Brewed by Minoh Beer
Style: Imperial Stout
Osaka, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Used to be called "Valentine Beer" as well, though they seemed to have dropped that appellation. Roasted malt and sweetness of the malt flavor and give you a good taste imperial stout. Hop bitterness is prudent, using it for chocolate malt, coffee and chocolate-scented, perfect Valentine adult black ale. 7% alcohol taste and deliberate wanted the feeling comes through its rich flavor. Valentine, the original thoughts also fashioned beer labels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5098) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2011
On tap at Beer Belly Edobori. Almost black with a big creamy beige head. Intense milky espresso aroma with lots of chocolate. Good chocolate and roasted malts flavours. Delicious imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2010
Pitch black - brown head. Draught at Nippon Beer Festival 2010. Chocolate. High hoppy. Burned. Fruity. Berries. High malty. Lots of bitterness. Smooth. Classic imp. stout. Nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tim Webb (270) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2010
Tasted at the brewery from 33cl bottle and from the conditioning tank. Now an 8% beer and while not year-round yet the next batch will come out in the Autumn. Another cracker from this one-to-watch brewery that will turn heads if it manages to overcome size restrictions and branches out into greater production. Valentine’s Day in Japan involves ladies giving chocolate to men (who get to give something back a month later), hence the connection of this chocolatey strong stout with St Cupid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17285) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2012 Bottle at home ... BIg thanks to TimE for this ... deep black ... dry woody chocolate malt ... odd wooody tofffee .. dry hop ... medium bitterness ... off musty coffee ... good roast ... this grew on me. 3.6

bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... dark black ... thin tan head ... soft chocolate roast ... dark malt nose ... dark malts ... light bitterness ... soft chcolate 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
A deep dark stout with a thin frothy moka head. A pleasant coffee aroma, nice nutty and sweet. In mouth, a nice silky stout, with coffee grinds, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied. Bottle at Mondiale 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6681) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial de la Bière
Appearance: dark brown , almost black , little light that goes trough. Thick fine dark creamy top. Handsome coating of lace.
Nose: Rich , ripe , malty dark barley feel with good roast. Darker malts shown at finish.7+
Flavor/Palate : Mid full bodied. Molasses , soy sauce , roasted barley. Fairly clean with solid dose of smooth alcohol. Dark chocolate at finish. Solid strong stout.15-/20

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
Mondiale 2009. Very lacey black stout, very chocolately and secondary coffee.SOme coffee and roast, a candy bar in a bottle. Very rich and high quality RIS. One of the best beers of the fest. Average mouthfeel. Carbonation suitable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21278) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7248) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2009
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.

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