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Tokyo* | BrewDog

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Tokyo*Tokyo*
BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
776 Ratings
Tokyo*Tokyo*
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,944
Reviews:
281
Ratings:
776
pDev:
14.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
264
Trade:
21
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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 011 - Best Before 09-02-21

Pours a thin root-beer color with a fairly frothy one finger tan head. Smells of dark ripe fruits and oak dominate the nose and supported by a boozy aroma. First sip is boozy and bitter, with plenty of raisins, figs, and oak comprising the flavor. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy since the beer looked a tad thin on the pour. The 18.2% ABV is fairly well hidden for such a strong beer.

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Photo of claaark13
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't like BrewDog. I'll say that first. Poured at cellar temp into a CBS snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown, but appears black in the glass. Has a very thick head that slowly gets to some nice lacing. Sticks very well.

S - Sweet molasses and dark malts, oak and brown sugar. With the oak comes a slightly medicinal aroma. It would be so much better without this. After some thought, it reminds me of the smell of paint.

T - Strong oak throughout, molasses, brown sugar. Much like the aroma. The oak gives way to a slight booziness in the finish. It is as if the oak chips were soaked in something, although I suspect that they are just providing a very strong oak flavor through the base. It is very smooth, particularly for 18.2%.

M - Fairly thick. Really sticks to the mouth.

O - It's hard for me to hate on this beer. The oak chips could have been done a little better (aroma/taste), but it really isn't that bad at all. Best BrewDog I've had....I can't get much of the booze. I'd bet that if this were swapped with the Bourbon DL variant in a tasting, no one would notice.

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Photo of Dennoman
2.06/5  rDev -48%
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 revo
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dtivp
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured midnight black with a small tan head with very good retention. Nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma of alcohol was very dominant at first then with some warming coffee and dark fruit was present.
Taste of sweet dark fruit, molasses, heavy on the black licorice and alcohol.
Mouth Feel was full body , light carbonation, syrupy with a strong alcohol bite.
Overall a nice sipping beer, just a little too much sweetness and drink with care it can knock you down , you feel the 18% ABV with every sip.

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Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ers
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Niklas
4/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of GriffinT
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is an experience. I had it the other night in a pub in Estonia served in a brewdog glass with a short stem.

The appearance isn't too special at first glance. It's pretty dark and opaque. After you taste it, though the small mocha cream colored head reforms and reveals a bit of a mahogany color.

The smell is complex. It's got a sweet smell with notes of pine from the dry hopping process and the cranberries are there. It's really nice.

Taste was of course the star of this beer as it warms the mouth because of the high alcohol content. I taste the sweetness of the Jasmine and cranberries, but the hops and malt are in perfect balance in my opinion. I think this beer would have been fine without aging it on the Oak chips, but it just adds another level of complexity to explore. The slight smokiness also helps to balance the sweetness of the beer. It's a beer that's easy to drink in two stages. Sometimes I would pick up the glass and just smell the aroma and put it back down and sometimes I would take a drink. It's a heavy weight, so I took it with water as well. I'm not sure if that's a good idea, but I imagine it would clean the palate.

Like I said, this warms the mouth and goes down like thick honey. It's really nice and has no carbonation bite at all.

Standing ovation for Brewdog.

(I'm just an amateur, but I dig beer, so I'm trying to get better at analyzing and discussing. Bare with me.)

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Photo of EfilsGod
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of marc956
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't too sure what to expect when I finally tried this last night. But it has complexity, depth and flavour which I'd not experienced in any beer prior eh. Not even other imperial stouts like Pranqster or high-end IPA's even come close. Obviously not a session beer due to high ABV but worth a try.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actualyl Tokio* (with an 'I'), but should be the same. A bit behind my beer night, so this should be a good one to get me caught up. Best before 16/02/20

Pours a very light fizzy head covering that is darker colored and covers the whole beer, but fades at a med pace to a very light bubble cover... I'm surprised a beer this high abv has a head at all. It coats the glass, it doesn't even have legs it just coats the glass and stays there like friend that won't leave despite all the hints for him to get the hell out, a legless friend or something. The beer itself is practically pitch black, but has an eerie looking brownness to it that is hard to explain other than it's some crazy living beast that changes to trick your eyes.

Nose is pure heavy malted super imperialized stout. Malts first and foremost, with a bit of roasted malt and coffee, plenty of chocolate levels with dark, baker's, and sexual... umm, sorry that slipped out. Anyways, the super dark roasty malt has that heavy aroma that feels like it will have some soy sauce and syrup. The aroma itself is so heavy and thick I think it has it's own isotope. There's a bit of booze in the aroma, with hints of caramel, molasses, and essence of pure syruped malt, if that's a thing. Powdered cocoa, chocolate syrup, and that chocolate aroma as if a baker at all his own baker's chocolate and then dipped himself in it and turned into a giant chocolate bar himself. Too overpowered to get any Jasmine or Cranberries.

Taste whoa... more of the same, and hard to swirl around my mouth as the booze starts to creep... no run up like its my pimp and I just gave his crack away for tricks. The booze tickles, tingles, and even burns a bit, but pretty much expected for 18.2% abv. That is supported by a huge malt bill, makes the Clinton monument look like the Washington monument (if you get the reference). Malts come from all sides, starting with more chocolate, some hot cocoa, milk chocolate syrup, boozy chocolate malt profile. Then some roast but not a lot, just a bit of roast with hint of coffee and chewy malt taste, and a bit of malted milk ball. That gives way to the caramel and syrup again, but never really goes soy sauce heavy surprisingly. Waves of bitterness follow suit, some from the bitter roasty malts, but then a bit of an earthy herb like hop taste, that leads into the jasmine. A light jasmine flavor adds some interesting floral characteristics that actually come out surprisingly, between all the crazy malts, booze, and others. I don't get much for cranberry but I do get a hint of tartness from it, and there is a hint of an underlying fruity flavor with the chocolate. Another layer of chocolate supports all these flavors, more of the super dark rich layered cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, baker's again, chocolate lava cake, and even chocolate fountain (without the layers of bacteria in those things, blech!!!). In the background late on the finish is a vanilla taste, bringing a light oaked vanilla and hint of toasted oak. Finish is bitter, mostly roasted malt bitter but no soy sauce again, plenty more dark chocolate. The booze sticks around a bit and burns little marks into the tongue that the big malts and chocolate seem to find ways to clog the pours and leave a layer that never leaves. I don't think I'll taste anything else for hours now, and a hint of the jasmine late as well

Mouth is huge, to use the same analogy, makes used motor look like water, light but decent enough carbonation, and quite boozy.

Overall well done, really interesting malts that don't get explosive or soy sauce tasting but still fairly thick, rich, and syrupy, loads of chocolate, and it still finds a way to bring out a hint of jasmine on the back end. The cranberries just add a bit of tartness and hint of fruity flavor, but no real full cranberry flavor. A nice bitterness to balance it a bit, and booze is to be expected but doesn't make it undrinkable. Fairly well balance... just wish it wasn't so damn expensive. (hope I didn't run out of characters).

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Photo of aztraz
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of bsullivanuser
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of gaffm
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Schwag
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of bylerteck
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes. Best before 09/08/21.

A - Poured pitch black with one finger of medium brown head. Stick rings of lace and no retention.

S - Good dose of chocolate and noticable licorice. Dark fruit was there as well with chocolate covered cranberries and black forrest cake-style aromas. Nice stuff.

T - Tons of chocolate. Sweet but not overly so. You can tell the strength is there without the burn. Dark fruit, lot's of coffee, and a nice dark fruit finish.

M - Big body with good carbonation, and a sweet finish with some dried boozy fruits.

O/D - Nice for the strength. I kept comparing this to Mikkeller Black b/c of the style/strength similarities. Found this to be better. Very smooth and drinks really easy but still gives you a kick once and a while. A nice stout, ultra-strong stout.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with no head whatsoever. Diggin it.

S: Lots of raisin, charred malt, dark bread, port and wood.

T: I've only had one other beer close to this ABV wise (World Wide Stout) and this is waaay smoother. Big burnt raisin skin flavor upfront with notes of plum, port, brandy and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty syrupy and it wears on you the more you drink. Overall a pretty accessible beer, all things considered. Pretty impressive.

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Photo of ralree
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown, deep brown head, good retention, a little fizzy, not much lacing.

S: Pungent fruity tones with some hop undertones. Yeasty notes as well, maybe some chocolate. Smells a bit like a barley wine.

T: Reaaallly sweet, almost cloying. Burnt toast, heavy fruit kind of overpower the hops, but they do come through. Chocolate also in there. Definitely a beer for sipping - alcohol very evident.

M: Very thick, syrupy. Carbonation is good for the style. Not much astringency.

D: A challenge to drink, but a good one. Not something I would order often.

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