Tokyo Black | Yo-Ho Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 12-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
20
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24
For Trade:
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of 007Tokyo
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of teromous
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think it is awesome this is listed as an American Porter.

A: Well, it's dark with about 3/4 thumb of tan head. There is no lacing.

S: It smells of roasted coffee and I pick up a little alcohol. In fact, it smells a lot like coffee.

T: It has a coffee taste. The flavor is pretty underwhelming...I guess I expected it to have more flavor. It's very mellow on any flavors and has no bitterness at all. It just tastes like watered down coffee. It's not infected or anything so I wouldn't say it's awful, but I'm definitely not impressed.

M: The mouthfeel is bland. It's a wet beer, without much malty character. Not much carbonation...feels like cold water. Blah.

O: I wouldn't drink this again. I guess I thought this would be better for some reason. Is it possible for a beer to leave you depressed?

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

330ml can from a supplier poured into a 350ml beer glass.

A vigorous pour produced a foamy head that died and left a film. Some lacing.

Nose has lots of coffee, cola and burnt biscuits.

Palate is much like the nose with cola coming through although not particularly well-rounded and not very complex.

Mouth was not great. A bit watery.

Overall I was a bit disappointed with this. I'm finding that many Japanese beer producers tend to focus on clever marketing rather than the product itself which is a shame. As a result I talk to a lot of people who seem to think a product is good just because it's from Japan. As far as beer is concerned this is rarely the case.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Greystalker
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of EuphonicHops
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of biglite351
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a tall creamy off-white head.

S - mild malts, chocolate and dried fruit. If it was stronger it would be nice, as is it is a bit boring.

T - malt, touch of smoke, meaty. However, very mild.

M - thin but a lot of tingle all over the tongue.

O - quite drinkable but mild enough to opt for something else.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a lasting, light tan head.
Sweet-smelling, some soy sauce shows along with roasted malt. Little else. Very faint.
Better flavours, with some spicy hops, roasted malt and liquorice. Again, quite sweet.
Carbonation is too high.
Not great.

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Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black nd poured a decent head with good lacing. The beer had a milk chocolate taste and a hint of smokiness . The beer was just not that great and did not jump out with yummyness so I am going to have to say no to it specially for its crazy high price of over five dollars a can.

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Photo of rawfish
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of alexhahn82
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black, two finger head that quickly dissipates. Black, oh yeah, its black too! Almond colored head that is a pleasant color to see.

S - NADA. ZIP. NOTHING. Small hint of dark roast and that is a far stretch.

T/M - SMOKE! Mild carbonation, a very minor finish of chocolate.

O - 5% ABV - kind of a tame porter in my opinion, Meh... middle of the spectrum, don't seek it out, but if its there give it a shot over something else you may have had.

PP (Price Point) - $4.99 for a 12oz can, again, Meh. Would be more appropriate at $3.50 or so for a can.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Classic dark walnut brown body, with a hint of red. Quite dark and opaque. Head makes three fingers but settles slowly to a simple 3mm collar and tan like puck. Kind of a cocoa brown colored head. Pretty solid.

Nose is odd. Quite sweet and sugary smelling. Lots of sugars, and not sensing brown sugar either more of a powdered sugar. Malt and roast character is slight but quite overpowered by this sugar sensation. Forgive the irony but it smells like sweetened iced tea.

Palate comes with a borderline very thin and wet body. Light roast character in the mid palate but quite subdued until the swallow which allows it to permeate a bit more. A bit of a cola like mouthfeel and faint hint of fizz to match going with it. Leafy green hop action without the bitterness that seems to come with some of the sweetness and produce a strange herbality for a porter.

It's drinkable and passable, but it's a very odd tasting porter. Very unlike any porter I've had before.

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Photo of patpat
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I've had this one several times and I occasionally get one or two when I'm stocking up on its brother Indo no Aooni.

The color is black. The head is a light brown and stays around with minimal lacing in a lazy sort of way.

Roasted malts giving some nutty, chocolate aromas.

Hops and that strong toast action. I like the tangy feel to this one and it goes down easy at 5% ABV. I could have another. It's definitely a good enough brew, well carbonated and definitely good to session. I'll buy it again and recommend it too.

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Photo of Wardnemisis
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really a porter more of an ale

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Photo of jsrose16
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of OneBrewru
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tokyo Black pours thin and is jet black. The head is mocha brown and remains for about 30 seconds. Moderate lacing lines the glass.

The smell is mostly of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The smell, like the beer itself, is a bit thin.

The taste is only a little bitter with coffee and chocolate notes. A slightly metallic aftertaste lingers.

The mouthfeel is thin but smooth and soft. Perhaps a little more prickly carbonation than a porter should have.

Overall, this beer is ok but not great. Yona Yona Pale is a better offering fro Yo Ho.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for this can. Served in a tulip.

Pours black with a huge tan head and quite a bit of nice, streaky lacing as it falls down the glass. Eventually this settles into a thin cap that looks nice around the edges of the beer. The nose is pretty plain and is disappointing after viewing this thing. There is some mild roast there and maybe an undercurrent of chocolate, though that might be stretching it a bit. The flavor involves some mild roast and a touch of dark chocolate. The body is medium and it has an off-putting dry, roasty finish. An okay beer, but not something I would seek out again. Thanks again for the gift, Eric.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

With a straight black color, this beer contains flavors of mild caramels, slight milk chocolate and very roasty straight coffee, all of which is very, VERY dry. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with a straight coffee aftertaste. It also has a slight coffee aroma with a little must. This is basically another good alternative to coffee. It is also well suited for outstanding traditional Japanese cuisine as well.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the tick, Bobby.

A: The pour is not quite black with a big, soapy, mocha head.

S: Big time roasted malt aroma with coffee and coffee grounds being quite noticeable, too. Slightly acidic on the nose with some bitter dark chocolate coming through.

T: More chocolate than I was anticipating with quite a bit of bitterness. Definitely a solid roasted malt character along with coffee. Again, there's a definite acidity to the beer.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not sure why this is getting such high marks on here. I thought this beer was pretty mediocre (at best).

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Photo of stumac
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of sukwonee
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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