Tokyo | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 08-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 86
Photo of corby112
2.27/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served on draft at Memphis Taproom.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with very faint dark brown edges and a one finger frothy tan head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. The glass is left coated with chunks and rings of lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma wiu hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, dark fruit and sweet alcohol. Very boozy with hints if burnt toast and dark malts in the nose. Very faint spice but the aromanis dkinated by sweet booze.

Medium bodied but on the thinner side with a huge sweet boozy presence that overpowers the slightly roasted dark malts. Hints of peppery spice, chocolate, coffee bean and toffee. Possibly some dark fruit but everything is very hot and boozy with lots of warmth in the finish. As the beer warms the other characteristics start to come out but overall this beer is too hot and one dimensional for me.

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Photo of zoso1967
2.86/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served up very dark brown, almost black and quite opaque with only a slight tan head around the edges. The aroma is very sweet, too sweet if you ask me, and has substantial dark fruit notes as well as some booziness, burnt sugar, licorice, vanilla and woody tannins. The taste picks up where the aroma left off and is once again, too sweet for my taste, but at least it has an interesting complexity. Dark fruit, spice, chocolate, licorice woodiness and some vanilla. Not bad tasting, but when I drink a stout, even a RIS, I want some roastyness in there and I am getting none of it. Also, bitterness is almost unperceivable with all that malt and alcoholic heat. Full bodied and chewy, with a surprisingly clean finish for a beer of this gravity. I had a hard time finishing this and did not enjoy it much, though it did have some interesting characteristics at least.

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Photo of smithflipper
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a thick jet black with a small tan head.

aroma of mollasess and alcohol, lots of alcohol. then some coffee and chocolate falvours escape.

Tastes like mocha syrup, very very sweet, then finishes with some alcohol burn.

Slick, low carbonation.

Half a bottle is fine thanks, no more please.

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Photo of tpd975
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of WJVII
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog fest samplethon with buddies-8/16/10 from notes:

This brew is a dark deep black color with nearly no head. There are strong spice notes in the aroma along with some dark fruits and sweet brown sugar. The taste is dark and dry like a port wine. The body if full but lacks carbonation. This is a winter warmer or an after dinner drink with desert. Definitely worth a sample.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

decided to open this one up by the fire last night and chill for a while. served cold and allowed to warm in a snifter it was consumed on 11/19/2010.

the pour was dark as night, no light coming through on this one at all, but also no head as the flat, lifeless body just laid there, quite odd indeed. aroma is dark peat, hints of campfire smoke, notes of light cocoa, and a hint of deep burnt notes, but that was the highlight as it went down from there. very lifeless, flat body did not let the taste come through nearly as much as it could have and this led to a rather lackluster profile. nice barrel notes, loads of wood and peat, but just really not enough with the carbonation to really make it work for me.

overall it was decent, but it was just too underwhelming for me. maybe next time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Black with reddish hues, a bit of lace, a thin head. Floral and roast aroma, a contradiction. A mild amount of carbonation. Initially, a good chocolate hits the tongue. Serveral sips later, very boozy, more vodka-ish. Below average mouthfeel.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a generous gift from reakt, when he was visiting boston during the EBF '09.

330ml (?) bottle. best by date of 07/12/09. tasted in early june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

almost opaque black. nearly 1-finger of tan, sudsy head w/ big-bubbles. a nitro-like reverse-waterfall effect occurs between the liquid and the start of the head. viscous appearance on every tilt of the glass. no lacing ever sticks tho.

aroma: oaky vanilla, coffee notes and light roasted maltiness, caramel and fruit (cranberry?). earthy tones. jasmine flowers? hard to pin down everything that's going on here. trace acidic whiffs? and... acetone? more earthy hop notes. not undrinkable, but kind of a mess, frankly...

taste: cold coffee, with caramel and oaky vanilla sweetness. trace of fruit. quite bitter, lingers and sticks to the tongue, interacting w the faint acidity. touch of booze in back. bitterness in the aftertaste, not entirely unpleasant, but not easy to get used to.

medium body, syrupy and viscous but also moments of thinness, perhaps from the alcohol cutting in. gentle carbonation helps a bit with body and lifting flavors. finish has notes of astringency.

very weird, man...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent stout. Been aged for some time now. Smooth and even, but no real definitive characteristics. The flavor profile could stick around a bit longer as it seems to drop off quite a bit very quickly. Overall, decent. Probably has improved with some age.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 finger-thick, fizzy, tan head on top that quickly "fizzes" out to a slight surface layer. Not much light gets through, but not "motor oil" dark.

Vanilla & oak first hits my nose with a sweet dark plums or berries. A boozy aroma also tingles my nose a bit, but fairly hidden for 18%.

Very sweet rasberry flavor first his my palate followed by some slight oak flavors and dark brown sugar and caramel. Drying on my palate, the booze really comes through on the finish along with a slight floral hop. However, the finish is very drying and reminds me of a bourbon.

Fairly chewy brew up front, but upon swallowing it quickly turns to a familiar booze (Southern Comfort). It gets warm and tingles and burns your mouth just a bit. Enjoyable actually.

Very sweet brew that makes it difficult to drink more than one, but if I had two, I'd maybe give it a whirl. However, for $15 for a 11.2 oz bottle, I'm just not going to afford it.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Abe's 6 Pack in Bethlehem, PA for $6.95.

A-Pours dark chocolate brown with a little bit of fizz. No head.

S-Chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, some herbaceous aromas that are tricky to pin down.

T/M-Sugary sweet, and predictably boozy, considering the ABV. The cranberries add a delicate tartness to an otherwise overwhelmingly sweet beer. The finish is acidic and sharp, with a lingering burst of bittering hops. Body is thin and rich, with low, fizzy carbonation.

D-Better than expected.This is the first thing I've had from Brewdog that was worth the money. The acidity in the finish was off putting, but the rest of the beer made up for it. Will be picking up another one to age.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola colour with minimal head, ochre in colour, very visible bubbles and not much lace, just some small specks. Looks alright - could definitely use more head and lace though. Very standard stouty look.

Nose is pleasant - lots of sweet roasty malt with a nutty edge, a fair amount of cola, and some nice boozey aromas. Smells sweet, dark and inviting, like Naomi Campbell on ecstasy.

Taste is quite intense - starts with a pleasant cola character, some roasty flavours as well, then gets quite ashy and bitter, like a stout should. Some bitter chocolate and pine bark characters, very woody actually, with an almost cardboard end to it. Ultimately this tastes quite mild in spite of obvious alcohol, has a liqueur stickiness towards the back, and a nice warmth as it goes down. I may have been spoiled lately with imperial stouts but this seems very standard to me. Has all the right flavours but nothing leaping out, with not a great deal of complexity.

Mouthfeel is quite sticky, but not very. Ultimately feels a bit thin, for what it is.

Pleasant drop, certainly drinkable, just a bit of a minnow in the world of imperial stouts.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Cavery
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Klym, we decided it was time to slay the beast.

A: Deep cherry chocolate with a strawberry head. Finger and a half fluff top with starry constellations of lacing. Already pretty unique in its appearance: lacing for a monster ABV beer!

S: Whiskey sting with a venomous spice linger. I'm pretty sure this beer is poisonous. Vinegar and lighter fluid create a flammable solution in the nostrils. No lie, I'm scared.

T: What? Sweet plum sauce ranging to tart teriyaki. A pure marinade taste. Concentrated grape juice demands your attention, and then throws in some anise as an after thought. Alcohol sweetens every detail of the flavor experience. Subtle steak sauce and soy sauce. Bold flavors to balance bold alcohol.

M: The mouth sizzles like a teppanyaki counter top. You feel the bubbles evaporate with the alcohol. The mouth guides you to the savory sauces of the taste. This isn't an average experience. A monster beer with a sensitive side.

O: This is a love/hate beer, but I love it. The first 18 percent beer I wish was sessionable. This would pair so sick good with stir fry and marinated tofu. I feel incomplete without some form of Asian cuisine in front of me. Asian food is the smokin' hot mistress of this beer. A titillatingly savory experience. Brew dog just beer and dined me with a legendary sipper.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Darkest brown pour with a very thin, foamy tan head. Heavy cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel, fudge and coffee invade the nose. Lots of alcohol is apparent as this is a big beer. Shares a lot of similarities with Dogfish Head's WWS. This one is a tad more drinkable; starts out stout like with bittersweet chocolate and caramel giving way to a finish that has coffee-like bitterness and big alcohol burn. Not unpleasant but memorable. This is a big stout. Freakishly big and worth the try for any big brew lover.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4. Bottle said 18.4% ABV and best by 2020.

A: Dark brown, mahogany color. Very little to no head. No sediment. Looks relatively viscous. Light brown around the edges when held up to light.

S: Very savory and sweet. Tart dried fruits (ie. raisins, cranberries and something else more tart/sour). Hints of sour and smoke. Oak / hickory woodiness. Very complex and interesting scent. Persimmon as well?

T: Sweet followed by hot followed by a hint of bitterness/acidity and then a large amount of alcohol heat. Aftertaste is hot, sweet and savory. Not as complex as the scent and definitely a bit too hot, but good sweet/savory/sour balance with little bitterness. Dark fruits, oak, dark chocolate, and molasses.

M: Not as viscous as I was expecting. Medium-bodied for the genre. Mild to moderate carbonation.

D: Good malt and oak flavors, but very high ABV and obvious alcohol burn + flavor makes it a challenging beer. Needs some time in the cellar.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a short tan colored head that fades fast and leaves little lacing.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, wood aromas, some dark fruits, and some alcohol aromas mixed in there. Complex but interesting.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some black malts, wood flavors, vinous fruit flavors, some chocolate mixed in as well.
M: Thick feeling, kind of heavy, hot at 18% abv, but still good if you go into it with the right mindset.
D: Pretty drinkable considering the gravity of this beer, it was a really interesting take, and it was certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a deep black colored beer...almost syrupy in it's thickness and completely opaque. The head is very small and chocolate-milk in color. Strange aroma...of course, lots of highly roasted grain and malts, but also a lot of wood and medicinal flavors. It's a great aroma, but it's a very murky and thick smell. The beer is supposedly brewed with cranberries, but I have trouble picking the smell out. Lots of complexity nonetheless. I enjoy the flavor much more than the aroma...burnt and boozy (port and whiskey). Almost like a liquor filled dark chocolate candy. The taste is a mix of sweetness (malt) and many shades of bitterness. There's some warmth, bordering on hotness from the alcohol ( Dark chocolate and licorice. Huge complexity. Big mouthfeel....huge and heavy. A little rough around the edges. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Nickls
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with virtually no head whatsoever, even though I went for an increasingly vigorous pour. Only a few tiny light brown bubbles were the result. Viscous looking black liquid; with some noticeable specks of sediment in the bottom.

Dark chocolate in the aroma; some raisiny-like sweetness; light roasted malt in the aroma; faint hint of coffee. Good but nothing too overwhelming in the aroma; if anything it's quite balanced. Taste really mirrors the aroma in this case; sweetness out in front; light raisins/prunes; light roasted malt; little earthy; didn't pick out the alcohol. Medium to thicker MF; very soft carbonation that's almost not to be found. Not a bad sipping brew at all, and actually it's well-balanced in terms of the flavors. Not as 'in your face' I was expecting it to be. Nice brew.

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Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured midnight black with a small tan head with very good retention. Nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma of alcohol was very dominant at first then with some warming coffee and dark fruit was present.
Taste of sweet dark fruit, molasses, heavy on the black licorice and alcohol.
Mouth Feel was full body , light carbonation, syrupy with a strong alcohol bite.
Overall a nice sipping beer, just a little too much sweetness and drink with care it can knock you down , you feel the 18% ABV with every sip.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a thick-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dark roasted coffee with some vinous notes and light liquorice notes. Taste is also a mix between some dark roasted coffee notes with some light vanilla and liquorice. This beer is sweet do not overwhelmingly so. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation with surprisingly no alcohol notes. Well brewed and more enjoyable then I was expecting.

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