GuideDogSaint (610) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml can from a supermarket in Shenzhen at Shopping Centre station. Pours dark brown/black with a dissipating beige head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Dry finish. Pretty nice.
GenkiGonzo (459) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from konbini. Pours almost black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Chocolate comes through more in the flavour, a little more watery and carbonated than I would have hoped for, but very drinkable for a standard macrobrew can.
jinroh (550) - ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of the most common dark beers in Japan, available even in ordinary eating and drinking establishments. Good choice to have if all the other beers are usual tasteless fake lagers. Pours dark brown with a small head that dissipates fast. Aroma has some watery roasted malts - but only a bit, some not so pleasant vomit aroma also there. Taste is actually quite nice. Mouthful of roasted malts. some dark chocolate and dark fruits giving way to even more chocolate in the somewhat sweetish-dry roast aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, subduing tastes and aromas, not too powerful. However, at a Japanese restaurant with no craft beer, this one will do nicely.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2607) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from my local supermarket for 200 yen bought in honor of Stout Day. Served in a stemmed glass it has a big rusty tan head that vanishes fairly fast leaving a thin film behind. The aroma is savory dark pitted fruits, a bit roasty with some coco powdery chocolate notes. Medium to light bodied with quite a vibrant carbonation a bit more lively than the silkiness I want in a stout. The taste is actually pretty good chocolate, a bit roasty, some savory notes & maybe a hint of smoke. Easy drinking and approachable. Nowhere near as good as the bottled Asahi Stout (best value beer in Japan in my opinion) but pretty good for 200 yen from a major brewery. It’s balanced yet flavorful. Give it a shot if you haven’t yet.
Toomio (289) - Joensuu, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kylmää kahvia, liian vähän poroja. Jännän makea. Omituisia Makuja, paksuus puuttuu. Lisää potkua.
yenbeer (79) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Delicious mainstream beer available at the same price of regular lagers. Worth the minor extra effort to track down.
samparkique4 (48) - - AUG 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
caramel, hay, toast, grass, lite-herbs, basement aromas, leather, earthy, leaves, dough, cheese, green-banana, licorice, smoke, medium bitterness, medium-full body, thin feel
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Black, big tan head. Nose is earthy coffee, sweat, roast. Flavour has cardboard and coffee upfront, the sweaty flavour kicks in and lasts though. Without that this would be a great stout. Pretty thin, high carb for the style.
melush (1069) - SPAIN - MAY 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Lata de 35 cl, adquirida en City Inn Wakayama, Japon. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a malta, ligeramente dulce, muy ligeramente a chocolate.
Tonkun (942) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Black pour with a big mocha head. Coffee, caramel, soil. Light body and refreshing. A nice stout