ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, molasses, roasted coffee, black licorice, touch of vanilla.
T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, a touch of vanilla and dark fruit.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, roasted, and dry finish.
D - Nice coffee stout. Good overall balance.
Vells (790) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge stout! Moderate roasted malts, loads of coffee, dark choco, light vanilla, dried dark fruits. Oily smootish, full bodied. Moderate sweet with light bitterness.
Another great coffee stout for breakfast. Highly enjoyable
Magic_Runner (11) - - JAN 31, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a big stout fan thus the low rating. Though tastes as advertised but too much taste of coffee etc.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Franksv6 (305) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown / black beer with a small beige head, low carbonation.
Tastes like espresso coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, cocao and chocolate.
Cofee bitter aftertaste, nice stout.
GarrettB (1119) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 28th, 2013 - Hitachino has been fighting against the current in Japanís pale lager soaked market for quite a few years now. The beer scene is changing, in Tokyo and elsewhere, but as it does so I believe Hitachino deserves regularly accolades for paving the way and holding fast when Japanese brewing legislation made it difficult to brew something with a little flavor invested in the recipe. This dark, rich looking bear guards itself from the atmosphere with a large, inch thick dome of bubbles, which release a perfume that is potent and rich with a dairy creaminess and low, shy chocolate darkness. The flavor abounds with espresso flavor, though itís not at all bitter - unlike the real deal, which I still delightedly pucker through. The sparks of flavor resembling dark chocolate cacao nibs are good, too, creating an overall deep, dark beer that would be well served alongside select kinds of Japanese cuisine: anything barbecued or sauced, or any meal accompanied by a lovely Japanese snowfall.
spacecube (1039) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle, pours black with a tan head. Aroma is rich coffee, roasted malt, light caramel, body is medium, texture is oily and slick, soft carbonation. Finish is coffee and light bitter.
empedokles (7) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml. Pours dark brown with small brownish head. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Taste is a little bitter and a bit sour (it has travelled a long way), coffee, also with hints of fruit. A little bit of chocolate coming through at the the end. Was expecting more coffee from this beer. An ok stout, would have liked more body.
al53 (83) - FINLAND - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colour with medium dark brown head.
Chocolate, mildly roasted malt, coffee and hint of dark fruits on aroma.
Taste is coffee, espresso, chocolate and vanilla.
Medium bodied with very soft carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Soft finish with vanilla, chocolate and coffee.
I was somehow expecting bit more "in your face" espresso character. Would love to try imperial version of this.
Abrakarl (355) - SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth beer with lots of Coffee, not much chocolate though. Quality without being spectacular.
skullgeorge (57) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Mixos thanks to Rouhlas ! Pours dark almost black with a thick beige head. Aroma is a coffee heaven, some roasted dark malts and roasted caramel. Taste is really Good ,full of espresso coffee and roasted malts.Good body soft carbonation and cofee bitter aftertaste! Iíve enjoyed it so much. Good stuff !!!
Bov (9905) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from Erzbierschof - black beer with a solid roasted coffeish aroma; full-bodied and tasty; dry bitter, earthy and long coffeish aftertaste - one-dimensional yet very good