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Brewed by Kinshachi Beer
Style: Imperial Stout
Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi, Japan
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a premium Imperial beer, like that exported from Britain to Russia and Scandinavia at the end of the 18th century. It is a smooth black beer that uses chocolate malt to gain a deep bitter chocolate flavor. It is high in alcohol and fragrant, and very smooth as a result of long lagering.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 A decent big stout in real ale form, let down by a lack of a real presence. Defines the paradigm that most japanese breweries work by. Less of everything to (supposedly) suit the japanese taste. Pick it up if you have nothing to else to go for otherwise there are better options available. Sankt Gallen and Baird being but two of these in the IRS stakes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6334) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Bottle from Yamaoka. Creamy aroma of burnt wood, smoke, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and roasted malts. Solid black with a great tan head. Very smooth, powerful flavor, burnt, with coffee more than chocolate, wood and smoke and alcohol. Plus some cream in there too. Very smooth and thick and creamy. Sweetness and burntness balance each other well. Not quite imperial, but tasty as hell.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3146) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2008
Pitch black color with nice dark brown head. Nose is all about huge bitter dark chocolate with faint hints of espresso. Med-full bodied, but a bit one-dimensional bitter dark chocolate notes in mouth, but some espresso and nuttiness is there as well. Well balanced and the finish has a long bitterness that I love in Imperial Stouts. Not going to win for depth, but very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2008
Deep dark brown/black with a thin tan hat. Creamy dark chocolates nose with traces of toffee, chalky figs, and the slightest touch of cinnamon. Firm mouthfeel with dry coco, bitter bakers chocolate, figs, molasses, and hints of coffee bean. Finishes earthy and herbal with black and roasted malts prevailing. Fairly understated for the style. Bad? No. Different? Yes.


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