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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 858   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duggeh (1) - SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2009 does not count
Bottled. Poured into an Alloa Octoberfest festival pint glass. Chilled but not cold. An extremely dark beer, blowtorch-scortched red in colour with a small milky-coffee head which quickly dissipates into a fine slightly darker milky-coffee coloured thin layer which persists long on the head of the drink but not on the sides of the glass. The 18.2% alcohol is surprisingly (read: very very) well intermingled with the flavours in the beer, a contrast to other very strong and also characteristically flavoured dark bottled beers. Lots of sweetness based in a lingering molasses type of sugar but no cloying aspartane-esque hang on after the fact. The strong but smooth punch of a very good dark rum and a chirstmassy clovy-minemeat with a kick and the taste of the the distant smell of a car tyre burning on a beach bonfire laying behind. That kick dissolves into a meaty rich liquorace which turns smokey after the fact. Fades away gently after the swig with a gentle bitterness transitioning into a fading demerara sweetness and a pleasant alcohol glow. Thankfully (in this mans opinion) there is no notable trace of cheap instant coffee flavour anywhere in this multifaceted dark complexity. In short: Rich, comfortably complicated and absolutely delicious and easy worth itís hefty asking price. Iím glad I bought a few and made this my first ratebeer review.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
A great barleywine. Iíd love to try one of these after itís aged a few years.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ComradeK (1016) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours a totally opaque black, with a yellow-beige head. Dark, rich and sweet aromas abound, with cranberries and port coming through strongly. More sweet berry flavours mingle with a hint of peppery hops in the initial taste. The mid-palate mixes Irish coffee with port, and the finish is full of a lovely alcoholic warmth. A delightful beer, full of flavours not normally found in beer, it is, however, one that must be drunk slowly, not the least because of its huge 18.2% ABV! It is nonetheless a lovely brew, well worth seeking out.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tom_clift (44) - Carnegie, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle. Brilliant. Liqueur style, like a muscat. Thick, malty, sweet, dark, oak. Warmth from alcohol. Complex. Spicy, dark fruits, floral hints.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Draft at Victoria. I can think of no better way to celebrate a freak October snowstorm then by drinking one of these. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Big vanilla and raisin on the nose. Big alcohol on the tongue but also a warming quality as well. Almost kind of a licorice sort of thing. Fantastic!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dominicdecoco (1) - Frankton, Indiana, USA - FEB 29, 2012 does not count
One of my favorite beers. Acquired a taste for it when Sergioís in Louisville had it on draft.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
calm_dreamer (158) - GREECE - MAY 22, 2012
This has to be the most weird yet interesting imperial stout iíve tasted. The taste of berry in combination with the aroma of jasmine, berry and maybe wine makes comes with a nice body and no head, even though the carbonation appears on the tongue. It all results in an awesome beer directly for what it was meant to be drunk with, space invaders. Ultra recomended when you want to get out of "regular" and go for something that you will remember.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (4445) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle from bierzwerg.de. Almost black color with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol. Taste, roasted malt, syrup, caramel, vanilla, wood, dried black fruit, significant amount of coffee, alcohol, oak. Strong coffee bitter finish. Mind blowing beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (1998) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Very dark, almost black, with a tiny, short-lived brown head. Aroma of wood, roast, sweet berry/cherry, raisin, and chocolate. Taste is big and rich, malty and sweet, slightly bitter, and surprisingly mild alcohol flavor. Body is thick, full, and oily. Lovely stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hrabren (40) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle, 0.33 from Ambrosetti, Berlin. Black with reddish tint, off-white average head. Wood, chlorine, jasmine in the nose. Sugary taste, but not to sweet, well balanced with pleasant acids. Aroma of oak, walnut liqueur and licorice. Oily structure, with some sediment. Superb brew.


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