Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 495   ABV: 16.5%
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.
Formally 18.2 % ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4895) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2009
Can’t believe I am only the 8th person to rate this. Had this side by side with the Tokyo. In comparision the canberries don’t shine at all, it is much sweeter, flavors have not melded and the alcohol is fairly raw, but still not too bad for its strength. Lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate notes. Certainly did remind me a bit of DH2, which is another super strength beer that will shine more with a bit of age. This definetely is a great winter warmer and certainly I will put a few bottles in my basement to try once in a while. Will rerate in a couple years!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11768) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 courtesy of Laurent Mousson and Melissa Cole - dark black colour with a poor head retention; aroma of solvant and alcohol, portwine and chocolate; sticky and oily, full-bodied, moderate carbonation; very bitter and long chocolatey finish with hints of cranberries and a robust warming alcohol touch - not something a basic beer drinker would drink

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyBear (29) - Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2009
Poured from a room temperature 330ml bottle into an oversize wineglass. Appearance: Jet black in colour and pours like thick oil. Small tan head fades within a few seconds, leaving just a thick black liquid. Small amount of carbonation. Thick legs on the side of the glass. Aroma: The alcohol is very obvious on the nose, in fact it actually burns all the way to the back of the throat. Spicy, quite peppery. There are sweet cherries and pears. Burnt caramel. Taste: Sweet at the start, fruity, with burnt sugars. There is a taste of gingerbread, molasses and possibly kola nut? There is a pepperiness in the middle, which is somewhat perfumy. The finish is bitter dark chocolate, with a powerful warming alcohol. Mouthfeel: Heavy, flat, warming, and slightly oily. It’s not as thick as I thought it would be. Drinkability: It’s almost like drinking a spirit, with the alcohol content being so high. The flavours are huge and overpowering at times but there does seem to be a strange balance between them, possibly held together by the alcohol. It is certainly a beer that has to be experienced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6342) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2009
(Bottle at Angleterre, Helsinki, on 2009-09-23) Deep dark brown and clear. Small tan coloured head. Alcohol, roastedness, fruitiness and liquorice in aroma. Warmin and full bodied palate with medium carbonation. Roastedness, alcohol, sweetness, berries, bitterness and fruitiness in taste. Berries, roastedness and sweetness in aftertaste. Quite drinkable for such a strong beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2009
Bottled 0.33L. Pale thin beige head. Dark reddish black colour. Soft taste with some alcohol hints. Soft fullfilled taste with hints of coffee and chocolate. Also some syrop and raisins in the taste. Mild hoppiness. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (2075) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
[330ml bottle from brewery’s own website] Deep ruby, slight tan head, slight fizz. Strong and rather offputting burnt-wood bitterness to start; quite dry too. Fruitiness starts to grow (blackberry and raisin) and sweetness with it, hiding a huge liquorice punch behind that catches you rather off guard. Some port, coffee and smoke emerges as you head into a rather sweet and sticky finish. The alcohol is not evident but grows as you drink it; for a while it furs your tongue and makes you feel your face is starting to melt, before it subsides to leave a pleasantly warm, happy feeling inside (it never actually burns). So, don’t be put off by the unpleasant start; it’s a very complex and interesting beer, quite unlike any other beer I’ve yet tried, and the more I drank the more I enjoyed it. It’s not Brewdog’s best by a long shot though, and does feel rather unbalanced at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2010
Bottled at Vihreä Haltiatar, Jyväskylä. Almost black color. Roasty and boozy aroma with perfumed jasmine, raisins and licorice. Sweet and roasty flavor with burning alcohol, dark sugar, licorice and chocolate. Vinous raisiny and berryish finish. There is nice port wine like complexity but this is too boozy, needs more age I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
330mL bottle, generously provided by MarkDredge at Triple Rock’s Sour Monday. Pours a deep, oily, honey-brown color; mostly headless, with a thin, off-white head. Very pleasant aroma, with well-hidden alcohol. Lots of intense leather, floral character (oddly enough) and very softly presented, sweet maltiness and cola; loads of well-integrated leather here. Medium-to-full body: plenty of sweet honey and an agave-like, floral-tinged sugar character: I’m getting very little alcohol here, surprisingly; lots of smooth, non-astringent brown sugar, caramel, and non-spicy smoke character; oak, creamy, lots of sweetness, and lacking much alcohol. Lasting sweetness in the finish: smooth brown sugar, hints of smoke and caramel; lingering sweetness; relaxed alcoholic warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Draft. Medium tan head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, cranberry, some raspberry, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, cranberry, some vinous. Alcohol warming without burn. Full body, some stickiness, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
degbert (1644) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 Poured from bottle for my 100th review on Ratebeer, on my 42nd birthday. Wow, what a nose -- dark fruit, molasses, bread dough -- it almost smells like a dark rum. Color is an incredibly opaque dark brown; I couldn’t see anything through it, even held up an inch away from a strong fluorescent desk lamp. Head is pronounced and long-lasting with considerable lace. The flavor -- wow. Sweet and dark, like heavily sugared coffee laced with a bit of whisky. I can taste the cranberries, and there is a fleeting moment where the smell/taste of the jasmine flickers across my tongue and is then gone. Finishes dry and hot, but not in an unpleasant way. This is the first beer I’ve had from Brewdog that I thought was worth the hype. Well done.

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