willisread (1304) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep brown to black with a half-finger tan head that dissipates but lingers for a while. Dark fruit aromas early on and as it warms, bourbon and oak (weird in a non-barrel aged beer, but it’s there), chocolate, ovaltine and roasted coffee all come out. The chocolate really stands out as well as the coffee as it warms. Not sweet at all and really well-balanced. Nice chocolate finish with some roasted coffee and light bitterness that lingers. Very solid.
GenDV138 (4123) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 2014 vintage bought in December 2014 at Yamaoka in Kyoto, thanks to KansaiBeerLvrs for showing me around! Black with some sediment floaters, nice two fingers or so of tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some musty oak. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, hint of soy sauce. Full body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Pretty well masked alcohol for 9% ABV.
BuckeyeBoy (4070) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle pours our dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts and lots of chocolate. Taste is more of the roast malts chocolate sweetness and some molasses.
PriorL (2818) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 2. Special THX to Christian.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, nice stable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee, bitter.
TASTE: chocolate, coffee, bitter, little sour, nice!
TBone (14794) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml (from Japan)
Dark brown color, small steady off-white head. Chocolaty, alcoholic, rye and soya sauce. Medium-bodied. Chocolate, alcohol and tartness. Some coffee, coffee beans. Maybe not aged so well, has some potential.
jinroh (839) - 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 (86) - 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 (230) - 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 (3061) - 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 (567) - 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.