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 it’s hefty asking price. I’m glad I bought a few and made this my first ratebeer review. dominicdecoco (1) - Frankton, Indiana, USA - FEB 29, 2012 does not count
One of my favorite beers. Acquired a taste for it when Sergio’s in Louisville had it on draft. Chewy11 (1) - USA - MAY 12, 2012 does not count
This is Beer flavored Cranberry Chocolate Liquor. I expected more from Brew Dog, but it is very unique if you drink it like some sort of fancy liquid chocolate. Very Complex. nosnalem (1) - - JAN 28, 2014 does not count
Arômes roti, calciné, cendres, cuir, poivre, cerise. Goût extrêmement complexe, sucré à l’attaque, puis épicé et poivré. Post goût qui rappelle la réglisse noire, avec une amertume qui pourrait être l’effet persistant du houblon. Beaucoup beaucoup de sucre. L’alcool (18 %) est habilement dissimulé. Chef-d’oeuvre! replicant (1) - SWITZERLAND - APR 5, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: APR 6, 2016 Wow. What an incredibly complex beer - certainly not your typical Imperial Stout. I get liquor, black berries and other dark berries, some vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel. There is some sweetness at the beginning, but not too much. The balance of all these different flavors in one beer is incredible. All in all, Tokyo* is surprisingly light for a 18.2% beer, the alcohol is really well hidden - but the ABV number obviously encourages sharing the beer as well as slow sipping and starting to enjoy more aroma as the beer gets warmer. Drinking it straight out of a cooled fridge would be a shame in my opinion.