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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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 54
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 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 DoubleSimcoe
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.


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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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."

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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%!

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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 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!

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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 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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Tokyo from BrewDog
3.95 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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