Brewed by Sankt Gallen Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Atsugi-shi, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Vintages 2009 & 2010: 8,5%, Vintage 2011: 8,6%, Vintage 2012: 8,5%. Older vintages were 7%.

IslandHaole's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottled, 2009: Ahhh, an Impy Stout, Iím so happy to find this one! Near black, like used oil with a creamy small tan head. Dark chocolate, espresso, slightly burnt toast with hints of vanilla and tar. Just lovely. Sweet, with a tangy mineral salt follow, hints of molasses. Quite nice in the mouth, just a hint of bubbles. Very good, perhaps the only negative is the tad to salty follow. A solid brew and one I will look for again when I have my Impy jones!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1480) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2016
April 22nd, 2014 - From a luxurious beer store in Meguro, Japan comes the SanktGallen Imperial Chocolate Stout, a beautiful red ribbon label wrapped around a bottle, and gingerly recommended by the enthusiastic beer store owner. Dark and creamy on the eye, it is also dark and creamy in the nose, with lots of chocolate malt and a thick, rolling chocolate smell like Nesquik. The palate is powdery and soft, blowing away to unveil a sweet and smokey aftertaste,though smokier than sweet. Well balanced, it bridges the traditionally sweeter holiday flavors with a more adult, more mature smoked element, which I find much better than overly sweet fudges or fruit cakes that were passed around just four months ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (479) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2016 UPDATED for 2016. 9% bottle. L: a lovely near black pour with a light tan head that lasts for ages and leaves sticky lacing. S: dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a touch milky, a light herb like cilantro, some citrus in there. T: follows the nose, roast notes up front, dark chocolate. F: has an acrid finish, slightly over bitter and a tiny sour note, with a medium body, leaving it feeling a tad unbalanced. No alcohol feel. It comes off sharp where I wished it ended smooth and warming. O: a good drop that ticks many boxes, but a few points off being a standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Artichoke (87) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Dark foamy chocolate in a one finger head. This has a nice bite and crisp palate - the 9% alcohol is hidden extremely well. It's sweet without being malty, well-balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2585) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 2016 Bottle. More or less the same as before. A little too roasty and one-dimensional. Not bad though. 330ml bottle 2015 edition (9% ABV) from Ito Yokado in Asagaya. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brownish black color with a huge soapy brown head. Big aromas of burnt coffee, coriander, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, alcohol and hops on the nose. Tastes strongly of bitter dark cacao, burnt coffee, cardamom with slight hints of corrainder and arugula. Canít really taste the alcohol on the palate. Well-hidden. Oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Mostly bitter and peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 28, 2014
Bottle 2012 vintage. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is dry, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, brett, citrus. full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2014

Bottle 12fl.oz.

[ As Sankt Gallen Imperial Chocolate Stout ].
[ Vintage 2012 ]. ABV: 8.5%. Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, funky, brett - leather. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, leather, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140118]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (1116) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
On tap @ Nippon Craft Beer Fest Jan 2014. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted barley, and cocoa powder. Appearance is jet black with a thin foam rim. Taste is boozey chocolate, roasted malts, dry bitter cofee beans, dried raisin, smooth sweet plums. Finish is extremely dry coffee, booze and chocolate. Overall, this is one of the best beers Iíve had in Japan. Itís so perfectly balanced and itís everything you want in an Imperial Stout. Easy A+ rating. Kanpai!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3513) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle from Asahiya. Sweey choco. dark roast malt nose. Pours thick and black, with a 1-cm. dark tan head. Rich chocolate initial / rough hooping and some dark fruit / finish is mildly sweet and even a bit woody. Medium body (a bit thin for an imperial). All pretty good, except for the rough patch in mid palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1242) - ESTONIA - FEB 4, 2014
330 ml bottle from Dogenzaka Shinonoya. Pours nice deep and dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is full of roast, dark bitter chocolate, a bit of alcohol - that is quite well hidden for a beer of 9%. It has some dark fruits lurking as well. Taste is what I would expect from a nice imperial stout. It is definitely sweet but not boozy, lots of roasted malts mingling with malt base, chocolate sweetness - and finishing up in a bitter chocolate and cocoa finish. I guess there is a lot coming out from roast malts - and there should be no real chocolate and cocoa used. Nice and enjoyable beer, well executed. Should buy a few more of these and see what happens if I try it after some extra ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16536) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. 2012 vintage. A more or less black one, topped by a dense, finger-thick dark beige head that leaves lacings. The aroma has a nice bretty touch, with some lemon and woody hints. Pepper notes. Donít really like that the brett cloakes the chocolate and roasted malts so well though. Itís super smooth on the palate, lighlty warming, and quite full-bodied. Feeling dry even though thereís certainly residual sweetness. Chocolate and some roasted malts too, lasting for a good while. Some alcohol burn too in the end. Sure a nice one, and it would be interesting to sample an unbretted edition. 140118

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