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


on tap

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial de la BiŤre
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 (9141) - 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 (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This elegant Imperial Stoutís 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 BiŤre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20330) - TyresŲ, 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 (6609) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 3, 2009
A great imperial again let down by this breweryís inability to make a beer with anything resembling a body. I want my imperials thick and juicy. I donít want a thin mouthful on a beer thats been pumped up to 9% this year

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6905) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 10, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3577) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2084) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 26, 2008
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 isnít 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 itís gone.

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