IslandHaole (1204) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very deep brown with a foamy beige head. Coffee grounds, burnt toast, dark chocolate and orange zest. Sweet malts with a taste of those dark chocolate, orange shaped candies. Not cloying as I thought it might be, still plenty of sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. Rather a thick feel with good carbonation, perhaps just a tad too much for my taste of an Impy. Very nice offering from the good folks at Sankt Gallen.
willisread (1887) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Watering Hole February 2014. Served in a shaker pint. Huge orange aroma with dark chocolate as well. Tastes of quality cacao, orange, and toasted malts. A nice creamy mouthfeel with mostly a smooth bittereness on the palate, however there is also a bit of sourness in there too. Great smooth finish with a hint of vanilla/bourbon. Another solid dessert beer effort from Sankt Gallen.
maekchu (3221) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light chocolate nose, with some candied orange and a hint of molasses. Medium dark brown color. Balanced chocolate-orange-hop initial / light sour orange mid palate, tasting a bit chemical / chocolate thickens as the orange fades / gentle bitter finish. Medium body. Interesting, mild, and moderately tasty.
shoulderbroken (3320) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tokyu Food Show a couple of months ago. First of all, I should say that a chocolate orange is one of my favourite chocolate things, so I would expect that I would like this. Aroma is lots of orange and chocolate, and quite like a chocolate orange. Chocolate is quite bitter though. Taste is similar, lots of chocolate and orange again, nice bitterness too. Finish is a bit more creamy, touch of vanilla, but there is a bit of bitterness that hangs around too. Really different. Very smooth and not as thin as people seem to have said. Maybe they have beefed it up a bit in recent years. I really like this, although I appreciate that it could be a bit sickly. Definitely enough in there to keep it interesting.
Westkyoto77 (600) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Inky black appearance, medium head. Sweet nose of orange and dark chocolate. First sip overwhelmed me with orange kick, but this settled down the further I got into it. Needed a bit of patience, but opened up to be an interesting drink. Orange much more compatible with the roasted flavours than one might imagine. Wanted a bit heavier mouthfeel, perhaps, but nonetheless a pretty decent winter beer.
minihame2 (343) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is heavily dominated by orange but you can notice the chocolate and the malts in the background. Black body with a tan head. Taste has quite a bit of bitterness. It starts with a lot of orange and then blends into the usual roasty malty flavour of stouts. Soft on the palate, quite light.
I guess it’s an interesting combination but for me it just didn’t work. I would’ve probably liked this one more if the orange flavour was toned down a notch or two.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3999) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Yodobashi Camera in Kyoto. It poured an inky black with an off-white head of foam which dissipated leaving behind decent lacing. The aroma really hits you with the orange but the flavor is of a very bitter roast chocolate. It is fairly well balanced & an interesting take on a chocolate beer. It’s pretty good but I feel it never really completely came together, possibly the orange is added with some kind of extract which detracts from the beer, I think it should be a bit more subtle but then again the bitterness is so pronounced maybe if the orange flavor was subtler it would be overwhelmed. Either way worth trying & I give Sankt Gallen kudos for being inventive!
Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
23/03/2012 330ml bottle (thanks KyotoLefty!). Bevuta alla Tana. Bruna, quasi nera, riflessi color miele di castagno, schiuma color beige, abbondante e persistente. Fastidioso e persistente aroma metallico, intenso, quindi emergono malti tostati, con note di cioccolata. In bocca è sgraziata, poco bilanciata, male equilibrata, dolciastra, con finale luppolato. Corpo medio, carbonazione abbondante. Deludente.
sulawang (897) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours brown with a shade of orange, small head, ringed layered lacing. Chocolate orange on the nose, just like Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Candied orange up front mellowed by rich dark chocolate and bitter coffee malts, orange persists through finish and ends with a bittersweet deep ending. Hints of figs in there as well. Medium-high complexity, medium-high depth, med-long length, good carry. Great balance of chocolate and orange, definitely worth a try.
KyotoLefty (8748) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and a trace of orange.
Black, head quickly faded to just a bit of lace. Orange hits the mouth first, with the chocolate, which is just a bit too sweet at first but fades out into a dark Belgian chocolate taste. Middle palate is of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, dark chocolate, slightly sour orange. Very complex—or maybe complicated is better. This works pretty well. A bit too sweet overall for me, but decent.