KansaiBeerLvrs (1345) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The contract brewed(by Rogue) Ezo Imperial Chocolate Stout picked up on sale from Sugaya(best before 12/2013). 10% served in a snifter, it pours a thick viscous black pour with reddish accents & a thin red-brown head. The aroma is cacao, umami, Belgian chocolate & a tasty milkshake like quality. The taste is umami, roast chocolate, coco powder warming going down my throat. Wonderful full body with a silky smooth mouthfeel & a bitter dark chocolate bite in the finish. Great stuff. I had no idea this was retired & no longer brewed, I’d have bought a few more bottles!
AndySnow (2491) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Black colour with a beige head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, citrus. Flavour like the aroma.
jonno (2134) - JAPAN - APR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle. Retired, but bottles are making the rounds. Jaffas, huge chocolate nose minimal head even when poured vigorously. Lovely molasses black colour with the remains of the head shitting prettily round the edges of the glass. Very smooth soft full lots of chocolate and a little vanilla. My only complaint is that there not much else. Not too sweet though - more luxurious than anything. Reminds me of ST chocolat. No signs of oxidization yet, though the lack of carbonation doesn’t help the beer. Still a wonderful treat.
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with tan head. Chocolate syrup aroma. Chocolate, with a flat coffee, toasted malt and a decent bitter. Medium full bodied with good carbonation.
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2/24/12. 12oz bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Opaque black pour with a small brown ring of head. Bold, rich chocolate aroma that approaches tootsie roll territory. Sweet chocolate flavor as well that definitely remindsof tootsie rolls. I can’t say it’s bad, but... a bit weird.
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured very close to black with a shortish cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up a whole lot of mostly sweet, but some darker and smoky chocolates.. some vanilla too.. totally decadent. The flavor found similar stuff.. opened with tart, greener chocolate, with milk chocolate not far behind.. tart toward the finish with a little oxidation, alcohol warmth, and light soapy notes.. lots more chocolate after the swallow. Medium-plus bodied and quite sweet on the palate.. a bit smoky and tart too.. good feel and flow.. wish I could drink this again.
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is pretty much black in color with a small brown head that subsides to a thin ring around the glass.
S: Both milk and dark chocolate aroma fills the nose instantly. A really nice creaminess to it and a mild roastiness. Some sweet vanilla and caramel underneath to round out what is a very rich nose.
T: Sweet chocolate with an excellent creaminess, almost like a glass of chocolate milk. A mild bitterness from the roasted malt and some dark chocolate flavor. Toffee and caramel provide additional sweetness.
M: Medium to full in body with a very smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.
O: Despite a rather hefty ABV, this is a dangerously smooth beer that was very easy to drink.
daleharshman (856) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle received a year ago in a face-to-face trade with joetheyounger. Thanks Joe for picking this up at the brewery and letting me try a beer that is not available in the United States. I like the cap with the map of Hokkaido ("Ezo" traditionally refers to Japan’s northern lands) and the blunt statement: "If you can read this, you need to drink a beer." Pours just shy of pitch black with a half finger of creamy dark mocha colored foam which soon dissipates. Aroma of rich cocoa powder and it actually really reminds me of the Hershey’s chocolate syrup I would put in my milk as a kid. Flavor is also full of dark bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate (the Hershey’s syrup again), and chocolate-caramel candy (like a Tootsie Roll), and some vanilla. Finishes with more bitter chocolate. Hard to believe this is 10% as it’s incredibly smooth with no detectable alcohol. So much yummy chocolate...makes for a great dessert beer. Very well crafted impy stout. Just wish it was more readily available. (45, 515)
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a medium brown head. Aroma of tootsie rolls, chocolate, cream and some roastiness. Dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a hint of marshmallow before a sweet, yet bitter milk chocolate and roasted malt finish. If I had to compare it to the regular chocolate stout, I would say the chocolate flavor is a little darker and more dense and there’s more of it. There’s also more pronounced roastiness, which adds some bitterness. Truly amazing stuff.
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle shared by Homerwantsbeer. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Yummy chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Rich and smooth body with flavors of sweet milk chocolate, malt and marshmallows (thanks JaBier). The finish is chocolaty and sweet. Good beer that they should distribute here.