minihame2 (215) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body and a nice thick tan head. Usual aroma with hints of caramel. Slick mouthfeel, little carbonation. Perhaps a bit too thin. Taste is pretty much what you’d except from a porter. Alright but nothing exceptional.
maekchu (2291) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Yamaichi. Yeasty nose, with subdued baker’s chocolate, and light fumes. Thick dark brown, fat creamy head, and great lacing. Mild but rich medium-dark chocolate, light soy sauce, raisins, dark bread. Some alc. warmth, too. Medium body, very creamy, and dry finish. Very mild flavors. Solid.
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Yamaichi. Nose is umami, caramel, soy. Black with a fine, tall head. Sweet and umami flavor, soy and caramel. Rather 1-dimesntional, and sweet, but tasty enough. Full and smooth.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Listed at 7.7% - Baltic Porter, which it is not. A strongish poter, very light colour for the supposed style. Soft nose of honeycomb, chocolate and cinammon. In the mouth it is lush, though lacking in character. Some chocolate, a hint of dry berries and some waferlike dryness to the finish.
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home ... dark copper brown ... thin lacing ... roast sweet toffee nose ... very fruity roast malt ... little coffee ... some plum .... light bitter ... light ovaltine ...
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Harajuku Taproom. Dark brown - offwhite head. Roasted, chocolate, milkey, sweetness, light coffee, lots of chocolate, lactose, light dry notes. OK.
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was much smoother the second time it was released - from the original batch - in 2009. Smooth body with touches of whiskey and chocolate. Definetely leaning towards a Baltic Porter. Well balanced. Slight warming finish. Yum.
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAY 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #600. Bottle at Bulldog’s in Tokyo. Poured deep brown with tantalizing ruby highlights. Toasted malts, cocoa, slight sourness, and a touch of milk. Thin body. Flavor is roasted, sour, light caramel malts, cocoa, and some dark fruit. A nice porter that is easily drinkable and refreshing. Better than the Kurofune; I wish they’d replace it with this one.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at Tanakaya in Tokyo. Imperial porter? Very very bitter, and a little thinner than Baird’s Kurofune Porter. A special brew? Too bitter for me, yet a good effort. More red than brown.