Black Miso
Japas Cervejaria

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #429
Ranked #7,921
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Japas Cervejaria
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Notes: Russian Imperial Stout with red miso.
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger finely pored medium brown head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain first, then a bit of salt added in, then overwhelmingly soy sauce;

T: deeply roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate up front; there's an undercurrent of salt throughout; soy sauce is in the background from the middle through the finish; the minor saltiness lasts through the aftertaste - not significant, but noticeable;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: very interesting; the soy sauce would generally be a sign of an off flavor - here, it's intentional; there's just enough to be noticed, but not enough to be obnoxious; relatively light body for such a big beer;

Sep 17, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-jet colored can pour with a thin, tan foam cap and an aroma of toasted malt and a bit of molasses.
The most prominent flavor is toasted malt with a bit of char. There is a slightly salty aspect (miso?) which balances syrupy sweetness. The hop bitterness is is significant for the style.
The mouthfeel is smooth but not thick.
I like this brew and would have it again.

Jun 12, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: April 17, 2021... OCCASION: enjoying a family TV night with a beer I have been waiting for the right night to crack open....unfamiliar wit miso as a soup, this should be interesting! GLASSWARE: Citrabellum pokal tulip... pours a lively jet-black body whose dividing line between it and its light tan, thickened head constantly shifts it bubbling demarcation... a pleasant, airy aroma begins with cocoa, light roasted coffee, fragrant flowers, and a candied, bubble gum-like suggestion that makes this a bit different from an imperial stout's usual trademark... nice, thickening rings as the glass drains... each sip is a grainy, textured draw with activity at the teeth, a bit of warmth in the mouth, and a lingering presence at the throat--but all of this belies its eleven-plus heft... it also has a smooth, frothy consistency that approximates a latte--a comfort drink, for sure... soft cocoa, roasted coffee, vanilla, and a lactic appreciation that makes this a dessert-like experience... this one came courtesy of BA's Extreme Beer Fest, and what a treat--a Japanese flavor from a Brazilian brewer is just another example of a healthy beer culture...

Apr 18, 2021
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entheos from California

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It’s more imperial Russian than imperial Japanese, but it’s a fine brew. A bit strong, but fine. Not sure if an additional sake type sting would have helped, but it’s still a fine brew.

Apr 03, 2021
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Viaduck from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, thin head. Sweet aroma of caramel, malt & chocolate. tastes sweet with some mild bitterness. Lots of nice flavors; dark chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Mild heat, thick enough to coat the tongue. Excellent!

Mar 20, 2021
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johnInLA from California

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Roast from start to finish. Starts with mild sweetness which evolves into a dry, mild salty, bitter finish. Old School Russian Imperial Stout, with modern twist of bitterness and saltiness. Well Done

Mar 17, 2021
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vectornut from California

2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one had a beautiful color and a nice aroma, but it just tasted bitter to me. I didn't really notice any hint of Miso in the taste, and the bitterness reminded me more of an IPA than a Russian Imperial Stout.

Mar 12, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Did not expect this one to be nearly as good as it was. Overall kind of a light stout in terms of roast character, but that is what let the miso really shine. Strong, roasty umami flavors and a subtle sweetness made this a very unique and delicious beer. Would be my pick for best in show at the '21 extreme beer fest.

Mar 10, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium black with a finger of brown foam and light lacing. Aromas of roasted and chocolate malt, soy, and miso. Taste is much the same, but it delivers so well with the roasted malt, slight booze and earth up front with the miso and chocolate finishing for the second half of the sip. Medium bodied, velvet smooth, slightly smoky and full bodied. Really well made

Feb 26, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was one of my last beers from the fun Extreme Beer Festival. Poured a very dark brown color with with a beautiful creamy beige head and excellent curtain lacing. Nice initial smell and taste of miso, pleasant and not overpowering. Dark chocolate flavors take control with some dark roast coffee. Probably the best looking of the EBF beers, enjoying this.

Feb 16, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - just fantastic black thick with incredible lacing and head
Smell - roasty malty slight chocolate
Taste - boozy roasty slight black liquorice char and nut
Feel - full body creamy with a slight carb
Overall - different but great

Feb 13, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black Miso from Japas Cervejaria. Received on 20/1/21 for the Extreme Beer Fest – Cyberspace (2021) from Half-Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. $ 109.99 (Including tax and shipping). This is a 16 oz can ($ 0.702/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 10/2/21. (Note: I use DD/MM/YY protocol.)
Undated can. Served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 61.5 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), fawn, high density, short retention, diminishing to a 10 to 21 mm crown with a jagged edge, and a heaped partial cap. Chunks of lacing remain as the head retracts. Second pour produces tight 0.5 cm head.
Lacing – Excellent! Narrow rows of tiny to small bubbles connected by short columns, with short stalactites, slowly evolving into finely torn curtain lacing.
Aroma – 4.25 – Heavy roasted malt and much lighter miso, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with heavy roasted malt. No hops, no malt, no yeast. Miso is barely noticeable on the taste. Slightly bitter. No alcohol (11.5 % ABV, as marked on the container) flavor or aroma, but a transitory alcohol burn appears then dies after each swallow.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 (After deducting 0.25 point for undated container) Basic RIS with touch of miso – interesting.

Feb 10, 2021
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours dark brown black with a creamy frothy light tan foam head. Notes of dark roasted malts, baking chocolate, licorice, espresso coffee, some dark fruit, plum, grape, dark berry, dried fruit, charred burnt bitterness, dark toasted bread crust, vanilla, molasses, sweet caramelized brown sugar, dark toffee, nutty dark caramel, hint of soy, savory umami notes, red miso, with earthy herbal piney hops. Feels medium plus bodied, creamy and soft with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice imperial stout with red miso.

Feb 07, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very, very nice! Smooth as heavy silk and tasty to boot .... this isn't my usual style, but it's cold outside and I'm pretty sure i've never had a better imperial stout.

Feb 07, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black/brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and fermented grain (perhaps the miso influence). Taste is roasted malt, salty and hoppy for an RIS. Feel is good, rich and coating. Overall, while a touch hoppy for an RIS, it's a decent brew.

Feb 07, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very heavy of a sweeter chocolate smell mixed with dark brown bread and roasted malt smells. Along with these aromas comes notes of coffee as well as a bit of caramel and molasses. Rounding it all out is a touch of herb and a bit of earthiness.
Taste – The taste begins with a massively roast and very toasty malt flavor mixed with some dry cocoa and a bit of coffee. Upfront there is a little bit of brown sugar and molasses sweetness along with a touch of herbal hop. As the taste advances some of the sweet initially decreases with a tiny bit of a miso taste working its way onto the tongue. The miso grows stronger as the taste advances, but never gets overpowering, adding just a nice subtle, but appreciable flavor to the darker flavors, complimenting them rather well. At the end a touch of alcohol booziness comes to the tongue and is joined by a slight increase in the sweet and the hop, leaving one in the end, with a subtle miso, but very rich and roasty stout flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is rather low. The creaminess and thickness is awesome for the big rich and dark tastes of the brew. Mouth Coating and big in smooth. Well-done!
Overall - This was a very fun brew. Prior to drinking, I was expecting something more wasabi like in nature, and was worried that it would be a spicy brew. All said however, this brew was very balanced and smooth, all while having a ton of flavor. Not sure I’ll ever be able to get it outside the BeerAdvocate Extreme beer Cyberfest of 2021, but if I can, I likely will!

Feb 07, 2021
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2beerdogs from California

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

EBF Cyberspace beer.
Deep dark brown, opaque with a fluffy mocha colored head that rises 2 fingers high of loses bubbles and slowly settles to a scattered film. Slight scattered layers of lacing.
Nose is a solid Russian imperial stout minus all of the popular sweet additions. Roast, earthy, and very approachable. A mild hint of umami peeks in where there might have been some peat.
Flavor is, again, very much a traditional RIS, but the smooth, delicate umami and most nuanced saltiness comes in. This is a very unique take on the style.
I've had thicker RIS's but still solid enough. Mild carbonation.
Overall, I m blown away by the use of miso in this RIS. So subtle, so pleasing. You ladies killed it with this one. Obrigado.

Feb 07, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a 16 oz can poured into my snifter at cellar temp. Part of EBF 2021.
The beer pours a rich dark cola brown color with almost no light passing through when holding glass to the light. I get a dense and creamy head of 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer that sticks around for the entire sampling.
Aroma is a deep roasted malt, almost charred wood and a very dark chocolate note as well. I also get some anice and maybe some earthy soil notes, or perhaps my mind is telling me I should smell that note.
First sip reveals a medium bodied beer with very fine and gentle rolling carbonation. Texture is very smooth and the beer is probably too easy to drink.
Flavor is roasted malt, basically charred wood coming through with hints of bakers chocolate. this is not a sweet beer.
I get deep roast, but also a bit of an earthy profile towards the finish. Is this where the miso comes in? The beer is super charred and roasted malt up front, the balance of the miso isnt apparent until the beer starts to warm, and then I get some earthy and vegetal notes. Still very proliific beer.


Feb 07, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a sample glass as part of Extreme Beer Fest.

Pours black, small creamy head, little carbonation. Smell is spicy. Maybe meaty or soy sauce. Anise, maybe coffee. Perhaps hallucinating, but maybe Worcestershire sauce and a little grass.

Taste is full on Russian Imperial Stout, tons of anise and coffee, slightly salty, maybe a little meaty and soy saucy. Roast bitterness is there, some whispers of sweetness and/or vanilla.

Mouthfeel is thick but effervescent. Overall, very interesting and very good.

Feb 07, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Half-time/BA for EBF 2021. Pours black with two fingers of rocky light mocha head, nice lacing, smell is husky and earthy dark malts, mild roast coffee, and smoke/wood, hints of umami funk, taste is big roast character, dark toasted nuttiness, funky booze, nice bitter roast finish, feel is medium bodied, soft carbonation. A big and bold stout, I don't specifically taste the miso but I image it bolsters the nuttiness and roast character of this hardcore stout.

Feb 07, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely dark black color, completely opaque. Lovely three finger brown head settles in on the beer before dissipating leaving lots of brown lacing and a thin layer of velvety foam on top of the beer. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, some light earthy hops notes with a subtle umami saltiness coming through the nose. Taste follows the nose with lots of roasted malts, some lovely earthy, woodsy, evergreen hops. Some cocoa and bakers chocolate comes through with this lovely rich, umami flavor that brings with it this subtle saltiness. The miso in this works just so incredibly well in this beer. Feel is full bodied, roasty, but super smooth. Moderate carbonation. The saltiness results in this feeling like its got a dry finish, but I think thats just that subtle saltiness playing on the palate. Overall this is a phenomenal imperial stout. The miso works sooo well with this beer, complimenting the base stout and providing just a delicious marriage.

Feb 07, 2021
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RbrtGroves from Idaho

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not familiar enough with miso to understand or to find it's influence, but this Russian Imperial is a smooth, robust, semi-dark treat. The 11.5 abv will definitely sneak up on you.

Feb 07, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of EBF Cyberspace 2021

Round 4 is throwing me for a loop. First off, this is my first beer from Brazil. The blend of cultures here is what really has me confused. It’s a Russian imperial stout from a Brazilian brewery that utilizes a Japanese ingredient. I love the idea of this, I can’t wait to jump in

Pours completely pitch black with a finger of tan head that fades to a ring and leaves decent lacing

The nose is interesting, I’m picking up on notes of sea salt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of caramel

Yeah, that miso definitely comes through in. The front end brings notes of roasty coffee, a touch of chocolate, and some salt. The swallow brings notes of smoke, sea salt, roasted malt, and some dark chocolate

A medium full body pairs with moderate carbonation for a very dry and umami drinking experience. Finishes wonderfully dry with a nice roast

Really good, super unique. Though it did remind me a bit of an oyster stout

Feb 07, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a couple fingers of dark khaki head. Solid retention and thick lacing. Dark roasted malt, dark cocoa and some umami in the nose. Great roastiness and great chocolatey aroma. Amazing mix of chocolate, roastiness and umami in the taste as well. Creamy feel with just enough carbonation. Amazing depth and complexity in this. Extremely well crafted.

Feb 07, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the 2021 BeerAdvocate Virtual Extreme Beer Fest. Poured from a can into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a nice light brown head. Smells of chocolate malt. Tastes of creamy chocolate and coffee malt with a slight spice. Beer is full bodied and a sipper, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Feb 07, 2021
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