novelty item. Drinking for the experience of something new and outside the boundaries. Share this one with a friend, especially the price!

StoneBrewFanatic, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is jet black, medium tan head, light lacing. The aroma is interesting, lots of jasmine. The alcohol is also very prevalent. The jasmine lends a surprising sweetness. There are also a ton of roasted notes. The alcohol is also very hot and heavy, at 18% not surprising. The finish is also pretty hot. The body is full, the alcohol is very hot. Overall, a real enjoyable beer that is more than a high ABV bomb. But, the alcohol does take away from the drinkability. The second half of the beer the alcohol becomes the primary flavor. This one would be more enjoyable if you split it with a friend.

bonkers, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

An aggressive pour develops a creamy, deep tan head that rests atop the nearly opaque body, which contains ruby hues. As the beer sits the head disperses to leave a thin, yet sticky lacing behind.

The aroma is very appealing and consists of oak, herbal notes, and the sweetness of the advertised cranberries. In addition there are roasted malts, but in the end the oak prevails.

The flavor offers an immediate boozy sweetness, followed by the woody bite of the oak chips, and then evolving to the sweet or semi-tartness of the cranberries. The combination of sweetness, booziness, and oak bite is quite unique and very tasty.

This beer is thicker in body with medium carbonation, a touch viscous, and even a bit drying.

This is a very good beer. It is right in the game with the other 18% stouts, be it American Double or Russian Imperial.

CHADMC3, Feb 14, 2011
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3.96/5  rDev +1%

Ben518, Aug 31, 2014
Tokyo* from BrewDog
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