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Tokyo Black - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 170
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 12-25-2005

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark kola hue which leaves a creamy mocha laced two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is dark roasted malts,cooking chocolate,dark chocolate,tobacco and dark coffee,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and well carbonated with tastes of dark roasted chocolate malts,bitter black coffee,earthy hops,dark chocolate and finished with a cappicino bittersweetness and overall its alright and easy enough to drink but nothing outstanding cheers.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing, MrVonzipper!

Nearly black with a thin brown head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

Somewhat simple aroma--mild roasted malts and some mild coffee.

Simple, flavors: roasted malt, mild coffee, a hint of bitter chocolate, and some unfortunate ash/char flavor, though it isn't particularly distracting.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A decent enough Asian/American porter, but there are too good of beers to try to revisit this one anytime soon.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MrVonzipper for the can share

Look: Almost black and totally opaque with 1/4 head and no retention

Smell: Dark fruits coffee and some chocolate

Taste: Little bit of chocolate and coffee upfront with a bit of ash on the backend

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation

Overall: It is a decent little beer

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Photo of bobsy
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Top at Club Popeye in Tokyo. Black as midnight with a huge mocha head. Truly a wondrous sight for a beer lover! Deep roasted coffee and milk chocolate aroma. Very complex flavour - layers of chocolate, first milky and sweet, then dark and bitter, followed by a creamy coffee roast. Grapefruit and caramel bring up the rear. The body is surprisingly light for the complexity of flavour, and there is little carbonation to speak of. Excellent beer, and I'm glad I brought some home!

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ink black body with a frothy, light tan head. Strong aroma of roasted and charred grains; charcoal. Chocolate flavors with a bit of lactose sourness; mild hop bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; smooth and silky; semi-dry finish.

A very fine tasting porter that comes across with a nice, balanced chocolate flavor offset with a gently hop bitterness. The body is smooth and velvety and leaves the palate coated with a nice blend of low-key sweetness, mild hop bitterness, and just the right edge of charred grain bite.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown almost black and very thick looking like oil. Slight copper tinge when held to the light at the edge, 3 fingers foam toffee colour head. Fine lacing left as well.

S: Dark toasted notes, molasses. Not really coffee or chocolate but molasses. Hint of fruitiness, but molasses, need I say it again?

T: Okay, coffee comes in, dark 80% plus dark chocolate, burnt charred finish that lingers on the tongue. A hint of sweetness.

M: Medium thick slightly oily body, little carbonation.

O: It’s a great brew. Will try it with a Cuban Cigar. Drank in Kunming, Jan 13th, 2015.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. It is in fact black. Nice foamy brown head that leaves some lace.

S. Kind of smells like cardboard.

T. It's has a toffee feel to it, and that cardboard smell fits into the taste, even if mild. Interesting taste. Very nice and interesting taste. There's a candy taste to it. Kind of like root beer candy.

M. Full-bodied and tingly.

O. Interesting taste. I really like this. Not your typical porter but worth a try.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can received from tzanio in recent trade. He brought this back for me from his recent trip to Japan. Huge thanks!!

Pours a deep black, very thick. Nice two-finger tan head resting on top. Retention is weak, and there's some spotty lacing, but not much. Smell is sour at first, but then gives way to a nice roasty scent with hints of cocoa and espresso.

Very nice creamy mouthfeel on this. Smooth velvet coats the mouth. Right off the bat, there's a big metallic twang on the mouth. This recedes and becomes a roasty chocolate and bready flavor. This is very drinkable. I could drink these all night. I was very impressed with this porter, from a can no less. Recommend.

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/14
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a two finger of creamy, light brown head. Head recedes at a decent pace, leaving nice sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

T: Taste starts with the roasted malt character. Nice milk chocolate comes in and really fills out the middle. Some powdered cocoa flavors seep in here as well. Coffee notes finish this beer out.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, relatively light and crisp feel.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is easily a well balanced and highly drinkable porter, one worth sitting with for a while.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a couple pint glasses

Pours black, still, little head or carbonation. Smell is is chocolaty and coffee-ish. Rich.

Taste is sweet, lots of coffee, maybe a little cherry.

Mouthfeel is thick, a little chalky, pretty nice for a porter. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
Standard Market - Westmont, IL

Tokyo Black is dark. As a matter of fact it's black, there's no seeing through this body at all. I can't even see any carbonation rising. The beige head was slow to rise, finally hit a finger in height and fell back to a swirling in no time. A thin ring rounds the glass but there's not much head left after only a couple minutes of settling.

Rich, dense roast permeates the air inches from the glass. Black coffee has its fingerprints all over this beer while an acorn nuttiness softens the backend. Heavy, fairly bitter cocoa powder encompasses all other components. There's even a tendril of smoke wafting through the air. I'm pretty amazed at the sheer boldness of this porter, especially considering it only weighs in at 5%.

The flavor matches the bold intensity of the aroma with dense roast leading the way. Coffee and cream come along mid-palate and the acorn nuttiness follows closely behind. Bitter roast, cocoa powder, and a touch of smoke appear on the follow. The cocoa powder really picks up on the aftertaste. As it warms some dark berries become apparent. Bold and delicious!

The body weighs in just above medium on the scale with a creamy mouthfeel. The finish is dry and there's a touch of roasty bitterness. While the profile is large it remains and easy drinker that, if available in 6-packs, would be easy to drink all night.

Have I used the descriptor "bold" yet? This is a full flavored beer weighing in at only 5%. The guys over in Japan did a great job with this particular brew. A creamy body and weight fit the rich, deep flavor profile nicely. Unfortunately, the price makes this beer restrictive.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. A little pricey at about $5 a pop but figured I would give it a try. Popped the top and poured into a NB tulip glass a dark non transparent brown/black color with a 1 finger mocha tan head that slowly settles. The arom is sublte but has notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Medium roast coffee flavors that slowly transition to a smooth dark chocolate note endign with a slight bitterness. Some sweetness but still dry. Minimal lacing. Overall, a nice drinking porter but a little too pricey for me to go for again.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A porter from Japan, in a can? Yeah, I had to try this.

A: Pours a murky dark brown, nearly black with a short khaki head that fades quickly, not much lace on the sides of a standard pint glass.

S: Coffee up front with roasted malts, some chocolate and maybe a touch of smoke. Nothing mind blowing in the nose.

T: Similar to the nose but the flavors are a touch more pronounced than they were in the aroma. I get nice doses of chocolate, and some coffee, but it is subtle. Very light hop bitterness comes through as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Not a traditional American porter in that the feel is pretty light, but it goes down smooth and is enjoyable.

O: Not the best porter I've had but definitely well done and something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - They got the name right with this one! It is as black as the devil's heart, with the darkest brown head I have ever seen.
S - Rich coffee and sweet charred oak.
T - Amazing depth of flavor. Elegant and long lasting bitterness.
M - How can this light body carry such depth of flavor? Minimal carbonation.
D - This is a crowd pleaser and a half!

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, ruddy black with a fair, nougaty coffee-stained brown head.

Smell: Rich with coffee and sweet chocolate, plus some roasty char and a fruity red bean-like quality. Hops are floral, a bit tea-like, and articulate, shining brightly through the dark malts. Deep, lush, and inviting.

Taste: Nutty and bold, full of roasty porter goodness. Sweet, slightly acrid burnt mocha malts are offset by a rindy hop bitterness. Grapefruit, grape juice, bitter caramel, and chocolate wafer cookies (think double-chocolate Oreos) abound. Finish is remarkably clean, with a light, lingering hoppy/roasty tang - think burnt hops.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, almost exceedingly so. Smooth and soft yet crisp, with a completely spotless finish.

Drinkability: It's better on cask, but the canned version is damn tasty, too. I'd expect nothing less from Yo-Ho. Maybe even more drinkable than Yona Yona, and possibly the best Japanese porter I've had.

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Photo of joecast
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking can. Nice looking beer. Pours with a viscous character with a black liquid and thin light tan head.

Interesting doughy aroma. Really like getting ready to bake some bread and some ground up heavily kilned malt is mixed in.

Mellow taste. Little astringency or bitterness to upset the smoothness but manages to remain very drinkable with light sweetness.

Not quite up there with the best of the style but still a very well made and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black nd poured a decent head with good lacing. The beer had a milk chocolate taste and a hint of smokiness . The beer was just not that great and did not jump out with yummyness so I am going to have to say no to it specially for its crazy high price of over five dollars a can.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with nice looking 1cm light brown head. Medium retention and mild lacing.  

Nose smells like cardboard to me. Surprisingly flat and weak. Slight roasted malt and nuttiness.

Flavor is pretty nice. Light roasted coffee and malt. Good Balance. A little woody. It doesn't have that typical, ricey-like Asian malt flavor that most Asian beers seem to have.

Medium bodied. High carbonation that is nice and creamy.

Overall it's a pretty good beer. Very easy to drink. A good American porter made in Japan.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic

Pitch black body with about two fingers of beige head. Retention is good. Not much lacing.

Smells os sweet chocolate malts, a bit earthy and herbal, malted milk balls as well. Sweet, but definitely a hefty dose of hops to balance things out.

Taste is charred, roasty, espresso, hints of black licorice, chocolate malt, a touch fruity and estery then there is an herbal and earthy hop presence that rounds out the back end. Really nicely balanced and layered.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, fairly clean, and dry on the finish.

This is actually a really solid porter. It makes me think of Darkness, if Darkness was a regular stout, not an imperial stout. Kinda didn't wish I liked this so much, because it's quite price at around $5 a can.

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Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of hreb
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool 350 mL can served in pint glass. Beer is pitch black with a THICK mocha brown head. Relatively hoppy aroma for a porter, and not too roasty, nor sweet.

Coffee, hello. Erm, did I pick up a can of Japanese coffee? Supper roasty in the flavor, and relatively heavy body. Medium to light carbonation, within the appropriate range for the style Layers upon layers of roasted barley. As much stout (in between sweet and dry) as porter. Secondary flavors of baking chocolate and perhaps...unmalted barley? And at only 5% ABV there is a ton of flavor here with nothing to hide behind.

Yum. Don't know what the nay sayers could possibly be talking. Unless you just don't like porters and stouts this is totally worth seeking out.

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Photo of teromous
2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think it is awesome this is listed as an American Porter.

A: Well, it's dark with about 3/4 thumb of tan head. There is no lacing.

S: It smells of roasted coffee and I pick up a little alcohol. In fact, it smells a lot like coffee.

T: It has a coffee taste. The flavor is pretty underwhelming...I guess I expected it to have more flavor. It's very mellow on any flavors and has no bitterness at all. It just tastes like watered down coffee. It's not infected or anything so I wouldn't say it's awful, but I'm definitely not impressed.

M: The mouthfeel is bland. It's a wet beer, without much malty character. Not much carbonation...feels like cold water. Blah.

O: I wouldn't drink this again. I guess I thought this would be better for some reason. Is it possible for a beer to leave you depressed?

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Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.