IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, - 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".
rhsiung (948) - 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 (1331) - 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 (2673) - 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. I’d 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 (86) - 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 that’s about it. I get a little bit of ash and dry resin. It’s enjoyable, but nothing special.
BelgianBeerGal (3287) - 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 (4513) - 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 (1321) - 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 didn’t think it was nearly as horrible as he thought it was. It’s definitely got some tartness and alcohol on the nose. Cherry. Taste is sweet malty with some funkiness. Interesting brew for sure, but I’m not pickin’ up any Sharpie.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Smells wrong. Magic marker and fermented nuts wrapped in inedible seaweed is what I can come up with. Its pours normal enough, brown but see-through at certain angles...sudsy top. Flavors kind of mimic the nose, I feel as though my tongue has been colored black by a sharpie..some nuts and odd bitter stale peanut brittle notes consume the flavors. Even seems somewhat alcoholic tasting though its low gravity. I think this is what windex would taste like if windex was dark brown.
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pitch black, tall, frothy tan head. Aroma is fruity, sweet, milky. Un-stoutlike. Could be wheat or Belgian yeast in there. Sweet and fruity flavor as well, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and cream. Interesting and original, for sure, but not right. Slight sour taste as well (old?—I don’t think so, made June 6, drank July 29). Dry, stoutlike burnt finish. Too watery, too sour, a strange bird. Drinkable but not very nice.