willisread (937) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a pitch black with some deep ruby highlights and small dark tan head. Aromas of cacao, roasted malt, prune, fig and a tad of Belgian saison-like yeast. Some booze on the nose as it warms up. Lots of dark fruit and cacao on the palate. Very well-balanced and good roasted malt character (not burned or charred in the least). Very rich and full-flavored without being sweet. The finish leaves a nice saison like pepper flavor mixed with a touch of farmhouse funk. This is truly a great stout!
GenDV138 (3535) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
300 ml bottle poured into a hotel glass. Trade from TimE. Black with nice frothy tan head. Aromas of rich dark chocolate, slight dark fruit, caramel, roast, bits of licorice. Tastes of roasty notes, dark chocolate, caramel, Belgian yeast. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-light carbonation.
PotjeBier (2001) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
300 ml bottle @ home. From an IP trade with TimE, if memory serves me well. Pitch black color. Light brown head. Aroma’s: vanilla, sweet malts, some licorice, mocha, roasted, light red fruit. Retronasal the roast is more upfront, then mocha, vanilla. Flavor is moderate sweet, roasted, light fruity. Body is medium. Bit low carbo. Finishes with heavy roast, ash, rather bitter. I fail to see what’s Belgian about this, but it’s awesome nonetheless.
Leighton (14389) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the Horal Chugging Tasting - CBC Clerkenwell. Thanks to Tim for the trade. Pours deep brown with a frothy, beige head. Rich cocoa aroma, some earth. Medium sweet flavor with balanced earthy bitterness, pleasant roasted malts, chocolate. Great balance. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with nice chocolate notes, baking cocoa, earth. Really nicely balanced overall.
Scopey (9382) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Leighton at the Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting. It pours near black with a decent tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, earth, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. The taste is roasty, toast, charcoal, coffee, decent bitterness, pepper, spice and tangy dark fruit. Full body and fine carbonation. Good effort. Rather tasty!
Theydon_Bois (12870) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Craft Clerkenwell, Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting, big thanks to Leighton for sourcing this Japanese rarity, 17/09/13. ’Tap your potential 1996 premium’ noted from label.
Pitch black with a good sized tan head that thins but stays for the show.
Nose is a solid wall of roast malt, big ole blast, earthy notes, lightly burnt cocoa, dark fruits.
Taste comprises roast malt, earthy, hoppy backnotes, tangy dark fruit, light yeast esters, cocoa.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry and roasty in the finale.
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
17th September 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting! Thanks to Leighton for this Japanese rarity! Opaque dark brown beer with a tidy tan head. Smooth palate, slightly soft. Rich dark malts, but not heavy. There is roast and a little coffee and dark malt cream. A light touch of tangy dark fruits. Smooth finish. Nice.
Wombata (534) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: licorice, dark chocolate, understated coffee notes
Flavor: starts with licorice, dark chocolate turns to bitter chocolate, grain, light coffee on the finish.
Comment: good foam and great palate. Very rich and filling without being overly sweet. Outstanding.
shoulderbroken (2842) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Mokichi. Very dark brown colour. Big golden head creamy. Aroma is smoky roast malt bit of chocolate, bit ginger, herbal, orange peel, fruity. Taste very roasty. Dark chocolate bitterness. Full bodied. But smooth. Smoky, touch of orange. Full on booze but not overpowering, very nice.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 I think this is bigger than 7%. Big, muscular beer. Rich, decadent and very non summery. Esters are not really a bit part of this, but chocolate, with a good under current of roast are. Not overly sticky, more a full bodied, wholesome BIG stout. RERATE> LISTED At 8% - seems right. World class stout.