TimE (2810) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent body, nice roasty character, balanced. In no way spicy, but as a stand alone stout, it would be worth having a again.
KansaiBeerLvrs (917) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bungalow, it looks like the ABV is now 5.5% A nice looking black pour with a beige head. The aroma is chocolate, a bit sour & vegetal- chili pepper notes. The flavor is smooth creamy dark chocolate with a bit of chili burn in the finish. Tasty! Though I am not getting all that much smoke... as it warms up more smoke comes through in the aroma & flavor it overwhelms the chocolate. Interestingly it is like I started off drinking a chili stout & finished with a rauchbier! Freaky but it was nice the whole way through the glass.
dfearnley (582) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to large tulip
Classic rauchbier aromas here, smoky and sweet, with a touch of pork fat. Dark brown with a thick creamy light tan head, reducing very quickly. Smoky, but no habanero burn, what's going on?
Ferris (1304) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Smokey with a bit of dark fruit. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Nice and smokey, some dark fruit Nd a finish of chocolate. Where is the Habanero? I reel the slightest tick of heat on my throat, but I think I just want it to be there. Lovely description, bad execution.
GenkiGonzo (71) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Yamaoka. Black with small tan head. Very peppery and smokey aroma. Flavour has smoke and some sweetness with a peppery bite at the end.
shoulderbroken (1508) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Nakameguro taproom. Dark brown, small bubbly gold head. Aroma is very smoky and spicy, can smell the habanero definitely. Taste is nice. Got the real ale texture. Initial smoky roast, hint of the pepper heat at the end maybe, but quite subtle. Decent enough but the real ale thing isnít doing it for me so much. Would probably prefer a keg version.
KyotoLefty (5594) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pump at Bashamichi. Black, with a nice tan head. Smoky, peppery nose, with light chocolate and coffee. Light, soft sweetness, a bit of chili pepper, a touch of veggies. Rather smoky. Decent but not thrilling.