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3.96/5
Very Good
790 Ratings
Tokyo*Tokyo*
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottles contents. This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips. It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.

90 IBU

Added by PartyBear on 08-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,791
Reviews:
284
Ratings:
790
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
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90
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Ratings: 790 |  Reviews: 284
Photo of Simon212
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of le00metalero
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avitra
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's the finish that kills this beer, although not enough to make it not drinkable.
The first thing you notice is the milky smell. It's really nice and comforting, like a good Cafe au Lait in a Parisian corner.

Than the taste comes, which is nice, and milky and has a lot of coffee and vanilla and booze.
Speaking of booze, it's very evident in your head, but not as much in the flavor, the flavor is still rich and velvety and really nice. The main problem is with the finish which is just an unpleasant bitterness, although the more you drink, the more of the nice boozy sweetness comes in, which is actually nice.
Overall this is a very nicely balanced stout. Not too stouty, but really a lot more balanced than that, with a good vanilla, licorice mothfeel and a lot of depth.

Good beer.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sraufstok
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Negrelly
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster

A: Body is pitch black. Very licquour-y. Head is minimal and lives only to the side of the glass.
S: The aroma is not as strong of alcohol as expected. My previous experience with Mikkeller Black was tortuous and before getting here I was also afraid but Tokyo* shows nearly no alcohol in the nose. Mild coffee notes.
T: Taste starts off with a vanilla like, moving on to a dark chocolate finishing in a roasted bitterness and a big hint of alcohol.
M: Body is actually medium to low. Carbonation is spot on. Alcohol notes are very unnoticeable simply by stating that this beer has 16.5% ABV. It's not nail polish as Mikkeller Black but it's still not very an amazing brew.
O: It's drinkable and amusing to some point but it just has too much alcohol. Still, for that level of alcohol it's technically very interesting.

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Photo of emincems
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Experimental and interesting beer with 16,5% Abv! It pours almost black color with small sized tan head. Average-lasting foam leaves moderate lacing. Smell is boozy, high abv and roastiness dominate the smell. Wood, coffee and chocolate are in background. Taste is overly strong and not easy to drink, but aftertaste is between espresso and bourbon. Extremely full bodied, chewy and heavy on the palate, but there is no harshness. Low carbonation. It's respectable experiment and very difficult to brew.

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Photo of desint
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From estucerveza. In Teku glass. Watching Steve Jobs film. At first i found it excessively sweet, but as warms up it improves, becomes more balanced and tasty, with molasses notes. The high abv is pretty well hidden, some warmth is noticeable but not as much as the abv could suggest and doesnt bother at all

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours some very light head that dissipates very quickly but has a frothy brown appearance. The beer itself has a nice look to it in a dark chocolate black kind of way with a nice brownish hue. The texture is a little bit thin looking and fairly coffee like.

The smell is good and the taste is absolutely something else. There are definitely strong boozy notes in both but it mixes very well with the unusually strong (even after several years of aging) in both the smell and taste. There is a light sweet dark chocolate note underneath the strong booze and cranberry note. The cranberry note adds a nice and slight tart note to everything but is fairly light. The wood note is moderate and contrasts well with the booze to the point where it strongly resembles a sherry.

The feel is good. It's surprisingly thin and slick for a stout but the barrel aging must have really thinned it out. The carbonation is very light and tingling but finishes rather quickly. There is also a teeny tiny burn but not enough to really notice it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely worth aging for a good long while. I suspect as more fresh beer is a bit more intense though.

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Photo of paresis
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thommo_nk
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1/3 pint served on draft into wine glass at Brewdog, Cowgate, Edinburgh.

Almost black in colour with thin khaki brown head, Coates the glass as you swirl it. Looks nice.

Taste is bittersweet, treacle, dark chocolate, dried prunes also quite medicinal.

Nice beer, not my style but can imagine drinking this at the end of a nice meal as a liqueur.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vader444
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into TeKu glass.

This version is 16.5% ABV. Opaque black. 1/4 inch head on first pouring but this soon vanishes. Full on rich nose. Insanely bittersweet, this immediately brought to mind a Turkish coffee, in fact I had to check that coffee wasn't listed in the ingredients. As this warmed the cranberry became more evident but at no point did I detect a hint of the jasmine that this beer is brewed with. Mouthfeel is oily with soft carbonation. Overall this is interesting stuff that I'll likely have again though probably in colder weather and would likely split the bottle with a friend. Cheers

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Photo of bigred89
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Very deep brown to crude black in color with a finger of short-lived foamy tan head as a showcase, it dissipates to some bubble along the rim and leaves some spotty lace on the glass-side. It is good appearance overall considering the ABV.

Quick touch of soy sauce flashes first and instantly vanishes. Roasted malt dominates thereafter together with notes of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark bread. The level of complexity is increased upon unfolding the aroma of molasses, fudge, burnt sugar, licorice, smoky, flowery, berries, tart, grape, and some boozy spiciness.

Tokyo* introduces its richness with the multilayer of flavor with notes of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, and dark bread at first before letting the other tastes like molasses, fudge, burnt sugar, licorice, smoky, slight hint of soy sauce, flowery, berries, tart, grape, yet some alcohol warming and spice to nicely follow through. More alcohol touch and zesty fruitiness delicately open when it starts to warm as well as some mellowness. My recommendation is to sip it slowly and let it get settled in order to bring all the characters into the stage.

Full body with syrupy and sticky touch, the mouthfeel is quite smooth with low carbonation but it is good enough to carry all the things well. The overall feeling is not too hefty while the finish is very dry.

Rich and intense Imperial Stout with lots of thing going on to warmly welcome the palate and nose underneath its great strength, it doesn’t much too complex to understand if you could overcome such high alcohol content.

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Photo of Casey_L
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 790 ratings