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

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RATINGS: 1068   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 495   ABV: 16.5%
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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.
Formally 18.2 % ABV

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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (1225) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2013
Black colour, one finger beige head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, anise. Taste is medium sweet, quite complex. Full body, thick texture, flat carbonation Dark fruit flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
330 mL bottle from Cervezorama 2.0 in Madrid, served in a snifter alongside MIkkeller Black, Ngne Dark Horizon 4, Black-Tokyo-Horizon and Horizon-Tokyo-Black. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves no lace. The nose has huge molasses, liquorice, chocolate, dark fruit and oak. The flavour is intensely sweet, with lots of molasses, chocolate, roast malts, dark fruit and oak. Hops are present, but are very much overshadowed. It is actually surprisingly fruity and correspondingly sweet. The finish is long and roasty with chocolate, slight coffee and herbal notes, along with oak and earth. On the palate, it is full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice imperial stout with hugely complex malts. Sweeter than average for the style, but with lots of malty complexity. 2015-01-10

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1224) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Smoky, boozed up fruitcake. Still not sure if I liked it or not, but I did drain it. Tart fruit notes, not sure about the jasmine, but there werea different spiciness floating about. The 18% is a bit offputting, but the beer wins out with the roasted tarty complex mouthfeel. Maybe too much going on.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Zer0 (1223) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with not much of a head. Aroma is sugar, malts and chocolate. Taste is VERY sweet, sugary, too sweet. Feels like my teeth are falling out. Not my thing. Full bodied, low carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ComradeK (1217) - Sydney, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (1211) - ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
330ml bottle. Black as night with a mahogany corona. Little dark bubbles stick to the side of your glass like syrup. You can smell the booze coming off this... you can smell a scotch whisky, spices, chocolates and roasts. Sticky in the mouth. Thick. Incredibly warming, with cranberries, bananas and yet more chocolate and coffee. Theres hints of licorice and cherries. You feel this one travelling down. Needs sipping and nursing and dealing with properly. If you treat it right, it gives you an experience like no other. Its a little unbalanced (and very unhinged) to be the BEST beer experience. But its an experience all the same.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JUL 11, 2014
12oz bottle. This one begs the question, "Should an Imperial Stout, thick as molasses, barrel aged, and raised to such an abv automatically be rated highly?". I dont know, all I can do is rate this against other Imperial Stouts. Pours jet black, thick, small tan head that dissipates quickly, huge cherry and rum aroma. Taste is nearly unbearably sweet, whether this comes from the cherry additions or the barrel aging I cant say. The abv is ever-present but strangely does nothing to combat the sticky sweetness. I cant say that I get the hop additions as well. I dont find this to be enjoyable, a la World Wide Stout that is also 18%, I find this to be annoying, cloying, sickly sweet, and containing additions that take away from what could have been a very enjoyable Imperial Stout. I applaud the effort to make something outside the realm of normality, but in this case it is a failure.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1205) - LA, California, USA - APR 28, 2015
From a well aged 12 oz bottle...poured in wine glass. Mohagany burgandy with minimal head. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Moderate carbonation and big body. Flavors of dark roasted malts, peat, alcohol, roasty grains. Overall big, bold, bodacious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1196) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle from Jubilation. Opened the night before, but immediately recapped until the following night. Effect: minimal to none. Aroma: vinous, a bit chocolaty, dark fruits. A bit metallic. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Warming but nothing more. Some orange in the finish. Some blood and paint.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (1194) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 12, 2017
On tap at Brewdog Bar Tallinn. Pours pitch black colour. Thin beige line of froth around the glass. Cranberries, cocoa and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Craberries, notes of caramel, bitter chocolate, notes of oak, very slight hints of peat. Slight alcochol. Dry finish. Sourness of the cranberries, cocoanibs and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Alcochol very well covered. Heavy bodied, well balanced, bit sharp, medium carbonated, solid brew. Quite complex as well.


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