jonas (5477) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Popeye, Oct 2009. Light aroma.
Hazy brown , lacing head.
Dark piney ipa flavoured.
Medium body, light oily pine aftertaste.
KyotoLefty (5906) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Popeye. Very hoppy nose--American hops, with grass and citrus, also chocolate, caramel and a nice dark malt background. Very hoppy flavor with nice earthiness and roasty malts. Chocolate and coffee work with extreme bitterness. Good.
abemorsten (2492) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Popeye’s February 2009. Clear dark pour with practically no head. Hoppy aroma, pine but also liqorice and dark malts. Tastes like it smells burnt caramel, prune, tobacco. It strikes me that this could be something that Nøgne Ø could have brewed. Mild acidic aftertaste. Interesting and recommended!
Theis (12769) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Sharpness, roasted, dried fruits, lovely hoppy, high bitterness, grape fruity, licorice. Nice.
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Very dark brown, no head. Grapefruity nose. Dryish with clean mouthfeel. Crystal malt barely covered in licorice with citric hops driving it towards a mid-bitter finish.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour with a very nice looking lilac brown head. Unexpectedly good flavour of licorice, anise, subtle sweetness and a very slightly sticky feeling. Unique and impressive. Seems like Baird makes their best brews exclusively for pubs (this and First Impact are brewed only for Popeye’s and Ushitora respectively).
thebeertourist (4661) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Almost black with a small tan head. Grapefruit hop aroma. Perfumy and grapefruity flavours with light roast. Well-carbonated with a full body. A great combination of flavours.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint @ Popeye’s, Tokyo: Dark brown, light head and lacing. Nose of light hoppy, subtle caramel malts, light bitterness and a nice floral, earthy hoppiness. A bit lacking in body and a thin finish. Grassy finish. Eh.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Dried berries and roasted malts aplenty coalesce and hug the herbal, resinous hoppiness of this lovely India Black Ale. A comparison with their Fast Impact would be intriguing (and very pleasurable), if the two beers could be tasted under the same roof...
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the brownish blackness.
-All these flavors blend admirably, retaining complexity and a high level of flavor.
-Although there is a lot going on in here, the end product is very drinkable.
-If you like this, you will love their Fast Impact, brewed for Ushitora, another ji-biru bar in Tokyo.
On tap at Popeye’s.
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deceptive upon looking at it as the light brown head and color of the body suggest a brown ale or perhaps even a porter. However, one whiff of the hoppy cascade nose sends your mind into total disorientation, but you can reach your senses when you get a whiff of some pale malts. A huge floral hoppy body hits the tongue, but after the first swallow the roasted malts become apparent. After every subsequent swallow the hops and malts fight for attention. The hops produce a cotton candy like feel that seems to transform the roasted malts into milk chocolate like tasting. This is strange, but incredible stuff. Only a perfectly balanced beer could do what this beer does. To get a better understanding of this, take 2/3 pint of IPA and a 1/3 of a stout and combine them. It goes great with Yakisoba.