potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours black with frothy head. Chocolate indeed, but mostly in the taste. Not much happening in the nose, roasted barely behind earthy hops. Taste is chewy dark chocolate with roasted bitter finish. Taste like it could be brewed at any US micro, and i dont mean that as a diss. I guess i expected Japanese imperial stouts to somehow be different?
Ferris (1245) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Roast malts, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of soy. Jet black with a decent brown head. Burnt malts , coffee and dark chocolate. The burnt malts are a bit off putting for me.
dfearnley (548) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to plastic cup at Hop Revolution 2 Tokyo
Chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee, soy
Deep brown, thin bubbly tan head
Chocolate, a little coffee, roasted malt, nice bitterness
I think this is a well balanced brew, nothing too exciting here, but nice.
petewhitley (294) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~
douglas88 (5131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from goodbeer.jp brought over by the wife, arigato. Pours a pure black color with a large brown head. A rich nose of chocolates, pepper and mint. The flavor is mostly dry milk chocolates, some light vanilla, green pepper, light roast. Dark fruit inches in. Very smooth and tasty. Hefty but also easygoing. Damn good.
shoulderbroken (1501) - 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 (7030) - Mölndal, 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 (4910) - Göteborg, 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 (880) - 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...
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - 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 I’ll rate it too. It’s 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.
KyotoLefty (5572) - 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. Didn’t 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.