Imperial Stout • 16.5 % ABV • Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Described as being brewed with copious amounts of speciality malts, jasmine and cranberries. The brew is then dry hopped with heaps of hops before being aged on French toasted oak tips. Everything in moderation.
The ABV is certainly apparent on cracking this bottle open – MY EYES!!!
Tokyo is near jet black in colour with a tan head which is thick and lively on pouring, but this settles quickly around the edge of the glass. Due to the darkness, it’s difficult to judge the clarity of the stout. Either way, it’s looking rich and powerful.
The first sniff hits you a wide array of aromas from the dark malts, roast coffee and chocolate to fruity esters, spiciness and alcohol. These aromas are so complex and keep changing as the temperature rises, yet they all compliment each other without overpowering.
The flavour is equally as complex, balancing everything above but throwing into the mix a candy like sweetness, spicy licorice and fruity red berries. The flavours are big and bold, lasting for some time after swallowing.
Tokyo offers a rich body with a moderate level of carbonation and lots of alcohol warmth. These elements combined get your mouth and tongue buzzing, screaming for more. The alcohol warmth sits around at the back of your throat for some time after swallowing.
Still, a nearly smooth and a sexy beer.
Christ on a bike, Tokyo is something to behold.
A full on and complex imperial stout from beginning to end. Offering lots of flavour, aroma and palate sensation at every stage that pushes your senses into overdrive.
Despite the high ABV, which Brewdog aren’t trying to hide, all the elements of this “Intergalactic Stout” support each other.
A truly, great beer!
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