Westkyoto77 (530) - Kyoto, - JUN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thick dark black, tiny head. Deep,heady malts, some soy sauce on the nose. Velvety mouthfeel- not too thick or sticky. More of the same malt and soy sauce in the flavours, with some dark cherry in there too. Not bad.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2162) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Yamaoka, 4.5% Schwarzbier served in a beer mug. Inky black pour with a good 2 fingers of tan foam that dissipates fast leaving behind no lacing. Looks more like a stout than a schwarz to me. Umami, soy & licorice nose. Body is light to medium, this thing oozes candy black licorice flavor with a surprisingly nutty bitter slightly ascerbic finish. Not for me as I dislike dark licorice. My wife liked it. Once it warmed up some coffee came through and fudge like notes though for me it never really gels.
Lunkie (1416) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown colour fair head and lacing. Bitter chocolate malt fruit aroma. Chocolate malt herbal flavour. Smooth palate.
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mkel07 (3547) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Very thick black colour with a dark tan foam. Mildly bitter dark chocolate aroma with a thin smokiness in the flavour. Thin in the mouth with a mellow finish.
Davros (1991) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours black with a fading tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, a chalky clean agent note, industrial notes and ash. Not great...
Flavours include roasted malt and treacle along with an astringent note. Again, not particularly tempting.
Body feels a bit watery.
Quite possibly the worst dark beer I’ve tried.
davidm (1936) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from King&Godfree. Nice malty beer. Aromas of caramel, leaves, and some smokiness. Taste is sweet, with average duration. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Black, with a thin head.
hawthorne00 (2469) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 10C. Black with a tan head that soon fizzes away. Strange aroma of sour mocha with singed caramel and salty dutch licorice. Smooth texture. Tastes as it smells - plenty of salty licorice - with some plums and an unwelcome touch of metal. Peppery bitterness emerges after a while. Odd.
shoulderbroken (2105) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hanadaya. Very dark brown/black colour with small golden head. Aroma is a bit Belgian, some sourness, lots of dark fruits, slightly roasty and some syrupy sweetness too. A real mixed bag. Taste is similarly mixed, initial sourness fading into something like a really sweet belgian dubbel. Quite fruity. Maybe a touch thin, but I actually quite like it for it strangeness. The sweet and sour thing is strangely alluring.
gam (3279) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tan head medium carbonation dark pour near black aromas chocolate vanilla caramel flavours rich dark chocolate fudge like cocoa caramel vanilla touch the finish swet fudge a dryness smooth goes down okay
KyotoLefty (6559) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 11, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A slightly sour, very dry, somewhat bitter concoction that I don’t really know how to describe. Very un-beer-like. Some compared it to soy sauce. I didn’t think so really, but the feeling that comparison gives you is about right. Original and in that way interesting, but I don’t need another.