Nesta13 (205) - - FEB 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown head and dark black body. Predominately coffee aroma. The body is slightly to thin for my liking but then again, its not a stout! (although its not a million miles away from it either in the flavour department). Overall, this is far and away the best widely available beer in Japan, and if I dont feel like the big trip to a proper beer shop, this is what i drink. I like it.
Tonkun (447) - New York, 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 (19630) - 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 (4815) - 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 (4981) - 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 (331) - 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 (1765) - 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 (1370) - 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 (674) - 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.
MiHi (6) - POLAND - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unfortunately from can. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, little smoked. Minimal beige head, Dark black with ruby hindsight. Metal in taste with dark malt flavours. Bitter very light. Medium Carbonation and body.
Jado (388) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in a pint glass. Arrived with a dark brown body (showing some reddish highlights) topped by a creamy beige head. Hints of chocolate and malt on the nose. Taste is a little surprisingly dominated by coffee. Good body though certainly lighter than a porter or stout. Finishes quite dry. Not bad overall.