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Scotland, United Kingdom
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,731
Ranked #12,549
3.97 | pDev: 14.61%
Apr 17, 2022
Aug 29, 2009
Very Good
Notes: 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
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Photo of FLima
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FLima from Brazil

I bought this 10 years ago in one of the few BrewDog bars in UK. 18.2 abv version, 21mar22 best before date.
Jet black color, practically with no head, which has a caramel color.
Delicious aroma with notes of strong cocoa, lots of licorice, oak, cranberries, rum, coffee and other red and dark fruits.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, a good deal of blackcurrants and red fruits, oak, licorice, honey, caramel, vanilla, cola, fig jam, rum and ending with citrusy and herbal hops. Dry, liquorous and bitter aftertaste. 90 IBUs are now not able to dominate its malty body. It is more of a companion here.
Full liquorous body with faint carbonation. Alcohol of 18,2% is now quite tamed.
Very complex Imperial Stout that runs on the syrup and fruity track. Beer to be aged, I saved it for ten years and still could keep going for much longer. Interesting that time has given old rum nuances to it.
Try this in both room temperature and cold.

Apr 17, 2022
4.4 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 17, 2020
3.9 by nwhittin from Indiana on Jun 27, 2020
Photo of stcules
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by stcules from Italy

18.2 ABV.
Black, a veil of foam quickly disappearing.
In the smell a lot of toasted malt, fruit in alcohol. The alcohol is present, but less than you can expect froma 18 ABV beer.
Whisky notes, wood, light smoked notes.
Smooth, dry fruits, artichoke, soy sauce. Bitter herbs. Bourbon, Raisins.
Chiocolate, liquorous, dry figs, dark fruit, charred.
A great beer.

Apr 10, 2020
4.27 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Dec 18, 2019
Photo of kitch
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 29th January 2026. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark malt, light char, oak, hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet, caramel, syrupy, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, prunes, cranberry and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: As it warmed to a more Imperial Stout ‘ideal’ temperature, it actually became too sweet and syrupy for my liking. I actually enjoyed it more when the cold numbed and toned it down a bit. The combination of sweet and syrupy was just too much for me even just sipping, as there wasn’t enough roastiness to balance it.

Nov 27, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer which is topped by a half finger of dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of tart cranberries, oak, bitter dark chocolate, faded hops, and some roasted malts
T: Taste is slightly tart cranberries up front with some chocolate and oak, bitter roasted malts with some charred wood and burnt sugars. Tart cranberries are slightly forward but the other flavors are able to come through well. On the swallow there's more chocolate and oak, cranberries, warming alcohol, roasted malts, and dark roasted coffee.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly creamy body. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. It's pretty good, but it's definitely a monster of a beer. Huge flavors and a crazy amount of complexity make this one a very pleasant drink. Worth a try if you can find it and like big beers.

Oct 17, 2019
Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

An exceptional beer experience. This one is about eight years old, so the review reflects that serious level of aging. Dark garnet brown in the glass, very little head. Aroma is boozy craziness, honey, candied fruit and biscuity malts coming through at the edges. Taste explodes onto the tongue with blasts of raisins, brandied cherrys, brown sugar and espresso. Feel is really near perfect, viscous yet crisp, sliding over the tongue. A real classic from Brewdog, who have a deep understanding of extreme beers.

Mar 19, 2019
Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Dark brown appearance with slight head. Aroma is a dark fruit raisin. Taste is also a dark fruit raisin and perhaps cherry without any hint of alcohol aftertaste.

Feb 14, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by doktorhops from Australia

Hello Tokyo*! This big boy from them-dogs-that-brew is a 16.5% ABV behemoth of an American Imperial Stout with some intriguing ingredients listed on the label: cranberry, jasmine, vanilla – are we really going to taste these components in a 16.5% Imp-Stout? Well, I’m game to give it a try – if only to tell you about it (see what I’m willing to do for my readers? Extra mile and all that). Well, let’s ‘ave at it!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: She looks pretty black, like the deepest darkest depths of the Mariana trench (which makes me feel like seafood pizza for some reason) and a ring of tan bubbles on the surface – murky and ominous AF. 8/10.

S: Fruity, funky and roasty with aromas of: roasted espresso coffee, red coffee cherries, raisin, cranberry, prune, woody tones and a touch of vanilla in the background – bit of a fruitcake-heavy aroma for an Imp-Stout (throw in a dash of ™mite for a bit of that yeast spread goodness). Heavy stuff, I’m steeling myself for that first sip – it’s been a while since I’ve touched a beer this strong. 8/10.

T: Pretty f__ken smooth given the ABV! Flavour profile begins soft and sweet with a jammy fruitcake (raisin, cranberry and prune), mid-palate roasted espresso coffee, light floral hint (jasmine you old dog), oak tones, vanilla, dash of ™mite and a nice even-keeled bittersweet finish. Right on the money with that bitter/sweet balance too. This is a real BrewDog corker – did not expect the ABV profile to be this smooth (that said I’ve had this beer in the stash for about a year – it’s hardly fresh and had plenty time to mellow out). 8/10.

M: No real surprises here – just a typically viscous-bodied Imp-Stout™, all heavy and oily-like, it’s good not great, maybe a teeny-tiny bit thin (just a touch!). 7/10.

D: By far the softest 16.5% brew I’ve encountered, props to BrewDog – they clearly know how to stash nana's booze in the fruitcake. I’m curious as to their bigger brews (oh I don’t know, just The End Of History! However I’m not keen on drinking beer from a taxidermied stoat, I’m weird like that – can watch people having heart surgery but I find animal cruelty unsettling). Dis good Tokyo*. 9/10.

Food match: It sips like a fine wine but handles like an Old Ale, game meats or cigars.

*Not sure why BrewDog added the asterisk next to Tokyo*, it’s grammatically confusing to say the least – let me apologise on behalf of those canny Scottish BrewDogz: soz peeps.

Jan 22, 2019
3.99 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Oct 22, 2018
4.41 by le00metalero from Canada (QC) on Sep 19, 2018
Photo of Avitra
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Avitra from Switzerland

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.

Jul 29, 2018
4.25 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Jul 28, 2018
4.75 by sraufstok from Slovenia on Jun 21, 2018
4.13 by Negrelly from Brazil on Jun 14, 2018
3.69 by Nunya from Ohio on Jun 09, 2018
Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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.

Apr 18, 2018
Photo of emincems
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by emincems from Turkey

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.

Mar 19, 2018
3.66 by desint from Belgium on Mar 11, 2018
3.75 by BdM from Netherlands on Dec 19, 2017
3.89 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 15, 2017
4.36 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Dec 11, 2017
3.97 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Dec 05, 2017
Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

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

Sep 24, 2017
Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

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.

Aug 29, 2017
4.15 by paresis from Massachusetts on Jul 25, 2017
Photo of thommo_nk
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by thommo_nk from Scotland

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.

Jul 17, 2017
4.31 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Jul 03, 2017
Photo of Vader444
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Vader444 from Scotland

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

Jun 28, 2017
4.29 by bigred89 from Maryland on May 20, 2017
Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Everydayoff from Thailand

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.

May 16, 2017
3.96 by Casey_L from Texas on May 14, 2017
4.15 by South2NW from Oregon on Jan 29, 2017
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 24, 2017
4.45 by Foley67 from Scotland on Jan 16, 2017
4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 29, 2016
3.5 by DamienI from Washington on Nov 13, 2016
4.42 by steverx8 from England on Oct 15, 2016
Tokyo* from BrewDog
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 801 ratings