BrewDog Tokyo* Oak-aged Imperial Stout (Scotland)

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Tokyo* (Oak-aged Imperial Stout) – BrewDog, 18.2% ABV – 330ml., (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

On the back label:

“This is a beer inspired by a 1980’s space invaders arcade game played in Japan’s capital. The irony of existentialism, the parody of being and the inherent contractions of post-modernism, all so delicately conveyed by the blocky, pixelated arcade action have all been painstakingly recreated in this bottle’s contents. This imperial stout is brewed with copious amounts of specialty 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.

  • Style: (oak-aged) Imperial Stout
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts/vanilla/chocolate/caramel/dark fruit -> creamy oak/anise/jasmine -> bittersweet/malty/bitter finish
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $19 (after 10%), November 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps, with hardcore friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, 18.2% ABV beer!!!

Tasting notes: pours dense cloudy brownie with lots of sediment, very small creamy head, oily, lots of slow streams. Intense thick oaked caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with 9/10-sweet dense malts up front, vanilla, chocolate caramel, dark fruit (date/fig), transitioning into a creamy mouthfeel, oak, alcohol detection, anise, jasmine, finishing bittersweet and thick malty medium bitter. High complexity, high depth, great carry, good transitions, good sippability. Wow 110% intense and exhausts the palate halfway through the bottle.