Ferris (16268) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2017
Draft - Dark roast and nice hoppy notes. Deep brown with a small light brown head. Big roasty bitterness but hops fade into the background. mrjez (659) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2016
Tap at Yellow Ape. Olive black pour, lots of beige lacing. Hop forward nose, pine, plenty of citrus, but also plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. The citrus hops show up front before chocolate and a touch of smoke take over and smooth out the middle. The pine kicks in late with a rising bitterness and just a hint of booze. A seamless journey, really enjoyable and surprisingly easy-drinking, I finished my glass in a short time. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle from Mick. Thanks!
A: Dark brown with a mahogany head. Lacing.
N: Pine, cracker, grapefruit, cocoa, smoke, roasted malt and burnt toast, damp leaves, touch of day-old coffee. Fairly dank.
T: Quite bitter, not very sweet. Turns astringent.
M: Medium body, very resinous, alcohol burn, prickly carbonation.
O: Not the biggest fan of this one. It’s not at well-balanced, and unlike Wookey Jack, the flavors don’t mesh in the slightest. Oh well. biirusaikou (2705) - - JAN 2, 2016
Draught at Craftheads. Rich dark malt with lovely citrusy and tropical hops, cocoa with smokey notes, dry finish. Great stuff, dangerously smooth and delicious. willisread (3539) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep brown with no head. Very hop forward nose with loads of ruby red grapefruit and pine with some light marijuana, mango and a touch of yuzu along with cacao and Italian roasted coffee. Average carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but not overly so at all. Lots of bitterness on the palate with citrus all over the place...more grapefruit zest and lemon zest. Finish is pithy bitterness along with espresso and cacao roasted bitterness. Wow, this is an intense beer. Not for the faint of heart and that is awesome...more beers with this attitude in Japan please.
KansaiBeerLvrs (5300) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya 2012 version (old review) 9% a bottle from Asahiya. This beer has a fruity, citrus aroma which is quite nice and pours black with a beige head. That surprised me as I thought it was a double IPA! Once I double checked the label I saw it said W-IBA... Hop at the front of the mouth, dark malts at the middle and a bitter hop finish. A very solid Black IPA! jbeatty (1256) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Tap at Watering Hole, 06/29/2013. Pours brown, nearly black, thin creamy white head covering the surface, copious lacing. Aroma is tangerine, piney hops, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is citrus, grapefruit hops, pulpy, smooth roasted malts, long bitter chocolate finish. Thick body. Killer black IPA, was really glad to have tried this one. john_henry (124) - - JUN 13, 2013
Good offering, the best I’ve had from the brewery. This was on offer with a whole bunch of other beers to mark the passing of Masaji. Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Imperial black IPA, draft at Ushitora. Thick floral hops in aroma and taste. Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness. Some dark roasted caramel notes with coffee and cream. Nice thick and long finish with remaining bitterness. Fresh dry hopping. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Floral hop resins burst through leveled roasted and caramelized malts in this smooth, loquacious Imperial Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the brown-hued darkness.
-There is balance in the intensity.
-Citrus notes are found throughout as well.
-After being a while in Japan, this is one beer which stands out greatly. Such wonderful hoppiness ! Another beer that screams ‘Vermont’ or West Coast US.
-The mouthfeel is super smooth and effervescent. Surprisingly easy drinking for 9% abv.