petewhitley (294) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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biirusaikou (273) - - AUG 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Toffee, malty nose. Taste of milk chocolate, light coffee bitterness, watery finish. Quite simple but a very decent black happoshu.
BelgianBeerGal (2866) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Misawa can. This took some effort to find in the database. Way darker pour than expected: looks like Coke. Aroma is a little rosary with some chocolate; maybe a touch metallic. Flavor is a little thin but some coffee and dark malt. Okay but seems odd to be in the Vienna category.
maekchu (1459) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Yamaya. Light chocolate and some coffee in the nose. Dark translucent brown, minimal head. Solid roastiness in initial... which dissipates quickly / the finish brings back the coffee for a few moments. Thin body. Not so bad, really. Quite a surprise. It has such a light body, and I wish it had a little more. But the typical cardboard extract/spirits combo is masked by the roast malt. Actually, checking the label, it doesn’t contain extract. I wish other happoshu avoided extract. This and the Sapporo Mugi to Hoppu Aka are in a different league from the other cheap crap. Should this really be classified as an Amber/Vienna?
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can on Room, Hearton Hotel Kyoto. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Ryebread, roasted, sweet dark bread, light barley notes, dark chocolate, red berries, thin body, ok taste - almost no aftertaste.
Westkyoto77 (331) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pleasant surprise. Looks hearty enough in the glass, but a touch watery. Still a lot more body than most happoshu. Roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Creamy sweetness, but enough bitterness too. Pretty good cost-performance.
SHIG (3279) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can: Poured a dark black with a creamy thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and light hops, some grass as well. Taste is strong on roasted coffee and malts, a bit watery.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - JUN 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wow..for a happoshu this is pretty good. Dark malts, caramel and a moderate hoppy finish. A little thin. Very drinkable for the price (around 150 yen). Very impressed.
shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from the local shop. Guinness-like colour, dark brown/black but a red tinge when held up to the light. Thin but fluffy bubbly beige gold head. Aroma is light roasty malt, bit of savoury soy sauce type thing, some caramel elements. Taste is ok, but no that pronounced. Some sweetness, and a bit of roastiness. Body is very thin, as seems to be the case with Happoshu, in my limited experience. Slightly watery too. Nothing too unpleasant, but nothing much to recommend it either. There are much nicer macro dark lagers available for not much more cash.
Dredd (663) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This shows how close happoshu has got to beer, faint coffee aroma, dark brown color with a touch of ruby to it. Flavor is light roasted malts upfront with a faint sweetness and a drying finish. At half the price of regular beers it makes it case quite firmly as to why you would buy it over crap full price beers.