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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

622 Ratings
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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 Rutager
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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.

Rutager, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of GTJayG
3.84/5  rDev -2%

GTJayG, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of tjfinkle
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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%

tjfinkle, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Shadman
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Shadman, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of pants678
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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

pants678, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Trizzle
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

Would definitely enjoy this one after a big meal.

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

Trizzle, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Someguy1_8t
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Someguy1_8t, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a tiny tan coloured head.

The smell is sweet malts, alcohol, caramel and toffee.

The taste is very sweet and boozy. The alcohol is prevalent and burns your mouth. As it warms up there are cherries and cough syrup coming through.

The mouthfeel is like syrup with almost no carbonation.

Overall I though this was pretty good but am struggling to get through a 12oz bottle,I would rather split this, if you don't like an alcohol burn in your beer, this isn't for you.

Dave1999, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Brenden, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drunk this beer in Jay's pub in Waalwijk.

A - A nearly pitch black beer, against the light there is a dark red color shining true. Almost no head, the foam that is present has a light brown color.

S - A nice sent of oak wood, malts, booze and pine. I think there is more but I can't define it. I think its tar that they scraped of an old flat roof.

T - A very sweet beer with hint of oak wood, candy sugar, hops, booze, and black candy.

M - A soft carbonated beer, sticky with a light hop taste to it. In the finish comes a nice alcohol warmth to knock you out. You feel this one going up you brain quite fast. Maybe its a alien brew.

O - A good stout, that by the way doesn't taste like a stout. What is it then? Well its more like a very strong quadruple.

Mar02x, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
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.

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

SleepyMonk, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
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.

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

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

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

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

NCSUdo, Oct 06, 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 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 FeDUBBELFIST
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
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.

WanderingFool, Nov 14, 2010
Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.