Jukkabro (3486) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Near black colored with little brown head. Licoricy-roasted, slightly salty and aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor is even more licoricy-salty, roastiness here too. Aftertaste lasts as sweet.
godofsky (262) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours black with a shortlived brown head that doesn’t leave much lacing. aroma is strong in malts, but at the same time having somewhat of a grassy lager smell. again, malts are very prominant in the flavour. some coffee and chocolate in there as well. a bit of a dry hops finish. feels nice on the palate, medium carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. i’m not crazy about the Schwarzbier style, but this one was enjoyable.
Nisse666 (3157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Japnese beer rating at Tiddes, sponsor Kras, 2009-11-27, can AP: black, high light brown head. AR: rosted malt, hops F: roasted malt, hops, medium + bitterness, caramel
KyotoLefty (4725) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Sapporo’s Kyoto Lion Pub. Shiny, pitch black with a fine, thick, tan head. Softly roasted malt aroma. Nicely rich malt flavor with chocolate, milk, roasted malt. Nice roastiness, mildly sweet. Rich body yet not heavy. Slight taste of nuts and wood as well. A nice beer, much better than in the can and yet not as good as the pre-2007 version.
BrennanF. (5) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, reddish brown with a dense, foamy head. The head is light brown. It smells roasty and malty. Has a slightly metallic bite. Slightly lacking in complementary sweetness and flavor.
Theis (11077) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at The Beer Museum. Black - brown head. Coffee, burned, dryness, ryebread, light body, burned dryness, light caramel, medium hoppy, milkey, lactose.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a ruby black with thin tan head.
Nose is weak, carafa, espresso beans, roasted grains.
Taste is good for style, a little syrupy, roasty, slightly acidic, with hints of dark fruits.
Wombata (331) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark brownish black
Aroma: Creamy roasted caramel, soft and slightly sweet coffee and possibly some light floral hop aromas.
Flavor: The initial attack offers mild, rounded roasted chocolate, which turns to roasted grain and a medium length bitter coffee finish.
Palate: Initial smoothness gives way to bitter grain.
Comment: Very pleasant. Medium bodied and medium roasted flavors. As it warmed the aromas and flavors got better up to a point (give it 10 minutes out of the fridge). Moderately flavorful--perhaps a bit thin on the mid-palate (this becomes noticable as it warmed a bit). The modestly bitter finish adds interest and balance. Perhaps the most successful Yebisu.
screwball (1098) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Tanx to Johan!
Pours black with begie-brown head. Aroma is from burnt malt and brown sugar. Flavor is from roasted malt. Medium bodied.
jonno (2001) - JAPAN - APR 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not quite up to the suntory dark malts, this is still decent for a major. Dark roasted malts for a smooth drinking lager