presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with thick brown head. Strong dark malt scent with something else; possibly intentional sourness or house yeast. Sweet cocoa with a slightly off finish and more chocolate in the aftertaste.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of dry, roasted malt, some floral notes. Medium body, flavour of the roast malt, coffee with dark and milk chocolate. Dry, bitter finish.
TimE (4695) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had not tried this in a couple years and had it on New Years Eve at the Nakameguro Taproom. Seriously underrated brew. Great example of the style, with its modest ABV, dryness, dark chocolate, dark fruits character and just a hint of baked cake. Moderate bitterness on the end and deceptively full bodied for the ABV. Solid depth and balance through out. Superb.
kidmartinek (4322) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a watery brown with a thin head. Smells nice with dark roasted malts and chocolate but that’s where the fun stops. The taste is watery, deeply toasted malt seeming burnt at times. Looks ok, smells good, tastes worse. Actually its not that bad. Or good. Or bad.
Douberd (4299) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Baird Shimaguni Stout) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a big shaker, ABV 5%
Dark borwn colour on the body, almost black, with two full fingers of dark beige head sitting on top. Very good retention.
Aroma of light roasted matls, dark chocolate.
Taste of toasted malts, chocolate, faint cold coffee, some old grass too.
Thin body, low carbonation.
Alengrin (4070) - 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.
gam (3906) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A good head creamy brown in colour carbonation good in a dark stout aroma coffee cocoa flavour coffee bean bitter a chalky taste some mild caramel a boring similar taste right through not good coffee bitter taste
VsXsV (3750) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Almost opaque deep brown liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of smoke, caramel, biscuit, light butter and light coffee. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of peat, smoke, caramel and light butter. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit smoky and also not that roasted.
Ktwse (3408) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with about a finger of light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, german sausage, light leather. Taste is roasted bitter, not very nuanced all the way through. Finish is lingering, bitter. Body is a tad too light but carbonation is well controlled.
shoulderbroken (3320) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Harajuku taproom. Dark brown with small golden head. Aroma is soy sauce, roasty, bit of coffee, touch of smoke (and bacon). Taste is slightly creamy but mostly roasty bitterness. More of the savoury meat and soy sauce thing. Long lasting roasty finish. Bit of sweet malt hidden in there too. Nice and sessionable.