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

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2271) - 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...

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (467) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
Tap at Marciero Aroma: Pear, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate Palate: Full-bodied. Flavor: Pear, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate turns to more pear on mid-palate and to licorice on the finish. Comment: Multiple, shifting flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3298) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6643) - 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 (4893) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (342) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Deep black, ruby notes. Ruby, tan head with decent lacing. Sweet toffee with roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Flavour has huge chocolate malt with some nice dark frut flavours. Good balance of roasted and sweet flavours. Best I’ve had from this brewery.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2160) - 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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