49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting brew that delivers far more hop value that one would traditionally expect from dry Japanese ale. Iím a big fan of IPA and ESBís, and love sushi, so tend to scope this one out when Iím looking for something a little different with some fresh cut fish. Sapporoís regular beerís are quite uneventful, but the Stout Draft from their Yebisu brand is a nice alternative.
This one, like traditional Japanese lager/pilsener styled beers, pours very very light, with moderate carbination and little to no head. Because of the high hop count, the aroma on this one is quite pungent and may catch many off guard.
The name itself is quite a misnomer, calling it a stout, when itís anything but that. Itís mildly spritzy, almost fruity, and delivers a heck of a punch in the aftertaste department. Itís not a beer that Iím wild about simply drinking on its own, but as an accompaniment with some great food, this beer is definitely a winner.
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - DEC 17, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well, itís ot a stout in anyway, shape or form but it is a decent beer (with food). Light gold color, no head, too much carbonation, flat taste. Stick with standard Japanese brews Kirin and Sapporo Draft. Bought at samís in chicago for $2.49
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís ok but I was expecting a little more. Nothing special at all.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Big head with big bubbles rising. Yellow-gold and clear. Rather watery texture; kind of buttery. Has a synthetic, "beery" macro flavor with a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish. Dryish, bland aftertaste. One of the better Asian beers Iíve had; take that as you will.
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Misleadingly labeled "stout draft," this brew was blonde-gold with moderately rising carbonation and a creamy head that settled nicely. The aroma was of a sweet pilsnerish and alcohol I have come to expect of dortmunders--possibly with the appearance of malt and straw. The flavor is deadened though it has corn syrupy notes and some skunkiness at the back of the palate. One of the more drinkable dortmunders I have so far tried,
beertvguy (3) - Burbank, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002 does not count
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Straw color. Head dissipated quickly. Aroma was barely there but slightly sweet. Moderate body. Nice clean malt flavor. Grassy notes. Carbonation slighty too high, bites the tongue. Lingering hop dryness in finish.
Didnít appreciate it stand-alone, but it paired quite well with california roll and spicy tuna sushi.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
When I asked the waitress at a local Japanese restaurant what beers they had, she began naming the usual. When she said "Yebisu," I stopped her and asked what kind of beer that is. She replied, "Oh, itís a Japanese stout." Naturally, I was interested (always looking to try a new stout). Needless to say, I was greatly dissapointed with what I got. On the label, it says, "Stout Draft." Anyway, itís not a terrible beer. A slight malty aroma, and just a little bitterness in the finish. Basically decent.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Has a soft hoppy aroma with a pale malty appearance. Light somewhat musty flavor with a sweeter aftertaste. The hops taste like they spent a few months on a cargo ship in the Pacific. If this were governed by US laws, the Better Business Bureau would have them remove the word "Stout" from the label. Iíd say itís better than most American macros, but not by much.
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 3, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This stuff tastes like a 40, but better.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep gold color. Fat and frothy head. Malt and slight floral aroma. O.K. lace. light malt and hop taste. Not too watery. Better than I surmised.