MrHangover (4610) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017 potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours black with frothy head. Chocolate indeed, but mostly in the taste. Not much happening in the nose, roasted barely behind earthy hops. Taste is chewy dark chocolate with roasted bitter finish. Taste like it could be brewed at any US micro, and i dont mean that as a diss. I guess i expected Japanese imperial stouts to somehow be different?
Bottle @ Floris’ Leaving Party. Pours a dark brown, almost black beer with a thin, creamy tanned head on top. Aroma of chocolate ,caramel and vanilla, some toffee notes and dark fruits. Flavor is bittersweet, lots of dark chocolate notes, light caramel in the background. Carbonation is fairly low, aftertaste quite long and bittersweet. Very decent. kermis (13674) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2017
7 3 8 3 15sjogro (4263) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle shared for Floris’s Leaving Beers at Gekke Geit. Dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma of malt, toffee, fudge, chocolate and caramel. Flavour is above moderate sweet and light moderate bitter.
Bottle shared at Floris’s leaving tasting. Black with light tan head. Roasted chocolate malts. Caramel, toffee. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium body and soft carbonation. faroeviking (10980) - Citizen above universe pendejo, FAROE ISLANDS - APR 14, 2017
Botella. 2017. Roasty deep dark maltiness indeed in the sweet aroma with chocolate along with dark fruits and coffee. Sweet deep roasted maltiness and chocolate in the aroma along with coffee, dark fruits, bit smoke, light wood, some alcohol underneath it all, dry. Great brew indeed! DSG (14921) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom L’s place. Thanks Shmupi. Black. Aroma of roast, cocoa, a bit of dark fruits, coffee, caramel, a bit of licorice. Bittersweetish flavor with roast, bitter cocoa, dark fruits, caramel, some coffee, a bit of licorice, very bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
zvikar (6198) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 17, 2016
At Tom’s place, Pours black with a beige head, aroma of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, flavor of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, medium bodied GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2016
April 22nd, 2014 - From a luxurious beer store in Meguro, Japan comes the SanktGallen Imperial Chocolate Stout, a beautiful red ribbon label wrapped around a bottle, and gingerly recommended by the enthusiastic beer store owner. Dark and creamy on the eye, it is also dark and creamy in the nose, with lots of chocolate malt and a thick, rolling chocolate smell like Nesquik. The palate is powdery and soft, blowing away to unveil a sweet and smokey aftertaste,though smokier than sweet. Well balanced, it bridges the traditionally sweeter holiday flavors with a more adult, more mature smoked element, which I find much better than overly sweet fudges or fruit cakes that were passed around just four months ago. mrjez (630) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2016 UPDATED for 2016. 9% bottle.
L: a lovely near black pour with a light tan head that lasts for ages and leaves sticky lacing.
S: dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a touch milky, a light herb like cilantro, some citrus in there.
T: follows the nose, roast notes up front, dark chocolate.
F: has an acrid finish, slightly over bitter and a tiny sour note, with a medium body, leaving it feeling a tad unbalanced. No alcohol feel. It comes off sharp where I wished it ended smooth and warming.
O: a good drop that ticks many boxes, but a few points off being a standout. Artichoke (88) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Dark foamy chocolate in a one finger head. This has a nice bite and crisp palate - the 9% alcohol is hidden extremely well. It's sweet without being malty, well-balanced willisread (3380) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 2016 Bottle. More or less the same as before. A little too roasty and one-dimensional. Not bad though. 330ml bottle 2015 edition (9% ABV) from Ito Yokado in Asagaya. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brownish black color with a huge soapy brown head. Big aromas of burnt coffee, coriander, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, alcohol and hops on the nose. Tastes strongly of bitter dark cacao, burnt coffee, cardamom with slight hints of corrainder and arugula. Can’t really taste the alcohol on the palate. Well-hidden. Oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Mostly bitter and peppery finish.