willisread (617) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Naka Meguro Taproom. 2015 version with coffee from Hug Coffee roasters. Pours an ink jet black with a modest tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Vanilla, chocolate malts and roasted coffee notes on the nose. Taste is ridiculously smooth with the chocolate jumping out first followed by the vanilla and roasted coffee bitter finish. Reminiscent of a mocha latte with vanilla. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a medium to full body. Smooth finish that is bittersweet. This drinks like a lower alcohol version of Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea. Seriously good coffee stout.
jc1762 (154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap into a small shaker showing thick black translucent rims and sparse foam.
The nose shows strong notes of heavily roasted ground coffee and burnt bread.
The palate is full bodied with very even carbonation, a strong coffee tartness that is apparent from the outset, strong coffee bitterness on the finish, and a prominent dark chocolate profile showing upon warming up.
GenkiGonzo (543) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Bungalow. Almost black with ruby tinges. Off-white head. Aroma and flavour are all coffee. Flavour has some smooth creaminess to it to balance it out.
Benfi (631) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and solid herbal coffee. Bitter, roasted malty and herbal coffee. Bitter and toasted dark malty.
olsvammel (3934) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar Stockholm. Smell of coffee (which always reminds me of chili) and chocolate. Similar taste. Nice with allot of flavour.
oh6gdx (22101) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught@Mikkeller Sthlm. Black colour, mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some coffee, mild earth and quite pleasant toffeeish notes as well. Flavour is very similar with some ashy and fudge like notes. Wellbalanced and pleasant.
TBone (13710) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Mikkeller Sthlm. Opaque black color, medium-sized brownish head. Cold coffee in the aroma. Light to Medium-bodied. Lots of coffee, cold. Light licorice caramel finish. Coffee overdose.
ansalon (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is quite light with low carbonatioin. Very well balanced and drinkable.
Holmen1 (3287) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Første gang jeg får et japansk øl på fat på Cardinal! M2 sep-14: en helt fantastisk god kaffearoma, og et flott beige skum som varer. Iflg beskrivelsen ligger der en omfattende prosess og spennende råvarer bak dette ølet, men smaken innfrir ikke, til det er den for tynn og kortvarig. Tørr avslutning.
abemorsten (3086) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Cardinal. Opaque, dark brown with a light brown film. Turkish coffee and brown sugar on the nose. Coffee,,light acidic and earthy raisn in the mouth. Mediumto full bodied. Long finish.