Tokyo | BrewDog

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3.97 w/ 86 ratings

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kegatron on 08-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 54
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of GRBrew
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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4.8/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of whatthehull
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
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

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Photo of hopdog
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle acquired in trade with Jw347. Batch 001 BB 31/11/09.

Poured a dark black color with a very small sized brown head. Aromas of dark fruits (cherries), cranberries, wood, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, some dark fruits, woody, lighter chocolate, light cranberries and some coffee. Alcohol content well hidden and very easy to drink.

Notes from: 11/26/08

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Photo of templar316
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, the head is gone, maybe the age has to do with it, but it's improved the rest. The overpowering thick dark malts are all there on the nose: Worchester bitterness, sugar plum faries, with a stunning blast of jasmine flower to envelope, invite and excite. This is a beer so heavy I can't swirl it in my Duval tulip. Even as it warms. Brown Sugar to poppy jasmine flowers. Figgy pudding with enough burbon to get you through an old school family xmas eve. This is a knockout punch from brewdog. More PleasE!!!

4 pts most I ever improved a beer! Let this one keep in the cellar for awhile I'm sure it was hot new but it's awesome with a few years...

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Photo of BruceBruce
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sma snifter. A dark brown to black color with a creamy head. Some lacing present and surprising on this strength. 2010 brew has a black licorice and slightly boozy aroma. Taste is like a nice port with the licorice flavored dominating from middle to back. Solid brew.

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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.
Pure black,dark mahogany to the light.Opaque body.Thick foam,ligth beige in color.Dense & close.Glue lacing.Brandy,resin & woody aromas.Brandy flavor & incredible sweet palate.Dark fruit,molasses & toasted coffee in the middle.Viscosity can be chewed it up.Fruity flavor,coffee hints on the aftertaste while hops remain under the pillow.ABV?? Well you´d better have just one half while sharing the other have to your buddy or...Tokio´s gonna kick your head, I tell ´ja.

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Photo of grapetonix
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours viscous out of the bottle with a little bit of head. Pitch black, no light goes through this one.

Smell: Chocolate, cinnamon, black tea, maple syrup, burnt oak, tobacco and considering the alcoholic strength a very slight smell of it. Wow!

Taste: Chocolate, cranberries, raisins. There is no lack of either complexity nor purity. Wow again!

Mouthfeel: Thick, candylike. A little too warming, alcoholic and dessert wine/Porter like for me, but guess you can't have everything.

One of the best beers(???) I have tasted in a long time. And this at 18.2%, I am impressed. Having an endless supply of these would be a non stop recipe for becoming an alcoholic. Good thing it is so expensive actually. Best shared with a friend, split a bottle into two wine glasses.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Highland Still House. Wow. Aroma is stout and barrel aged rum. Color of dark porter meets rum. Flavor is great, but a bit strong on the alcohol. This is a great beer, worth looking for. It's light body would make this quite drinkable but the alcohol is also there. All-in-all a great lighter-bodied high alcohol Imperial stout, with some high alcohol attributes.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a wafer thin tan head. The head dissipates to nothing fairly quickly. Very nice and appealing.

S - Fair amount of alcohol, some roast. A rich smell but not as complex as it might be.

T - Amazing. An intense bitter roast starts the palate. Espresso hits next with a smooth sweetness. Alcohol is evident but well hidden for such a big beer. The toast of the oak comes out next with a touch of vanilla. Finally as you move into the beer, a fruity sweetness comes out at the front, possibly from the jasmine and cranberries.

M - Thick and rich. Very nice and it makes a good sipper.

D - Well, it can't be really drinkable at 12% ABV but I want to drink more and more of this. Very, very good.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks Ralph!

Pours an opaque very dark brown, almost black, almost no head forms, very thin tan bubbles, thing ring, some legs on the glass. Smell is real nice, very woody and spicy, oak, tea, fruit, booze, caramel, chocolate, pretty neat. Taste is similar, molasses and brown sugar, sweet up front, smokey, some oak, light fruit and toast, chocolate, figs, pretty cool. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth. Pretty damn good stuff, thanks Ralph!

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4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost as dark as they come in a body of non translucent black. This Asian's head light tan and wispy, just like I 'em.

S - Worcestershire, anise, smokey alcohol and the slight presence of spice.

T - Sweet and smokey with apparent anise. There is a definite caramel flavor here and I even sense of bit of caramel-apple. This is a great brew.

M - Watery yet soft, silky and smooth. Very easy throughout, from lips to throat.

~ This isa great fall and winter brew. Try it for desert.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, found it at Naja's Place. $10 for 10 oz.

A - Opaque dark black body with no head. Very still, like a liquor.

S - Chocolaty sweetness, malty, full.

T - Very flavorful, I didn't find it overly hot/alcoholy for the strength it has. Decent sweet smooth balance.

M - Oily thick, velvety, pretty good.

O - Glad I got it, would probably sample again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black-brown, not entirely opaque but pretty close. At the edges, there is a lighter character like very burnt toffee. Head is pretty filmy, a light raisin coloured edging around the glass. Lace is ok. The static carbonation when swirled is impressive though. Overall a pretty tasty looking brew.

Some raisins and dark fruit notes on the nose. Very much full of deep, dark sweetness, with a big molasses darkness coming through. Not entirely black and roasted, but certainly deep and heavy. The sweetness is really very nice - it's so beautifully leavened with the darker notes.

Taste is also very nice, a very leavened stout, rich with dark characters, but strangely subtle and sweet as well, with a lingering rye bread character. Notes of licorice come through on the palate, although the molasses has disappeared - a dusty and long finish. Really complex and really very enjoyable. I've been waiting for Brewdog to show me something exciting, and this is pretty close to what I wanted.

A very drinkable, smooth and complex stout, brewed with some attitude. Yep, I like it a lot. Can't wait to try the starred version.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Tokyo from BrewDog
Beer rating: 74.4% out of 100 with 86 ratings
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