buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Aldgate, Shibuya. Deep darkness with tan head. Smelled of roasted toffee, coffee, some smoke. Flavour had some molasses, brown sugar, and sweet cream. The finish was crisp, dry and had a great bitter edge. Loved this one.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin frothy head, black but not thick and oily. Beautiful and strong nose of brown sugar and molasses. Taste was a comb of molasses cookie, dark chocolate, vinallia, and coffee. Fast and clean finish. nice.
thebeertourist (4620) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Made with Japanese brown sugar. On tap at Wachi, Kyoto. Almost black with a creamy beige head. Solidly roasted aroma, some chocolate. Good balance between chocolate sweetness and roasted coffee. A very good stout that despite its name manages to keep the sweetness in check.
KyotoLefty (5792) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a medium, dark tan head. Bubbles darker than most. Fragrant, sweetish aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, toffee, smoke. Very rich malt flavor, sweet indeed but not coying and well balanced. Good burnt malt dryness in the background, with lots of chocolate, molasses, plus a tangy, fruit-like (dark fruit) flavor, a bit of sour, that works to balance. Slightly smoky. Not terribly heavy in body, it goes down easy and seems refreshing. Tangy, sweet finish that turns to dry roasted malts, and the dry burnt flavor lingers long. A very interesting, very nice stout.
jonno (2097) - JAPAN - SEP 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This had a a really great molasses taste without being overpowering...really enjoyed this one
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted @ GJBF Yokohama: Dark black, nice tan head and clean lacing. Nose of tequila and wood, sweet roast, lots of licorice and molasses. Good stout, very sweet.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ GJBF 2007. Sweet aroma, brown sugar, cookie dough, malts, and molasses. Similar flavor, brown sugar is big, roasted malts, caramel, some cocoa, and vanilla. Finish is sugary molasses. A good/interesting stout.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sweet and sugary, chocolate, molasses; dark brown pour, opaque brown body, dark ruby highlight, nice and soapy tan head; vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, a little brown sugar, some molasses, a little tangy; smooth, not bad...
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This Sweet Stout develops plenty of chocolate and spicy vanilla for its chewy body, yet remains somewhat linear compared to the greats of its category.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the total darkness.
-Some fitting tartness follows the main flavor attributes.
-The nose isn’t as expressive as the flavor profile.
-The sweetness carries minty topics.
-Carbonation is soft and works with the well-developed body.
-Roastiness doesn’t balance out all the sweetness, but still participates in the flavor profile.
Bottle; thx Tim!
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Note: Kokuto mean Brown Sugar in English. Pitch black color. Dark brown head. Brown sugar nose that is kind of one - demensional and misleading. Its misleading because the mouth sings of dark chocolate, vanilla, brownies, cooking chocolate and molassess. Molassess and dark chocolate persist in the finish. A bit thin, but that didn’t destract too much.