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Tokyo Black - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 12-25-2005)
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ironchefkook

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-21-2013 03:49:57 | More by ironchefkook
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n2185

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-29-2012 23:39:05 | More by n2185
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AngelM

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-30-2013 18:28:43 | More by AngelM
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Mattsk1

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-06-2014 20:26:35 | More by Mattsk1
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today's CANQuest (TM) Sumo event pits no less than woodychandler versus Kitazakura at Ryogoku Kogukikan on a cloudy, full moonlit night. This will be a monumental bout as Kitzakura does not look kindly upon foreigners and as he stares up at the moon for guidance, woody merely quaffs a beer and awaits the referee's signal. This beer (and match) brought to you by JayQue, a recent promoter on the scene and one unaware of woody's prowess with regard to the CAN.

As the pair of daunting sumos go into their crouch, the dreaded Crack & Glug is heard from near the ropes, unleashing beads of sweat upon the brows of these heretofore unshakable opponents. Word passes that the Glug has produced two thick, unmovable fingers' worth of deep-brown head and Kitzakura shakes his head at his unbelievable bad luck and again gazes up at the moon. woody bows down, both to the beer and his opponent, smelling a rich, dark chocolatiness from the former and flop sweat from the latter and he smiles in anticipation. The former is as dark as the night might be, were it not for the moon over head and his opponent has a white pallor from being dusted with powder and salt. They crouch and simultaneously jump up as the ref jumps back! woody is comparatively small, but his size allows him to slide between his opponents' widespread legs and take hold of a thick ankle, enabling him to quickly topple his giant opponent! A sip of beer is needed and it tastes of burnt charcoal, smoke and dark chocolate and woody is re-energized as his now embarrassed opponent lumbers nearer, nearer ... The lunge of the ogre-like Kitzakura is too telegraphed and woody leapfrogs him, pushing his shoulders to the mat as the ref signals the finish! The beer's finish is smoky, dry, bittersweet and he signals for another as praise is heaped upon him by all in attendance.

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 14:15:30 | More by woodychandler
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good American Porter. Pours a dense black color with a medium size dark tan head. Head retention ok, good thick lacing.

Strong and pleasant aroma. Coffee predominates but there are smoky and roast malts and some chocolate in the aroma. Taste is the same. Coffee is on top, chocolate and smoky malts are very apparent also. Nice blend of flavors, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp and spritely, rich enough and the beer goes down very smooth.

This is a good American Porter...A bit pricy at $4.99 a can but a very worthwhile beer.

Serving type: can

06-18-2011 18:06:38 | More by JayQue
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bernat1971

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-25-2014 17:47:03 | More by bernat1971
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this single can from Total Wine. Pours pitch black with a nice beige head. Smells quite toasty and with distinct notes of blackstrap molasses, but it doesn't smell sweet. In fact, it's quite dry. The taste is interesting- also very dry, with an almost meaty, savory flavor up front, followed by charcoal notes, and grassy hops, as well as some bitter chocolate, some light nuttiness, and roasted grains. Very dry, but quite smooth in the mouth, this has a nice lingering bitterness as well. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: can

07-23-2011 00:04:50 | More by Georgiabeer
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-28-2014 21:08:20 | More by JellyJacket
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-12-2012 05:35:00 | More by twelveinches
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magictacosinus

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-27-2014 01:42:19 | More by magictacosinus
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greenbeer29

Iowa

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-26-2012 22:59:43 | More by greenbeer29
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SargeC

Japan

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Intensely black colored brew topped with a dense, brown head that really stands up.

Smell: Hints of dark chocolate. A slight hint of minerals. Vanilla and a touch of hops.

Taste: Bold malt flavor. Very well crafted and balanced between the strong malt flavor and the hops that finish off the taste. I had been missing the porter style for some time, so this hit the spot.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice porter consistency. Feels solid throughout but lightens up in the finish and presents a chalky profile that allows the flavors to linger.

Drinkablity: Great porter. An awesome example of what Japanese craft brewers are capable of. It is also nice that it is a little bit easier to find than many other craft brewery's beers. The can makes it highly portable as well.

Serving type: can

02-22-2009 01:42:19 | More by SargeC
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a luscious opaque sable brown with a thick, fairly persistent, fluffy, fine-bubbled pale tan head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Aroma is smoky with an overtone of quality roast coffee and hints of molasses and chocolate. Flavor has tones of semi-sweet chocolate, fine coffee and molasses with hints of wood smoke and licorice. There is also a bit of a metallic tang, possibly from being in a can. Texture is smooth, oily, a little thick, with just a bit of a fizz.

Serving type: can

01-04-2011 02:13:53 | More by Cyberkedi
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-18-2013 13:58:36 | More by YamagamiTravis
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single can from Healthy Spirits. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Black body, frothy tan foam. Creamy texture, with lots of lacing all around the glass. Foam breaks up in a pattern that looks like a floating bed of seaweed in the ocean.

Dark chocolate, mellow roast, malted milk balls.

Lightly bittersweet flavors of chocolate, and mellow coffee. Some lightly charred roasted barley comes through in the middle. Flavorful and smooth, with a creamy feel. No off flavors, and overall clean. A nice Japanese Porter, up there with Hitachino and Baird in my humble opinion.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 05:03:16 | More by emerge077
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep brown, almost black with thin, tan head that faded to a swirling cap; some light lacing left behind

S - pretty standard porter aromas... roasted malt, some coffee, some dark chocolate

T - roasted malts but not to the point of bitter, coffee, chocolate, black walnut

M - thin-medium bodied with moderate, fine carbonation; a mild, drying finish

O - always eager to try dark beers from Japan and this one did not disappoint. nice porter with black walnut twist flavor-wise. check this one out if you get the chance.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 03:01:02 | More by cwguy5
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

350mL can into tulip. some sort of canned on/best before date on the bottom, but i cant make out what is what from it.

A: opaque black body. very fine bubbles are a pretty tan color. retention is average, but the lacing is a little poor.

S: mild notes of freshly poured black coffee. a little bit of chocolate chip cookie too. not fresh out the oven, but more like opening a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies. interesting notes.

T: a dry roasted flavor starts things off. warm notes of vanilla and the milkiness reminds me of a latte. finish is tin-y for just a second, and then a long roasted flavor.

M: the mouth is actually a bit spritely on an very close to being light, but medium body. a little less carb would be the bomb on this brew.

D: pretty good example of an "american" porter from a japanese brewery. i really am digging the can it came in as well as the graphics on the can. certainly an eye catcher. if this were more moderately priced i would certainly purchase more of this.

Serving type: can

04-04-2012 01:51:52 | More by Jimmys
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Red Paddle Bistro at the Gunflint Lodge.

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger head of tan, bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with some subtle floral notes.

T - Good roasted malt backbone with chocolate and toffee flavors. Light piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.

O - This was a nice find - a canned craft ale from Japan while in Northern Minnesota.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 15:55:12 | More by zeff80
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is almost jet black in color (only some traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high tan head that died down but consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose, similar to what you would expect from a milk stout.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors similar to that of a milk stout. There are hints of burnt malts in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation that tingles your tongue.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and goes down easily.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 20:03:24 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with very little hints of very dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy dark tan head that reduces but leaves about a half finger tall head covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Overall the beer has a rather mild smell, which is a little unexpected with the style. I detect a light amount of dark roasted malts and a creamy lactose (like you would get in a milk stout).

T: There are dark roasted almost burnt malts with a light amount of bitterness. The bitterness only lingers a very short amount of time and is not overly intense or aggressive.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of effervescent carbonation. Slightly on the thin side.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I could easily see this being a sessionable beer, especially in the early autumn just as it is starting to get cool/cold in the evening.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 22:44:45 | More by dbrauneis
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dgilks

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Roasty with a light earthiness. Nice coffee notes. Very good.

Smoky and roasty with a big earthiness. Not all that fruity but it works well together. Some bitterness and cocoa.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid Porter. Lovely flavour and a rounded character that brings it all together.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 04:43:22 | More by dgilks
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours opaque black with a half finger light brown head that dissipates relatively quickly, no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt a bit of coffee. Smooth subdued chocolate, roasted malt and light coffee flavor with a slight hint of smoke at the finish. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant, well integrated but not too complex porter.

Serving type: can

03-03-2012 04:15:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a completely opaque, midnight black, it doesn't produce a lot of head but what's there is almost mocha brown before it fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, it smells nice but I wish there were more going on here.

T- More roasted malts and coffee, some char and chocolate with a slight metallic coffee grounds taste on the finish, again it's not a bad flavor, but it's a bit thin and watery and tends to ride more heavily on the finish than at the beginning.

M- The beer's weakest point, the body is light and a bit too thin, good carbonation and an otherwise nice, creamy feel and dry finish, but it's definitely too thin for a porter, there just isn't enough substance to it.

O- A decent, easy drinking porter, the flavors are pretty good but the body is a bit too thin, a good beer that could have been so much better.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 03:02:04 | More by WillCarrera
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2013 10:25:18 | More by oberon
Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.