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Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2010
330 ml bottle. Black body with a moderate light brown head. Strong aroma of sweet malt, slightly roasted, liquorices, coffee and quite distinct alcohol, but not raw. I could just sit there and enjoy the aroma for a long time. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dry fruit like plum, wood and liquorices. Moderate bitterness with hint of grapefruit in the aftertaste. Quite sweet, but the high alcohol balance this very well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
I could have sworn the bottle read Tokio* but maybe I was wrong. I ate some crazy Indian food before I drank this one and had a crazy vomit episode following. Too bad it seemed like a good beer. Cranberry covered the high abv quite well. A lot of hype behind this beer when I got a hold of it. Not bad - would like to try again minus indie food.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2010
Tokyo* is one of those off-the-bat surprises that Iíd never expect to find at my local Wine Monopoly store. Fortunately, they have a special license to import within a slightly more liberal framework there. Pours a near-black body with a thin caramel top. Smell is boozy, with hints of vinegar, ash and wood. Taste is alcohol, sweet malts, vinegar and wood. Hints of resinous hops and licorice, but this bad-ass beer (my strongest so far) is all about the booze. It is piercing and omnipresent, backed up by a sweet-sour vanilla maltiness that I just canít stand too much off. Thick and rather oily palate, which normally works well with me but not as an agent of this taste profile. I guess itís official: I donít really like these Łber-strong imperial stouts that much; theyíre just not beer anymore and the taste seems crude and patched together. While Tokyo* is way better blended than the other representative of this style Iíve had (Mikkeller Black), these heavyweights definitely donít rock my boat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13127) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle at Patricks. It pours a clear dark brown, almost black body with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted and quite boozy, with coffee, some dark chocolate and salty licorice, and a good dash of vanilla. A too good dash actually, but itís not really bad. Thereís vanilla in the flavor too, but here the roasted malts are pulling a bigger part of the load. Some notes of dried fruits and licorice, and quite a lot of coffee. Quite low on bitterness. Full-bodied and warming, slightly oily on the palate. The finish is pretty much like the initial flavor, with some roasted malts bitterness. A quite delicious beer that needs some time to finish. 100610

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle, received by winning the Brewdog photo competition, thanks again! Deep solid black, small brown head. Aroma of solvent, glue and the like, I almost feel like getting high sniffiní it. Also some fruit, liquorice, prune, band aid, earth and peat. Flavour is very intense, bitter liquorice, alcohol, strong malty sweetness, syrupy thickness with some spices. Alcohol very well hidden, only some warmth in the after taste. Quite nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a dark brown with a somewhat beige head. aroma was chocolate, fudge, and alcohol. flavor was was much the same. body was syrupy with low carbonation. effin fantastic!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 Pours jet black with quickly dissipating tan head. Nose is licorice, chocolate, cranberries and spices. Taste is same with sweet caramel, vanilla, black licorice and cranberries leading the charge. Very smooth for the abv. I drank this warm with no refrigeration. I barely detected the alcohol. I thought this was an amazing brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3266) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle at home, won with the Brewdog photo contest 2010, thanks guys! Aroma of glue, bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is bitter, strong coffee, alcohol, roasted malts, quite sweet caramel and very strong. Low carbonation and a watery texture. A little too sweet and too alcoholic, but still quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2010
Bottle @ Hj Hansen, Odense. Pours black with a small creamy head and lacings. Deep roasted nose and flavor with notes of coffee, fruit and caramel. Oily, slick and full bodied. Warmth from alcohol. Fine balance and very tasty beer. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Rating #193. Thick jet black pour with a pretty nice tight tan head with minimal lacing. Wow, big boozy aroma, a little vanilla, a small amount of burnt roast as well, some coffee for good measure and some milk chocolate, very nice, me likey booze. More booze and sweetness that grabs your tongue and works it over like a heavy bag. I can feel the alcohol burn sitting in my throat, very warming. This was very interesting, I would find it hard to drink an entire bottle by myself, luckily I had my brother to share it with, but I liked it overall, just really hot, I would like another few bottles to stash away. (1254)


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