biirusaikou (630) - - AUG 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet nutty chocolate aroma. Bittersweet coffee, quite hoppy and fizzy, smokey finish. Pretty smooth and enjoyable dark brew.
Tonkun (862) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with a mocha head. Hint of almond, chocolate, coffee. Has a sweet and almost milk-like warmth in the aroma. Relaxing. Medium body and lighter (than others) alcohol makes this easy to drink and enjoy. Well balanced sourness, sweetness and bitterness.
puboflyons (2133) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 350 ml. bottle with a little Japanese script on it. The pour is dark brown to black with a modest head that fades. Very dark in color. The aroma is sweet and malty for the most part with an odd molasses thing going on. The body is medium to full and fairly creamy. The taste is incredibly sweet and malty with little to no hop notes found.
john_henry (100) - - JUL 14, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle recieved chilled direct from the brewery.
Similar in style to an english dry stout, but verging on the watery side. The usual suspect expected with roast malt, but very thin in the finish.
Overall very dull, and whilst clean and sessionable, has nothing of interest.
CH-303 (1391) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark dark brown, some tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, just slightly roasted.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, slight smoke. Still very smooth.
Info: 330ml bottle, 11/6-2013, BB: 15/10-2013
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the colour! b l a c k. i love the nose on this. straw bale, grassy, sweet malt, minerals. flavours are long, malty and dark. good palate length.
ideal black session beer
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Had it in a forest on a biking trip up the mountains in the Yanai / Obatake area. Clear dark brown colour, beige medium head. Sweet well toasted malty caramel aroma, bit chocolate to it. Good mouthfeel. Sweet well toasted malty caramel flavour with chocolate and bit bread to it.
Theis (13375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle near Omote Sando. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Nice roasted and light burned malty. Charcoal. Ryebread. Nice licorice. Chocolate. Dark bread. Nice bitterness.
GoufCustom (807) - HONG KONG - MAR 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long; Clear opaque black colour; Razor thin head and residual beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Minimal lacing and not much carbonation; Fragrant aroma of burnt coffee and roasted malt; Pleasant smokey taste of roast dark malt, black coffee, burnt toffee, dark chocolate, liquorices, and grassy hops; Medium body with smooth, milky palate; Taste profile is dominated by very notable and smokey roasted dark malt, very pleasant roasted coffee and mild liquorices, all underlined by nice, low-key milky palate throughout; Hoppiness is mild grass plus mid-strength, comfy bitterness, with a lingering and memorable finish. Slightly dry after taste, bitter but fairly easy to mouth.
Comments: I am totally in love with this one! After a few sips and you’ll realize not only it features all the niceties in a Schwarz - black colour, right body, mild and pleasant roast malt aroma, good roasted coffee taste, and smooth as silk palate - its goodness makes it more than just a good Schwarz, it feels like a stripped down cousin of Guinness FES, and I can’t imagine if get a bit more creamier and a sweeter malty character, it could mount a serious challenge against Guinness. For now , It stands as good as any nice Schwarz, and I can’t get enough. This one is a winner!
douglas88 (5955) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a deep black color with a medium beige head. A sweet nutty nose. A nice flavor of metal, roast, smoke, overly roasted coffee beans, dusty dry earthy malts. Pretty nice and flavorful. Actually, this is really tasty bordering in on a porter’s general flavor. Nice. 66th Japanese rating.