loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black color with a small tan head. The aroma was sweet, with cocoa, maltiness, and a alightly sour note. The flavor was very sour (the lactose) and acidic with a definite hops bitterness. The feel was way to watery to be enjoyable.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much of an aroma, and the body is a touch thin for a sweet stout, yet the lacto-sweetness is pleasant. Not particularly roasty or burnt or all that complex. A simple, watery session stout that doesn't require you to ponder its depths.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown color with a tan head. Smells like soy soy sauce. Perhaps some chocolate undertones.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured black with a brownish hue and a light tan head that quickly diminished. A soy sauce nose with hints of chocolate. The flavor is also of soy with hints of chocolate milk and an espresso aftertaste.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Canned) A "light stout". Smooth and pleasant flavour but a bit too thin and one-dimensional. Unfortunately, I found the maize evident in the aroma.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Coffee. That is what this smells and tastes like. A nice dark roast from the dark continent. I went into this one thinking it would be the stout equivalent of Castle lager and I was pleasantly disappointed. Not quite the Lacto-Stout that Hitachino produces but still, not a bad one to have if you're wanting to take a break from the everyday stout ... Guinness. No head, thick black (reminiscent of a Xingu)and mildly entertaining.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Mostly black in color with a diminished brown head. Some roasted coffee aroma but not very strong. I was expecting another odd foreign stout, but this one wasn't bad. Not a lot of richness but reasonably balanced and smooth.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small head.Creamy aroma.Mild, bitter, coffee cream flavors.Balanced sweetness.A fine example of a dying breed.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It was nice to drink it ones, but i don’t think a buy it for a second time.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012
2012-04-20, bottle from Ghana, courtesy of friend Maria, 6-4-6-2-11=29
Black color; good head, beige, creamy. Aroma of roasted malts, a bit oxidised; metallic too. Some milky roasted malt flavor not deep, with some oxidisation. Medium bitterness. Stale.
2005-02-12, can, 6-3-6-3-12=30
Very dark beer. The aroma shows more the roasted malt and the malt than the coffee. The flavor has malt, roasted malt, caramel, liquorice; soft, quite good.
2002-09-10, can, 2-4-4-3-10=23
Black colour, big head, thick. Almost no aroma, just a little metallic. Some sweetness and roasted malt bitterness, no character.