BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed in Japan... Pours a deep dark brown color with small beige head that dissipates in time. Aroma of molasses, toffee, mild chocolate and burnt toast. Taste is also of burnt toast, chocolate, dark roasted coffee and black licorice. Mouthfeel is medium to thick in body with a nice balance of flavors that ends with a dry hop bite. This Imperial was very enjoyable and worth looking for the next time you go on a beer run.
egajdzis (5868) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, caramel, and burnt toast. Taste of caramel malts, dark chocolate, roast, coffee, and smoke with light alcohol in the finish.
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
633ml bottle shared courtesy or weewee138. Poured a dark black with brown edges and a small sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, chocolate, coffee/coffee grounds, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, lighter roastiness, and lighter coffee.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to weebeillin138. Pours a deep black with brownish/amber notes and a smaller bubbly tan head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, light alcohol, toffee, caramel and nuts. Flavor of toffee, caramel, light roasted malt, some chocolate, licorice and slight cardboard notes. Alcohol is lightly detected.
nimbleprop (6883) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled at the DC local gathering. Pours an opaque, viscous black with a spitty white head. Aroma is very mild, toast, chocolate, light smoke. Flavor has a coffee bitterness, toast, dark chocolate, some complimentary sweet brown sugar. Very drinkable.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer, with what I have come to understand in the more Japanese beers that I drink, the flavor of rice hulls, oats and soy. This all makes for a very interesting mouthfeel. A bit of smokiness on the nose that blows off and envelops lots of rich dark chocolate and molasses and the palate bring some dark fruits and licorice to the table. Very enveloping on the palate. Enjoyable.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half bottle. Very dark brown with cork-like yeast bits. Thin but lasting wisp of head that rebuilds with every movement of the glass. Boozy hard chocolate chunk nose with darker notes of molasses and soy on the edge. Thinner body than expected at first and tastes like dark runny chocolate. Very unusual ftertaste inflates to fill the mouth; thick and dusty then pasty. Tasty. Big chocolate. Hint at soy. Keeps getting bigger and thicker.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with a creamy beige head. Sweet malt aroma of chocolate, licorice, toffee and dates. The flavour is licorice, chocolate, toffee and dates. Medium bodied with a smooth and bitter finish. I thought this was a little too sweet but a nice stout. (Bottle - Thanks Dave!).
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(DC Local Gathering, 750ml bottle, thanks Argo0) – Black, light tan creamy head. Burnt currant and caramel toast-like aromas rest on a black chocolate foundation. Blackened smoked berry flavors balance on soft notes of chocolate and caramel. A deep burnt bitterness rounds out the finish. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bittersweet end. Interesting, but not completely my thing…
argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(DC Local Gathering, 22oz bottle) Small beige head atop hazy red-dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some smoke, light chocolate, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, smoke, molasses, caramel, some chocolate. Medium body.