Tim Webb (256) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
yespr (33244) - 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
Hammy78 (800) - 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.
EdKing (2025) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is very good. Very dark brown to black opaque with a medium chocolatey looking tan head. Aroma is lots of dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit and dried dates, Marmite yeastiness, molassses. Getting a lot off the nose. Taste is syrupy dark chocolate, Marmite yeastiness, strong roasted malt that lingers on the finish. There’s a touch of black coffee in there, but it’s very smooth. I like this alot. Packed full of flavour yet smooth and chocolatey.
Westkyoto77 (542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Good lord. What an absolutely wonderful beer. Fully deserves the accolades in my opinion. Sloe-black body, dark tan head. Rich aromas of damp malt, dark chocolate, and treacle.
Luscious without being over-sticky. Flavours of the above, with soy sauce, prunes, and noticeable hop backbone. Quality from start to finish.
KyotoLefty (6892) - 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.
thebeertourist (4972) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
madmitch76 (16507) - , 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!
worldbeertaste (1704) - 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.
Thisis12ptfont (908) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Beer Belly Edibori in Osaka, Japan. Aroma brings espresso, mocha, toffee, and Guinness like black malts. Appears a deep black with a thick half finger tan foam. Taste follows nose with strong espresso, mocha, thick black malt and Guinness overtones. Overall, My first Japanese Imperial Stout and it’s pretty damn good. Tastes like a Guinness on steroids. Very good stuff. A+ rating.