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Tokyo* - BrewDog

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very good

633 Ratings
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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 54
Gots: 182 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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 laituegonflable
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown - not quite dark, as it's brown all over that. Head is modest, but a reasonably good retention, lace is alright but not very sticky. Looks a bit plain, but not bad.

Smell is incredibly boozey. Actually feels like it's giving me a headache just sniffing that. Very sweet with huge alcohol phenols. Has a refined-sugar/rum kind of aroma, and disappointingly little dark or roasty characters off it besides a slight sweet chocolate fragrance.

Taste is incredibly strong, very sweet with golden syrup combining with slight chocolatey notes, and a genuine heat from alcohol on the back. Only a slight sip gives you a huge amount of flavour, so marks for that, but it's strong so of course you will get that effect. Brown sugar, some peppery spice, but really the palate is unnuanced with the dominant flavour being strong alcohol. Doesn't quite harness its own strength, and the booziness dominates an otherwise fairly unilateral palate.

Syrupy, fairly thick mouthfeel. Definitely feels heavy as well as tasting it. Can't say I'm a huge fan.

Yeah, not an unpleasant experience, just doesn't have any sparkle to it. Like a really strong, muscular person with no personality.

Photo of flyingpig
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky brown colour with hints of red along with a soapy lacing around the brim that is quite patchy.

Very spicy on the nose with a strong oak prescence and plenty of peat as well. There is some chocolate and coffee along with hints of cranberry and rasins. There was a background dark fruit aroma and some wood along with tiny amount of plum.

Spicy & incredibly strong. I could detect a lot of oak and peat along with some wood and a huge alcohol kick. This is blended with some honey and cranberry as well as some plum but this is minimal. There was also some brown sugar thrown in for good measure. It was quite complex again but far too strong for my liking. Almost like a whisky at times.

Thick with a full body and almost no carbonation at all. As I mentioned, it was quite spicy on the palate with a mix of sugar and oak in the alcohol infused finish that lingered for some time.

As expected, this one was an very strong beer and made for very slow drinking with three of us splitting a 330ml bottle and still struggling to finish it in one sitting. Worth trying for the experience alone but not really an outstanding beer in its own right.

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3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so my bottle reads "Tokio*" with a red star. Not sure what this means, probably nothing given Brewdog's dabbling in gimmickry. No worries, beer's beer.

Pours a dark brown or light black (light black?). Head is minimal. Lacing is non-existent. Oily

Aroma beings with interest: tartness of cranberries and some dark chocolate. Faint hints of strong coffee. And alcohol. The former characteristics don't cover up the booze. Caramel and molasses come through a bit later.

Taste has a cacophony of the aromas. Caramel, chocolate, booze, cranberries (not picking up any jasmine), and faint coffee. Vanilla makes an appearance to kill the molasses. Too bad. Still, the oak chips don't pack much of a punch, which is good for me. Sometimes I think oak is just too pushy. Anywho, this is a tough beer to drink. Boozy and the flavors don't calm that down. Maybe age it 8 years, but not sure how that would turn out.

Photo of roblowther
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Had to open this guy after Rip Tide let me down so much. Can this brew redeem the Dog?
Pours a cloudily opaque black-brown with a highly transitory head of tan bubbles that leaves no lacing at all behind. There's a heavy pall of alcohol in the nose covering notes of oak, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. This pattern is renewed on the tongue, as notes of vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and roasted dark malts are o'ercovered by a heavy alcohol burn. Luckily this burn rolls in after the other flavors have a chance to grab hold of the tongue, but they are nearly forced off the cliff when the ill wind starts a-blowin'. Things look better in terms of the body, which is a nice bit o' husky with active carbonation and a relatively smooth texture. Unfortunately, the drinkability takes a good hit with the alcohol and its burn, which turn this brew into a languidly slow sipper. I must say that this is indeed a step up from the Rip Tide, but not much of one; the Paradoxes stand head-and-shoulders above them both. Still, an admirable attempt and an intriguing could-have-been.

Photo of nickd717
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at City Beer in SF.

Pours nearly black in color - not quite as black as I expected it to - with a small, fading tan head. Fairly viscous.

Aroma is pretty crazy. Very vinous and fruity, along with roast, chocolate, earth, and booze. Lots of booze. A little tartness evident even.

The flavor is dominated by dark fruits, interestingly. Red wine, cranberries, cherries, and prunes stand out. There is also some roast and chocolate, but it is definitely in the background. Lots of alcohol.

Boozy and warming on the palate with surprisingly thin body (although still above average) given the ABV. Carbonation level is medium-low.

This beer is fine overall, it's just not a very well-crafted imperial stout in my opinion. This seems to be a case of throwing as much as possible into a beer and hoping something good comes out. Tokyo* is definitely an extreme beer, but as for whether it's a good beer, the jury's still out.

Photo of d4114
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black but light gets through the sides and is blood red; Has nice head about one finger of tan head with small bubbles.

S- Well you definitely get the alcohol, I think I might have got high from smelling this beer. Oak with dark fruits, a sweet chocolate, caramel and a little banana.

T- Alcohol overpowers most flavors but after that sweetness hits you, then the fruits, bitter in the middle, then left with more sweetness and a woodiness.

M- Full bodied, not much carbonation very wine like.

O- Just too hard to drink. Lots of really good flavors and fun to drink but its just too harsh, it could use some age. Also I drank this bottle by myself but I would suggest splitting it with someone even though its only a 120z bottle.

Photo of phillybeer7779
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Listed as a stout, but poured a much lighter color, one that would be more associated with a darker barleywine or old ale. The smell was of cranberries and some jasmine, with a hint of alcohol. The cranberries and jasmine were both present in the taste, but the alcohol was very much in the front. As far as mouthfeel, the cranberries and jasmine were in the front, but the alcohol burn took over in the end, I could feel when this one reached my stomach. This beer is 18.2%, and I could feel this with every sip. This beer is not totally undrinkable, but there is no way I would want to even smell another one of these after having one. Purely a sipper, and one that should probably end an evening of drinking (provided that you didn't drink all that much). Overall a worthwhile and enjoyable beer to try, but know what you are getting into!

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer on tap at a local beer bar. My wife ordered this and we shared it. Beer is black with a brown thin head made up of big soapy bubbles. There is some lacing on the glass but I can't see any carbonation. It looks fine (served in a snifter btw).

I did not look at the menu until after I took a sniff of this beer. I immediately asked my wife what the ABV was, 18.2 %. Shit. The beer kind of smells like nail polish remover. Its sweet and really really hot. Lots of alcohol in the nose. Really knocked me over and made me fearful to drink it. Bring on the extreme.

Beer is primarily sweet and thin. The description on the menu says that it was made with jasmine and cranberries. If you say so Brewdog, I don't get any of that and I'm usually pretty good at picking stuff out like that. Drinkability is fine for such a giant beer but mouthfeel is too thin and there's not a lot going on in the taste department. The liquor quality of this beer overwhelms any subtly and any flavors you may have wanted / been expecting.

I didn't order this beer but it represents a "new" trend in brewing and by brewers, especially this brewer and others like DFH. Bigger isn't always better, more ethanol doesn't make you some brewing genius. How about a session beer everyone? How about something with some flavor other than malt and ethanol? How about making a beer with cranberries and making the cranberries the star? I'm sick of it.

Photo of kirok1999
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking stout, rich black with a nice thick off white head. Nice smell too, lots of sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee notes, raisins and cherry. Taste is overpoweringly sweet, made me shudder. Aftr you get over the sweetness some of the other flavors come through. Mild musky spice, a bit of lingering tartness and just a ton of sugar. Glad I split it with 3 other guys cause there's no way I would havewanted to finish the whole bottle myself.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Tokyo* from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.