1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Tokyo* - BrewDog

Not Rated.
Tokyo*Tokyo*

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

648 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 648
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 194 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
BrewDog visit their website
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
View: Beers (92) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 648 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of StaveHooks
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter

A - Pours pitch black with a dark esspresso head

S - Astringent bakers chocolate, booze, licorice, tobacco, dank earthy hay, old malts,

T - Wow! Super sweet(I'm talking diabetic coma sweet!) licorice, syrup, concentrated grape juice, straight raw brown sugar, sweet tobacco juice, tart fruit helps out a little with the cloying sweetness. Finishes with a peppery alcohol bite.

M - Heavy sugary body, low carbonation, cloyingly sweet.

This one is hard to drink. Sweet does nothing to describe this sugary substance. Thank God there was some tartness in there to combat it. There's good flavors in there but is just overtaken with the sweetness. I wanted to like this but this is a mess.

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.52/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't want to imply by some of the things I'm about to say that this beer is bad, but it is certainly not good. The smell was strongly of nail polish remover. The taste was intensely sweet, with a bit of a fruity, appley, taste. However, there was still an overpowering flavour of nail polish remover present. It wasn't something that could really be excused or explained. There must have been some acetone in there somewhere and it really ruined the whole beer.

Photo of Patrick999
2.57/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a chalice. Viscous looking dark body, minor foaminess.

Aroma is deep and alcoholic, as you would expect - a mocha spiked with a lot of whiskey.

One sip. Sickeningly sweet. Another sip....sickeningly sweet....and so on and so on. Inexplicably, it's straight-up sweetness and alcohol. Little to no nuance/complexity playing off the sweetness. I can't pick up bitter chocolate, coffee, hops, anise, vanilla...nothing. It's simply achingly sweet and bracingly alcoholic. In despair, I pick up a piece of bitter chocolate, hoping to enhance the experience, and indeed, the bitter dark chocolate provides a much-needed counterpoint. However, should I really have to pair an 18% stout with a piece of chocolate in order to get any flavor depth at all out of it? I don't think so. I can't believe I'm giving this a 2.0 for taste, but I am.

Feel is syrupy, not exactly helping, but that is to be expected with a beer this alcoholic.

Drinkability is extremely limited. You might protest, "oh, but it's 18%!" To which I say so the hell what? DFH World Wide Stout is 18%, and while certainly sweet in its own right, that beer is quite complex and tasty, beckoning further sips. This? This just makes me think of my teeth, rotting away.

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - It's dark, but let's plenty of light through, and is mostly red, and not just around the edges. There is some nice head retention and lacing, which surprised me.

S - Just a lot of booze. Some woody notes, but this smelled overwhelmingly of alcohol

T - Pretty similar to the nose. Some dark malty character, but very much as a background to the strong taste of alcohol.

M - Feels kind of like mouthwash.

D - It's not the worst drinking beer I've ever had, and at 18.2%, it's not something I'd really want a lot of anyway.

Photo of thagr81us
2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured pitch black with a one and a half finger light brown fizzy head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, peat, raisins, dark fruit, maple syrup, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, peat, massive alcohol, and maple syrup. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I was not really a big fan of this one. It just seemed like a big mess to me if I'm honest. As you probably know this one is pretty high ABV and it definitely lets you know this fact right out of the gate. Not a whole lot of balance going on in this one at all as the alcohol truly dominates this brew. While it is a LITTLE sweet up-front, it doesn't stand a chance again the booze. To be fair, it did smooth out some when it warms up, but not much. Also upon warming the aroma actually made my eyes burn! Worth trying at least once to say you did, but I will not be having this one again...

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.66/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick brown colored head and a little lacing all around. Smells of alcohol but not in a too offensive way, bourbon, and a little oak. Tastes of oak, bourbon, malts, a little hops, and resinous alcohol. Mouthfeel is harsh and somewhat tough to handle. Drinkability is very low.

Photo of Mbpike
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Teddy-Pickles
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of metapod
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of PhatAtUT
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of sneezye
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of AAvgerinos
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

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

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

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

Overall... meh.

Good idea, bad execution.

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

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

Photo of SawDog505
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured very aggressive into a 20oz Duvel tulip. Pours pitch black with a 3 inch tan head no lace at all. Smell Bourbon, burnt dark chocolate and coffee, and strong whiffs of dark fruits prunes and fig. Taste is that, but a very strong hit of turpentine. Body is thin for its massive abv, enough life, and drinkability is very low. With everything I have said, it is better than it might sound, but not much. A beer that I feel is crazy and excessive. I wish I knew how old because 5 years may tame it down and show the brewers vision, but as is, very hot and messy.

Photo of GatheringBrews
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At first sip, I enjoyed it, because of its bold flavor, but as noted elsewhere, it became just overbearing and alcoholic, which increased as it warmed in the glass.

Rich mahogony in color, nearly black, with a pale white head that dissipated quicly. Sticky sweet aroma with obvious notes of alcohol.

Dominated by roasted sweetness, almost burnt, there are hints of the smoke and oak, but they're overwhelmed by the bitterness and alcohol.

Photo of Viggo
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, can't remember who shared this one. Maybe my boy George.

Pours a very dark and viscous black, some ruby red in the corners, thin tan head forms and quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, some legs form, not bad.

Smell is pretty intense, very sweet and sugary, some caramel, brown sugar, molasses, treacle, soy sauce, dark fruit, tons of alcohol, lightly woody, comes off a bit spicy in the nose, some licorice, alright but too boozy.

Taste is the same, some nice flavours, toffee and brown sugar, molasses, licorice, a bit of wood, but very sweet and lots of soy sauce and way too much alcohol going on, sweet finish with a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Tons of heat, and way too sweet for me. Pretty tough to drink.

Photo of dmsohyea
2.92/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a Stone "Vertical Epic" glass.

A: a strong pour yields barely a half finger of dark tan, soapy head. Not a lot of lace, but some retention. Not completely black, some light penetrates.

S: Smell is pretty decent. Lots of chocolate and a hint of cranberry. It says there is also jasmine, but I can't smell it. Smells a bit like one of those dark chocolate covered, dried cranberries soaked in vodka. Yeah. Definitely some strong alcohol scents. So strong, in fact, that as I was trying to pick up various scents my eyes started watering from the alcohol fumes.

T: taste very closely follows the nose plus a bunch of burnt malt flavor. Chocolate cherries and tons of alcohol on the finish. Super hot and boozy. A little bit sweet for me, but to be expected for such a huge beer.

M: Actually not a strong, thick motor oil consistency. Very little carbonation, but not super thick and deathly.

O: Overall not terrible for such a big beer, but also too strong and not smooth at all. Alcohol isn't hidden and you taste every bit of that ABV. Certainly won't be trying this one again.

Photo of danieelol
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A: Tasty looking pour with thin but very persistent head. Dark black, good lacing. Really impressed with this one's appearance considering the ABV. 4.5

S: Definitely get sulfuric stouty smell and also something like juniper berries. Also, hops. Also get some musty woody notes like a wood workshop. Alcohol well hidden. Definitely notice the familiar Brewdog hop profiles as it warms also. Smell is complex but a bit subtle and faint. 4

T: Surprisingly sweet, loads of residual sugar in this. It hides the alcohol _extremely_ well though. Smoky notes coming in later. But it's still so sweet. To an almost sickly extent. 2.5

M: Pretty good for the style. 4

O: Enjoyment is substantially reduced by the excessive quantities of residual sugar. I couldn't finish the whole bottle. 1.5

Photo of lackenhauser
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Urbancaver
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of 2bet
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of chelseadanny
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of DerrickW
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.