Tokyo* | BrewDog

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Tokyo*Tokyo*
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3.97/5
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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

BEER STATS
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#10,394
Reviews:
287
Ratings:
793
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
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Reviews by dmsohyea:
Photo of dmsohyea
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a Stone "Vertical Epic" glass.

A: a strong pour yields barely a half finger of dark tan, soapy head. Not a lot of lace, but some retention. Not completely black, some light penetrates.

S: Smell is pretty decent. Lots of chocolate and a hint of cranberry. It says there is also jasmine, but I can't smell it. Smells a bit like one of those dark chocolate covered, dried cranberries soaked in vodka. Yeah. Definitely some strong alcohol scents. So strong, in fact, that as I was trying to pick up various scents my eyes started watering from the alcohol fumes.

T: taste very closely follows the nose plus a bunch of burnt malt flavor. Chocolate cherries and tons of alcohol on the finish. Super hot and boozy. A little bit sweet for me, but to be expected for such a huge beer.

M: Actually not a strong, thick motor oil consistency. Very little carbonation, but not super thick and deathly.

O: Overall not terrible for such a big beer, but also too strong and not smooth at all. Alcohol isn't hidden and you taste every bit of that ABV. Certainly won't be trying this one again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kevanb
2.2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Intergalactic Fantastic Oak Aged Stout with Cranberry and Jasmine, an interesting concept. 11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Tokyo* pours a dark cola brown color, almost black but not quite, fairly opaque but also surprisingly clear from the top down once the head recedes. Shockingly, there is a head, almost a finger high, tan in color, moderate retention, easily resummoned with a quick swirl of the glass, light lace. The aroma is of sharp acetone nail polish, chewy oak and violent alcohol, extremely harsh and quite unpleasant. The flavors are very similar, lots of chewy oak, a bit of vanilla comes out before the nail polish flavors really dominate the tongue and to make matters worse, the punishing alcohol takes control of what is already an astringent and toxic brew and just obliterates the palate with an out of control harshness. The body is thin, bubbly and over-carbonated, abrasive on the tongue but it does have a moderately smooth finish but the zesty carbonation can be felt on the tongue for quite some time.

Verdict: Just awful. Simply awful stout from BrewDog. I appreciate the creativity and lack of convention from this brewery and love trying their stuff, but to say this was successful is impossible. A drain pour.

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Photo of armock
2.14/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off coffee scents dark fruit some oak and a lot of alcohol

T - Starts off sweet with roated malt then the dark fruit flavors come out with lots of alcohol

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - Even though this is the first beer of the day for me the first sip made me gag and throw up some after washing out my mouth to get a review its not any easier to drink this is a boozy mess and the price of the bottle is going to make me finish this garbage

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (with name/spelling change to Tokio) - bought about 5 months ago:
Pours very dark, I'd say black, with visibility otherwise only at the very edges. The head builds up a nice tan before receding to the edges. No lacing, but definitely some legs on each sip.

Nose it think sweetness cut by a hint of tart. Molasses is the first thing I get, along with an overall impression of a port or other fortified wine. There is some very muted roast (maybe even a tiny bit of smoke) underneath dark brown sugar and alcohol, but in the beer world, this reminds me of some dark Belgian ales more than a stout.

Taste starts off less sweet and not as thick as I'd expect from the nose (can smell predict feel?). The molasses is still there, but it actually takes a back seat to what has to be the cranberries (that tastes like dark alcohol-soaked cherries to me). Knowing they are cranberries doesn't help change that impression (like knowing an ingredient sometimes does for me). Once the sweet, tart, alcohol moves on from attacking my tongue, I do get an herbal and berry fruit taste that is actually quite pleasant - especially after the bold opening. The end actually ends up bringing on a light lingering taste of a sweetened coffee to join the taste the cranberries continue to supply.

This beer is a little sticky and coating, with pretty heavy body. It is a sipper, and the alchol provides a touch of heat, but less than a 18% beer could.

Definitely should consider this as a dessert beer, but not as sweet in the mouth as in the nose. This beer had aspects I liked (the subdued berry and roasted notes mid taste), but also some things that seemed over the top. Overall, though I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.06/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: somewhat of a light brown, zero head, no lacing

S: aroma features some earthy tea notes along with bark, I pick up a spirit like spice character, not picking up any stout flavors, some medicinal cough syrup like character in there

T: the taste is also very spirit like with huge sweetness, some cranberry comes through, big time alcohol burn on the finish

Mf: thin, no carb

O: not digging this at all, way too booze forward, even for an 18% brew, no stout character at all

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Photo of Dennoman
2.06/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A knowledgeable American sommelier I met at a pub here in Belgium, described BrewDog as "great marketing, lack of talent". After drinking this brew, I think I have a reasonably good idea what he's talking about.

This beer is just wrong on so many levels. The completely overpowering sweetness from plums and other dark fruits and raw alcohol you get from the nose are quite frankly sickening. The taste is equally bad, adding a stale dampness remeniscent of rain on hot concrete, potpourri and grandmum's living room with all the windows closed.

For me, this beer really doesn't have any redeeming qualities whatsoever. It doesn't even LOOK that appealing for an Imperial, having quite a light and tame head and not even being very dark, probably due to the amount of alcohol running through it, making it look quite insepid for its genre.

There are certain things I want from a stout, and I guess BrewDog Tokyo* has nothing of the sort. No beautiful roasted coffee, no bitterness, no texture, no deep dark brown head and pitch black body, ... as much as I would have liked to adore this beer as an almost unconditional stout fan, I absolutely hated this.

The only reason I didn't pour it down the sink, is because I coughed up €10 for the damn thing.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Saveur Biere - Pours dark red with a very small tanned head which disipates quckly. Smell - heavy on cranberry, light roasted malts, boozy. Taste - Berry sweeteness with strong alcoholic after feel. Nice winter sipper that grew on me after every sip.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As soon as I popped the cap I could smell the booze on this. I'm actually a little intimidated by this guy. It looks pretty nice, with a dark body and a thin tan head that disappears quickly into thin lacing. Not bad for an 18+! Smells boozy! That isn't shocking though. I am pleased with how the cranberry aroma pulls through with a bit of oakiness and toastiness! However, it's all still masked by a gigantic wall of alcohol that BrewDog has reputed themselves with. I'm less than impressed with the flavor, this just burns. My taste buds have been burned and I can't taste anything except alcohol heat! Behind it I can get a bit of oak with a slight touch of dark fruit but damn! This isn't even novel for me. The mouthfeel is nothing more than aggressive alcohol burning. Not very pleasant. I'll finish this, but damn, it's going to be a chore.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

If the saying is true, "Everything in moderation, even moderation", then Brewdog brewers are taking some artistic, boozy and roasty liberties, pushing this massive stout well beyond 18% alcohol.

Popping the cap and tilting the bottle, the dark brown, tawny elixir might as well crawl into the glass all by itself. Its oily appearance nestles into the snifter with the daintiest swirl of espresso-like creme for its crown. Lavish aromas flood the olfactories with coffee, dark chocolate, wonderfully burnt sugar, sherry wine, port and madeira. Its strong vinous presence sneaks in a robust and fortified wine flavor just underneath the decadent sweetness of black-strap molasses, brownie batter and buckwheat honey.

The low-lying carbonation allows the toasted sweetness to seep deep into the tastebuds, pulling with its the flavor and texture of fudge, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, heavy cream and spun toffee. But when the sweetness reaches a crescendo, in trots the strong booze and tangy fruit balance. Red grape, licorice, red berry, plum, prune and blackberry- all seeming in the booze-soaked variety- slice through the malt for a surprisingly well balanced taste.

Long and savory in its finish, the stout doesn't exit the palate quickly, rather preferring to linger like fine port or cognac. Its thick, cloying texture and smoldering alcohol warmth evoke a patient session of low volume to allow the savory umami, teryaki-like, salty, meaty oxidation to be explored to its fullest.

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Photo of koganator
2.09/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had on 12/31/2012 at Brewdog Camden in London. This was my 3rd beer of the night and definitely got me drunk. Half filled wine glass from tap.

Appearance: Solid head, and pitch black RIS goodness, looking good so far.

Smell: Sweet, cloying, caramel-like... Like a weaker smelling Tactical Nuclear Penguin that I had earlier in the night

Taste: Good god, imagine a truck of sugar crashing directly into your mouth and spilling all of it's cargo therein. This is the most unpleasant beer I have had in a long time. Whatever else is happening here is completely overshadowed by pure malt. It's as if I'm drinking diluted malt concentrate mixed with maple syrup. Painful, simply and utterly painful. The alcohol was there, but it was somewhat co-opted by the sheer sticky presence of the maltose.

Mouthfeel: I had to struggle it down.

Overall: I don't even want to think about this beer again. I know it's rated fairly highly on BA, but it just was so not for me.

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Photo of Shadman
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as hell...Rich tan toffe head and gobs of lacing.

Rum raisin, slight oakiness, and booze...and I let this set for 7 months...

Surprising, despite the booziness ( I might as well get that fact over with now) there's some complexity that is nice ( maybe patience-ie cellaring pays off). Chocolate notes, sweet cranberries, some slight dry hop bitterness. Finishes with some slighty tart cranberry and alchohol astringency.

Certainly thick, but a bit too sticky and sweet on this palate.

A must try, but only if you let it cellar. At 18.2% it's a split amongst a group of 4, sip, and savour.

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of DerrickW
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of beveragesampler
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch --3
Best Before 16/02/20

poured into glass. jet black. lots of carbination on pour. reminded me of pouring cola into a glass. loud fizzy carmel two finger head that dissipated into nothing. no lacing. light sugar coating to the sides of glass upon a swirl; reminiscent of a fine wine.

smell is a little boozy, cranberries, oak, jasmine.

taste: hot (alocohol 18.2%) rich and creamy. lots of cranberrie, dark fruit and lite oakiness. chocolaty dark carmel malts. sweet like a good bourbon. a light tart and sourness to the brew.

mouthfeel is heavy. smooth hop finish that lingers into a cranberrie wine.

drinkability. think of drinking five beers in one 12oz serving. one and done.

great brew to cellar. very limited availability. definately a sipper. great drinking experience. this is the second bottle i have had and very much enjoyed.

Pints Up!
Jake

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Photo of Teddy-Pickles
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a deep very dark brown color. It is very opaque but not quite black. There is an aggressive yet poorly retained tan colored head atop the beer.

S: Chocolate and tangy cranberry come through on the nose... smells very nice. I keep going back in for another sniff... not too hot on the nose there is a mild boozy quality with a little vanilla present too but i would never guess just from the smell that this beer is 18.2%

T: rich coco is the first thing that grabs my palate. wow this is actually very balanced and quite good... I cannot believe how well the alcohol is hidden! there is a burning after taste which lingers but the flavors are not disrupted by the strength. I don't get very much fruit but i suppose there is a little going on.... not quite as much complexity as id like to have. But there is a nice thing going on here I like this beer! Im excited to age one!

M: Excellent!!! very high points... velvety and prickly all at once... also this beer has an extremely long finish bonus!

D: very high points for the abv!

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Photo of BeavNH
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of KarlMcGowan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark with some foam
S: Can smell a bit of chocolate in the nose
T: Interesting mix of sweetness and other flavors with a chocolate aftertaste
M: Very full bodied beer; the alcohol is evident, but more like that in a 10% abv beer
D: There's no way anyone could plow through these; it's a night cap beer to sip and next to a fireplace

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Photo of heygeebee
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while. Shared bottle.

Pours syrupy black with slight lacing.

Licorice on nose, not a lot else.

Taste is malt heaven initially, with caramel and licorice, without the usual stout roast flavours. As it warms, sweetness comes in and starts to dominate.

Mouthfeel heavy but fabulous. The alcohol is hidden, but you still just sip.

A real gem of a find - not to have every day, but glad to have had as a shared bottle.

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Photo of whitenads
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of NCSUdo
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, batch 002

A: Dark black under a good sized brown head. Some spotty lace, small amount of retention.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate, some cranberry, alcohol, toasted. Pretty complex.

T: Caramel, roasted malt, alcohol, some cranberry, sweet, mild bitterness in the finish. Again, complex.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is high, a bit slick on the tongue. Drinkability is OK for such a big beer, would definitely do well with some age.

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Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of JDJTEXAS
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 793 ratings