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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Naerhu on 12-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattSlem
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of D-Rock
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in Japan and poured from a can into a lipped glass.

Look: Pours smooth inky black and totally impenetrable. Even holding it up to the direct sun does not reveal any light penetration. The head is thick and coffee colored, about an inch and a half deep, which settles down over several minutes to a thin layer with no lacing whatsoever left on the glass sides. Every once in a while I think I can catch a glimpse of carbonation bubbles jetting towards the surface.

Smell: Coffee, grain, hay, chocolate and honey scents waft up from the glass with the sensation of smelling wet slate. A bitter component to the smell suggests some hoppiness to the beer. Pleasant and wonderfully complex.

Taste: Starts off sweet with a hint of chocolate and coffee taste flowing into a malty character accompanied by mild hop bitterness and burnt grain. A lingering bitter finish asserts the highly roasted grains used in this beer. Extremely mild and flavorful.

Feel: The mouthfeel is ever so slightly dry with the barest hint of astringency. The carbonation bubbles come over the tongue mid swig and provide a rush of refreshment. The bitter finish of the beer is prominent, but not overpowering, giving a nice thirst quenching feel.

Overall: This beer is literally an oasis in a sea of typical bland Japanese beers. Yo-Ho Brewing did an excellent job of creating a textbook porter here. Looking at other opinions, maybe there is something to be said for drinking this "fresh" in the land it was produced, I have always wondered what the effect of shipping a delicate product like beer halfway around the world is. Also to note, there is nothing risky here, just a straight up textbook porter, which is a commendable strength of the Japanese mentality to create a "perfect" product. I struggled to find reasons to fault this beer, but could find few. it really is a great beer.

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ink black body with a frothy, light tan head. Strong aroma of roasted and charred grains; charcoal. Chocolate flavors with a bit of lactose sourness; mild hop bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; smooth and silky; semi-dry finish.

A very fine tasting porter that comes across with a nice, balanced chocolate flavor offset with a gently hop bitterness. The body is smooth and velvety and leaves the palate coated with a nice blend of low-key sweetness, mild hop bitterness, and just the right edge of charred grain bite.

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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Were it not for the fact that Tokyo Black is actually brewed in Nagano, the name could be taken literally - beer doesn't get much more black than this. Spotting colour or highlights in this glass is as difficult as catching a glimpse at a shooting star; they exists, if only for a rare moment. Even its head is a dark mocha brown that's emblematic of the beer's rich taste and smell.

Porters can be where sweet milk chocolate meets bitter coffee grinds. The style has a magical ability to balance those two opposing elements in such a way that blends one seamlessly into the other. Neither is compromised. Instead, the flavours of each are highlighted; their textural extremes off-set.

Toss in a handful of roasted almonds and hazelnuts as well as few dried berries and you have a beer with a depth and richness that can't be discovered all at once. Porters like Tokyo Black demand slow, contemplative appreciation - even if they do lend themselves to easy, gluttonous drinking.

Buttery brownies and malted milkshakes aren't typical of Japanese cuisine, but Yo-Ho Brewing pulls them off like the recipes were passed down from their grandmother. Those notes of bakers chocolate and icing sugar give it the air of a bakery, even if its density is probably best suited to strong, sharp cheeses.

There's plenty of deserving nice things I can say about Tokyo Black in its own right, but perhaps the best compliment I can pay it is that it strongly reminds me of Fullers London Porter, which, not only is a long-time personal favourite of mine, but also arguably *the* universally acknowledged benchmark of the style. This is a phenomenally flavourful porter that vastly exceeds expectations.

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Photo of Wardnemisis
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
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 GMan310
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Porter.Yo-Ho Brewing Company has a good line up of beer japan is really coming to its own in the craft scene.

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Photo of JiuJitsuJustin
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Porters and Stouts, so I was bias with this. Good tasting beer though, I love the coffee taste that comes with it (as with most Porters and Stouts).

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Photo of jsrose16
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Maillard
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BWbeerlog
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RickStalzer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Norseman
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TubaManJack
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has the steepest cost to ratings that I have found outside of sours. The mouthfeel is quite metallic pricky texture, more in line with a textbook porter.

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Photo of Llemon
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dleiner
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chogm54
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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