Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Imperial Stout
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3706) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle from the brewery shop (bottled in March 2016). Strong dark roast nose, lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Very dark brown, with translucent edges and a nice beige head. Roast malt, burnt, chocolate all up and down the tongue, licorice, molasses, and hints of vanilla. Medium-heavy body, a bit sticky and somewhat light for an imperial. Very rich, smooth, complex,and warming. Great brew from one of the best breweries in Japan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (16507) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown, nice and inky, mostly a mix of chocolate and sugars, light roast. Dark chocolate and a hint of fudgey sweetness. Nice, balanced brownie of a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1363) - ESTONIA - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle from Dogenzaka Shinanoya. Pous dark brown, almost black, very little brown foam on top, disappears quite soon. Aroma has cocoa, toffee and a bit of boozy liquor. Biter dark chocolate also. little dusty. Drinks surprisingly smooth. It has all the flavours - light smoke, chocolates dry sweetness, coffee and cocoa nibs - but feels light and goes down nice and easy. 10% is nowhere to be spotted, super drinkable. It also means that its dangerous, beware!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (3020) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (6705) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (2678) - - JUL 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2016 Bottle.Coffee beans, dark chocolate, umami, hints of licorice. Cocoa, espresso, dark cherry, whiskey spice, baileys, smokey notes, more licorice, deep roasted finish. This is pretty amazing, obviously a beergeek favorite style, but really well done, complex and rounded, great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16616) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fletchfighters (1465) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2014
2012 vintage 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1245) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2013
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.

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