tania_nexust (27) - Greater London, - OCT 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle consumed Oct 2012, brought back from trip to Japan in April 2011.
Accidental aging (in back of beer cupboard) seemed to have brought out vinous notes in it, almost a hint of barrel-aging character. The coffee was muted on the nose, but it was still there subtly in its full-bodied rich roasty flavour Ė not as much perhaps as a younger version of the beer, but I savoured the increased structure that had come through with time, and the subtle blending of roast malt, coffee, sweetness, wine and oakey tones.
djmatthews88 (2) - Abbotsford, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
coffee, roasty, alcohol, soy sauce, black, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,
StevieT (314) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Brewski. Super strong chocolate and roast coffee aromas, thick and creamy with a deep full bodied array of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavours. Love it.
Hanoi (277) - - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is vanilla, dark fruit and very, very strong coffee bean which dominates. Taste leads with vanilla which is quickly swamped with espresso, then dark chocolate before dark fruits peak through. Mouthfeel is silky.
Itís a really nice beer, often when using espresso in the boil brewers have a bland base and there is no depth, this is different and is very good indeed.
high_on_hops (525) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with a brown head and lacing. It has an aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The flavor is coffee and chocolate up front with a sweet, malty finish over a medium-heavy body.
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kidmartinek (3199) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich brown pour. Smells like bakerís chocolate. Dense, tan head. Tastes like good chocolate with a bite. Smooth and good. Finally, Iím impressed with an Japanese beer.
zacgillbanks (1729) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
7% bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer with ruby red highlights and a thin brigh brown head. It has very rich milk chocolate and liquorice flavours, red fruity notes and a roasted coffee finish. Superb!
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Lovely welcoming black appearance. Coffee flavour dominates.Medium body and creamy taste. Lives up to its appearance.
Brewdork (184) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle poured into shaker. Deep cola color with a thin finger of reddish-tan head that disappears without a trace after a few minutes. Aroma is strong roasted coffee and sweet maltiness. Flavor follows suit, with a big roasted coffee profile with some sweetness in the middle and a bitter chocolate finish. Itís a little on the thin side for a stout, but that contributes to its drinkability. Very impressive overall.
andyhwcinc (1301) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a cold February night, after a hard day at work. Needed a treat...and this is it. Appearance is a murky thick black with a moderate tan head that nicely dissipates. Aroma is very rich in dark chocolate and espresso coffee, with notes of licorice, faint plum. Taste is rich and decadent, thick chocolate and bitter coffee. I would say the licorice comes out more in the flavor. Very good stuff, not sure if Iíll have it again due to the price, but Iím still happy that I was able to try this.
biokid23 (97) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, standard espresso stout. Dark and rich flavors, but a bit on the lighter bodied side compared to some stouts. Dark chocolate and coffee notes. Solid stout.