Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a chestnut head. Fat molasses, coffee, burnt caramel and dark fruit nose warmed by a moderate amount of alcohol. A little thinner in the mouth then expected but very nice with all the stuff in the nose with strong warm espresso notes. Finishes roasty.
Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated Apr 2008.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Very simple and just a tad grainy; drinkable but dull.
Nisse666 (3676) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Japnese beer rating at Tiddes, sponsor Kras, 2009-11-27, can AP: black, high light brown head. AR: rosted malt, hops F: roasted malt, hops, medium + bitterness, caramel , chocolate, almond
Theis (12549) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at McLoughlin’s Kyoto. Clear almost black (red glow) - offwhite head. High licorice, english licorice, burned, herbal, dry english licorice, dry nutty walnut, light vineous.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours nice, ruby black with thick tan head. pretty good retention.
Nose is weak, smells like a raisinette.
Taste is tolerable, cocoa, ampm coffee, melted aluminum, roasted shoe soles. foul metallic flavor is hard to shake, could be good, but isnt.
KyotoLefty (5798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly aged bottle. Lovely, shiny black with a bubbly, high, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of soy sauce. Creamy and smooth. flavor of chocolate and cafe au lait, with a well-managed bitterness, and berries. Very smooth, creamy mouth. Well done beer. Their best by miles.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Pitifully light-bodied stout, weak flavour but some roasted slight chocolate notes tasted. Overall...not terrible.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black colour with a nice head. Light aroma of malt and roastedness. Flavour of malt and hints of roastednees.
jdjuice (307) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramelly smell. Heavy coffee, molasses, slight banana-y esters on the finish. Not very smooth, but decently flavored. Meh.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Black with a really dark tan head. Roasted molasses malts, chocolate, and sweet malts in the pleasent aroma. Smooth medium body. Flavor is a more intense version of the aroma with the roasted, smoked malts really coming through. Chocolate, and molasses are also noticeable. Long roasted finish. This is a pretty good brew. The best Kirin has to offer.