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 claaark13
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch No. 04, Best Before Date of 24/03/20: Pours pitch black color but looks blood red when held up against the light, with a big 2 finger tan creamy head that faded on the fast side and left minimal lacing, as well film of cream on top.

Smells of molasses and booze up front, with an aggressive sweetness that is a mix of dark fruit like cherry and plum along with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate malts, herbs, maple syrup, candy like Razzles or Gummy Worms, red wine, earthy notes and vanilla. I did not get the jasmine mentioned on the bottle, and the cranberries listed may be lost in the sweetness and booze that are so strong in the nose.

This is not subtle at all; it lets you know right away that this is a slow sipper meant to be consumed at a snail’s pace. The flavor is like a shot of strong dark rum, with instant heat and a mix of alcohol and sweetness, similar to bourbon or a very strong booze like 151 rum. Seems like rye whiskey and very sweet mash similar to molasses, maple syrup, caramel and toffee; damn this is sweet and boozy, and the heat never lets up making this not only a slow sipper but one to nurse along. The French Oak chip taste comes through with nice earthy notes, charred or oaky notes and light spices, but there is zero hop presence unless the hops were completely consumed by the malts and only left the hop oil floating with the very sweet malt boozy liquid. It almost seems like this brew caramelized and crossed over into too sweet, as it was cloying and too much to handle in large quantities. This 12 oz bottle was at least 3 years old and it was still incredibly hot, sweet and sugary.

Mouthfeel was creamy and velvety smooth, with almost no carbonation, a thick, chewy, viscous body and a massively sweet fruity finish like a shot of booze in a fruit drink. Excess indeed.

This was a nice to try, but not a beer I’d have again if the recipe remains as is. A craft beer intergalactic fantastic oak aged stout experiment that just did not nail it for me. A good effort, but not one I’d seek out, especially since it was expensive. I appreciate the craftsmanship and effort, but it was extremely sweet with all of the 18.2% ABV showing through. More like a strong ale (a very strong ale) than a stout with too much heat and this was aged a few years.

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Photo of 77ships
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, got this one in a tourist shop in Brussels at a high but still reasonable price compared to elsewhere, drank it at home:

A: looks very dark, black but if you hold it up to the light, you can see that it is more of a very dark brown rather than pure black, wouldn't call it clear but it is not hazy either, minor head that didn't last all that much but leaves some lacing behind

S: very heavy on alcohol, I didn't get much else, maybe some roasted malt, oak & dark fruits underneath but I mostly got booze from this one, I found a couple of small oak chip pieces at the bottom of my glass

T: not picking up on any of the cranberries that were supposed to be in here, made me think a bit more of a porter than a stout, sweet, there is malt, oak, dark fruits, syrup & a hint of liquor cherries underneath, some liquorice & spice, I drank this one very slowly and the alcohol bite turned out to be very reasonable, the alcohol is actually rather restrained if you take small sips

M: surprisingly enough this was medium bodies, I expected it to be much thicker really, there was some carbonation in there, enough for me, I don't need much

D: it is 18,2 ABV, one of these was more than enough for me, it is never going to be a session beer even if it was more commonly available and cheaper but I found it surprisingly drinkable, albeit slowly given the alcohol percentage, it is certainly drinkable

This is an interesting beer to try once, perhaps even despite the pricetag but it is not the end of all beers but it is a solid beer, if you are a fan of Brewdog, you should get this one.

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Photo of Aristeia_88
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So apparently there's 3 different types of "Tokyo" by Brew Dog-
This review will be of the TokIo* (With an "I") Variant.
From bottle to an Innis & Gunn snifter

A: Pours Jet black with a thick, dark tan head of about two fingers. Let it settle and finished the pour. Amazingly, even at 18.2% it kept the head for 3-4 minutes. Clings to the glass like syrup. Almost no lacing once the head was gone though.

S: Dried fruit, Alcohol, sweet Malts, not really getting much in the way of oak. A little coffee, a little chocolate... No hops, but overall pleasant.

T: Malty, almost chocolaty sweetness, yet astringent from the Alcohol. Something in the initial taste is more like a Madeira Wine rather than an Imperial Stout. A bit of that cough syrup initial taste, but the aftertaste is of a slightly buttery oak. Not a single hint of any hops or jasmine.

M: Very rich, after a bit of swishing, very creamy and full bodied. Like any good Imperial or Doppelbock.

O: Not quite what I was expecting- I hadn't read what was in it before buying it, (Or even the price) but I was expecting more of an Imperial Stout. I've always wanted to try something from Brew Dog, and this doesn't disappoint. Though at $14.99 a bottle, I probably won't be buying this very often. If you're looking to splurge, I'd recommend the experience, it's guaranteed to be unique... But if you just want a good Imperial Stout, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives that do it better.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black, a bit oily. Almost no head.

S: Lots of different things in this smell; alcohol (obviously), dark dried fruits, strong black coffee, dark bitter chocolate, heavy roasted malt, and vanilla. All things together are pretty well balanced.

T: Lots of dark dried fruit and molasses. Alcohol and roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate kind of fades in the taste. The smell was better balanced.

M: Aftertaste is long and holds a nice bitterness. Body is medium to full and carbonation is low. Lots of alcohol gives it a warmth.

D: If the label says Brewdog - buy it and try it. This was probably a bit to strong for my taste, but still a very interesting beer.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep dark black with only a hint of brown in it, with a finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Very boozy, lots of alcohol in the nose. There is also some roasted toffee/caramel malts with just a touch of oak. Booze takes over a bit.

T - Starts off with tons of heavy roasted malt and a lot of sweetness. The sweetness seems to come from a mix of dark fruit and almost a syrupy brown sugar. The sweetness really hits the palate hard. Also some booze kinda there from the start. Through the middle there is a lot of oak flavor and dark fruit that comes through. Also a bit more booze. The finish is a mix of some booze warmness, some of the sweetness, some oak, and come chocolate flavors that linger with the booze being the strongest lingering flavor.

M - Very full bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. Though there is a lot of bite from the alcohol and from the sweetness. Not an amazing mouthfeel but better than expected from such a heavy abv beer.

D - Semi-drinkable. Huge flavors and very bold and pretty boozy. However, for 18.2% abv it is not as heavy as expected. The oak also is a very nice touch in the flavor profile and does a good job blending the booze flavor.

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

Not this one, that one..Tokio* A beer that was dedicated to Thanksgiving style festivities last weekend. Popped the top and poured the viscous liquid out in clumps..maybe not quite..Thick, though, low carb..Boozy but not out of control with higher alcohols, just what it should be 18% of ridiculous ethanol pushing some cranberry and chocolate notes forward..Not really getting much jasmine or oak or French..For what this ridiculous beer is, it's pretty solid and probably would age well. A bit pricey, but whatchoo goin do? Good work, gentlemen..

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Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Listed on the "1001", I'll review Tokyo I ever find it again and spring for it. My notes tell me "too much hops" and smack-you-in-the-dface alcohol."

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch ..3
Best by 16/02/20
Oak aged stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine
In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown, almost black color, with a miniscule tan head.
Strong aroma of alcohol, also tart fruit and chocolate.
More of a chocolate taste than anything else. Could appreciate the cranberries, but couldn't find the jasmine. Alcohol noticeable.
A bit on the hot side, but not as much as I guessed from the aroma.
Interesting beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bb 4-4-21 Had this one a couple years probably. I'm sure it's smooth and easy drinking by now ;-)

Appeaeance. Pours dark brown with a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Sweet dark chocolate, red berries, booze, lightly floral with some dark malts.

Taste. Tangy red berries and sweet dark chocolate. Surprisingly low alcohol taste, also surprisingly decent tasting. Some herby floral flavours going on as well. Not too shabs!

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body, low carbonation. Kinda sticky.

Overall. Honestly, I was expecting this to be terrible. Pleasantly surprised with this drinkable 18+% beer.

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Tokyo* from BrewDog
3.87 out of 5 based on 774 ratings.
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