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Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 855   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.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Borresteijn (4620) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle sample at stout tasting at In de Wildeman. Deep dark brown colour, thin beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, malts, alcohol, light coffee notes. Flavour is very sweet, sugary, malty, dark fruits, lots of oak, light bitter but mostly sweet alcoholic finish. Medium to fullbodied. Way too sweet for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1392) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Draft, City Beer Store, BrewDog night. This was an interesting beer, but it was just a bit too big for its own good with heat overshadowing much of the complexity. Appearance is very dark brown to black with a pretty good light brown head, unexpected in such a big beer. Unfortunately, this beer is quite hot. Thereís a lot of booze in the aroma and even more on the palate. Thereís chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and roast, but itís all buried under alcohol and the more delicate notes just donít really show up. For instance, itís floral and fruity but I canít pick out jasmine or cranberries specifically. I would enjoy trying the normal version of this beer for a point of comparison and to see if more subtlety came through without quite so much booze. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, also from the booze. Itís not terrible at all, but the alcohol content just throws things off-balance for me.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 (bottle - 330 ml) Spelled "Tokio" on the label. Pitch black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Huge aroma. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, oak and fruit notes. Flavor starts off with a roasted malt and cranberry sweetness. Light chocolate and coffee flavors blend with the cherries and move toward the palate delivering a roasted and bittersweet flavor. Finish is warm, but not hot, and that nice light cranberry hint. Couldnít really taste the jasmine that the label said, but still an outstanding stout. Alcohol is really hidden well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4437) - 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 (3985) - 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 (13346) - 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 (3775) - 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 (8190) - , 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.


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