john_henry (124) - - 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.
willisread (1564) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Craft Heads. Pitch black with a modest tan head that leaves good lacing. Aromas of black currants, prune, dark chocolate covered raisins, coffee with some notes of vanilla, whiskey and fennel. Taste is more of the same with the fruit coming out as it warms up. Very nice complexity that comes across even more pronounced as it warms. Dangerously smooth, although the alcohol comes out a bit towards the end. Great impy from Japan.
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 2. Special THX to Christian.
APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee, bitter.
TASTE: coffee, chocolate, bitter, decent.
GenDV138 (4565) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Craft Heads during the Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover event. 2013 vintage. Black with tan head. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. Tastes of roast, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Very nice.
biirusaikou (1894) - - 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 (14897) - 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 (1324) - 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 (1236) - 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 (3792) - 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.
AndySnow (5941) - 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.