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

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19671) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2009
Bottled, thanks TimE! Realy black with rich off-white head. There’s tart soy sauce and a bit of chocolate. Spritzy with above medium body. Licorice and soy lingers. Feels a bit bold and disharmonious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6574) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4859) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2009
On tap at Beer Circus, Nagoya. Black with a lacing, creamy, light brown head. Good roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Chocolate, a touch of vanilla, some tartness and good roasted flavours. Rich and full-bodied. A very complex chocolate stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2010
Black colored with little beige head. Dark chocolate aroma in aroma, roastiness and mildly bitter hops also here. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more hopped with mild chocolate, roastiness and licorice here too. Aftertaste dries, alcohol covered almost totally. I like this, mix of chocolate and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3263) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2200) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 9, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya. Yeast and crude raw chocolate nose. "Pitch" brown, two-finger frothy brown head. Thick cocoa, some alcohol warmth, metallic notes, and some wine-like touches. Medium body. Really tastes like and extract base. Could use a bit more body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2176) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2013
609 yen for 10oz  at Bungalow. Nice dark black pour with reddish tints around the edges of the glass & a thick creamy tan head-a great looking beer. The aroma is chocolate with toffee notes. Wow, quite a rich beer. Thick, viscous oily mouthfeel with a strong toffee, figs, plum & chocolate taste. This is the nicest beer I have had from Kinshachi. Really good stuff. I may be overrating this as it was far beyond my expectations... I need to drink it again side by side with a different top stout to judge it accurately...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2107) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2013
Tap at Craft Beer Market Awajicho. Dark brown colour, small golden head. Aroma is interesting, bit funky, touch of smoke, liquorice, aniseed, leather. Taste is nice. Wouldn’t immediately say chocolate, quite bitter, liquorice again, fruity punch. Quite a mix, with chocolate very low in the mix.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - FEB 18, 2010
Black with a deep beige head. Chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits in the aroma. Full, thick, syrupy body. Light roasted malts, chocolate, some light berries, light smoke. Pretty solid, actually, but it’s not amazing. Still, I wouldn’t mind having it again.


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