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Black Tokyo Horizon - BrewDog

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.14%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  17.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 09-03-2011)
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Reviews by danieelol:
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3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thin film around the edge of the glass constituting its head.

Nose is pruney and datey, porty character, muscatel grapes; alcohol. Some roast sweetness.

Taste is similar mix of roast and sweetness. Probably not as cloying as Tokyo*

Overall a reasonable effort, but Double Black was 10x better

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 13:00:23 | More by danieelol
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:13:31 | More by ThickNStout
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-01-2014 02:57:04 | More by andthevolcano
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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body, not much of a brown head.

Smells of roasted malts and not much else.

Like the richest melted dark chocolate. More approachable than Tokyo*, the alochol's there but less a hindrance as it gives off the dark fruit note. Hard to really go at this beer, still, robust and delicious.

Sorta carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:48:42 | More by pants678
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4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Tired Hands flute

A- Black with a very small, very dark brown head.

S- Big, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, some smoke, touch of alcohol, some dark fruits, smells amazing.

T- Espresso/roasted coffee, rich chocolate, some oak, molasses, dark fruits, some pine, touch of alcohol, but nothing that makes me think this is 16% ABV, complex and balanced.

M- Full body, smooth, just enough warmth from the alcohol.

O- A great beer and the 16% is very well hidden. I was on the fence about buying this until on of the beer guys at the store told me that is was amazing and he was right. Worth every penny, I will have to pick up more to see how it ages. Kind of feel like I need to buy Black, Tokyo*, and Dark Horizon since they are the base of this beer and I have not tried them yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:30:07 | More by larryi86
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-06-2014 10:22:22 | More by largadeer
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4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 08:50:49 | More by Circles413
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!)

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 19:59:27 | More by beholder_pl
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black to start with a surprisingly big tan head. Fair head retention.

Epically sweet and chocolatey. Some roast. Booze. Berry fruits. Nuts. Interesting.

Sweet malt flows into some bitter roast and chocolate. Nice fruitiness that combines with light liquorice and then big alcohol notes.

Big body. Thick and rich and oily. Moderate carbonation helps to cut it.

A nice beer. Big flavours but the blend of these beers really works to round out some of the flaws in each of them. A nice big stout.

Serving type: bottle

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United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +19%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

11-28-2013 10:26:41 | More by Brewer1980
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 18:20:57 | More by BEERchitect
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4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had the Tokyo* a lot of times, but mostly bought this one because i never had a Mikkeller beer before, even if it's a collaboration. Price was (very) high, expectations are cosmically high.
Pours pitch black, with a finger and a half of dark beige/caramel foam, going away slowly with a light retention.
Smells of heavily roasted dark malts, sweet caramel, molasses, faint licorice, mild dark fruit, slightly acidic, like red cherries. Alcohol feels warm and noble.
Lots of things going on here. Huge roasted malts, quite heavy, with charcoal notes, but very sweet also, cloying, with huge caramel and molasses, following the smell. Big sweet coffee notes, rough and bitter, like Arabian espresso with lots of sugar added, also strong dark chocolate, but milky also. Licorice is more than mild, tasty and funky combined with the slight aniseseed. Fruitiness is as expected, mainly dark fruit, with a classic raisin, plum and fig combo, followed by dark forest berries (lots of blackcurrant) and sweet red cherries, that also bring a tart/vinegary component to the brew. Hints of vanilla bean. After the intense roast/sweetness, the quality hops do manage to punch through, with a nice green herbal note in the finish, not a nuke, but definitely adding to the complexity of this brew. Also adding to the bitterness, that ends up being a mix of the ashy roastiness and green bitter leafs, leaving the mouth and throat very dry in the finish. Speaking of the dryness, the alcohol is also responsible here, lingering in the aftertaste, although during the sip it only just added to the flavours, not being too boozy, elegantly hidden.
Mouthfeel is creamy, velvety, almost totally flat, perfect for a sipper.
A perfect collaboration, an incredible brew for stout lovers. The big sweetness feels pleasant, perfect malts, perfect balance. The price will always be a problem with this one, there are certainly better beers cheaper than this, but never in its style (at least for me).

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 17:48:42 | More by dcmchew
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-24-2013 22:48:09 | More by aslamm75
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/9/13, 15.2% batch 102 bottled 03-5-13 cheers Matt for the bottle

A black but light still escapes, deeper cola edge then I'd expect, short lived dark foam as I would expect, legs and no lace, you can tell she's a big-in

S molasses, chocolate syrup/liqueur, cinnamon seems out of place, chocolate covered cherry, faint coffee, fortified wine, and a little smoke, there's a hint of booze but all things considered I'd say it's well hidden

T licorice comes out, charred barrel but I don't think any liquid sat in wood, sweet and boozy, with prune and port, intense but under control

M thick, syrupy, not quite hot but there's heat, numbing and tannic? wood lingers but I don't think there's any involved, sweet char after the fact

O one sneaky bastard going on here, the booze hits your blood before your throat and it drinks much easier then it should

a mellow sipper that will hurt you if your not paying attention, not a cheap brew but worth trying and If I had the opportunity I'd throw one under the stairs for a decade or two

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:47:43 | More by wordemupg
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-22-2013 06:47:53 | More by Kirk
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-19-2013 17:37:09 | More by Poupae
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Black Tokyo Horizon from BrewDog
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.