toxichop (470) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tokio* Bottle. Pours very light, black with reddish highlights. Quickly, the aroma of alcohol is in the air which is followed by berries and some oak. Taste is of alcohol and very sweet berries, some red wine, honey, malts, and a bit of hoppy bitterness in the end along with a slight alcohol burn. Overall, worthy of a try. I thought the alcohol was gonna dominate everything but it did not. Alcohol is hidden well for 18% and allows you to taste the diffrent flavors in the beer.
Beersiveknown (3831) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 2nd rate bottle@home
Darj Brown with fluffy tan head, cranberries and chocolate malt on the nose but still a touch acetic. Thick body, rich, tart cranberry, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla. This is much better than the previous bottle! Long sweet and boozy finish with a touch of roast barley and malt astringency. Jasmine comes in late with more malt sweetness. Numbers altered.
An oily black beer with a strongly alcoholic aroma. Initially tastes a tad acetic but develops into a rich vinous mixture of fruit and molasses. A very strong beer of full body and long alcoholic finish. Not as much fruit flavour as I had hoped. [330ml bottle served in champagne flutes] 5 5 5 4 12 (3.1)
PhillyBeer2112 (2622) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botte as Tokio*. Pours a medium brown but turned near opaque in the glass. Slight head that fading to nothing but continued showing a fine stream of rising bubbles in the glass. Huge nose on this, full of berries, oak, rum, a touch floral or honeyed. Flavor very sweet with oak and flowers, quickly burns with alcohol heat, not surprising given the high ABV but not nearly as integrated and refined as some others in the ultra-high ABV range. There’s a fair amount of lingering oaky bitterness in the finish.
Abio (1770) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a small head. Smell is alcohol, liqour, light sour-sweet, roasted. Roasted, sweet taste, more sweet then expected. Coffee, chocolate, the alcohol that also kicks in here pretty hard, and red fruits. Not bad, but a bit outbalanced with the sweetness and alcohol. Light biterness stays at the end, a bit to less carbonation. Overdone and outbalanced at the end.
TET (2055) - FINLAND - APR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 A black beer with a weak, but long lasting, slightly yellow and browny head; nice. Aroma is very powerfull, roastiness, salt liquirice, coffee, some alcohol and strawberries. Taste is as strong as aroma, salt liquirice, roasted malts, quite lots of sweetness, alcohol is totally hidden. Overally taste is nicely balanced with roastiness and sweetness. Very full bodied and slightly sticky to drink. Tokyo* is full of everything, strong, powerfull and quite straight beer, that count on own strengths, extreme, but still this is beer.
BeerBaboon (1746) - FINLAND - APR 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pikimusta olut. Vaahto on beigeä ja sitä on yllättävän paljon. Tuoksu on vaniljainen, etäisän kukkea, puinen, marjaisa Maultaan Tokyo on makea, karamellinen, hieman alkomainen. Suutuntuma on paksu ja samettisen pehmeä. Tahmea. Tästä tulee leijaileva olo. Leijailen Tokiossa ja Japanin katastrofit ja ydinlaskeuma ovat vain kuvitelmaa. Mahtaako johtua prosenteista?
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Very odd looking beer. Fairly clear when only a little was in the glass, but became nearly opaque when the the glass was full. While the alcohol was definitely present, it was fairly well hidden for the ABV. Much better than Mikkeller Black but not as good as Dogfish Head World Wide Stout. A little like a ramped up Struise Black Albert. You’d have to age this one for many years to get rid of the burn, but it might be worth it.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, maroonish brown with slight maroon highlights when a flame is held to the other side of the class. It also had a small tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma had heavy dark bread, roasted and burnt malts, coffee and chocolate syrup; lighter chocolate; moderate to heavy pine and resinous hops that were almost lost in the malt and alcohol; gin, raisin, prune, red wine, alcohol, flowers, very dark fruit and cranberry. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was slightly sweet and lightly bitter with a very long duration. There was alcohol, chocolate syrup, soy sauce, cranberry, flowers, cocoa powder, gin, and resinous hops popping through everything else at the very end. The full body was very oily with soft yet slightly tingly carbonation and a moderate to heavily alcoholic finish.
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.33l bottle @ Henrik VANØ-Bergen session, shared with the one and only ClubGonzo. Tokyo* pours a deep dark brown - near black body with a almost non-existing off-white head. The aroma is really strong and powerful; Strong roasted aromas, cognac, port, vinous red currants and a good dash of vanilla and wood. Believe I used about 30 minutes just smelling the little bastard before I started tasting it. Really full-bodied and has a somewhat oily texture. Carbonation is low. Strong and powerful are the two first words I can use when describing the flavors in this fantastic brew. Strong deep roasted flavors, port, alcohol, sweet dried fruits and vanilla. Really burns in the nose and on the palate, leaving a powerful alcohol and woody finish that glides in to a longlasting dark chocolate aftertaste. Perhaps not the most complex or refined brew but I’m such a sucker for these strong and flavorful imperial stouts. Really nice.
Nephilium (1485) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(batch 002) This starts with a big boozy nose with oak and raisin notes. Pours an opaque black with about a half inch of light tan head. This is a hot beer, and could probably do with some aging to calm it down some. There’s a touch of roasted notes that can be teased out, but the alcohol overpowers almost everything. The finish has a touch of coffee, and fruit, but this beer really needs some age.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Best Damn Beer Shop in downtown San Diego ($12.99). Pours dark brown with slight reddish highlights and a full finger of light brown foam. Aroma is on the weaker side but fairly complex: notes of toffee, brown sugar, some fruit, significant booze, and a hint of the juniper. Flavor is very boozy with notes of toffee, butterscotch, sweet cough medicine, sticky candied fruit, and light chocolate. I don’t get much of the cranberry and juniper in the nose or in the taste. Heavy mouthfeel and hot sweet finish. The alcohol is certainly huge here, but I find that I quite like it. The only thing I don’t like is the price tag. (365, 519)