SVD (1043) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, black beer, small head, aroma is roasted, malt, coffee, coffeefilter. Taste is the same, dry bitter taste, maybe a bit watery but nothing bad, nice one.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Bashamichi tap room. Coffee and caramel. Light to medium smooth body. Smooth finish. Want more flavor
Mark_Eck (1273) - - JUL 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours black. Aroma and taste are light chocolate and coffee. Light but nice.
GenkiGonzo (774) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the Shuzenji brewery. Black with ruby tinges. Deep chocolate aroma. Very dry and light. Easy drinking.
ab29 (50) - - JUN 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick chocolatey brown a light cloudiness. roasted malts, chocolatey, a coffee sweetness. an earthy aroma. a raisiny long finish. really nice.
colui72 (419) - HONG KONG - JUN 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad Japanese stout. Usual look and expected flavours: roasted malts and caramel. Decent.
VamboladeTolly (922) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost no head. Aromais sweetish, roasted malts, chocolate, berries, coffee, slight weak oranges in background. Taste is nicly bitter, malty, roasted, ash, black (rye)bread, berries, bitter black coffeeMedium body. Dry- bitter- roasted coffe bean finish. Good beer for a ABV 4,5.
Kauge (942) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown colour; light beige head with good retention and lacing. Sweet chocolaty aroma, lots of sourness which alternates between black rye bread and red berries, also leather. The roastiness is not as pronounced as I’d have expected. Tastes more roasty than the nose might indicate, sourish of those same red berries and perhaps less black bread. Faint smoky notes. Cold coffee and coffee beans. Kind of ashy dry on the palate. Carbonation very thin but rather active, body on lighter side of medium. This is nice!
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Very dark brown, almost black color. Mellow roast, chocolate, malty, touch of yeast, sweet notes in aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate, bit ashy, milky, straw in taste. Nice milky roast in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Nice smooth palate. Nice one. High drinkability.
Alengrin (3682) - BELGIUM - APR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the new Japanese craft brews, a smoked stout with thick and creamy, light beige head and opaque black robe. Aroma of smoked herring, bitter chocolate, mocha ice cream, wet leather, bacon, charcoal, bayleaf, cold coffee, some vanilla, salmiac, cappuccino, toasted bread, candied figs, dried thyme, some vanilla, hints of soy sauce and wood glue. Taste of candied fruits without the typical sweetness; soft carbo, smooth and lean, perhaps somewhat thin body; very malty all the way through, caramelly and nutty tones, roasted bitterness (coffee!) in the end but in a very courtious, elegant kind of way, not biting or overpowering at all; somewhat metallic as well; smoky accent, clearly present in the nose, returns in an equally soft and gentle way retronasally. Vague spiciness of bayleaf and nutmeg adds some complexity, salmiac is there but also in a gentle, subdued way; finishes a bit smokey, gently hoppy and bitter, no alcohol is perceivable. Considering this country has no ’real’ beer tradition and is establishing its own identity in the craft beer world nowadays, this is far from bad; it is completely correctly brewed, no flaws or off-flavours here, but the aroma promises a bit more than the taste can deliver. Could do with a bit more personality. Still okay though, enjoyed it.