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Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 546   ABV: 18.2%
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Please note this is the second batch of Tokyo, which is different to the 12.5% first batch.


Intergalactic Fantastic Oak Aged Stout
The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contradictions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottles contents.

This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. After fermentation we then dry-hop this killer stout with a bucketload of our favourite hops before carefully ageing the beer on French toasted oak chips.

It is all about moderation. Everything in moderation, including moderation itself. What logically follows is that you must, from time, have excess. This beer is for those times.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Pours dark brown with a decent medium brown head. Nose is potent but surprisingly non-abrasive, with lots of creamy-roastiness, a little chocolate, and plenty of booziness. Flavor is extremely alcohol-dominated (what do you expect?...it’s 18.2%) with a chocolate rich malt. The hops are virtually undistinguishable, especially considering the supposed 90 IBU rating. This definately leans toward a hyper-imperial cream stout. Drinkability is modest though...the booze is just so potent. Finish is sticky and the alcohol lingers. It’s decent enough but would be much better down around 12%, where alcohol is manageable and more subtle flavors have a chance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2400) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle. Moderate to heavy dark bread, molasses and strong coffee for the malt, light to moderate perfume for the hops, light dough and broth for the yeast, with background notes of licorice, berry, wood and a whiskey like alcohol note. Head is small, fizzy light tan, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet an lightly acidic, then the extra long finish is lightly sweet and moderately to heavily acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy which is somewhat diminished by the harshly alcoholic finish, and has a lively carbonation. The alcohol burn in the finish is a little overwhelming, but the aromas and flavors are deep and complex making this a great slow-sipping Imperial Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1830) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle a black colored beer with a tiny white beige head aroma roasted malts laurel spicy and hops flavor roasted malts laurel coffee dry fruits caramel hops and alcohol

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (5036) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 bottle@home: looks very dark, black but if you hold it up to the light, you can see that it is more of a very dark brown rather than pure black, wouldn’t call it clear but it is not hazy either, minor head that didn’t last all that much but leaves some lacing behind, smells very heavily of alcohol, I didn’t get much else, maybe some roasted malt, oak & dark fruits underneath but I mostly got booze from this one, I found a couple of small oak chip pieces at the bottom of my glass, taste-wise I didn’t pick up any of the cranberries or jasmine that was supposed to be in here, made me think a bit more of a porter than a stout, sweet, there is malt, oak, dark fruits, syrup & a hint of liquor cherries underneath, some liquorice & spice, I drank this one very slowly and the alcohol bite turned out to be very reasonable, the alcohol is actually rather restrained if you take small sips, surprisingly enough this was medium bodies, I expected it to be much thicker really, there was some carbonation in there, enough for me, I don’t need much, it wasn’t amazing but it was good and much better than the other beers by them that I have tried so far /// 25 cl. Draft @ Delirium Tap House – the new batch is no longer simply different, it is a new beer to the point that people couldn’t believe that this wasn’t a new beer, both batches appear to have slightly different labels as well – this one was simply put it a fruit beer while the previous one was a stout, a huge difference as far as I am concerned – older bottle version, I got no fruit, this one was just a cranberry fruit beer – A: very dark brown red with a mocha head – S & T: liqueur cherries & cranberry liqueur, some slightly roasted dark malt buried upfront, touch bitter upfront & hint sourness & booze in the finish – this basically taste s like someone poured quite a lot of cranberry liqueur in Tokyo* (I loved it) - body serious but still lot lighter than you would expect – 4.1 for bottle / 4.3 for draft

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2633) - NORWAY - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle at Laundromat. All black color, no head only some brown lacings at the edge to the glass. Aroma of vanilla, malt, herbs and alcohol (no surprise there). Oaky taste with sugar, spices, coffee and alcohol. Sweet end. Accounting for the high abv it’s pretty good, though I do think there are better high alcohol (although not 18,2) stouts out there.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3037) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 20 May 2011, bottle at one of cgarvieuk’s legendary tastings. absolutely gorgeous nose! huge barley wine! ovaltine, raisins, alcohol is muted if there at all. thin body and fairly fizzy and syrupy and oily. cherries, sugary alcohol, tart chocolate. crackin! (original rating = 7 4 7 3 16 = 3.7) smells nothing like the original Tokyo. almost smells of nail polish noticeably thinner than the original when pouring it. very good. thin body with some alcohol bite. rather winey like port lots of alcohol makes the oak or complexity difficult to find like a barley wine w/ no real hop presence i like this better than the original

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle @ home. Reddish brown appearance with virtually no head. Very, very sweet, slightly fruity malty and quite alcoholic nose. Very sweet flavor that’s very strong with alcohol. Actually pretty smooth without too much burn on the finish but it is quite sugary.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6844) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2011
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 5 March 2011) Pitch black colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with liquorice, strong black coffee, ashes and hints of oak wood. Malty, roasted taste with notes of strong sweet coffee, liquorice, raisins, dried fruit and slightly tart hints of cranberries. Full body, fairly sweet, with a generous coffee bitterness. Quite powerful, but still in very nice balance. Lovely beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle 330ml shared with Meilby at Patricks. Pours black with small, dark tan head. aroma is molasses, coffee, alcohol, notes of paint thinner. Taste is very sweet, light to medium bitter, long sweet alcohol finish. Full body, oily to thick, soft carbonation. * : not as good as Tokyo. 23022011

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
TrefwoordPunk (820) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with a small tan head and an aroma of dark malts, syrup, alcohol and fresh fruits. The taste is sweet, tastes like syrup, and very alcoholic. The alcohol and the sweet syrup is pretty nasty and almost too much too swallow. I don’t really like it, especially for the high price for this beer. I’m slightly disappointed.


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