willisread (155) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Served in a stemmed tulip. Black with slight reddish hue and nice tan head. Really bold coffee and chocolate flavors present. Strong coffee and chocolate forward stout rounded out with nice dried dark fruit flavors: fig, prune and currant. 10% alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Very drinkable imperial stout. Oily mouthfeel with a well-balanced finish thatís slightly bitter and sour. Great imperial stout.
GenkiGonzo (452) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Bungalow 10%ABV. Jet black with a tan head and good lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, not too roasted. Great carameland chocolate flavour with a bit of coffee. Canít believe I havenít tried this before.
GenDV138 (2166) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
140 ml glass on draft at Bairdís Harajuku Taproom. 10% ABV. Black with tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, roast, licorice, coffee, subtle dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Full body with a dry finish. Very nice.
liquidhedonism (232) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, woody, and boozy, with hints of coffee, molasses, toffee, tobacco, and ash. Taste/Palate: syrupy, sweet, and creamy; finishes slightly astringent.
julesjis (197) - Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12. Appearance is very syrupy and thick. First flavor is a little thin, sweet at first and finishes with a chocolate, tobacco flavor. It smells boozier than it tastes. Has hints of caramel and vanilla for the sweet flavors.
edwardbass (588) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A lighter-bodied Imperial stout. Aroma is marshmallow and dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, booze and maybe a tiny bit of coffee, along with lightly-roasted malt. Itís very light-bodied for the style and feels like itís missing something. Itís good, but not great.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle -
Suprised to find this and several other offerings from Baird at my local BevMo. Intrigued by an imperial stout from Japan, I got this and the other bottles. The aroma carries aromas of dark chocolate, molasses with a touch of alcohol burn. Flavor has a strong showing of dark chocolate, very dry and it dominates pretty much everything in the flavor other than a strong showing of chocolate. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things, but still dense enough to notice its not a watery lager. Overall, not a bad imperial stout. Far from an elite stout, or even an above-average "damn this is good" stout. The one dimensional chocolate and alcohol notes detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a goble. Bottle says 9%. Gonna have to follow up on that.. Pours black as night with a thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, slightly oxidized...but it works? Taste is bitter, chocolate, espresso, light floral notes...like chewing chocolate-covered espresso beans. This is...excellent.
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"an interesting mix of stout flavors that are not always found in the same stout. chocolate, hops, licorice, dark fruit are all prevelant, though it wasnít quite as hoppy as i thought it would be. thick full feel, but really a well-rounded medium bodied impy stout. a very good beer, barely above average for the style."
solidfunk (4675) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overly bitter for my liking - almost astringent. Lots of roast and some coffee. Thick consistency. Some dark chocolate. Medium bitter finish. Black pour. Tap at Churchkey.