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BrewDog Tokyo Rising Sun Highland Edition

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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When we brewed the first ever batch of Tokyo, we decided to fill three whisky casks, two Highland and one Lowland. Tokyo Rising Sun is the result. We cannot decide if it is a good or bad thing that we managed to forget about these barrels for 4 years. It is definitely a good thing we found them. Brewed in May 2008. And then forgotten about. A beautiful accident. An unsuspecting masterpiece. A beery time capsule. This imperial stout has been aged in a Scotch whisky cask for over 4 years. For more than 48 long months this beer lay hidden in oak in the depths of our north east of Scotland warehouse. Highland Edition Tasting Notes: aged in a Highland whisky cask resulting in a viscous slow motion roller coaster of powdered cacao, hints of burning pirate ships, salted caramel, sharp berries and toasted marshmallow. Best enjoyed with a dose of vagrant optimism.

WASW's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WASW (50) - - OCT 16, 2012
Purchased from Brewdog Online Store, drunk alongside a Tokyo*. Comparatively thinner with less of a full-on ’punch’ of flavour in the beginning, but offering a much more exciting lingering flavour. Peaty smoke and a real smoothness on display. Quite an exciting beer, but at Ł25 a pop not an experience I’ll be having often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrew_drinks (223) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle 758 of 2237. Poured into snifter, dark black but not fully opaque, good lacing, small beige head. Aroma of peat, some iodine, smoke, christmas cake, light grape must, gingerbread. Oily and sticky, light carbonation. Flavour is sticky sweet, brown sugar, raisins, dates, light peated whisky notes, some roast. Slightly meaty, some soy sauce, but augments the sticky sweet flavour and the whisky smoke. A real treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1443) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Small bottle, that’s been in my cupboard for a while. Pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is Christmas pudding with whiskey, taste has peat whiskey, as well as the chocolate. Nice to try but a bit too much whiskey for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogreface (1387) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 25, 2014
Kicsit olyan, mintha egy whiskybe mártott, szenesre pörkölt hordódongával sikálnánk a nyelvünket, ami vastagon megvan szórva kakaóporral. Brutális, de finom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1138) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle 1829 of 2237, enjoyed 2,5 years after bottling. Pours black, with a small rocky mocha head. Aroma is dark malts and whisky barrels, with tobacco, tar, bonfire, liquorice, tannins and notes of chocolate. Full creamy body, with no carbonation. Flavour is sweet, malty and of course really over the top, with liquorice, tobacco, dark fruits and molasses, as well as cocoa, coffee and whisky barrels. Lingering sweetly finish with molasses and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9292) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle @ koelschtrinker Tasting: Schwarze Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch extrem holzig, Torf, Whiskey. Geschmack süß röstmalzig, Kaffee, Torf, reife Beeren, sehr alkoholisch im Mitteltei. Im Abgang sehr süß, unsüffig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (11753) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 5, 2014
Süßer, stark Whiskey-rauchiger Beginn. Die steigende Süße stört ab dem Mittelteil, Schokolade, Schokolade und Schokolade. Unsüffig, vergoren fruchtig, die Rauchigkeit rückt in den Hintergrund. Zu süß. 9/9/6/11/11/9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10593) - Sřborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Brown dense head. Aroma. Peat, roast, soy sauce, smoke, tar, brown burnt sugar, Flavour. Burnt caramel, peat, roast, smoke, soy sauce, tar. Medium to full bodied. Ends heavily roasted and peated wiht almost astringent smoke and tar. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1466) - Herning, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home (#695). Pours black with a small tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are peat, a little iodine, liquorice, roasted malt, whiskey, and dark fruits - with a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4974) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle: #1973/2237: Thanks Palme: Served in a Chouffe glass: Pitch black beer thin brown lacing. Aromas of peat, iodine, bandage, leather, tar, something light fruity and/or flowers, roast, soy and light smoke. Flavours of brown sugars, earth, leather, bitters and sweets, light smoke, some soy, some tar, thick prunes and raisin, some deep sticky roast and sweet whiskey. Aftertaste is a mix of sweets, soy, brown sugars, some earthy and leather tones and some prunes. Low carbo, oily silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a oily sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (5351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, smoky and woody, chocolate, dry, bitter, nice.

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