KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Garage 39. Shiny black with a pretty, fine head. Nose of chocolate, milk, coffee. Nice. Sweet, fruity flavor, milky, creamy, chocolate and berries. Strong, with lots of berries and fruit. Tasty stuff.
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the World Craft Beer Tasting 2013 in Osaka. Smooth and deep chocolate aroma. Fizzy but thick chocolate initial / some dark fruit in mid palate, sugared prunes and raisins / alcohol is overly apparent in final. Heavy, thick body. A bit creamy, but oatmeal doesn’t really seem to play much part. Super filling (and not entirely pleasant as the final beer of the evening). Like swallowing a log of chocolate.
KansaiBeerLvrs (883) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at World Craft Tasting 2013 in Osaka. 9.5% A wonderful dark black pour with a beige head & an incredibly chocolatey aroma. It has a full mouthfeel & the taste is chocolate, some oak notes which is then followed by some roasty bitter coffee flavors. It is a touch boozy but is overall a really nice imperial stout.
Nocturne (554) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tap House, Seattle. Black with a short light brown head. Big liquorice presence in the aroma. Lots more of that in the taste, with a helping of coffee and lots of roasty, tobacco-accented maltiness. Oatmeal lent its own character to proceedings. Good stuff.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Agreed with raters below. In terms of flavour projection this doesn"t drink like a Impy stout. Smooth body, sticky sweet, but the roast is soft as is the vanilla and chocolate. Nice, but lacking spirit.
stantheman (488) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at St Augustine’s on The Drive in Vancouver. It’s black, and of course the barkeep poured as much beer into this sleeve as it could possibly hold, so not much reading on head or aroma.
Taste: Very sweet, esp. In comparison with the foregoing Ninkasi Oat Stout. A bit too sweet in my estimation, and seemingly lacks the deeper flavour dimensions of coffee and chocolate to be had in such classics as Old Rasputin and Brooklyn Black Chocolate stouts. It’s okay.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black with a small beige head. Aroma is blackcurrant, chocolate, hint of liquorice. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a bittersweet finish. Taste is dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, coffee cake.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub
Black color, with beige creamy head. Mild but nice aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Some roasted malt flavor, very light sourness, not too dry, some oatmeal presence, but that’s pretty much all.
Not really Imperial flavor, maybe just the alcohol.
Gerbeer (1234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours black with little head. Aromas of black coffee and dark fruit. Flavors of bitter coffee and dry dark chocolate. Very dry and bitter with the edge softened slightly by the oatmeal.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. This beer pours a dark brownish black color with a medium thin tan head that diminishes quickly to a film. Patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, hops and coffee. Light-bodied with a roasty character of coffee and malt. Mild hops in the background. The finish is sweet with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Above average overall.