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.
TimE (3273) - 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.
KyotoLefty (6581) - 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.
shoulderbroken (2114) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, can’t remember where from. Dark brown/black colour with huge golden bubbly head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate sweetness, bit of vanilla, bit of smoke too. Taste is good, quite spiky, lots of roast again, bit of bitterness, coffee maybe, less sweetness, but the vanilla is still there at the finish. The brown sugar is there too, but not in your face. Less sweet than I thought it would be from the name, but there is a lingering creaminess to it. Pretty nice, and have to say I seem to like most of the Sankt Gallen sweets beers.
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.
douglas88 (6147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought on goodbeer.co.jp brought over by Steven and Mari. Pours a black hue with a large beige head. The aroma initially had some tartness, milky and chocolates. The flavor was a dry rich sugary chocolate mix, some metal and light tart fruit. Enjoyable. Full bodied.
jinroh (398) - ESTONIA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Precce @ Nakameguro. Stout that is brewed with black cane sugar, interesting! Pours dark dark brown with a nice head that reduces into beautiful lacing. Aroma is thick roasted malt together with some caramel sweetness. Charred black bread. Taste is not as sweet as I dreaded - initial carbonation kick gets your tongue tingling, followed by roasted bread, coffee-caramel bitterness, ending up in a sweet aftertaste. Black sugar is difficult to spot, it is well balanced with some hop bitterness and malty bread. Mouthfeel is nice and not too watery. Well done!
jonno (2345) - 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
thebeertourist (4862) - 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.
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.