Tokyo | BrewDog

very good
86 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
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.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 86
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.

 381 characters

Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

 490 characters

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.

 463 characters

Photo of ChrisPr
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 383 characters

Photo of Monteiro
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

 690 characters

Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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."

 1,556 characters

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.

 752 characters

Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is dark brown, almost black. The head is light brown and goes away quickly. Has a fruity smell. The taste starts out fruity and then gets a molasses taste. It is a sweet tasting brew. No hops.
The mouth feel is syrupy, definitely a sipping beer. The drinkability
depends on your tolerance. At 12%, for me, it is a one bottle beer, also financially. It is a beer I would try again for a special occasion or on someelse's dime.

 428 characters

Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a near black with chestnut edges and a fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a mild colar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses. melted corn sugar, espresso, vanilla cream, prune juice, and raisins.
Taste is of the aromas but is way, way over the top with sweet prunes and brown sugar taking over to a sweet, cloying bomb.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, syrupy, sugar filled, ultra fruity, and in need of aging.

 458 characters

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.

 869 characters

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.

 863 characters

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.

 966 characters

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.

 591 characters

Photo of Westsidebuddha
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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%!

 513 characters

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.

 297 characters

Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

 435 characters

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.

 805 characters

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.

 1,149 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

 1,140 characters

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...

 1,177 characters

Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 07/12/2009, served cool in Gulden Draak's branded tulip-shaped bowl sniffer. NOTE: the beer is brewed with Jasmine (hence the name?) and Cranberries, dry-hopped before being aged with French toasted oak chips.

A: pours a nearly black hue with faint carbonation and a dark khaki-hued fluffy head.
S: the aroma is quite... weird at first - boasting pronounced vanilla-oak and a mixed aroma of berry-fruits, bitter chocolates, syrupy nuts and faint roastiness, while a semi-nettle and semi-licorice herbal-ness seems to represent the "jasmine" as stated on the back label? Given several good swirls, the aroma still remains pretty deep and low-profiled, not quite lively yet also not alcoholic (mysterious...).
T: the understated foretaste of bitter walnuts and bitter chocolates slowly leads to a really refreshing and nice edge of chopped jasmine flower(!) along with sour smoked black prunes in the middle, while the undertone of malt-roastiness and a good level of hop bitterness creeps up by stealth, with a spicy tinge in fact. The finish is semi-chewy, sour-prune-ish, satisfyingly bitter without being too harsh, and the subtle aroma of (real!) jasmine lingers. Ageing seems to soften the body considerably, yet the "toasted French oak chips" at best add to the complexity in the most subtle manner, without making the beer hugely "vanilla-oaky". In fact, the sour side of flavour seems to lift the whole drinking experience tremendously.
M&D: the texture is lubricating and not heavy, the carbonation is just about right, and the body is full but not overbearing at all - most importantly, the presence of alc. is really really really mild for a 12%abv. ale! A semi-complex strong stout this is, and really likeable.

 1,763 characters

Photo of ricke
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 1,447 characters

Photo of brendan13
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque, very dark brown - borderline black with about half a centimetre of bubbly dark coffee brown head that falls away almost immediately.
S - Big, bold dark fruit character with caramel and dark chocolate sweetness. Some herbal & woody character. A bit of a leather touch & some boozy hints
T - Lots of dark fruit and dark chocolate also in the taste. Slightly burnt roasty notes. Some herbal qualities towards the back of the palate.
Some vauge vanilla & woody hints. Also some warming alcohol touches.
M - Quite full bodied with minimal carbonation.
D - A nice beer indeed. Obviously a 12% beer isn't meant for sessioning but it's something I'll probably buy more of for the cellar.

 700 characters

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.

 840 characters

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

 714 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tokyo from BrewDog
3.95 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.