petewhitley (309) - JAPAN - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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tomciccateri (987) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught dispenser machine at United Airlines lounge at Narita airport. Pours an opaque dark brown with think ran head and lasting lace. Subtle dark malt aroma when stil cold. Creamy mouthfeel. Even dry/sweet dark malt flavor balance. Slight dryness and very slight gritty texture hint toward cocoa over chocolate. Clean, interesting, very drinkable.
martinrumsam (460) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TGI Tokyo . nice and dark with full tan head .nice malty aroma with a touch of chocolate . taste is toasted malts , touch of caramel and cocoa . it is not a stout though - a bit too watery for that but pleasant and drinkable . in fact it was an oasis in the desert of pale lagers on offer here . So we had several .
Westkyoto77 (441) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can on the Shinkansen. Nice roasted malt nose, coffee crema, touch of chocolate. Body a tad thin, but there is creaminess and depth there. Still one of my favorite mainstream beers in Japan.
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is faint wheat, black malts, and barley. Appears black with a two finger foam head. Taste is crisp black lager malts, rich toffee, pronounced caramel, chocolate, cocoa, roasted sugar syrup. Overall, syrupy and sugary with dark malt roast. Good stuff.
douglas88 (5565) - 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.
shoulderbroken (1723) - 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.
Wombata (358) - Kobe, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: licorice, chocolate, chocolate, yeast
Flavor: rich medium dark chocolate, roasted grain, licorice, finishes medium long with mildly bitter coffee and grain notes
Comment: pretty good for a large Japanese commercial brewery. The Suntory house style (malty with mild bittering for their premium beers) works well here.
maekchu (1772) - 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.