Shiga Kogen IBA
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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Black IPA
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Wet hopped with Williamette and Centennial.

TimE's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3182) - Tokyo, - OCT 24, 2012
awesome roasty malt backbone, full body with fairly aggressive hopping. Both the stout character and ipa character can really shine. Well balanced, dry and very enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westkyoto77 (519) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle. Murky black-brown, not much head. Dank nose of wet hay, dark chocolate and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel of a decent IPA. Loved the way the piney hops came through. Nice bit of smoke too. Alcohol just right. Liked this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6009) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2013
12 ounce bottle from goodbeer.jp. Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium grey head. A rich nose of chocolate and dank hops. The flavor is earthy, some smoke, dark bitter chocolates, American hops, very dark rich. Unique and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (743) - USA - JUN 14, 2013
Dark brown, hazy, tan head. Aroma of bready malt, light chocolate, piney-resiny hops. Flavor of dark bread crusts, an earthy, almost smoky character, followed by resiny hops. Nice interesting malt character and resiny hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13389) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Draught at Beer Republic, Yokohama - RBJG#2. Pitch black - offwhite head. Nice burned malts, lovely bitterness, smooth body, licorice, herbal hoppy notes, dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Leafy, pine-y hops take on a wasabi spiciness before roasted malts and earthy hop resins bitter up this well-structured, refreshing Black IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the blackness and its brown edges, lacing nicely.
-This is heavily-hopped yet never abrasive. Just pure aroma and flavor.
-Malts could offer a tad more chocolate to support the hops.
-Hops are also citrusy.
-This is another Shiga Kogen brew which, given to me blind, would have fooled me completely as to its origins. Tastes like Vermont all the way, to me.

On tap at their Teppa Room.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2013
Draft. Dark brown color, thick tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of bright pine, grass, very nice! Taste is dark roasty coffee grounds. Good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
Bottle at Shinshu Osake Mura. RBJG#2. Pours a clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Bitter with a light sweetness. Quite hoppy with aromas of pine and resin. Also malty aromas of toffee and toasted malts. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3265) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at Shinshu Osake Mura. Black colour with a large beige head. Aroma of hops, citrus. Flavour is some chocolate, hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (452) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Aroma: Rich, creamy dark chocolate, light smoke, light licorice, coffee. Palate: Rich and smooth. Flavor: Like the nose, Finish: long, dry moderately bitter finish with interplay of grainy hop nose and rich lingering flavors. Comment: Superb. Good foam. Aroma: grass, yeast, coffee/chocolate Palate: Again great balance. Flavor: Malt, grass, pine, light notes of chocolate and possibly apricot. Lingering taste of coffee and dark chocolate. 38 points. 3-10-2013 Aroma: light aroma of dark chocolate, grassy hop Palate: medium body Flavor: bitter sweet dark chocolate, bitter grassy and licorice flavors, hop, moderate, balancing bitterness on the mid-palate carries through as a lingering bitterness on the finish. Comment: same score as above

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2045) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2013
Draft at Bungalow, I guess the beer has changed or was served too cold because I got zero malty sweetness from the dark malts. It basically looked like a porter/stout/dark beer but tasted like a bnormal IPA. I was disappointed as I was expecting more of a stylistic blend... I am still searching for a good black IPA...

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