Imperial Stout
A.J.I. Beer Inc

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head.

Arouma is coffee, very dark chocolatey, tobacco, and something reminiscent of peat.

Taste is burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, and a touch of ash tray. A touch acrid with a bitter finish. Despite those notes, it's not unpleasant as you let your palate adjust.

Mouthfeel is a little thick with moderate carbonation and a well masked, but present alcohol presence.

Overall, good, but I've had much better exaples of the style. I would have it again if I were on the mood. Maybe really nice in around December.

Jul 31, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Drinkmonger, Pitlochry, Scotland (£4.50):
Quite a drinkable imperial stout from Minoh, not quite as strong as some of the style & definitely not one that overpowered despite it still being a strong one. Opening with some nice dark fruits & roasted malts, touches of coffee showed alongside a chocolate sweetness that was backed up with some vanilla near the end; it was a complex but smooth & balanced beer that I'd definitely have again & one I;m glad I managed to find after failing to get a hold of a bottle in Japan last year.

Aug 28, 2018
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

February 22nd, 2015 - Wrapping up a night of beer tourism in Japan (though relegated to a hotel room) I have the Imperial Stout. With its dark and complex aroma laced with cinnamon and piles of chocolate, it's rich and inviting. Additional sniffs make me think there's a clear espresso bitterness in there too, but more shy than the rest of the aromatics. Served cold the beer is numb in its flavor, but with a little warmth I get some roasted almond and meat char. The bitter notes express as coffee and espresso, and while the depth is lacking, it at least has a diversity of flavors available.

Nov 19, 2017
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EdKing from England

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is very good. Very dark brown to black opaque with a medium chocolatey looking tan head. Aroma is lots of dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit and dried dates, Marmite yeastiness, molassses. Getting a lot off the nose. Taste is syrupy dark chocolate, Marmite yeastiness, strong roasted malt that lingers on the finish. There’s a touch of black coffee in there, but it’s very smooth. I like this alot. Packed full of flavour yet smooth and chocolatey.

Sep 30, 2013
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HopHead84 from California

4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Black with a light brown head that quickly recedes.

S: A pleasant balance of bittersweet chocolate and coffee with prominent roasted grains and a whisper of smoke. Earthy, nutty, and rich, with licorice and restrained coconut notes. Fantastic.

T: Earthy with bittersweet dark chocolate and a firm but soft roasted malt profile. There's a little licorice and an even lighter molasses presence. Coffee is evident throughout with a restrained nutty quality. There's a decided coconut note existing throughout the flavor profile. It's exceptional. The finish is rich and bittersweet with notable warming but a dearth of alcohol flavor. Cocoa, cream, coconut, coffee, and roasted malt linger on the palate.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: I haven't had a straight up Imperial Stout that I've enjoyed this much for a long time. This came out of nowhere and blew me away. Stellar.

May 16, 2012
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shigg85 from Japan

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured into a Baird pint glass. A perfect black-brown in a way that a guy who tried to buy a bookshelf from me once requested and I didn't understand... but now I do. A nice cocoa-toned head on it that lasted about half its life. The thing that won me over (and judges at numerous world competitions) was the flavor of this imperial stout... such a magnificent bitter chocolate flavor mixed with sweet coconut and cream with another level of bitterness from roots and hops. I absolutely loved this beer! It is a constant toss-up for me between Baird and Minoh about who is the best large-scale craft brewer in Japan, and this Minoh is definitely one of the better ones i've ever had. Get a bottle if you can (or on tap as it is occasionally).

Apr 09, 2012
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basica from California

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at ThrashZone in Yokohama, Japan -
This review written on a post tasting basis but will be revisited/edited when the chance comes by

A - Tapped to the brim of the pint glass, which was what they call, the signature ThrashZone pour with just a paper thin layer of a head. Usually the head would contribute to the appearance rating but I shall give credit for this signature pour (4)

S - Roasted malts and some notes of coffee (4)

T - Well balanced tastes of roasted malts, coffee and flavors of chocolate; flavorful on the finish (4)

M - Light bodied and in fact way too light for the style albeit going down really easy (3.5)

D - Flavorful imperial stout and it is very drinkable but for an Imperial Stout a thicker body and creamier texture would very much be preferred (4)

I was taking 3 gulps of this from Tim's glass; nice flavors and all for an Imperial Stout but what stuck me the most was the lightness of the body which very unfortunately detracted this from being a really good beer.

Feb 02, 2011
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juju7 from Australia

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Minoh-owned Beer Belly bar. Pitch black with a rocky, coffee coloured head. Slightly subtle aromas of roasted coffe and milk chocolate. very assertive bitterness and a good long finish. A little lighter in body than I'd hoped for. Pretty good and worth trying, just a little light on for the style.

Apr 01, 2010
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mondiale 2009. Very lacey black stout, a result of the mixing milkshake foam. very chocolately and secondary coffee.Some coffee and roast, a candy bar in a bottle. Very rich and high quality RIS. One of the best beers of the fest. Average mouthfeel. Carbonation suitable.

Jun 08, 2009
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