Shonan Imperial Stout
     click to upload
Brewed by Kumazawa Brewing (Shonan Beer)
Style: Imperial Stout
Chigasaki, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
No commercial description

Marc's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - AUG 23, 2008
Opaque black/brown body with a thick oily tan head that reminds me more of krausen than anything.Chocolate cordial, coffee bean, black strap molasses, dark chocolate truffle, espresso, dark green herbs, and cream. Black cocoa and molasses up front held together with a firm bitterness. Coffee and dark chocolate come though along with a little nuttiness. Finishes with long green vegital bitterness, black malts, fresh hops, and nuts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2015
Tap at Gremlin. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate. Taste is great bitter chocolate, roast, some sweetness, sticky, caramel. Really nice. Very surprised and wish I had taken more notes, but this was really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpkeskinen (410) - FINLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Drank as a draught. Quite a heavy taste with flavours of coffee, malts, caramel and smoke. Looks really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2013
Draught at Beer Belly during Strong Beer Week. From notes. Jesus don’t cry. This was one-year aged, and some magic happened. Some huge ashy smokiness, Burnt grain. Rasputin-like, but bigger and oily as can be. Smooth, all the same. Flavors from prunes, raisins, and deep dark chocolate. Aftertaste went on forever. Everyone at the table went a bit crazy. I even had a dream about this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2010
On tap at Craftheads, Shibuya. Black with a huge, light brown head. Good roasted malts with noticeable alcohol. Capuccino flavours, some sweetness, well-balanced. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (8133) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2010
2009 vintage, 1 year old, draught at Beer Belly. Petroleum black with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Oily residues along the glass when you tip it. HUGE aroma of wood, smoke, coffee, cocoa, burnt ash, charcoal, chewy dark fruits, cola, and a bit of ass funk. Overpowering. Abusive, wonderful flavors of ash, wood, coffee, charcoal, dark chocolate, barnyard, and soy. Wildly bitter and raunchy burnt finish of burnt barley, hops, and charcoal. Huge bitterness. An amazing stout, losing nothing to Dark Lord. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2008
An intense, tasty Japanese winter warmer. Dense black, thin beige head. Strong coffee fumes, plus pistachio nuttiness and some lemonade. Thick, creamy body. Lovely. Chewy flavours of burnt chocolate, espresso and high ibu hopping. Very bitter finish. Lactic but dominated by heavy hopping. Like a coffee-hop shot. Hardcore. (Bottle courtesy of TimE at Sully’s Sydney RB Xmas 07 gathering. Labelled Shonan Merry Xmas Stout. Thanks fellas.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2425) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thanks to TimE for the bottle. Also had this on tap at the Yokohama Beer Bar. Huge and dark brown head on this pitch black stout. Deep roasted malts, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate, and a little bit of nuttiness. Body is thick and creamy. Flavor is of deep roasted coffee, molasses malts, chocolate, and nutty. Finishes with a deep bittersweet and roasted chocolate malt. Say what you will about the rest of their lineup, this is an outstanding brew. Will have to pick up a six’er next winter. I think the bottle version is a bit deeper in flavor for whatever reason, though I’m not saying the draught version is anything to scoff at.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle, cgarvieuk coolbeans party. Black, brown head. Such a pretty beer. Malt with some hop, milk chocolate, espresso malt, Mouth is bitter malt, lots of chocolate, nutty, even salty. Palate is nutty, fruitiness, like an IIPA. Finishes bold, chocolatey, robust alcohol and some spirit burn. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18524) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle at home with Tom and Royce... Thanks to TIME for this ... Dark black big foam head that last for a wee bit ... soft coffeee malt ... goood roast malts ... little sweet good depth little milky ness .... little bitterness in linger .

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50