Tokyo Black | Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Japan
yonasato.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Naerhu on 12-25-2005

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Ranking:
#26,716
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
223
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
20
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30
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Photo of biiru_ojisan
2.16/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a big, creamy tan head. Color is black with garnet highlights, crystal clear when held up to the light. The lacing is a bit shit, just little bits of foam that hang on to the glass.

Very sweet on the nose. Roasted malts. Overly sweetened dark chocolate. Some coffee notes.

Tastes much less sweet than the nose would imply, at least for the first few sips. After a few more, the sweetness really starts to build, about to the point of being coying. Has a good coffee character in the middle of the sip. Some, again, overly sweetened dark chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a bit of minerality.

The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty smooth. The carbonation is prickly, but not too prickly. Right where I like the carb in a porter.

Overall, this isn't a very good porter. I used to love this stuff years ago, but maybe the fantastic price tag it carries in Japan (a country where craft beer is EXPENSIVE) influenced me a bit too much. Here in the States, this beer carries that hefty imported price, it really makes this sub-par porter kind of a miss. Unless you can pick this up for a good price, I would steer clear. There are better porters on the shelves with more depth and a better balance of sweetness.

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Photo of monkist
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An American Porter! You know it when you taste one... because it's interesting , exciting, hoppy and it HAS TASTE unlike the European porters - of course it's an exaggeration but you know what I mean. Here the roasted malts and the great hops create a balance that makes this porter fun to drink. Yo Ho makes good beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark brown with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice malt flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice Porter

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells sweet and a little metallic. Smells of sugar, chocolate and coffee. Lesser scent of roasted grain and caramel.

Starts out Mildly sweet then chocolate then patent malt. Tastes a little smoky. A not so sweet porter for certain. Medium level of bitterness. Mostly it is heavy on the charred malt.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is a decent Porter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark ale, adopted by America, brewed in Japan. As the fables have it, the porter began as a blend of finished beers. And as the Yo-Ho brewers would have it, the blending of culture in beer continues.

Tokyo Black pours a rather Tokyo brown with a dark and luscious creaminess. As a stiff froth mounts the surface, its scent leads with a toasty, roasty campfire and cocoa medley. Sweetness skirts the tongue with the boldness of sorghum, brown sugar and toffee.

The sweetness trends quickly roasty, foreboding much of the sweetness as the middle palate plays host to a slew of burnt toast, soilish coffee, cocoa and walnut flavors. Caramelized and grilled fruits of grape and blackcurrant adds nuanced British flavor while the hops carry the barkish, woodsiness of coffee to reinforce the darkness and the pleasantly roasted nature of smoldering embers in ale form.

Medium full in body, the rich taste translates to a dry and peppery finish based around the assertive grilled grain qualities and the broad and bitter hops. A medium long aftertaste of carbonized sugars and light ash aids in the beer's digestibility but looses its malty roundness in the process.

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Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 7/22/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big khaki head; strong lace.

Cream, smoke & mild milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream & mild chocolate flavors up front; dry smoke notes on the finish.

Almost rauch-y; an interesting, if inessential take on the style.

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nunya
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fubudu187
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. The head is a creamy one finger and light tan with poor retention. The color of the beer is SRM 27 between a ruby brown and dark brown. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

The initial aroma is a medium-dark malt with coffee and chocolate. The beers additional aromas are caramel, with a sweet note, earthy, bready, and a touch of hops.

The first initial taste of the beer is rich chocolate and coffee flavors. The beer has a medium-dark malt with caramel, molasses, bready, earthy, and a touch of hops.

The mouthfeel of the beer is a medium body, carbonation is medium-light, and a medium finish.

The beer is an example of a classic porter. Wonderful flavors and well-rounded beer.

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Photo of _ascags
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

350ml Can from Bic Camera, Akihabara, Tokyo (¥288):
Quite an enjoyable porter & definitely one of the better dark beers that I've tried from Japan, this one coming through with quite a sweet but balanced taste than had a great combination of caramel malts & milk chocolate flavours as well as some earthy malts & vanilla in there. The beer was exactly what I was expecting from the style & it went down smoothly too, it's definitely one I'd have again if I could find it outside of Japan.

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Photo of tottel
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JMikeWBuckley
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours pitch black with a nice tan head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves behind some pretty cool lacing patterns. The nose is of coffee and with some burnt notes. The taste is fairly bitter with some slight acidic notes. Fairly light bodied. Little in terms of a carbonation bite.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rpopescu
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 223 ratings