IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Just found this on my trip to Chiba two weeks ago in the souvenir shop at Kanaya port. Motor oil colored, tan foamy head. Some stewed fruit with roasty notes. Some black malts perhaps. Rather still, gives it a syrupy feel as it is a bit sweet. Medium sweet malts up front, fades to a slight tart follow. Unusual taste, not bad, but not quite what you would expect from a "stout".
bhensonb (13854) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corti Bros. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Sort of a dark treacle aroma. Chocolate hint. Med body almost. Flavor is dark burnt malt suggestive of that really old Guinness stout, with a transient sugary treacle suggestive of that McEwanís Scotch Ale. Really an interesting and fairly tasty ale, tho it doesnít seem "normal" for stout.
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not great, there is some metallic taste, and the taste doesnít last. It has nice chocolate notes, but disappointing overall.
Christpuncher (2703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very unique stout. Some chocolate and roared malt notes. Sort of hoppy. Pours black with almost no head. Had out of a bottle
zebra (1666) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330-ml bottle @ sumirobatabar. nice to be seeing some interesting beers from japan. dark, roasty, sweet, creamy. fun dolphin on the label. which btw said 7%. rating #10!
JorgeLee (1699) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Lawson with Sridhar. Dark brown colour, decent off white head. Smells nice and roasty. It is slightly unusual. Roasty and malty but not overly bitter, I guess some chocolate or crystal in there, a little bit bittersweet. Easy drinking for the abv, or a bit thin, depending on your level of optimism! The best of the evening by a distance, crowned champion beer of Lawson!
KansaiBeerLvrs (4349) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kujukuri Ocean Stout, 7% served in a snifter. It pours a reddish brown that is inky black with ruby highlights & a tan head in the glass. Creamy chocolate aroma with light roasted notes. Fairly full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty notes that nod towards coffee beans & perhaps a hint of a lactic acidity. Iíd say this is a milk or cream stout & a pretty good one - much better than that weizen. Interestingly, paired with chocolate I got big cherry notes.
Artichoke (87) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Virtually no head from the bottle. Opaque, dark, hazy amber. Bitter berry, coffee in the nose. Not much going on with the flavor. There some bitterness, some sweetness, some roasted malts, and thatís about it. I get a little bit of ash and dry resin. Itís enjoyable, but nothing special.
BelgianBeerGal (3722) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Aeon mall near Narita airport. This was one of the best Japanese beers I have tried. Nice pour but not completely opaque in color. A medium head that dissipates quickly. Aromas: fruity, sour, slight coffee and roasted malt. Flavor has some cold espresso in it and maybe lactose. This seems like you blended a milk stout and dry stout...in a good way. This actually got better as it warmed and started showing some quad notes. Pretty tasty.
reebtogi (5525) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle listed at 5.5%ABV pours dark brown with a finger of tan head which left some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts. Taste is roasted malty bitterness balanced with some sweetness. Medium body and light carbonation leave a decent feeling on the palate. A little on the thin side for a stout, but otherwise pretty easy to drink and quite nice.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating #4 of this brew, thanks to Dasilky. I didnít think it was nearly as horrible as he thought it was. Itís definitely got some tartness and alcohol on the nose. Cherry. Taste is sweet malty with some funkiness. Interesting brew for sure, but Iím not pickiní up any Sharpie.