biirusaikou (630) - - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 year barrel aged. Rich chocolate flavors, roasted malt, hint of licorice, gentle whisky bite. Smooth and delicious imperial stout.
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze, Osaka. Opaque black color, small steady brown head. Aroma has licorice and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied to full-bodied. Flavor has alcohol, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Alcoholic but in the nice way. Straightforward strong impy.
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown pour, settled black. Light brown head, thick and creamy. Good retention and settled to a thick collar.
Nose is roasted malts, soft licorice, and a lot of cardboard. Very dry and very dusty. Sort of a fresh cardboard smell.
Taste is a lot of dry, dusty cardboard. Some chocolate, malts, and dark fruits as well. Light carbonation and medium body. Bummer on the oxidation though
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, thanks to timE, 11/11/2013. Pours black, thin light tan head bubbling to the surface, fading to near stillness. Aroma is chocolate, nutty caramel and mild brown sugar, cherry licorice, light roast. Taste is chocolate, licorice, bit of a hoppy bite with long moderately roast finish, bitter. Medium body, almost velvet light creamy feel. Really tasty, well done.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1978) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Draft at Bungalow’s 1st Anniversary Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover event. 9.5% 500 yen. A beautiful looking black pour with red accents & a great tan head. Mild chocolate aroma, I need to give it time to warm up. Smooth body, nice rich chocolate then some roasted coffee notes. Really good stuff. I think I even get mild hints of licorice, I don’t like licorice but in this beer it works. Had this from a bottle and this sums it up: Nutty umami dark chocolate -a classic.
john_henry (100) - - JUN 13, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better offerings from Shiga. Conforms to style, but a little underwhelming for an imperial stout.
AndySnow (3143) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting. Black colour with no head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Flavour of dark malt, chocolate.
shoulderbroken (1991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Hasegawa. Very dark brown colour with thick golden head. Aroma is smoky, roasty, bit meaty, bit of caramel, some citrus hops maybe and biscuits. Bit of booze too. Taste is really nice. Boozy spikiness, coffee bitterness, maybe dark chocolate, fruity too, orange. Very nice. Long slightly bitter and very roasty finish. Thick and oily. Best Japanese imperial stout I have had I reckon.
Koelschtrinker (10515) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oxidiert malziger Antrunk mit wässrigen Beinoten. Weich, dennoch vollmundig, konstant süß-malzig, die oxidierten Noten werden geringer. Rund, nicht übermäßig gut. 10/11/10/10/9/10
Wombata (413) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Bottle 6/2014. 6 months after purchase.
Aroma: Rich, sweet dark chocolate and malty ovaltine blended with coffee and graham cracker.
Palate: Very smooth, full-bodied, yet elegant.
Flavor: Rich dark chocolate, graham cracker, light vanilla bourbon. These flavors power through the mid-palate and finish where rounded coffee flavor gradually appear. Mild, understated bitterness from grain shows throughout.
Comment: Deft use of barrel aging. This is developing well in the bottle and is even better than I expected. Initially, this had an almost light- medium body but this transformed into a medium-full body with time. The alcohol and barrel flavors are integrating well. I have raised my score to reflect these changes.
On Tap. Aroma: Earthy malt and grain with some earthy and grassy hop.
Palate: Well-blended flavors.
Flavor: Mild, roasted coffee, a mix of mild and moderately bitter chocolate with a touch of grassy hop.
Comments: Another strong showing from Shiga Kogen. 3.9 Score.