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Brewed by Minoh Beer
Style: Imperial Stout
Osaka, Japan
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Used to be called "Valentine Beer" as well, though they seemed to have dropped that appellation. Roasted malt and sweetness of the malt flavor and give you a good taste imperial stout. Hop bitterness is prudent, using it for chocolate malt, coffee and chocolate-scented, perfect Valentine adult black ale. 7% alcohol taste and deliberate wanted the feeling comes through its rich flavor. Valentine, the original thoughts also fashioned beer labels.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westkyoto77 (634) - Kyoto, - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Good lord. What an absolutely wonderful beer. Fully deserves the accolades in my opinion. Sloe-black body, dark tan head. Rich aromas of damp malt, dark chocolate, and treacle. Luscious without being over-sticky. Flavours of the above, with soy sauce, prunes, and noticeable hop backbone. Quality from start to finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017
3 year old bottle picked up in Kyoto (2014). Brewed 02/14/2014. Bottle says 8.5% ABV, so Im going to adjust that. 330ml. Jet black. Short lasting dark brown foam. Slight oil slick on the surface. Lots of body. Carbonation is ample yet soft. It almost has some barley-wine notes. Deep roasted espresso, toasted nut, licorice nose. All translates to the flavour. Quite bitter. Almost burnt/ashy with the malt, and likely toasting of the barrel. Leather, deep dark cocoa, dark sponge toffee and noticeable booze. Still, its smooth and even. Hops just linger in the background, with a bit of black-tea notes. Finish is rich, carrying loads of burnt sugars, molasses, and anise. It was very good. Traveled well, aged well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (3573) - CROATIA - AUG 12, 2016
On tap at Ant n Bee, Tokyo. Pours black with tan head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate. Sweet. Oily texture, smooth. Medium to full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (16938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2016
Basically black. Light brown head. Approachable impy, has toffee, hint of liquorice, blackberry hop, nicely balanced. I like the mellow, quaffable impies.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (3774) - SPAIN - MAY 18, 2016
Tap / Tirador. @ Takoku Shokusai Oeuf, Toyama, Japon. A: Black / Negro. T/S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol / Malta tostada, cafe, chocolate, alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (1147) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2016
Black pour with a tan head. Coffee, cocoa and roasty aroma. Taste is milky coffee, chocolate, with a slightly burnt espresso finish. It almost seems a bit this for an 8.5% beer but other than that its pretty nice..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1561) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2016
February 18th, 2014 - The Minoh comes after a long, long day of lecturing in Tokyo, and while the deep, dark flavors were welcome, they were somewhat hard to describe after the two beers that came before it. My intuition, and distant memory, tells me that this is just a plain old strong stout. In color, aroma and flavor, the deScriptions are all plain. I smelled soy sauce and charcoal (perhaps primed by my location), and the same in the taste. And while that may not "Wow" me compared to other stout offerings stateside, beers of this strength are rare in Japan, and even in Tokyo. So to know that there is a steady stream of bold stuff available at local neighborhood grocery stores is something of a blessing. Its all relative, but unless youre willing to dish out serious yen at a local beer bar, this is a great alternative for relaxing at home

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3760) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle (from notes). Big chocolatey nose, sweet and pleasant. Smooth and sweet all the way through, with more chocolate and rich dark fruit. Warming alcohol. A bit one dimensional, though. Body is also a bit thin for the style. But this is one of the better ones that Minoh makes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4586) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2015
Jet black, tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. Sweet flavour, ash, brown sugar and coffee. Sweet finish, caramel, coffee and ash.
(from bottle @ Sunday Bottle Share, CBC Clerkenwell; RBESG 2014, London)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7142) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2015
On hand pump at beer belly. Pours out black just a ring of tan. Nose is roast malts chocolate coffee and some smoke. Taste is more of the sweetness roast malts chocolate coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (3144) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2015
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 On tap at Watering Hole. Part of a tasting flight. Deep black with a creamy tan head that lasts throughout with great lacing. Huge coffee and chocolate aromas with some tobacco, soy sauce and dark fruit that comes out as it warms up. Creamy on the palate with nice balance between sweet, tart and bitter. Full bodied and rich with a nice long smooth finish.


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