Mackeon (163) - - MAR 15, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is not a stout or porter but a beer in the German Schwarzbier tradition, and as such it’s a pretty good job, certainly no worse than most German brews. The label shows Yebisu, the portly god of fishermen and good luck, presumably a happy drinker.
HKdIPA (569) - HONG KONG - JUL 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Narita. Half and half with regular yebisu. Full flavored but light. More interesting than expected and some good bitterness.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. dark copper pour with a thick head. Grain, roasted nuts, grass, brown sugar. medium body. pretty good
oh6gdx (23920) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Canned (thanks Kim S). Very deep ambery brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruits, riped stuff and some ashes and liquorice. Flavour is liqurice, ashes and roasted malts. Dry palate, but at the same time some sweetness.
olio (8479) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
33 cl can @ wPBF’13.
Pours dark copper color with no head. Aroma of malts, nuts and some sugar. Flavor of sugar, malts and nuts. Dry malty palate.
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml can @ WPBF 2013.
Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of grains, roasted malts and some grass. Flavour of roasted malts, grains, grass and some sweetness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and grass. Rich, roasty and grassy finish. Good.
Westkyoto77 (588) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Lion. Silky jet black with short-lived, fine tan head. Roasted malts, good bit of soy sauce, touch of dark chocolate. Smooth as all get out, but served a bit too cold. Not especially complex, but a solid beer.
AndySnow (5969) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at a beer hall in Shinjuku. Black colour with a beige head. Malty caramel, hops, soy aroma. Flavour is smoked malt, caramel.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can@Home. Black currant, roasted, light malt sweet with a hint of sourness. Silky, clean, balanced and easy.
Cantabrian (964) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks very sharp, elegant dark brown witha a cream-coloured head, that does not last much. Aromas of roasts, coffee, a bit leathery to start with. But in a minute the aroma turns into just an ordinary whiff of a pale lager. Strong flavour of chars, coffee, no fruits on the horizon. Rather bitter, quite a professional balance there, with a touch of bitterness from chars, the hoppy bitterness and the sweet malts. Rather thion bodied, not much of a finish to be memorable. Not a bad Schwarzbier, but the style does not excite me that much. Finally, this is much better than the pale lager Yebisu.