PriorL (3068) - 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. GenDV138 (7201) - 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. biirusaikou (2705) - - 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! TBone (17439) - 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. fletchfighters (1519) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2014
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
jbeatty (1247) - 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. KansaiBeerLvrs (5090) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Draft at Bungalow’s 1st Anniversary Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover event. 9.5% 500 yen. A beautiful looking black pour with red accents & a great tan head. Mild chocolate aroma, I need to give it time to warm up. Smooth body, nice rich chocolate then some roasted coffee notes. Really good stuff. I think I even get mild hints of licorice, I don’t like licorice but in this beer it works. Had this from a bottle and this sums it up: Nutty umami dark chocolate -a classic. john_henry (124) - - JUN 13, 2013
One of the better offerings from Shiga. Conforms to style, but a little underwhelming for an imperial stout. AndySnow (7552) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting. Black colour with no head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Flavour of dark malt, chocolate. shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle from Hasegawa. Very dark brown colour with thick golden head. Aroma is smoky, roasty, bit meaty, bit of caramel, some citrus hops maybe and biscuits. Bit of booze too. Taste is really nice. Boozy spikiness, coffee bitterness, maybe dark chocolate, fruity too, orange. Very nice. Long slightly bitter and very roasty finish. Thick and oily. Best Japanese imperial stout I have had I reckon.