Tokyo* | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.20%

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

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Photo of kirok1999
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking stout, rich black with a nice thick off white head. Nice smell too, lots of sweet malt, chocolate, mild coffee notes, raisins and cherry. Taste is overpoweringly sweet, made me shudder. Aftr you get over the sweetness some of the other flavors come through. Mild musky spice, a bit of lingering tartness and just a ton of sugar. Glad I split it with 3 other guys cause there's no way I would havewanted to finish the whole bottle myself.

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Photo of kevanb
2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
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 KentMills
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to find this bottle at Wise Guys, where Nate was extremely knowledgeable.

This beer poured black with light brown/dark tan head.

It's smell was a hint of dark sugars and dark fruits which always get me excited to taste.

Taste was raisin, cherry, molasses with a full body. Delicious!

While I've had better beers of this style with more forward flavors, this is by far the easiest to acquire with a much less unreasonable price. Seriously, try it. I know I will again and again.

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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$13.00 for the 11.2oz bottle
Batch - 002, Best before14/12/19
Served in a stemless wine glass at room temperature
Sampled 12OCT12

Proclaimed on the bottle:
"intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout...brewed with cranberries and jasmine"

Slow down...I'll be the judge of 'intergalactic.'

[A] Pours with a finger and a half of light to medium light brown head. Surprisingly deft retention. The collar remains throughout. body is straight black. Thin wavy bands and dots of lace cling to the glass.

[S] First whiffs bring in a healthy dose of acetone and even a bit of sharp nail polish. This fades off to respectable levels giving way to cranberries, jasmine (I guess that's jasmine) and other pungent herbs.

[T] For starters, this beer is heavily sweet. But it's not as sweet as expected honestly. And it's not lacking in the complexity department either. Between the tartness of the cranberries, the intensity of the herbs, the soft French oaky tannins and the sharpness of the alcohol, the sweetness is [somehow] kind of manageable. Chocolate, fudge and bitter molasses help to offset as well.

[M] Smooth, oily texture. Soft and rolls over the tongue. moderately thick, ABV considered.. Definite heat as expected, but not palate burning on the finish. A slow sipper nonetheless.

[O] I had this beer on draft a while back. And it was an absolute mess at that point. Two years later and - for what it is - this beer is actually pretty decent. Certainly an impressive feat if nothing else. Well done guys. Maybe not intergalactic, but pretty close.

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Photo of Someguy1_8t
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Batch 907 served in snifter
Appearance - bark brown color with little to none rapidly diminishing head.
Smell - very sweet vanilla oak scents, from the oak barrel aging. Honey and booze.
Taste - much like the smell, with the exemption of some slight cherry tartness.
Mouthfeel - light bodied with almost no carbonation. Slight lingering of sweet vanilla.
Overall - I liked and would recommend for sweet vanilla oak ale seekers. Reminded me of Hebrew Funky Jewbelation.

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Photo of koganator
2.09/5  rDev -46%
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 gtermi
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a motor oil black body with a thin white head that quickly fades and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. There is also some floaties in the beer, probably from the fruit or yeast

S: I am picking up a strong amount of sweet booze, a tiny bit of chocolate. The boozy smell really dominates.

T: Dear mother of god this is a freaking sweet beer. The first sip just destroys my palate and takes a long time to recover so I can enjoy the after taste. The after taste consists of some chocolate, roasted malt and a very tiny bit of sour fruit.

M: It is very smooth and it goes down with ease. There is also a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat.

O: This beer is pretty crazy and for sure one of those beers you could only drink once every few months, but man is it easy to drink for an 18% beer. I cant wait to see how this beer tastes with a few years on it.

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Photo of afluentturtle
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: Poured a typical stout dark black with about a finger of khaki head that quick disapted. Seemed a little watery and not what I expected from a imperial stout with such as high abv.

Smell: Absolutly fabulous, booze, cherries, oak, dried fruit, cocoa, vanilla. Almost like a top shelf whiskey or bourbon.

Taste: when still cold I get mostly fruit, cherries, cranberries and maybe raisins. As it warns the cocoa and wood start to show as does the alcohol. I think chocolate covered cherries would best describe the taste. Once it gets "warm" I would pretty much equate it to a burboun as the booze really takes over. Really sweet but it seems to blend well with the booze.

Mouthfell: A bit thin, dry, the alcohol really has a kick once this brew warms up.

Overall: Interesting to say the least. This is my first foray into high abv beers. I normally taste beers cool out of the fridge and sip as they reach room temp, and normally stouts peak as they warm. However this beer I liked best when it was still a little cool. Once it warmed up the booze and sweetness really took over and I found it a little hard to finish.

A decent brew, I would like to see how it ages, maybe that would tame the booze a little bit

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark chocolate brown with a 1 finger tan head. Pours a bit thinner than I thought it would, given the high ABV. Maybe I was just expecting another version of TNP.

S- Rich, sweet chocolate covered cherries. Vanilla. And booze. Plenty of booze. Plus just a little oak. Not a bad aroma, but with all the ingredients and power in this beer, I'd expect a bit more.

T- Sweet, with some dark red fruit- cherry or cranberry (they did brew with it). Lots of sweet chocolate notes. Hints of burning booze. Could probably go for another few years in the bottle to settle down.

M- A bit syrup-like. Goes well with the sweetness, but a bit too thick for the taste. the balance is just a bit off.

O- Not bad. The booze is nice and warming, and the flavors are nice, but it could be a bit better for all of the ingredients. I love the super-strong beers that BrewDog makes, but this one isn't my favorite.

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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, at the Edinburgh BrewDog. Appearance is jet black with a coffee head, shows really good lacing and film.

Smell has some soy sauce, iodine, oak, dark malts, bitter medicinal hops.

Taste has a lot of mellow alcohol, creamy stout character, a lot of Whisky influence, layers of complexity, really dry towards the end. Finish has an overall medicinal character, interesting.

Body is very big, light carbonation, but very smooth, with coating bitterness.

Interesting stuff. Very big and quite medicinal but quite complex.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have had this and a second bottle for a long time (over a year). I think I got them from Pino and Patrick?

Batch 10. Best before 04-04-21

Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of medium brown head.

S - Big sweetness up front - milk chocolate, molasses, cranberries, caramel and a hint of jasmine.

T - Bold flavours and a big alcohol presence that almost burns up front. Very sweet and syrupy, with milk chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, oak and some rum-like flavours. The cranberry is present as well and adds a slight tartness.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

O - This was interesting enough. Considering the ABV, I wasn't expecting this to be smooth but it was very sweet and syrupy and I couldn't even get through 12 oz.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to like this beer. I really did. For a variety of reasons.

The pour is almost more of a deep deep brown with a little bit of lazy carbonation remaining over the top.

Nose is sweet. Almost like a grappa sweet. Big alcohol presence, along with a dark fruit sweetness to it.

This does not taste like beer, as most people would expect it, but almost like a decent port. That would actually be the how I would describe this beer overall. A beer for port lovers. I think it's the cranberries and jasmine that really give it this deep syrupy sweetness, and it's got a high ABV.
This more I think about this, the more that is how I approach it. Don't drink this beer thinking you're drinking beer. Think of it as a malted port. With that change in thinking I like it that much more

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Photo of ESPNman
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stone IRS Snifter

A - Pours a dark murky brown with virtually zero head. A faint ring of head hangs out on the glass, zero lacing. It looks like liquid oak. It's not as dark as I expected from an enormous imperial stout.

S - It smells like an ENORMOUS english-style barleywine. Lots of fig, ripe fruit, and thick sugary malts. A big whiff of oak, and a lot of booze.

T - Big, sweet, boozy, oaky, and did I mention boozy? This bottle was aged for roughly 2 years, and it is still running extremely hot. Once you get over the booze on the palate, there is a nice beer behind it. Lots of dark candied fruit and thick syrupy malt. It really is more reminiscent of a barleywine than it is of a stout.

M - Heavy, syrupy, and only slightly carbonated. This is a big beast of a beer, and you can tell as soon as it hits your tongue. It sticks on the palate and lingers for quite a long time. As it warms, it seems to almost gain a sticky quality.

O - Definitely not a daily-drinker. It's an interesting beer that is worth taking for a spin at least once. It's heavy, thick, sweet, oaky, boozy, and pretty delicious. I'd recommend splitting it with a friend.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head that lingers, light oily lacing; very dark brown, almost black color, amber hue when held to the light

S: Dark fruits with strong oak, raisins, cranberries, caramel, malt, more oakiness, little hint of cotton candy

T: Tastes of sweet chocolate-covered craisins that have been soaked in bourbon; has a nice oak-aged hint to it in the back of the palate. The flavor is really delicious, unlike any other imperial stout I've tried

M: Medium thickness, low carbonation; surprisingly not much booze on the tongue, but warms you up nicely as it goes down

O: This beer is outstanding and very different. Eccentric is a good word. Definitely would buy this again, even at the steep price point

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 907 best before 08-02-22.

A - Poured into my dogfish head chalice a dark brown with a nice half a finger mocha head that faded down to leave a light halo and wisp along with nice legs. For an 18.2% beer this is impressive. Damn impressive.

S - Aromas of booze, first and foremost, with a fair amount of sweet malts light barrel and light floral perfume notes.

T - Taste is quite enjoyable even though it is very boozy and overly sweet the flavors are solid. Nice perfumey notes along with light wine qualities. There is a nice tartness on the finish from the cranberries that cuts into the sweetness nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome for something this boozy a bit too sweet for me and still a definite sipper.

O - Overall I was really impressed with this offering from brewdog. Glad I have another bottle to age and see if the booze mellows even more.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours an extremely dark brown black color, although some light gets throughh the edges. Has a nice light brown head, and medium lacing

Smell – Heavy oak, malt, molasses, bourbon, some jasmine, and cranberries. Smells good!

Taste – Tastes a lot like it smells, but the bourbon jasmine, and cranberries are more pronounced. I really liked it at first, but less so as it warmed (good beers tend to get better). The bourbon and cranberries were a strange match, and although I typically like sweet beers, the sweetness tasted odd on this.

Mouthfeel – A very thick, creamy brew. The alcohol became very noticeable as it warmed.

Drinkability – Reasonably drinkable for 18.2%abv, but again, I went from liking it a lot to just liking it as it warmed.

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Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle into a snifter. Dark brown in color with a thin lacing scattered across the top. Decent retention to it as I drank it.

The juniper and cranberry give it a very noticeable fruity and herbal quality. Darker, roasted malts give it some notes of chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee. I get a little of the oak in it as well and the alcohol isn't too bad all things considered. It's very sweet and a little overly fruity though.

The taste shows more of the sweeter, fruity qualities to it with both cranberry and cherry flavors to it. It's got a lot of caramel sweetness to it throughout. The finish shows a little more of a dark, roasted malt flavor with a touch of oak as well. The herbal juniper is a little noticeable lingering in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and syrupy. Carbonation is low. Overall, it was a decent beer but definitely not an outstanding one in the style. It was very sweet and a little too fruity for me. The over done sweetness combined with the syrupy mouthfeel and alcohol heat just didn't work all that well for me. The roasted malts and oak were overshadowed unfortunately.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.3/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

Translucent black with garnet highlights. 1 finger of khaki colored head that dissipates quickly. Legs are clearly visible.

Rubbing alcohol, dark chocolate, notes of cranberry and potpourri.

Incredibly boozy. Beyond the booze there are some roasty notes that could be dark chocolate or coffee? It’s hard to tell. Black licorice, sickeningly sweet toffee and butterscotch. There’s a lot of perfume and floral flavors. Some cranberry catches on the back of the palate.

Light-medium bodied, sticky and warming.

This is a pathetic Imperial Stout. Behind the massive booziness of the 18.2%, all the Imperial Stout characteristics are lost. Sickeningly sweet and cloying. Blech! Save your money!

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Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tokyo* is in a sense, the perfect spiritual ambassador for the modern home brewer. It revels in geekdom (The reference to the Japanese arcade craze is cleverly delicious, albeit niche, marketing); In it's kitchen sink approach and overall boldness.

The fact that it actually works as a whole and is, all things considered a really good beer, makes this beer something
that every home brewer will have a particular familiar delight upon tasting it.

I was of course skeptical going into this beer, as i was (for one) expecting the alcohol to suppress the other flavors and burn the palate OR end up being badly covered up with copious amounts of sugar. I was glad to found out i couldn't be further from the truth.

You do feel the alcohol punch upon first opening the beer, but surprisingly, it mellows out quite a bit revealing chocolate, wood and dark fruit on the nose and tongue.

It feels to me like a regional Portuguese liquorish drink, in that it's warming, coating and refined yet harsh around the edges attribute of all great artisan products. It gives the boozy feel of a Port/Muscat, the heaviness and palate of a mead and that special feeling you're having a unique beer.

Upon further tasting, you might find notes of honey sickle, red fruit and fresh vegetable. The cranberry, in particular, slowly but steadily shows itself.

The disclaimed 'copious' amount of hops never really scream their presence, proof that even going balls to wall on some ingredients, Brewdog never lost sight of balance and complexity.

All in all, Despite all the bravado and punk attitude, this beer really ends up feeling more like a work of technical rigor than one is lead to expect, even if still soaked on undeniable inspiration.

I'm calling your bluff Brewdog, this is anything but a beer for the excesses, it's a beer for the most special of moments be it alone or with great company, in the most romantic connivance or introspective star gazing. But i'm sure you already knew that.

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Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Basically black in colour with a bit of brown creeping around, little tan head with a few spots of lace as well. Smell is roasty, oak, vanilla, a mild berry/fruity note and quite a bit of alcohol as well. Taste is quite sweet, vanilla, chocolate, bit of oak, berry tea flavours, roast and a fair amount of alcohol eventually creeps up as well. Big, sticky and chewy feel, lightly carbonated but seriously thick as tar. This was a giant stout, it would be tough to drink more than 4-6 oz of this beer, perhaps age would have mellowed this out, may have opened this about 3 years too soon.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Pino, 355ml into a tulip. Batch 10, best before 04/10/22.

Black body with some burgundy clarity at the edges. Light brown head. Nose of caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla, dark sugars and loads of alcohol. Absolutely huge. Tastes of vanilla, oak, caramelized dark fruits, mild toasty/charred character. Super sweet and tons of alcohol. Low carbonation, sticky and thick. Definitely needs many more years to settles, complex and almost liqeur-like in some respects.

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Photo of ckollias
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Chimay snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick tan-brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong sweet syrupy aroma with a huge alcoholic stench. Hints of hops and wood.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness that is very syrupy. Good malty background with hints of vanilla, cherries, and chocolate.

M: Extremely strong and boozy. Thick body and low carbonation.

O: Great imperial stout – maybe a little too syrupy – but I very enjoyable . A definite sipping beer @ 18.2 % alcohol by volume.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #011. Best before 09-08-21. 18.2% ABV.

Oak aged stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine. Poured into a Sandeman port glass. Black with dark reddish-brown hues when held to the light. Amazing little foam crown on this sucker. Light tan in color. Surprising look.

Unsurprising port-like aroma. Beast-like booze vaporizing. Deeply roasty in the malts with dark fruit notes that peek through. Light bittersweet chocolate notes and an herbal touch to the nose. Pretty decent.

Big roasty stout with a rich fruity port character, lots of oak aging, and mild tannins. The jasmine creeps in and out so frequently that I'm not sure that it's really there. But, the aging on berries note is there. Not as tart as a cranberry stout would have seemed to me, but it has a great red-skinned fruit nuance in the profile. Prominent dark chocolate and a few hints of raspberry and orange rind. Semi-earthy and decently sweet, but the smack of malt bitterness balances that almost to a tee. Spicy booze finish.

Big-ass beer. 18.2% is no joke. The best I can say is that it drinks like a 14% beer. All in all, impressive carbonation on the tongue and back of throat. The body is a weighted medium--nothing really impressive. Still a decent mouthfeel.

This would be my first Brewdog beer. So far, I don't think of them as overrated. Tokio is a wild beast of a stout. What it lacks in complexity, it delivers in burly sweet flavor.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Craft & Draft Amsterdam. Pitch black with an espresso head. Burnt salted caramel, brewed coffee, cocoa, sherry and a ton of sweet cherries. A bit sweet at first, it develops a nice fruity bitterness as you go.

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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out semi transparent with very little suds which quickly dissapate. Lacing is here if you swish the glass.
Smell is alcohol and more alcohol then some sugar malts. Mabey a little raisin or date way in the back but the alcohol is the king.
Taste is raisin and grape skin with a sugar sweetness. Alcohol soaked dates come to mind here. The alcohol does however not rule the roost in the flavor dept.
Mouthfeel is sticky but for such a high ABV brew this one is par for the course.
Overall this one will get you drunk. Might be good on a cold dark night in December but why put yourself through the cough medicine when you ain't coughing?

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
3.87 out of 5 based on 767 ratings.
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