beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, - FEB 3, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lots of chocolate with some roasted sharpness, low carbonation and very low foam/head retention. A nice alternative to the industrial piss water lager beers in China. Cheap as chips too!
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAR 1, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
pours dark and thin. surprisingly flavorful. It is about %% and comes across as a failed attempt at a sour stout. not even remotely like most stouts. It is sourish and little or no head and lacing So, nice change from the usual watery pseudo-pilsners that pass as beer in middle earth. but not praiseworthy as a stout.
Mark_Eck (185) - - FEB 17, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a dark brown. Aroma is an artificial sweetness. Taste is really sweet and a little tart, like syrup and prunes.
klubijar (1) - - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A full flavoured, full bodied, old fashioned London style porter. At 50p a can, this beer is a plesent surprise for a Londoner marooned in China. Pleasant, drinkable and full of character. Don’t expect much of a head though.
One word of warning, the untrained pallet probably wont appreciate this little Chinese gem, only buy in bulk if you like a nice porter.
kidmartinek (3213) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2014
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Sheez! Smells like burnt pancakes form feet away after you open the can. A dark brown beer with a rapidly disappearing tan head. Tastes like fake maple syrup made with HFCS poured onto burnt pancakes soaked in milk and sugar. A foul unacceptable beverage not worthy of the title of "beer"!
Nikxed58 (3) - - SEP 5, 2013 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Available in most supermarkets in China, this beer is a better alternative to the light beers out there. For a price of around $0.60, yes 60 American cents, you can enjoy this beer on your very own!
Aroma - There’s a bit of coffee, chocolate, and nutty flavor, but not a whole lot.
Appearance - With super aggressive pours, there is still no head retention. As per another reviewer, this does look like a cola (minus the carbonation)
Taste - There’s a bit of a fleeting taste that isn’t super complex. A bit of a light sweetness to it with bits of chocolate and coffee.
Palate - This beer goes down pretty smoothly and leaves a bit of a dry finish.
Overall, not a bad alternative when living in China. Sure there are so many better beers out there, but for the price and convenience (available in most supermarkets), I still return to it for a cheap and more tasty drink.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can. Chongqing, China. Dark brown, small tan head. Malty aroma with notes of chocolate and some vegetables. Slightly roasted flavor with malt, chocolate and vegetables. Light body.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cola beer in appearance; brownish black with good clarity and moderate carbonation. Holds a decent, loose and rocky tannish crown for the length. Caramel, diacetyl, cocoa butter and just a little charred wood on the aroma. Similar in taste. Very sweet, packed with caramel and butterscotch with funky notes of seaweed, burnt toast, earthy mushrooms, dust and cellar must. Frothy and foamy in mouthfeel. Long linger, good presence but not altogether the best tasting of beers. My only Stout for my China trip and it was a little ho-hum. Still made a change from all the pale lagers!! (50cL can, BB 15/11/12, off-license near Chuansha, Shanghai, China)
Camons (4835) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can @ Hotelroom, Kunshan. Pours dark ebony with a fading ofwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, soy, light chocolate notes. Taste is light roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Thin body, lively carbonation. 180112
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle brought and enjoyed in China. Had this as two different ladled beers. One as Naale Stoutbeer and one as pabst blue ribbon beer, Black beer. But it seem like this is the same beer after all. Looking at my notes, they both seems to be very similar in taste, so that is properly correct. Moderated light brown thick head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Light to dark brown color. Aroma of light malt, dried fruit, hint of toasted malt. Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a hint of bitterness. Light roasted malty finish.