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Tokyo Black - Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

tbryan5, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of kbutler1
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

kbutler1, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

WillCarrera, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Canada_Dan, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

pin, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Jimmys, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Mikecap
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Mikecap, May 26, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3/5  rDev -18.9%

rawfish, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

snaotheus, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

avaldivia, May 08, 2012
Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

LakerLeith, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Naerhu
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%

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!

Naerhu, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Poupae, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

magictacosinus, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

stumac, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

soulgrowl, Sep 18, 2007
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

pperez38, Jan 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Pecan, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jk3, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of joecast
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

joecast, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

bernat1971, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

MrVonzipper, Oct 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

sukwonee, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

Minkybut, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

billshmeinke, Sep 30, 2011
Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.