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Stout - American Imperial
3.99 | pDev: 12.28%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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tpd975 from Florida

3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black and flat as a pancake. Zero when it comes to a head.

S: As it warms it opens up quite a bit. Nice milky sweet chocolate. Hints of roasted malt, and a dash of coffee. Smells pretty good.

T: Rather blah to be honest. Molasses mainly with hints of asphalt. Hints of roast, but none of the chocolate I picked up in the nose.

M: No carbonation but enough about that. Not real thick for a big brew.

D: Not really. Was not a big fan of this one.

Aug 17, 2010
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ricke from Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, but the liquid seems clear. A very small brown head with large bubbles settles quickly into a minimal ring around the edges of the glass.

S: Very harmonious. Lots of roasted and sweet malts, however the burnt aromas are rather far away. Loads of dark chocolate. Some licorice, dark fruits, vanilla and wood. The smell has also a freshness to it, like a flower garden.

T: The taste is also very harmonious and soft around the edges. Nothing seems really out of place. Sweet and roasted malt dominate, but it is not as hardly roasted as in some other big imperial stouts. Lots of fruity sweetness and chocolate. Upon swallowing, things really start to happen; a mild acidic roastiness, huge amounts of salt licorice, leather, a decent bitterness, charcoal and floral freshness. The salty flavors linger on for what seems to be an eternity together with very hot and almost boozy alcohol. And again, that floral freshness that I seem to pick up both in the smell and mouth reappears towards the end (might this be the jasmines?).

M: Rather full-bodied, but still not as big as I had hoped for. Gentle carbonation with tiny bubbles. The texture is beyond velvety smooth, absolutely incredible.

D: A very good imperial stout. Great balance and lots of character. I really liked the freshness of it. A little more complexity might have been good, but other than that it's really good. The smooth texture is great.

Jul 08, 2009
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wethorseblanket from California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewdog Tokyo on tap at Jack's Bistro in Canton, Bawlmer, MD, served in a mini-snifter (6 ounces).

(I have had the "Tokio" version, same thing but in a bottle, less balanced and more brutal)

Appearance: The mini-snifter makes this beer look great. Kudos to the presentation! Minimum head, but more than the bottle version. Brownish head, thicker in the edge. No lacing.

Smell: Port wine, raisins, prune, dry cherry and other dark fruits (as expected). Musty grapes alll over and some booze as it warms up. Smells like grape juice before fermentation, a non-alcoholic drink we used to drink as kids in Spain. What memories...

Taste: Pedro Ximenez sherry in beer form! Total raisin flavor. Barely any hops or roastiness, mostly sugars and sweetness. As it warms up, a slight bitterness warms the throat up.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full flavor, medium body. Tasty! Well balanced. When it gets warms, it becomes hot and burns good.

Drinkability: It's an apperitif, a sipper, a dessert beer. Not a chugger. I enjoyed it MUCH better than the unbalanced, deadly boozed-up bottled version. This is well balanced and drinkable enough.


Dec 08, 2010
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GRBrew from Michigan

4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the pub in Edinburgh. I was really looking forward to this beer and it lived up. The smell is amazing. The beer drinks more like a liquor and is a sipping beer. When of the better imperials I have had in a while. I was impressed that it was not served too carbonated as I expected. This added to the mouthfeel.

Oct 05, 2011
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Jul 20, 2014
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Monteiro from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split an 11.2oz bottle with a friend.

A: Not quite pitch black, a little on the red side, but damned close. Gave it a swirl, but the lacing dies a fast fiery death.

S: Definite molasses and coffee , a dash of alcohol and dark fruit.

T: Does not taste like like 18%. it tastes more like 8%. More molasses, and surprisingly subtle for this stout of a stout stout. Not to get too Proust-y, but definite memories of Black Russians and pre-show happy hours at the opera. Just classy.

M: Thick but not syrupy, due to the alcohol. The carbonation goes to hide.

D: Not going to drink more than one of these. I feel like I should break out a highball glass and a tuxedo, and linger all evening.

Jul 20, 2010
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 5/25/10.
Batch #2 bottle date of 14/12/19 I assume to be the best before date.

Poured into a small wine glass, the brew appears a dark brown color with deep ruby highlights. The initial dark brown head receeded fast to just a thin layer atop the beer. Sweet aroma comes off of this brew smelling like dark fruits mixed with something slighly acidic/tart along with oakiness and a tingle of alcohol fills the back of the nose. Still in the aroma there are suggestions of darker malt character similar to chocolate and a sweet almost berry-like booziness of some sort.

Taste includes a wide array of flavors. Immediately noticeable upfront it is bursting with alcohol presence. Vanilla is noted right behind with woodsy oak flavors that reside right through the tasting experience. Also included are minor notes of
chocolate and a brandy-like flavor coupled with a fair amount of lightly citrus hop bitterness.

Medium feel with a modest amount of carbonation that suggests being lighter partially due to the alcohol seemingly evaporating right off the tongue. Lingering flavors of dark fruit are left on the tongue mingled with the taste of chocolate, slight black coffee and strong spirits. Overall a good big stout that is a sipper and could most likely benefit in drinkability from extended aging.

After seeing this brew multiple times with different labels (Tokyo, Tokyo*, Tokio) I am uncertain which listed beer is the appropriate one to file this review under. The label of this brew is spelled with the "I" not "Y."

Jul 19, 2010
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Westsidebuddha from California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Alhambra, Calif.

Poured a dark brown color into taster glass. Smell of oak is noticable. Taste of oak with a strong stout flavor. Mouthfeel is strong with a definite alcohol backend. Drinkability is good with a good kicker! Overall, a beer I wanted to try and they had this on tap no less. It was served in a taster glass only and as much as I like strong beers, a tulip glass serving would took a while to drink. Very prominent oak taste with a strong alcohol on each sip. ABV is rated 18%!

May 02, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bosse for this one.

Batch 1, 330ml bottle into a tulip.

The beer pours a dark black, a medium tan head that only rises about a finger and falls super quick, light to no lacing...The aroma is super strong, tons of vanilla, bourbon and oak on the front, light roasted smokey coffee finish...The taste is a bit of disappointment after the aroma, I was hoping for the explosion of flavors. Mostly you get some light coffee, but none of the sweetness, none of the vanilla or bourbon remains. Slight alcohol bourbon finish, but so sad...The feel is super light, very watery...Easy to drink but nothing special, can finish half a bottle easily.

This beer is decent, but such a let down after a promising start. not enough flavor to seek this out.

Jul 07, 2010
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours black as fairly viscous, brown head that bubbled up like cola which was not particularly attractive, and died down rather quickly with no lacing.

S - Molassas, carboy type smell. Nice charred wood comes through and something that smells a touch like ginseng. Little bit of coffee and some raisin smell.

T - Dark prune/raisin taste with some molassas and charred oak taste. Definately get the candied malts with some bitter hops and alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied, smooth without feeling much carbonation.

D - Not entirely drinkable, was hard for me to finish the 12 oz bottle.

May 05, 2010
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hickmancase from California

4.75/5  rDev +19%

Jul 03, 2012
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Gfunk720 from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my roomate for this half bottle. Out of my Founders Tulip.

A- Reddish black, slightly opaque when pouring but pretty dark in the glass. A light tanish foam forms, and quickly dissipates. There is little to no lacing.

S- Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit like plums/dates, and medicine. There is a robust oaky smell to the beer, as well as a touch of hops.

T- Actually better than I expected. It is very sweet and malty, and verrry boozy. I get more of that dark fruit and medicine. It's almost like a cherry robitusin from when I was a kid. Well not that bad, but you get the idea.

M- It's a bit too big, and very hot and medicine like. It's thick and kind of overwhelmes the tastebuds a bit.

O- After having TNP and STB, I expected this to be horendous as well. It exceeded my expectations, but was still a hot mess of a beer. Not bad, but wouldn't buy again for $14.

Apr 02, 2011
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losdizzel from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Oct 23, 2013
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femALEist from California

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This puppy is made with jasmine and cranberries and then aged on french toasted oak chips. It poured a dark chocolate with a thin milk chocolate head. It smelled of sweet honey, raisins, stewed prunes, candied malts and a touch of spice. It tasted like sweet malt, sweet dried raisins, prunes, dates, touch of black currant and a light hoppy bitterness on the ending. It had a fabulous hop bitterness ending. I enjoyed this beer a lot!

Mar 25, 2010
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mtbdonn from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Mar 21, 2012
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Arphie from Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +19%

Jun 05, 2012
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whatthehull from California

4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted July 4th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - utterly opaque black, two finger very tan head and some serious lacing

S - huge alcohol, yeast, sugar, cherries, soy sauce, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, more alcohol, port, wine barrels, wood, oak, earth, flowers and some nice hops. Wow!

T - bourbon, chocolate, lots of yeast, tons of alcohol, oak, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, jammy, earth, lots of port wine notes. This beast has to be fortified, it effing huge! Deep dark fruits, dried fruits, in the middle lots of hops, toasted malts, floral and wow, just yummy

M - uber chewy, lots of complexity, overly full bodied, medium acidity and huge finish

D - if you do not like humongous beers, then this one is not for you! Stay away if you aren't a ginormous fan of beers that can kick your ass. But, this beer is great to say the least. Lots of everything but in a huge way, balanced

Final thought - at $11 a 12oz and an almost 19% ABV , this beer is epic to say the least

Jul 05, 2011
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Gobzilla from California

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured dark brown in color with reddish highlights and had a very thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely spot out the cranberries in the nose with some evident booze as well but faint caramel.

T: The cranberries and booze were more apparent on the palate with mild jasmine, herbal, caramel notes but had a touch of maple syrup.

M: The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, boozy, and sticky finish.

D: honestly was pretty hot due to ABV and therefore was not the easiest beer to drink; still pretty tasty.

Jun 01, 2011
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twenty5 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Jun 10, 2013
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hopheadtony1 from Belgium

4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark rubbish brown beer, there is a beige head that left quite quickly, the nose is woody, fuity, very refreshing, roasted barley notes, perhaps personal but chocolate is noticeable.

The taste is red fruits at first then, some red wine touch comes. After that, the strong malt taste overcome. You can clerly taste the strong abv, 18,2.

The after taste is rich, long, and malty.
This is a very good oak aged stout.

Apr 28, 2011
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bsuedekum from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Feb 06, 2012
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vandemonian from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle said it was 18% ABV, not the 12% as indicated above.

BrewDog Tokyo has a black colour and a surprisingly good head for such a high ABV beer. The smell was of malt and some alcohol. The taste was very sweet with some raisins and strong malt. The alcohol was very noticeable, especially in the aftertaste. This beer feels thick and syrupy in the mouth with a slight burning sensation from the alcohol. A strong and interesting beer, but not as well controlled as the Dogfish Head World-Wide Stout.

Nov 16, 2010
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radioscooter from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Working my way through the Brew Dog catalog. My new favorite brewery.

Poured from bottle (note spelling on my bottle is "Tokio" not "Tokyo" don't know if there was some licensing issue with the city of Godzilla...) into my Southern Tier tulip.

Dark mahogany pour. Looks great. Great assymetrical head. Low froth retention.

Outstanding flavor. Massively boozy but flavorful. Dark fruits, raisons, fig maybe, prune - grape...

Sweet, malty. Complicated. Like the new girl. Don't let her go just because she doesn't act like your wife. That's the whole. reason. you're. Here.

Give her a shot to please you. She'll be full of surprises.

Wow. Over-concentrated 18.2 ass-kicker flavor bomb. Have with food. Any food.

Get you some.

Feb 25, 2011
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afsdan from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

May 22, 2014
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 86 ratings