BrewDog Tokyo Rising Sun Highland Edition

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
When we brewed the first ever batch of Tokyo, we decided to fill three whisky casks, two Highland and one Lowland. Tokyo Rising Sun is the result. We cannot decide if it is a good or bad thing that we managed to forget about these barrels for 4 years. It is definitely a good thing we found them. Brewed in May 2008. And then forgotten about. A beautiful accident. An unsuspecting masterpiece. A beery time capsule. This imperial stout has been aged in a Scotch whisky cask for over 4 years. For more than 48 long months this beer lay hidden in oak in the depths of our north east of Scotland warehouse. Highland Edition Tasting Notes: aged in a Highland whisky cask resulting in a viscous slow motion roller coaster of powdered cacao, hints of burning pirate ships, salted caramel, sharp berries and toasted marshmallow. Best enjoyed with a dose of vagrant optimism.

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Singularity (6370) - Blattniksele, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2013
330 ml bottle. Near black with tiny mocca head. Aroma of wood, peat, sweet dark malt, roastiness and alcohol. Taste is sweet, syrup, horse radish, molasses and alcohol. Really nice

SimplySike (1551) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2013
33cl Bottle. Pours black with light brown head. Aroma alcohol, whiskey, choco, wood, caramel. Taste caramel choco sweet, little alcohol burn, cherry, little coffee bitter. Mouthfeel oily. Great beer, loads of whiskey flavour, sweet and powerfull.

pentaz (1303) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle @ SlackerMads. Pours black with a tan creamy small head. Aroma is quite heavily peated, very very sweet, sugary, toasted, burnt, fruit, roasted malt, licorice is heavy sweet, moderate bitter and salt. Body is full, texture is sticky/viscous, carbonation is soft. Finish is very long sweet and peated. This is is rather crazy concoction and simply way too sweet.

SlackerMads (3637) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle, bottled on 2012-05-26. Pitch black with a medium sized quickly diminishing lightly lacing head. Nose is very peaty with some sweet chocolate in the background. Taste is sticky sweet with some bitterness not really punching through. Peat, burnt sugar, the peat is present all the way through. In the middle of the taste the peat is somewhat in the background with sweeter candy/brown sugar notes coming forward, yet the peat is there in the there waiting and rolling in in the finish. Sugary sweet finish with lingering peat. Too much peat and sugary sweetness for my taste.

Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle at home. Pitch black - offwhite head. Rather high peated. Sweetness. Burned malts. Fruity notes. Licorice. Bandaid. Raisins. Light coffee notes. Nice.

pbol01 (11) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 This beer is epic. 4 years on casks leave an overwhelming deep sensation in the beer. It is full bodied, malty, woody and definitely the most defined cask aged beer I ever had. If you haven’t tried this bee sad... :-)

ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 330ml bottle (Bottle #1985). Pours a deep rich black color with a thin mocha tan head that leaves lots of oily lacing. Aroma of peat, smoke, woody oak and whiskey, over a more subtle roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste has big smokiness that hits the palate first, followed by syrupy sweetness and huge whisky notes. Finish is chocolate and coffee. Everything is surprisingly soft and never too boozy. Full bodied with a thick coating mouthfeel and light carbonation.

ansalon (4300) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, whisky, peat, coffee, vanilla. Taste is coffee, peat, sea salt, muscovado sugar, soy. Extreme to say the least! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jonnyguns (1108) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a pitch black with minute head that quickly disappears. Aroma is full of the whiskey! A heavy whiskey smell to begin with, but I also get some chocolate and burnt malts. Taste is much like the smell with the whiskey dominating leaving a lingering warmness. Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would have.

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours thick black with a small tan head leaving sticky lacing. Nose is pure whisky. Heavy peated whisky. Not much else coming through but as it warms it brings out some chocolate, molasses and grass. Heavy chocolate and liquorice in the taste with loads of peated whisky and a touch of salt. Smells better than it tastes. Very solid stuff and booze is hidden masterfully. Too on the whisky side of things for my liking but I guess it was aged for 4 years. Solid

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