radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 or 12oz bottle at the November 2015 DC Gathering. Poured a medium brown color, light a porter perhaps. Aroma was light dry dark chocolate, some light cocoa. Flavor was dry, perhaps not Super Dry, but dry chocolate herbal notes. Pretty tasty.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours an inky black with some creamy, beige head. Nose has molasses, black pepper, malt, licorice, a little smokey. Flavor balances burnt caramel, earthy bread, molasses, toast, chocolate. Dry finish.
Travlr (17716) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of lightly herbal cocoa. Taste is caffe coretto, burnt licorice. Interesting.
willisread (1301) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear black with modest tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. First aromas are roasted coffee and milk chocolate with a touch of prune. As it warms up the fruit really stands out along with some sour milk and molasses. Taste is sweet and fruity with molasses there as well. Carbonation was a little soft and the body a little too thin, but still pretty great for a macro as bad as Asahi. The price is phenomenal. Not a bad stout at all.
Sevenlee (1618) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits with some hop. Taste is medium sweet leading to a light roasty finish.
GenDV138 (4121) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Bottle picked up from Yamaya in Kyoto before heading to Tadg’s, enjoyed after a temple dinner in Koyasan. Black with two fingers of light tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, roast, subtle funk/earthiness. Tastes of caramel, toffee, earthy, dark chocolate, light roast. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Delicious.
yenbeer (175) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very complicated taste, probably offensive to most lager drinkers. Oily, and quite strong proof.
czlowiekwiadro (497) - POLAND - MAY 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
słodki, kawowy, lekko przypalany zapach z nutą śliwki. bardzo ciemny brąz, z trwałą, brązową pianą. w smaku bardzo pełne. praliny i przypalony karmel ze sporą ilością goryczki. bardzo lepkie i aksamitne, dość rozgrzewające.
GarrettB (1280) - 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 (1418) - Edmonton, 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.