jonno (2001) - - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I concur with Mark, but hell Iíll rate it too. Itís very much on the mild end of Impys but some fine dark chocolate, medium roast and a cocoa and sugar finish. Well rounded with no pointy ends.
shoulderbroken (1144) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought at Tokyu Food Show around Valentines Day. Dark brown colour with thick golden bubbly head. Aroma is roasty malt and not as much chocolate as I expected. Taste is similar. Nice burnt malty taste at the start. Just a murmur of chocolate again. Finish is burnt, spicy and lingering. Bit of bitterness too. Pretty nice and surprisingly not so much chocolate. Maybe just a touch left behind with the burnt and spicy finish. Will definitely drink again. Satisfyingly different from a lot of imperial stouts.
gnoff (6317) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle thanks to Ingo! Sampled on April 8, 2013. Marked (BB?) 2014.2.14, purchased late December 2012.
LAbel also had "2012" marked on it.
Clear dark brown color, brown head. Sweet, lactic, alcohol scent. Malty, grainy, dry taste. Dry bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Roasted finish.
ekstedt (4540) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (33 cl), courtesy of Ingo. Black with a brown head. Pretty straight forward chocolate and coffee roasted malt aroma, some herbal hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.
KansaiBeerLvrs (230) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Yodobashi Camera in Kyoto. It poured a dark inky black with a burnt orange-brown head of foam. The aroma was of a bitter roast malt which was matched in the flavor but also had smokey, caramel, toffee & chocolate notes. I love that they list the IBU, hops & OG on the label and was surprised that they use the exact same hops in the Orange Chocolate Stout: EK Goldings, Cascade, Willamette & Nugget. I agree with KyotoLefty, this beer is quite bitter & would probably benefit from some aging to mellow it out...
KyotoLefty (4725) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not sure this deserves a separate listing on account of a slight rise in alcohol, but anyhow...Draught at Bungalow. Black, tan head. Didnít look so special. Big roasty, creamy aroma, chocolate, some berries, roasted wood, some hops and coffee. Taste was similar with a very bitter finish from hops and roasted barley. Actually too bitter for me, as happens with their BW when very fresh. I would sit on this a while for better drinkability, but it was nice enough.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from rbsg poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque and a fair lacing. The strong flavor contained notes of acidic and dark malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
JorgeLee (716) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Tap at Devil Craft. Dark black colour wih tight off white head. All about bitter roasty flavours, coffee and chocolate, with some sweetness to balance. Long finish. Impressive, half a pint was enough though.
Hammy78 (614) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 version, brought back from Japan by my awesome cousin. Pours a dark brown, almost black. Huge tan head that dies down to a ring, spots of lace here and there. Aroma is a boozy and a little malt like chocolate. Tastes a little bit of bite, slightly bitter, malty, a touch of vanilla maybe, and boozy again. It actually reminds me of chocolate cherries taste wise as well but not the cherry isnít super strong. I would love to try this on tap.
sulawang (408) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours almost jet black/brown, small head, small CO2, ringed and thin layered retention, half-runny lacing. Strong roasted coffee and malts on the nose. Buttery mouthfeel, rush of rich 80% cacao / half fresh roast coffee, 3/10 sweetness, very minor sour clean finish, long mellow bitter coating in the rear half of the mouth. High depth, medium complexity, excellent carry, long length, full-bodied. Loads of chocolate & coffee on the exhale. Extremely well executed beer; Iíd give it a higher rating if I loved this style more.