Hammy78 (860) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brought back from Japan by my awesome cousin. Pours a pitch black cola colour. Small dark tan head, clingy lacing spots on the walls of the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate malt, coffee. Tastes much the same as I’ve described for smell, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, slightly bitter. Quite enjoyable.
Leighton (13827) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2014 Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at The Dean Swift, London. Pours oily black with a foam, beige head. RIch mocha roast nose. Medium sweet flavor, some light ripe/sour fruits, coffee and burnt cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Mild warming finish, lingering roast. Very good beer. (August 2011, Score: 3.8)
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014 London Sunday Tasting - Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. Pours oily black with a creamy beige head. Lightly oxidised, with some milk chocolate, light roast, some earth, bitter burnt wood. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly sweet on the finish with modest roasted malt character, some chocolate. OK. (August 2014, Score: 3.3)
FatPhil (10663) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (RBESG2011, Grand Tasting)
Fairly smooth roasty aroma, burntish. Black, dark head. Ashy taste, but not really astringent. Full and malty, but a bit raw. Stodgy.
fonefan (38545) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355ml. @ RBESG 11 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, 10 Gainsford Street, London, England SE1 2NE.
Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, burnt malt, dark dark roasted, dark chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Dedollewaitor (14539) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting @ Dean Swift, London 2011. Poursblack with a small creamy beige head. Roated and ashy nose and flavor. Coffee and a bit of tar. Smooth and medium bodied. Dry end.
yespr (34856) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 33 cL bottle. Poours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is dense chocolate malt and roasted breadish. Liqourice, dark chocolate and roasted dark malty flavoured. Bitter, dry and hardroasted malty. Ends dry and roasted black malty. Light tarish.
33 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and malty. Herbal. Bitter. Dark malty. Chocolate and slight liqourice. Roasted and dark malty finish.7-3-7-3-14
worldbeertaste (1735) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquorice, Sweet candy smell. Light Coffee Smell. Maybe Berry smell. Black colour. Smooth. Coffee, Toffee, medium roast. Light bitter aftertate with some roast. Bitter taste gets stronger.
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beer Belly (y700 for 300ml). Probably not bad value actually and a chance to comp with the standard stout. A clear step up in the intensity of the chocolate but not materially so. I suspect this probably weighs in at no more than 8%. Fruit and chocolate are very dark and almost bitter given the intensity. Some fruit tingle flavours reminds of the imperial nature of this beer and adds a nice layer of complexity to what is already a good beer.
Scopey (8813) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Japanese Craft beer tasting at the White Horse. It pours very dark brown, near black, with a thin tan head and soft carbonation. The nose is rice, charcoal, sweaty socks, coffee, liquorice, leather and dark stewed fruit. The taste is rich-roast coffee, charcoal, brown sugar, dark chocolate, toasted sesame seed, with a roasted malt finish. Quite meaty Imperial stout.
madmitch76 (17889) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
26th May 2011
On tap at the White Horse. Big thanks to Doug, Jamie and Mark for arranging, facilitating and serving. Cheers Guys! Opaque black beer, residual tan head. Softish semi dry palate with a little prickly carbonation. Really nicely balanced. Dark chocolatey malt, trace of smooth coffee, not bitter. Nice balance of light orange hops. Sumptuos dark chocolate - coffee finish. Minerally freshness throughout. Softish finish with a trace of red fruits. Lovely! Another cracking Japanese beer!