Black Tokyo Horizon - BrewDog
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Reviews by beholder_pl:
4.95/5 rDev +17.6%
This beer is more than outstanding. Mathematically speaking it's like outstanding^2.
Appearance: Pitch black, you won't see anything on the other side of the glass, so don't even bother looking. I took a photo of it and checked in GIMP and it was 0,0,0 in RGB meaning it was pure black. And it really is. Head was dark tan, medium in size and dropped pretty quickly, leaving no trace neither on the glass or the beer.
Aroma: Roast, coffee, roast, chocolate, roast and repeat. And so intense! Amazing aroma, and you can barely smell the alcohol (and it's 15,2% abv!). And even that little hint of alcohol does absolutely nothing to the aroma, if anything, it gives it more power.
Taste: Very rich in taste, with lots of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste of alcohol is present but it's nice, pleaseant and warming. And again - taste is very rich, very intensive and in your face. Pure awesomeness.
Mouthfeel: full bodied and almost flat.
Overall: Another bottle please, this beer is insane and that's the way I like it!
Enjoyed for a very long time from a teku glass. Beer was served in room temperature (highly reccommended!)
02-17-2014 19:59:27 | More by beholder_pl
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4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a very minimal brown head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, sugar, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, subtle alcohol, and toffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the ABV and having had Tokio* before, I went into this one a LITTLE concerned. However, this one did a MUCH better job at covering up the ABV with a lot of sweetness that came in different forms. While saying this, it was definitely still a sipper without a doubt. Worth trying for the high ABV lovers out there.
10-11-2011 17:43:38 | More by thagr81us
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
330mL (11.2oz) bottle from Luekens Big Town Beverages (Dunedin, FL). 9.99. Bottled 10/31/13. Served in a Monday Night Brewing snifter.
Pours pitch black with a half finger of deep mocha head that fades quickly. Faint wisps of bubbles remain throughout on both the surface and aroung the edges without leaving any lace.
Smells roasty and sweet with caramel, cocoa, coffee and brown sugar on top of an abundance of roasted malts.
Flavors are similar to the nose but much bolder. Roasty, bittersweet pure dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel/ sugar, molasses, brandied dates, faint smoke, soft earthy woodsy notes and a healthy dollop of booze. An intense, flavorful and very much imperial stout.
Heavy body, almost syrupy with light carbonation. Finishes with dark cocoa, light smoke and burnt sugars.
By no means a daily drinker but this was an experience worth having. A worthy acquisition for any fellow fans of big imperial stouts.
04-06-2014 03:13:31 | More by ThickNStout
4.98/5 rDev +18.3%
I love this beer! Yes, it's expensive for such a small bottle but it's for the experience. The aroma, taste & mouth feel are all amazing! You get these perfect aspects of 3 beers all rolled up into one.
This should be served around 65° in an open mouth glass (I prefer a snifter). It's pitch black with rich dark aromas & perfectly blended!
If you enjoy a dark barrel aged stout with rich dark chocolates with hints of coffee & dark fruits? This beer is a must have!!!
03-04-2014 08:50:49 | More by Circles413
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
The brew is dusty dark chestnut, has a very small off-white head, little lacing and rather small curtains.
A sweet vinous dark fruity smell.
The taste is also much sweet strong wine, dark fruits, sherry and nuts, Marzipan.
Little carbonation, soft and oily, a warm and slightly fiery feeling.
A good after dinner brew, went very well with sour blackberries.
09-23-2011 18:34:07 | More by rarbring
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast... comes in cardboard presentation box
Poured deep inky black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Barely any head - what there is pours a murky brown colour and this fades quickly... no lacing at all...
Aroma - Lots going on here... rich booze soaked fruit loaf, lots of charred sootiness, dark bitter chocolate, strong liquorice, very sweet smelling - lots of black treacle and muscovado sugar, cigar smokiness, caramel, alcohol soaked fruit (blackcurrants, dates, raisins, prunes), roasted nuts - praline, soy sauce and balsamic...
Taste - Quite sweet initially with lots of black treacle and liquorice, some balsamic and soy sauce. After the sweetness comes some charred smokiness, strong espresso, very boozy - maybe just a little on the hot side, cough mixture notes, aniseed, alcohol soaked dried fruits (raisins, currents and prunes), bitter chocolate...
Feel - Very smooth and oily... very full bodied... needless to say that this one is a sipper at 17.2% !!
Overall - An excellent example of an extreme impy stout although it could do with a few months to mellow it out a bit. Very pricey at £16 a bottle.... definitely recommended...
09-03-2011 16:19:01 | More by mdagnew
3.48/5 rDev -17.3%
330 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to Danielol for the bottle and sharing it
A-- Poured black, syrupy black. Just a bit of red ruby on the sides of the glass and a very short lived film that quickly vacated the glass. Mostly chocolate syrup looking and a good layer of oil that covered the glass. Fair amount of alcohol legs.
S-- Sweet nose. Char and ash to start but changed to port, date, chocolate and dark fruits. Mostly dark cherry. Alcohol is well hidden for the size of the beer. Honestly was surprised.
T-- Syrupy, thick and sweet. Mostly reminded me of a port. Decent amount of chocolate and roast malts to carry this pretty well. Other notes were molasses and some toffee.
M-- Rich, syrupy, and oily. Once again the alcohol is quite well hidden. Get more of the Brewdog part of the beer than anything else. Very little char and ash and a lot of dark fruits and chocolate. Little carbonation but it worked well.
O-- Slow, slow sipper. Shared the bottle 4 ways and that was prefect. Unsure how could do a 330 alone or even attempt to with all the sweetness to this. Still get enough of the base beer to like it. Good long term cellaring prospects for this.
11-03-2011 13:43:38 | More by mulder1010
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
A: Very black, dense. No head.
S: Surprisingly not as much of alcohol as I would expect for over 17%. Smells like sweet soy sauce, like teriyaki before you add garlic or ginger. Burnt sugar and molasses as well.
T: Very sweet. The smoky burnt sugar taste is prominent. Honey.
M: Another reviewer mentioned a "listless"ness to the texture and mouthfeel. I think that's a good word for it. On the positive side, it is smooth and coats the mouth nicely.
Overall, I mean come on, this is an amazing desert beer. Deliciously rich and sweet and tasty! I savor every burp that follows.
04-28-2012 15:18:53 | More by vikinghick
4.09/5 rDev -2.9%
The three-headed monster that rises from the ashes of what's left over after Mikkeller Black, Brewdog Tokyo & Nogne-O Dark Horizon simmers in an orgy of burnt flavor, texture and appearances begin to make up for what each stout individually seems to lack. Deficiencies are masked and celebrations are amplified.
The beer's intimidating pour is abyss-black as its seems to suck all the color out of the room. Completely opaque, there's no leeway for any other color to become any part of the conversation. Nearly still, the beer's light carbonation slowly breaks the surface like espresso creme. Its inky legging is much more prevalent than any meaningful retention or lace. Think of it as black brandy.
And alcohol aromas are every bit as sharp as brandy as a high waft of booze overtakes the rim. After the alcohol wisps away, its immense roast character reveals itself. Burnt grain in all its glory come to life with bold campfire, burnt fruit, charred sugars and burnt toast. Only a tinge of savory cocoa and cognac wrap around the roast and help the boozy scent to make some sense.
The ominous ale lashes out on the taste buds with the full brunt of burnt sweetness- over-cooked caramel, black-strap molasses, burnt toffee and roasted walnuts press its full ashy weight on the the mouth, just ahead of espresso, bitter chocolate and a burnt toast-type maltiness. As the palate slowly becomes acclimated to the sipping stout, its charred fruit comes to life with blackcurrant, red grape, cherry, blackberry and aniseed to give the beer its brandy and cognac tone on the back palate. An indefinite linger of char, smoky chocolate and booze extends well into the next sip.
Its forceful weight ensures the beer's hyper-full body even as its roast-derived acidity, sharp piney hops and alcohol spice attempt to buffer its weight. But its low-lying carbonation does little to give any lift to the beer as it saturates the palate with absolutely no apology. Its hot finish is the only thing that prevents its chewy cloying texture from becoming unpalatable.
With such a brash introduction to the palate, the beer is simply a bull in a china shop. Its own enormity becomes its complexity as the alcohol makes just as much impact in taste as doe any stout components. The beer is difficult to drink, even in the most meager sips, yet its bigness is somehow irresistible.
11-21-2013 18:20:57 | More by BEERchitect
Black Tokyo Horizon from BrewDog
92 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.