willisread (1896) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 20, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Old rating. Bitter version and it is bitter. Overly sweet still and a weird roasty bitterness that borders on astringent. There is some burnt chocolate notes, but still a mess and not really smooth or enjoyable.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4005) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
After the success of the Roxce x Sapporo Chocolate beer they got more ambitious and launched 2 versions a bitter & a sweet. The bitter had a similar velvety thick brown pour though possibly slightly darker. This was way closer to the original recipe though maybe a touch more bitter. Anyways, this was my favorite of the two a good bitter dark chocolate flavor with a thick creamy mouthfeel. A nice chocolate beer but I preferred the original before they split into sweet & bitter-I think it was just a marketing cash grab so they could sell bigger gift sets.
Wombata (606) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: vanilla, cocoa, malt
Taste: Initially mild cocoa with some increase of bitter chocolate on the mid-palate and finish.
Sapporo tends to go for smooth, inoffensive flavors and palate with little or no bitterness, so this fits into their flavor profile. No point in making a "beer" (actually happoshu as sugars are added) like this except to sell it to Japanese college girls who hate beer. Instead of drinking this stuff, just make a good cup of cocoa and add a little cream to boost the body.
For a real beer that has complex chocolate flavors, try Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout.
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty much black in color with a mid-size tan head. Sugary sweet chocolate aroma with molasses and vanilla, too. Medium bodied. Powerful chocolate with a very sweet malt and molasses background. Eventually, this one finishes with some faint dark chocolate bitterness. Interesting.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep dark red-brown colored, little beige head. Aroma is nothing but sweet cacao-chocolate. Thin to medium bodied. Same goes to flavor, not much but overwhelming chocolate and cacao, aftertaste dries, but only mildly. Hard to rate.
KyotoLefty (8748) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of dark chocolate, cream, and some dark malts. Lots of chocolate overwhelming all else, but not unpleasant. Black with a medium tan head, quickly shrinking. Flavor of well roasted malts and chocolate. Bitter and burnt, but with a creamy, chocolate ice-cream quality. Sweet as well, with a good deal of fruit and a bit of tartness. Not terrible, but a little much. Rather heavy and thick body. Altogether not bad, though a bit too sweet. Bitter, roasted finish helps.
improvjock (326) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours a dark brown with tannish to light brown head. Strong chocolate aroma with a hint of bitter coffee. Flavor is of sweet chocolate malts. Almost tastes like a cola. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but it’s OK.