Beer Review: BREWDOG TOKYO*

Beer Review: BREWDOG TOKYO*

BrewDog Tokyo* – The imperial stout under scrutiny here, procured from the taps of 38 Degrees Alehouse in Alhambra, CA, boasts an impressive 18.2% alcohol by volume and is gracefully contained in a modest glass.

Appearance:

The liquid unravels into a dark brown hue, crowned by a creamy beige froth, setting the stage for what’s to come.

Aroma:

The olfactory experience delivers a potent blend of booze, raisin, dark chocolate, and hints of fig newtons, creating an intriguing aromatic profile.

Taste:

The flavor journey unfolds with prominent notes of raisin, prune, milk chocolate, and an undeniable alcohol presence. However, a certain lack of harmony is evident.

Mouthfeel:

The texture leans towards the syrupy end of the spectrum, coating the palate with a thickness that may not resonate with all palates.

Overall:

Regrettably, this particular imperial stout failed to resonate with my taste buds. A year in the making, it lacked the requisite roastiness or bitterness to counterbalance the overwhelming onslaught of booze and dark fruit flavors. Despite its aging, the promised cranberry, jasmine, and hop nuances were disappointingly elusive. An experience that left me yearning for a more balanced and nuanced composition.