CanCrusher (600) - Ilirska Bistrica, - NOV 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Canned. Clear dark golden colour with small white head, that disappear quickly. It’s kinda strange colour for stout, as I expected something dark with brown head. Weak aroma of caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is moderate bitter with some fruity notes and noticable alcohol presence.
jgb9348 (4652) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish light brown head. Aroma of rich chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, earth and a decent amount of toffee and carmelised sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour at first with the earthy malt coming soon and then the caramel soon after, which somehow makes for a nice opening. Aftertaste shows more of a stout character with the roasted malt mellowed out by some chocolate and earth, but also of course some of the alcohol. Overall, a surprisingly decent beer - I was afraid at first, since some of their other beers are barely drinkable, but this one is actually remarkably decent - plus the cost is extremely right. I sampled this 50 cL can purchased from City’Super in Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong for just a measly HK$8,50 sampled in my hotel here in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on 03-July-2014.
llcooldave (1072) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very clear light brown in color. Slight hops and alcohol aroma. Caramel and dried fruit flavors with a dry finish. Overall a decent brew. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing!
GoufCustom (763) - HONG KONG - FEB 5, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013
Clear, deep copper brown colour; Very thin head and beige foam which faded in 20 seconds; No lacing and minimal carbonation; Light body, with strong aroma of roast malt, light chocolate, light caramel, and booze as it gets warmer; Watery palate, with strong taste of roast malt, coffee, caramel and grass; Obvious but quite subdued sweetness, much better than the high abv malt liquors from the same brand. Alcohol taste is quite well hidden, and a 500 ml serving do pack a punch eventually; Hop bitterness is minimal and has no finish. Very easy to mouth, slight dry after taste.
Comments: finally I can breathe a sign of belief that this “Bear Bear” series actually has something drinkable other than those awful 10% and 12% malt liquors. This beer is a cross between foreign stout and Baltic porter, with its taste firmly based in stronger lager a la Carlsberg Special Brew but thankfully without going overboard. Quality is barely decent and drinkable. Still not a bad choice if you are on a budget.
guernica44 (14) - VIETNAM - NOV 16, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lighter-bodied stout. Nutty nose. Flimsy head added nothing to the beer. Well balanced taste. In Vietnam, this is an amazing beer, but most anywhere else, I’d reach for something else. At 8% and half a liter it packs a punch.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I picked a very odd beer to try on my 50th birthday, and an odder place to try it - Djibouti. Actually, both the place and the beer picked me. Anyway, the company was very good. This was a fairly light bodied dry stout, decent enough roasted malts, and pretty good balance. Appropriate for a hot climate, and one of the few stouts (other than Guinness and Hakim) that I’ve seen in Africa. Since Djibouti has no beer of its own, this was a reasonable find.