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


on tap

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (39411) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1793) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1902) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11740) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2011
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5170) - 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 (14974) - 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 (333) - 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 (20415) - 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 (12543) - 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.

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