Tokyo* | BrewDog

776 Ratings

Brewed by:
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / 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

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Ratings: 776 |  Reviews: 281
Photo of CharlesK
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DispyDnb
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oily black body, dark head that dissipates completely, courtesy of the oak aging. Nose is heavy on the tart cranberry, subdued roasted malt. Shy for such a huge ABV. Taste is sweet chocolate with tart fruit, hint of licorice. No alcohol, for the positive. Finish has a lasting soy sauce tang yuck. Not much complexity, no hints of the jasmine, oak, or alcohol. Medium body, oily, could even be called light. Huh?
If there was ever a beer to make me question the listed ABV, this is it. No telling by the nose, taste, or my own intoxication. I swear, I got more sober while drinking this. As for the rest of it, it was tasty, but also a little weird. Roasty and tart is hard to pull off, and this didn't do it. No real depth- no oak, barely any stout notes, no jasmine. Interesting, especially how they hid the alcohol so well, but not anything beyond moderately enjoyable. No where near worth the price. >:(

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle split with a good friend.

Unique smell of cranberry, molasses and licorice. Boozy but expected for the ABV. Taste is very sweet cranberry and booze. Odd for a jet black color of beer. Very sweet to start but my palate adjusted as the beer warmed. Glad I got to try but nothing I would seek out again especially with the hefty price tag.

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Photo of Chris33
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy. Only sip about an ounce at a time

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Photo of AuntBea
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rivenin
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmangold
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jet black, tons of sweet chocolate on the nose. the taste follows with it being very sweet and loads of chocolate flavor in there. it's not nearly as hot as I thought it would be, much easier sipping than I had assumed.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AMCimpi
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Dark red brown with a minimal head (but from a gentle pour).
Rich sweet, inviting aroma. Overly sweet flavor up front but good balance eventually appears, and the late aftertaste is mildly bitter.
Good complexity.

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Photo of 123321123321
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ricoslim
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Jet with no head - that’d be the high ABV. 3.75
Soy, must, cranberry, and bourbon on the nose. 4
Brown sugar, Coke, barrel, vanilla, raisin, char, cherry liqeuer - no jasmine or cranberry.
Finish is endless, cycling through cocoa nibs, vanilla-bourbon, fish sauce and a hit of IBUs. 4
Just past medium, hot, sharp. 3.75

2009, double barrel aged.

Umami! Lots of sugar, lots of sharp edges, too. Whiskey-saoked raisin brandy warming to lots of brown sugar. But just too hot to really get into the depth of flavor, even after a few years to settle. That’s a shame, because it has a lot to offer. At the same time, sad to see it go. Mighty. 4
“Everything that’s dark is in there.” - Carter.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sathanas
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jnarowe
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible rich malts, deep coffee, molasses, tart sweetness of the cranberries. Sticky. Definitely hot on the finish but not detracting. Much less heat than similar ABVs. Beautiful. Tasted at 69F.

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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Really sweet. Much better warm.

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Photo of Justin82
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It takes a hard pour - and some patience - to generate a 3/4 finger dark brown head, but once it forms, retention is good. Nice lacing. Very dark, nearly black brew, with a nut brown sheen.

Boozy aroma right out of the bottle, but once settled in the glass, it tames slightly. Chocolate, dark fruit and grapes, and roasted barley are the highlights. A touch of brown sugar and caramel, and a hint of oak. Still a touch boozy, but not too intimidating.

Flavor is off-the-charts sweet! This is a shocking development, as the aroma really did not hint at the massive amount of sugar. It completely hides the booziness, which only comes through as a chest warmth long after the brew has slid down your throat. Reminds me of certain Evil Twin stouts.

What else? Chocolate, certainly, and some roasted barley. I would not have guessed cranberries specifically, but there's definitely a berry sweetness. Same goes for the jasmine: it doesn't come through specifically, but there's definitely a floral component to the flavor.

There's a blunt edge to the bitterness: partially from the oak, likely, and perhaps due to the hops. I can almost feel the hops fighting through the syrupy sugar to be noticed - pine, grass, orange juice? - but in the end, the sweetness is just overwhelming.

Long, wet, sticky, sugary finish. Fairly thick and chewy, yet slick. There's no way you would guess this clocks in over 18%; 12% would seem like a reasonable guess.

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 776 ratings
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