Stew41 (1903) - Phuket, THAILAND - OCT 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A well made and quite complete stout but not a standout. Drier than expected with some tangy chocolate fruits and roast.Nothing wrong here at all.
Davros (2663) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows roasted barley and soft toasty malt with a bit of smoke in there too.
More roasted and smoke as flavours but with some sweet malt underneath.
Nice creamy mouthfeel.
Not bad but not all that interesting or enticing.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biege medium head dark pour aromas vanilla chocolate smoke note cocoa the flavours chocolate vanilla nice smokey note a salty like bitter taste no problem roasted coffee sweet caramel compact stout the finish best aftertastes smokey overtaste vanilla sweet bitter finish good stout
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Baird Bashamichi Taproom, Yokohama - RBJG#2. Black - offwhite head. Smokey, chocolate, nice malty, sweetness, burned malts, carcoal, coffee.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Peppery hops and wooden smoke are intertwined atop subtle caramelized fruitiness in this well-tendered Smoked Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the cloudy brown-hued darkness.
-The smoke segueing into hop bitterness is lovely and harmonious.
-Smokiness is prominent throughout.
-The nose doesn’t appear as deep as the flavor profile.
On the handpump at Harajuku Taproom.
Doomed (16) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the handpump. Light ashy smoke in the aroma but mostly choc and slight coffee notes. Lush dark tan head, very dark brown, almost black in colour. No smoke through the flavour, just more toasty choc and coffee, some very slight toffee notes too. Smooth velvet mouthfeel, low to no carb (as you would expect off the handpump). Clean finish, easy drinker.
maekchu (3304) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Asahiya. Good smoke, light garlic oil nose. Dark brown, translucent edges. Initial is all smoked malt / mid is much the same, with maybe some umami notes / finish gets a bit metallic and has some phenolic edges. Medium body (a bit thin, actually). Good enough. Flavors and aromas are fine, but it needs a bit more body.
AndySnow (6378) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Bashamichi Taproom, Yokohama. Black colour with a small head. Burned smoky coffee aroma. Flavour is mild smoke, coffee.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4237) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Craft Beer Base. It poured like a classic stout, dark black with a nice tan head. The aroma was not so noticeable and the flavor was good but mild. It is easy to drink and honestly I couldn’t pick up on any smokiness but some of the people I was with did... ok.
Travlr (20273) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark maroon color, almost flat. Aroma of burnt espresso. Taste is burnt wood, charcoal, coffee.