eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Swilled 250 ml of this in the airport in Tokyo as a way of using up my yen 5 mins before i jumped on the plane. Surprisingly tasty. Mildly roasty, with marmaladey aroma. Dark red. Smooth and mallty with a bit of chocolate, and a dry finish.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2002
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is the worst (unspoiled) beer I’ve ever encountered. It tastes like a non-alcoholic caramel drink (and even if it was called that instead of beer, it’d STILL be bad). It pours like thin diner coffee and sports a weak, quickly-disappearing head. Smells sickly sweet, thin and tinny, like watery molasses. I once tried ’waterchestnut drink’ in Singapore, which qualifies as worse, but it wasn’t trying to be beer. Horrible.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - MAY 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good full-flavored dark beer. Excellent with Japanese noodles. Good luck finding it.
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one had my ratings all over the map. Opaque appearance, with a weak, slightly fizzy brown head. Somewhat carbonated taste as well. Aroma is a bit off, though a strong burnt flavor coming through. Not as complex as your usual Schwarzbier (or Stout) but quite enjoyable if you can get by its weak points.
omhper (18318) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black. Somewhat sweetish with burnt flavours. Rather bitter.
BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 6, 2002
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like it was poured through a dirty gym sock into the can. Tastes much better than I expected. Not a true schwarzbier but who cares. Worth trying, which is a lot more than I can say about other sapporo’s.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Stout my black ass! Ok, it looks like a stout, but that is about as far as it goes. I definately did not like the smell of this one and the taste is of a weak schwarzbier. Oh yeah, why the hell is it so damn bubbly?! I’ll take the Grand Reserve anyday. (The can still kicks ass though)
KenoTheDog99 (12) - USA - DEC 15, 2001
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s no Guinness, but decent.
TheDarkertheBetter99 (27) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2001
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Schwarzbier, huh? Looks like a stout, but drinks like an Orberdorfer. So carbonated I burped like I was drinking American piss beer like Miller or something. Not a bad flavor. A bit thin. Decent. Hard to find.
achtungpv (190) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is good stuff! I’d much rather pull this out of the cooler than a Bud when I want a beer for the road.