MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This elegant Imperial Stout’s dark chocolate and molasses slowly grow into a roasted malt finish with levelled bitterness and pleasant drinkability.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackness and its dark brown hues.
-Hops are not really important in the flavor profile, but the roasted malts take their place in the finale.
-The body was well rounded and the dextrins were aptly withered out in the finish.
-Alcohol is not apparent in the flavor profile.
From the bottle at the Mondial de la Bière.
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at pre-RBJG festivities in Kyoto. Black as night, rich beige head. Chocolaty salty nose. Dryish with dense full body. Lots of tobacco and salty licorice, like a dough made up from salmiak. Lingering salty bitterness. Contains all you can ask for in a well made Imperial Stout.
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bottle bought online in Japan and brought over my Fumiko, thanks a ton. A cool generic seasonal label with imperial stout listed on the neck. Even cooler, the ABV on the back is scratched put from 5.5 to 8.5% in pen. Anyway, pours a dark brown color with a nice bubbly brown head. The aroma is somewhat light; cocoa, coffee, milky chocolates. The flavor is easygoing, but stands up as it warms; lots of cocoa and milky chocolates, some light hops, roasted coffee and milky mocha. A nice brew.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A great imperial again let down by this brewery’s inability to make a beer with anything resembling a body. I want my imperials thick and juicy. I don’t want a thin mouthful on a beer thats been pumped up to 9% this year
KyotoLefty (6737) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel aged version at the Brewer Anniversary, May 2008.
Fresh, creamy type stout with little roasted bitterness. Strong, sweet, and very well done. Smooth and mellow, but big flavor. Much more mature than the bottle. Really nice.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Thrash Zone. Intense black body topped with dark brown froth. Strong whifff of vanilla and roasted cocao in the nose. Taste is divine. Velvety smooth with more of the vanilla making itself known. Not sure if this was cask aged, but tastes like it might have been. A worthy Imperial Stout.
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big creamy light brown head. Dark chocolate cake, cherries, maraschino cherries, dark chocolate nose. The body is soooooo smooooth and light. Unbelievably drinkable and dangerous given its 7%. Lingering dark chocolate cake finish. The first imperial stout session beer.
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Draught at Thrash Zone. Dark brown/black with a deep tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, some milk, and little smoke. Medium, easy drinking body. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some vanilla. Much like their stout, this isn’t a ground breaking imperial stout but it is a very solid entry and easy to down a few pints. I hope to have more of this before it’s gone.