chrisv10 (9421) - DENMARK - AUG 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 4.5%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, little coffee, medium sweet and a little bitter.
shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Thrash Zone. Dark brown, small golden head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty. Nice. Taste is sweet, chocolate, pretty nice, sweet but nice. Bit spritzy. Bit of vanilla. Pretty smooth and nice.
Tovrleaf (22) - - OCT 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black in color, very powerful stout. Not that creamy as color would let you expect.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - JUL 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Big stout for 5.5%. Roasty, chocolate and a VERY smooth body. Quite dry. Very well done - a pity these guys stopped with the Ales.
KyotoLefty (5574) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Griffon. Pitch black, with a thin tan head. Opaque. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Round, roasted, and fruity flavor. Wood and smoke. Dry, flavorful, well roasted. Some hops, plus chocolate and coffee. Good stuff.
omhper (18344) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottled (as Shinano Black Dragon Stout, 5%). Black, rich pale brown head. Fruity roasty nose with some coffee. Dry with well rounded mouthfeel. Lots of dusty coffee and chocolate. Salty finish with a touch of metal.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong coffee smell emitting from this deep black princess. Nice creamy head and some good roasted barley and nutty flavours being the standout on the tongue. Personally, I like my stouts a bit more full-bodied, but this went down nice. Would try again.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium dark beige creamy head. Black opaque body. Milky chocolate aroma with caramel notes. Sweetish burnt coffee and chocolate taste with burnt almond notes. Mild and harmonic. Dry, sooty aftertaste. Very, very nice stout. Impressive to achieve this at only 5%. (0.33l bottle. Thanks to the bartender at Cantina, Matsumoto, who "sold" me this from his private stock.)
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Thick pitch black colour with a big cramy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Lovely fresh flavour of the roasted malts, bitter-sweetness, good hoppiness and nice coffee, especially in the aftertaste. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a long chocolate-coffe aftertaste. Amazingly good!
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Creamy dark brown head with espresso and heavy roasted malt notes in the nose. The body is medium, a touch sweet but with heavy roasted notes and a dry finish.
Update from draft at brewery:
Pitch black color, lgiht brown head. Espresso, caramel, dark fruit nose. Intense coffee mouth with dark fruit and brownies, but a bit thin and lacking hop bitterness. Dry roasted malty finish. Shinano’s best beer.