Tokyo Black
Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Porter - American
Ranked #386
Ranked #22,795
3.74 | pDev: 12.3%
Mar 03, 2022
Dec 25, 2005
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Notes: Tokyo Black is a genuine Porter with extremely rich taste and creamy top. The smoky flavor that comes from roasted malt combines nicely with the pleasant bitterness of hops.

35 IBU
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3.82 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Mar 03, 2022
4.25 by ovaltine from Indiana on Sep 30, 2021
3.67 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on May 30, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CaryLewis9961345 from Japan

I'm very comfortable saying this is a fine beer. It's smooth, well balanced with a good flavour. A solid porter that anyone can try.

Jan 07, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by kemoarps from Washington

Deep clean chestnut body. Garnet at the corners. Substantial fuzzy off tan head. Swells then recedes but remains at about a quarter inch.

Nose is kind of nutty and sweet. Creamy mild chocolate as well.

Kind of generic but decent. Roasty/toasty with a decent amount of char and bakers chocolate. Kind of plummy and weak on the finish though.

Follow through is all bitter char and that kind of tinny stonefruit situation.

Nov 19, 2020
2.95 by IRONRakkasan from California on Apr 20, 2020
3.73 by Boone757 from Virginia on Apr 15, 2020
3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 01, 2020
4.11 by markallmon from Tennessee on Mar 17, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by puck1225 from Texas

Bought it at Susan’s Wine shop in Santa Fe, NM.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Deep rich brown with good head and lacing. Smell and taste of light chocolate and vanilla. Bit of a mocha finish. Not bad but probably not something to seek out.

Oct 10, 2019
3.98 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Sep 06, 2019
3.88 by travelguy from Ohio on Jul 12, 2019
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2.16/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2
by biiru_ojisan from Japan

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.

Dec 26, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by monkist from Hungary

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.

Dec 11, 2018
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

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

Nov 25, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Zorro from California

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.

Nov 25, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Oct 25, 2018
3.25 by Mattias from Sweden on Aug 07, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Jul 23, 2018
3.92 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands on Jul 21, 2018
2.84 by DOCRW from Washington on Jul 21, 2018
3.71 by Nunya from Ohio on Jul 08, 2018
3.75 by paulish from New York on May 02, 2018
3.59 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Feb 03, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
3.84 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 27, 2017
3.39 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 15, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

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.

Dec 13, 2017
3.91 by _ascags from North Carolina on Dec 11, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by flyingpig from Scotland

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.

Nov 08, 2017
4.05 by tottel from Netherlands on Nov 04, 2017
4 by JMikeWBuckley from Japan on Nov 04, 2017
3.75 by sansho from California on Oct 28, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 07, 2017
4.5 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Sep 19, 2017
3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Aug 12, 2017
4.01 by rpopescu from Netherlands on Jul 31, 2017
3.81 by cuvtcuv from Florida on Jul 23, 2017
4.04 by IMZep from Maryland on Jun 03, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

Dark brown, nearly black. Dense, chocolate marshmallow head with solid retention. Looking great.
Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, raisins, burnt coffee.
Soft, powdery mouthfeel. Dark chocolate, quite bitter, dark roasted coffee. Touch of vanilla and maple syrup sweetens things a bit. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation.
It's big on the dark, bitter roast, so if you're down with that you'll love this. It's more akin to a stout in my eyes. Would be a nice winter brew!

May 18, 2017
Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 234 ratings