Nsanders (975) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a creamy brown head. Light aroma, smells dry and clean/crisp. The flavor was moderately bitter and had a smooth medium-heavy body. This beer was very drinkable, as the first Japanese dark beer Iíve tried, I was impressed. (The lighthouse on the label was a beer bottle, seemed odd)
Countbeer (5982) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks BobbyHeenan: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Thin beige light brown lacing. Close to completely black body.
Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, raisin, toffee, caramel, fudge, hint of soy, wood roast, nut roast... Quite classic aroma.
Flavours of roast, bitters, dark chocolate, cacoa, caramel, some fudge, coal, hint if soy, some toffee, some raisin and some bread...
Aftertaste is bitter, roasty, dark chocolate and some earthy raisin...
Low carbo, soft light watery mouthfeel, more than medium bodied.
minutemat (4039) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Euro trade. Pours dark with no head and no apparent carbonation. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is oily, with dark fruits, liquorice, some cocoa and roast. Lack of carbonation does affect the enjoyment somewhat, taste appearing a little thin until some coffee emerges. Not great.
varanid99 (958) - AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blackish pour with a thin tan head. Roast, coffee and chocolate aromas. Taste is dark chocolate, tiny little bit of coffee, roast bitterness, little bit of soy sauce, bitter espresso comes through more at the end.
SanfordBrewer (1465) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black with brown head. Syrupy but not silky full body with moderately high carbonation.
Aroma: roast malt, soy sauce, cacao, carob, dark fruit, faint herbal hops.
Taste: tart, burnt, grainy, herbal hops. Gets chalky and phenolic further in.
Oddly thin and grainy flavor in the middle for style.
Thisis12ptfont (1101) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of dark roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, chalky cocoa, coffee, black licorice and earthy malts. Pours pitch black with a lively brown foam rim and lace. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, earthy roasted coffee rinds, wort, black licorice, raisins, plum juice, prune juice, chalky cocoa and campfire roast. Finishes smooth with more dark chocolate and roasted dark malts. Overall, this is actually incredibly complex and decadent. Iím very fond of Japanese culture and their beer scene. I think this is one of the best beers Iíve ever had from Japan. Top 3 for sure.
colui72 (617) - HONG KONG - JAN 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is a bit weak, roasted malts and coffee. Taste gets much better though, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee, well balanced by the hops. Medium body, quite boozy, a very good effort of Baird. Keep it up!
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brown head. Coffee and sweet sugar and coffee flavor. Maybe toffee too. Good stuff. Had this as part of a flight at TAP The Ale Project, in Hong Kong.
zvsn (1533) - ISRAEL - DEC 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours brown black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice and roasted grains. Taste of sweet malt, milk chocolate, coffee, prunes, alcohol with bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth and relatively dry.
tomer (2850) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At a tasting, thanks, almost no head, very dark brown color, dark bread aroma with some chocolate cake, hint of dark fruits and dark chocolate, noticable sweetness, light to medium bitterness, quite mellow. Nice and not too heavy.
rayaron (1303) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel, Tel Aviv. Thanks zvsn. Deep brown with brownish head. Sweetish aroma with notes of dried fruits, licorice, milk chocolate and cookies. Sweet flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, liqueur, a bit salty, alcoholic, dry. Oily texture, medium-bodied.