Saturday, 26 September 2009

A trip to Tokyo*

Being a cheeky bugger, having given a mention to BrewDog’s awesome and controversial Tokyo* imperial stout, I blagged a sample from them for review purposes. Thanks guys, you were very generous.

The other night I finally got round to trying it. I gave it an hour in the fridge and then drank it half at a time in a wine glass. To be honest, Pete Brown sums it up perfectly, and there’s not a lot I can add. It is incredibly thick, dark, rich and heavy, with a taste redolent of molasses and dates, but it remains very identifiable as a beer, and it is drier than you might expect. I would certainly echo Pete’s comment that you would struggle to get through a 330ml bottle in less than an hour. The closest comparison I can think of is some Pedro Ximenez dessert wine I once had.

It’s the last beer in the world you would want to binge on – realistically it is something like a vintage malt or claret that you would want to keep for special occasions. This only served to underline how misplaced were the criticisms of the anti-drink lobby.

Perhaps they should make it available in 170ml bottles which would be more suitable for a single serving.


  1. Buggers, they never sent me a sample, and I'm selling the bloody stuff now. Which reminds me, I must put in another order.....

    Vintage malt, claret or even a fine port wine perhaps? All similar concepts and certainly not for knocking back.

    Actually, what surprises me is the number of people who still haven't heard of BrewDog, another indicator of how little a threat they are to society.

  2. As apparently my granddad used to say "if you don't ask, you don't get" ;-)

    They were very generous - I salute them for that.

    It has actually encouraged me to try other BrewDog beers, which are now widely available in supermarkets. The Punk IPA especially is a classic of its kind - probably the hoppiest beer to be found in your average Tesco.

  3. Oh TPC, please look at this, I'm sure it'll tickly you as it does us:



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