shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 Tap at Gar Eden. Chocolate, malty, bit soy, slightly fruity, brown sauce, light smoke. Vanilla. Little touch of coffee. Bit schwarz like. Very easy drinking. Another terrible rating from me.
Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from CBB.
Aroma: fresh roasted coffee beans, black licorice and some unsweetened dark chocolate, smoke
Flavor: equal parts dry, slightly bitter chocolate, smooth coffee and black licorice. Bitter, smooth dark chocolate on the finish. Day 2 (recapped and kept in fridge), noticed and underlying orange/citrus note that let to a dry finish. The aroma also showed more chocolate character.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much better than it has any right to be at 4.5%. Lots of lovely flinty chocolate flavours with a really nice dry roast bitter finish. Just a really well made beer by the best brewer in Japan.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Bulldog. For some reason there was no head and little carbonation in the beer. Bull is usually good with this, but I guess this was an exception. Lots of dark fruit and roasted character. Reasonably well balanced. Hardly mind blowing, but enjoyable enough, nonetheless.
KyotoLefty (5572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tadg’s. Pretty, glowing black with a nice tan head. Lightly roasted aroma with coffee; dry and slightly creamy. Smooth, soft malts, nicely roasted, with coffee and dark chocolate in the mouth. Creamy, with some berries. Light body, but smooth and full. Nice fruity, berry-like edge. A good dry stout, not particularly special, but smooth and tasty.