GarrettB (918) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
February 18th, 2014 - I spent a week in Tokyo this month, and it took me a full three days to discover that next to my somewhat sleepy little station was a beer store of epic proportions: Tanakaya. The shelves are packed with beers from all over the world, including the nascent Modern Times brewery, but rather humbly, tucked into the corner, are all the beers of Japan. Hitachi no is a bird often spotted in the States too, but there was a panoply of brews I had never seen before on either side of the Pacific. For obvious reasons, the Asahi Stout didn’t really catch my eye, but a store clerk with a trendy hat pulled it out of the batch like a swift clawed crane game player and handed it to me, insisting that it was surprisingly good. And indeed it was. Unlike the "Black" beers being peddled around convenience and grocery stores, the Asahi is sweet and thick on flavor - a full bodied stout with a medium heavy palate, and all the normal flavors: soy sauce, of course, steak and a little peppery ness too. What’s more remarkable that this brew’s flavor is the general scarcity of the style in Japan. Given that rarity, this comes across as a bold entry to the Japanese market, and was aptly suited for the blizzard that struck Tokyo while I was there.
dfearnley (762) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to brandy glass
Rich malt, caramel, molasses, whiskey, soy, and raisin. Deep opaque brown with a tan head that quickly reduces to a creamy and bubbly ring. Chocolate, molasses, and some sourness. Full bodied, but thin and astringent. For a macro, this is great, but the mouthfeel detracted from the overall experience.
Ferris (2006) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Molasses, whiskey and dark fruit. Jet black with a thin ring caramel head. Molasses, sour dark malts almost cherry and a long malty slightly bitter finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1326) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The elusive Asahi Stout but when you finally find it, it’s not so pricey just 240 yen. Bottle from CBB with an old school label. A very dark brown pour with a nice brown head with decent staying power but no lacing. The aroma was a creamy caramel, like a candy over subtle chocolate. It is surprisingly good, very sweet milk caramel with hints of licorice. All in all a surprisingly good stout at a fantastic price. Why on earth is this not more widely available???
CH-303 (1314) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Appearance: Basically black, nice amount of tan head.
Aroma: Very dark malt, roasted. Coffee.
Taste: Nice dark malt, roasted, slight chocolate. Really liked it.
Info: 334ml bottle, 10/6-2013, 238/500
Silvan7 (552) - Samarate, ITALY - MAY 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ hotel room in Tokyo. Bel colore di caffè con pochissimi riflessi rossi. Profumo di cioccolato, di torba e di erba appena tagliata. Schiuma cremosa color nocciola perlage finissimo. Gusto dolciastro appena bevuta, poi dolceamaro di caramello bruciacchiato, in fondo diventa amarognola, come caffè e whisky torbato. Il luppolo è delicato. Ha un corpo appiccicoso e un finale amarognolo.
Westkyoto77 (439) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep aroma of bitter chocolate, prunes, brown sugar and cough drop . Sticky black body, just a little thin in the mouth. Like others here have noted, a touch mediciney, but still a good stout- deep dark and delicious.
maekchu (1762) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light coffee, some "kampo" (herbal medicine), prunes, and brown sugar aromas. Dark brown with a 3-c. cafe au lait head and very thick lace. Initial flavors of cough syrup, prune juice, and yeast (do they still use some Brett yeast?). Final is a bit tart and sourish, with good alc. warmth. Medium thick body. Good, complex flavors. A bit thin. Kind of a hybrid stout. Years ago, I used to love this stuff. Still do, in a memory-warp kind of way. Asahi makes nothing else remotely comparable. M. Jackson writes that the brewers at Asahi make it in order to keep their skills up.
worldbeertaste (1546) - AUSTRIA - AUG 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown or black with a beige creamy lasting head. Smells of rich dark chocolate malt, liquorish with plums, rasin and whisky. Smooth silky body that makes it go down very easy. Starts off mild bitter chocolate and then very strong alcohol on the aftertaste that disipates. Fruity, caramel with an alcohol kick that gets better with each sip.
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely full powdery cocoa and sweet chocolate nose. A bit more staid on the palate, but still rich with chocolate, cocoa and earthiness. Palate is a bit thin though. Pretty true to the description. A nice drop.