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

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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4
   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (1943) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4755) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6141) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1412) - 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.)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (1963) - Manama, BAHRAIN - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1196) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13921) - 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 .

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is citrus and grassy. Tste is roaty malt and citrus malt, fairly full body and decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - MAR 16, 2007
Very enjoyable. Very black, with a little head. Quite thick and a little overpowering. Had to drink very slowly


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