KyotoLefty (7232) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Hankyu Beer Garden in Osaka. Rich black color, nose of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Relatively nice flavor of chocolate, dark malts. Flavorful and well-balanced. Not anything fantastic, but very good for a Japanese major brewer. Far better than in the can.
motelpogo (7175) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
canned, of course. decently dark, almost black with a cream head; cocoa powder aroma, light caramel sweetness, hints of burnt bitterness; fine for what it is
douglas88 (6926) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can brought back from Nihon by the wife. Pours a pure black hue with a medium swirling cream colored head. A light nose of toast and some metal. A pleasant flavor; smooth toasted malts, chocolate, even a hint of fruit. Some metallic flavors. Nice.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: Pours a dark ruby color, nearly black until you look through the light, a nice, fairly retentive tan head and nice lacing. The nose is lightly roasty, sweet roast and fruit, some grass and malt. Not too intense in the nose. The flavor though is a bit more flavorful, some sharp roast and lots of sweet molasses, some slight coffee and cocoa, but overall a thin schwarz with a bit of hop bitterness in the tail. Ok.
BelgianBeerGal (3328) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from World Liquor Nakai. Overall a nice, roasty black beer that was a welcome departure from the standard Japanese pale layers. Great choice in Japan.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2854) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Suntory Premium Malt’s Dark, 5.5%, is a schwarzbier that pours a very dark cola brown with a beige hand with lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. The nose is soft chocolate with a mild nutty bite. Fairly thin bodied, the taste is mild chocolate, a bit of nuts plus some roasty notes. Decent.
maekchu (2602) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from local Yamaya. Light roast malt initial, with a hint of coffee and some yeast. Dark brown, near black, with a thick head of fat bubbles. Light and very pleasant roastiness, cereal-like; mid brings out some coffee notes; finish is mild a sweet. Thin-medium body. Tasty, but not really bursting with flavors. A bit thin for the style. Very drinkable.
shoulderbroken (2570) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at a Doma Doma izakaya. Dark brown creamy golden head. Aroma is bit roasty, bit creamy. Decent enough. Taste is similar, quite malty, roast again, touch of choc. Quite thick and creamy. Pretty decent. Premium malts is my macro of choice and both are decent enough. Not wildly exciting, but solid enough to not mind drinking a load of in an izakaya.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
THis is about as good as it gets for mass produced beer. I never feel I’m drinking something inferior. Rich and wholesome
Capa (2237) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown with a tan head. Lightly roasted malts, some caramel, and cocoa in the aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor has some roasted malts, some molasses, light fruits, and a touch of cocoa. A really nice beer. Easy to drink but with plenty of character (for a macro). I’ve had copious amounts of this one.