omhper (22317) - 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.
Theis (14792) - 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.
Ferris (9777) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Chocolate, dark malts and a bit of liquorice. Jet black with a thin brown head. Bitter roast and a bit of chocolate, ending sweet.
MartinT (8855) - 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.
KyotoLefty (8480) - 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.
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at popeye in tokyo. dark brown with a purple tinge, minimal beige head; interesting aroma of pine, grapefruit zest and cocoa butter; full, nectar texture, light coco pops and dry roastiness, quick and satisfying finish; delicious
larsga (6937) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small creamy offwhite head. Deep dark red barely translucent body. Floral hop aroma. Burnt bitterish resiny taste, very clean and harmonic. Dry resiny and chocolatey aftertaste. An excellent beer, whatever type it really is. (0.3l on tap at Popeye.)
gyllenbock (6480) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Popeye, August 2013.
Almost black with a small head. Aroma and taste of light roasted malt, licorice, some grape and hops. Fairly light body on this one and medium carbonation. An ok one.
jonas (6406) - 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.
AndySnow (5958) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour with a beige head. Quickly vanishing lacing. Tastes a lot like a stout. Coffee, chocolate, some bitterness.