jinroh (427) - ESTONIA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Tanakaya @ Mejiro. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Looks good, although the head doesn’t stay. Aroma is quite soft and subdued - there is still some roast and a bit of lactose. Taste is also quite soft, with a fuller roast palate and some bitter spikes coming through as well. Chocolate, cocoa, some bitter coffee. Some kind of soft, milky or lactose background stays throughout. Alcohol is well hidden, nice beer to sip. Well made - and not your usual imperial stout, this one has its own character.
Artichoke (81) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Two finger head, amber dark creamy head. Fruit nose, not so much caramel, light bitterness creamy sweet with hints of coffee. Pleasant.
tania_nexust (227) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at Beer Belly Higobashi in Osaka, in 2011. A fantastically hefty stout. Aroma was enticing but a little muted and didn’t indicate the rich full flavour that lay within. The kind of beer that makes you go ’woah’ when you sip it. No idea if bottled versions would have the same kick but on draught it was impressive.
shoulderbroken (2179) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought from the prefectural shop in Shinbashi. Dark brown colour with small golden head. Aroma is very interesting. Bit of roast as expected, some smoke, something savoury there, and a fruity boozy element. I can see the comparison that some people made with port. Ovaltine too. Pretty good! Taste is similarly interesting. Very smooth and easy to drink. That savoury element is there again, maybe a light soy sauce, can taste the malt, slight creamy sweetness. Finish is dark fruits then fading into a sweet malty finish. Really different from the usual imperial stouts we get here. Will definitely look out for this again.
Wombata (468) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: grassy hop, medium dark chocolate, cocoa powder with milk, black licorice
Palate: round, full mouthfeel.
Flavor: dark rich chocolate, grassy hop, black licorice, and bitter coffee bean.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2337) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Kyoto Craft Beer Fest. Aged since 2011, I was quite impressed with Daisen G at the Kyoto Fest as I enjoyed both of their beers I tried there.
It poured a great looking stout with a tan head. A creamy body, malt forward sweet then chocolate followed by a dry mild hoppy finish. Nice!
Westkyoto77 (540) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Molto, Umeda. Someone else on here described the soy sauce aromas in this, and they weren’t kidding- smells a bit like an Asian grocery. But good flavours of coffee, nuts and bitter chocolate in there too. Smooth as you like in the mouth, not much lingering. Pretty damn sweet on the whole, but very nurseable. Not half bad.
laiti (5955) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, bottled 01/2011, BBE 01/2013
Aroma is smooth, really malty and somewhat sweet with cocoa and some caramel. Feels like a good doppelbock. Flavour is really malty and somewhat sweet with chocolate, some coffee and caramel. On blindtasting I would take this as a doppelbock. Very rich on chocolate, a bit too sweet but good.
olio (6508) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours red-black color with small head. Aroma of strong malts, caramel, toffee notes, mild nuts, syrupy notes and some ripe fruits. Flavor of sweet caramel malts, mild chocolate, oat and even rye notes, nuts and ripe fruits. A bit more like a smooth doppelbock than a imperial stout. Sweet and malty palate with a mild fruity finish. Quite surprising but definitely not bad.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Better than i expected. Lots of port and soy sauce, this is much more English than american. Reasonably rich and smooth. Not as roasty as many american Impy stouts this is more about the vinious like characters that the English versions excel at. Well put together.