radagast83 (4945) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle as "Tokio*" Pours a pitch black color, small, almost non-existent dark tan head. Aroma is pure dark malts with notes of berry fruits, oak, vanilla. Palate is smooth, creamy, rich. Flavor is sweet malts, dry character - vanilla, oak. A fine beverage that I had to split due to the 18.2% alcohol content.
RickTStiles (779) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky black with no head or lacing. aroma is faily mild, consisting of sweet molases and licorice. Taste is extreme, almost too much. Very sweet taste, mostly of dextrose. cranberries make an appearance in the tste along with caramel, chocolate and a wollop of hops. finish is lined with jasmine and filled with chocolate and grapefruit. interesting. This brewmight be a bit much for me.
larsga (6276) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Biggish dark brown head. Nearly opaque black body goes dark brown at edges. Roasty marzipan and spice aroma, very round and harmonic, with apple, alcohol, and jasmine notes. Sweet, and faintly acidic, burnt roasty chocolate and jasmine taste with alcoholic apple notes. Hot, sharp mouthfeel. Dryish-acidic Fishermanís friend and spicy jasmine aftertaste with dusty chocolatey salmiak licorice notes. Very interesting and unusual, and also highly drinkable and enjoyable. Not perfect, though: the jasmine is a bit sharp. Could become amazing if they get it right. (0.33l bottle, Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo.)
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Deep dark brown pour. A touch of light tan head. The nose is sweet and a little bit salty. There is a bit of light coffee and cocoa as well as a touch of molasses/brown sugar over some deeply toasted malt character. Fairly boozy with a distinct maple/caramel sweetness. Rich and chewy with a touch of earthy bitterness. As it warms up though it does become intensely boozy. The whisky really pops out of this and although the beer is plenty sweet, itís not all that malty. Itís quite an odd duck and I canít say Iím a huge fan of it.
anders37 (17224) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small fast disappearing tan head. Has a sweetish alcoholic chocolate aroma with hint of sugar. Sweetish malty warming alcoholic chocolate flavor. Has a sweetish chocolate finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
TheBeerGod (5319) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short tan head. Nose is boozy and candyish with lots of sweet malt, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is big vanilla and molasses with roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, ripe fruit and booze. Body is medium with soft carbonation and plenty of warming from the alcohol. Ends with more booze, dark fruit, candyish notes, vanilla, molasses, and light roasted malt. Very much like Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, though itís been a while since I had that beer.
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Firefly. Slight red tinge, otherwise black. Poured with small tan head. In the nose thereís lots of strong berries and sugars. Feels carbonated on the tongue even though thereís no bubbles evident in the glass. Certainly thick mouthfeel. Quite a complex set of tastes in the mouth: raisins and blueberry, possibly some cheese too, also honey and marzipan later. Slightly ísilkyí in the finish. Well balanced. Lovely - and the strength certainly doesnít come across, the alcohol is perfectly worked in. Iíd be fascinated to see how one of these ages.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. Not as hot as i thought it would be. actually kind of tasty, but still boozy and hard to drink./
deyholla (6862) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin gray brown head that dissipated quite quickly to the edges. Aroma had strong dark malt notes with pretty present oak. There were underlying tones of alcohol and cranberries. Cranberries are still and undertone but more present on the tongue with strong dark malts and oak dominating again. The alcohol was also definitely more present on the tongue.
nickd717 (3564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at City Beer in SF.
Pours nearly black in color - not quite as black as I expected it to - with a small, fading tan head. Fairly viscous.
Aroma is pretty crazy. Very vinous and fruity, along with roast, chocolate, earth, and booze. Lots of booze. A little tartness evident even.
The flavor is dominated by dark fruits, interestingly. Red wine, cranberries, cherries, and prunes stand out. There is also some roast and chocolate, but it is definitely in the background. Lots of alcohol.
Boozy and warming on the palate with surprisingly thin body (although still above average) given the ABV. Carbonation level is medium-low.
This beer is fine overall, itís just not a very well-crafted imperial stout in my opinion. This seems to be a case of throwing as much as possible into a beer and hoping something good comes out. Tokyo* is definitely an extreme beer, but as for whether itís a good beer, the juryís still out.