Tokyo | BrewDog

86 Ratings

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.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of hickmancase
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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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 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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4.45/5  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 ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Completely black. Thin, light brown head.

A rich and incredibly sweet aroma. There's a ton of vanilla, molasses, and candy sweetness, along with a potent alcohol punch. There's notes of oak as well. An incredibly varied nose--it's probably just a touch too sweet for my ultimate liking--but it's certainly fun to explore!

The flavor is again largely sweet (molasses, bubble gum, sweet and dark fruits) and of course a definite alcohol warmth as it passes down the throat. There's some earthy and woody elements that actually do a really fine job of rounding things out. It's ultimately an absolutely delicious drink--that I wouldn't ever want more than 2-3oz. of (though at 18%, I think that's fair).

Thick and a touch oily, like liquor--though I don't think it's fair to expect anything else.

A wonderful experiment--and one that (actually) works!

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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 Cavery
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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 srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Puree prune, nice tan head, fairly slow to leave considering. Some spot cling.

S - Geez louise! Booze, wood, tannin, booze, hot, ouch.

T - Geez louise! Booze, wood, tannin, booze, hot, ouch. Just kidding. The malt comes out too. It's still pretty hot and much like carbonated malted whiskey.

M - Surprisingly balanced considering the ABV and the flavors. Surprising carbonation too!

D - Sadly, not a session unless you are insane. Good stuff, though.

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Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Gobzilla
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
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 hopheadtony1
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 Gfunk720
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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 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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Tokyo from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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