willisread (1887) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from Chitose Airport. Pours a deep brown with a modest beige head. Some dark fruit on the nose with some roasted malt and smoked prosciutto. There is a hint of smoke on the nose. Fairly dry with a little fruity sourness that comes out on the palate as well. Body is quite thin. Tastes like schwartzbier in 2015. Fairly run of the mill, except for the unexpected smoked character.
PotjeBier (2423) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
35 cl can, souvenir from trip to Japan. Black color. Light brown head, not too long retention. Aroma’s: roasted malts/ground coffee, drop/licorice. Flavor is light sweet, roasted. Thin mouthfeel. Finishes with roast, slightly dry and light bitterness. Nice enough.
jinroh (1022) - ESTONIA - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
350 ml can from The Garden, Jiyugaoka. Pours pitch black - of coal black. Has a nice beige head at first but it reduces soon. What remains is creamy and fluid, leaving nice lacings on the glass. Aroma has some roast with dark fruits, maybe dried plums. Taste is also nicely creamy, some roast malts, brewed nicely into a dry beer - that has a lot of flavour for the meagre 5% abv it packs. Bitter and charred aftertaste, remains for some minutes. Quite enjoyable, actually much better than I expected.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3999) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Kita Recipe in Umeda. From Susukino Beer in Hokkaido comes this black pour with a beige head with rusty accents and ok lacing. Served in a snifter it gives off an aroma of soft chocolate. Medium-light bodied with an energetic carbonation giving it a spritzy mouthfeel. The taste is roasty, bitter dark chocolate & cacao beans. The finish is somewhat ascerbic giving a kind of mild puckering palate cleansing effect. A decent enough schwarzbier and much better than their pilsner.
biirusaikou (2201) - - MAR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet coffee beans. Roasted malt, bitter coffee, smoke, dry finish. A bit too dry for my palate, am not much of a Guinness fan, but interesting in terms of roasted and smokey flavors.
GoufCustom (1413) - HONG KONG - AUG 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml can as “Susukino Yubari Coal Mine Black Beer” bought at CitySuper in New Town Plaza, Shatin during the Hokkaido Food Fair Promotion.
Clear opaque cola-black colour; Half-finger head and beige foam which last for 1 minute; Small lacing and notable soft carbonation; Light aroma of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, cream, black coffee, smoke and straw; Light sweet taste of roast dark malt, black coffee, very light toffee and dark chocolate, nuts, cola, faint liquorices, light citrus and grassy hops; Mid to light body, slick but thin palate; Taste profile is dominated by light roasted malt in a pretty thin, nutty body, not watery but has some cola flashes here and there. Toffee and chocolate taste is also light but solid enough. Creaminess is only manifested in nose but not in taste; Hoppiness is very mild strawy nose, faint liquorice, feather light citrus grassy taste, and detectable bitterness for an empty finish; Slightly dry after taste, fairly easy to mouth.
Comments: This one is somewhere between a Schwarz and a Stout - it has a fairly decent, creamy stout-like aroma, yet its taste and body is pretty mono , flat and thin to stay in the Schwarz territory. I say this is slightly better than most Euro macro Schwarz so it’s worth a try.
Grovlam (4198) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Huge light brown foamy head that mostly lasted. Excellent display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of roasted malt, light coffee and mild dark chocolate. Hint of sourness and overall roasted and very malty. Over the palate came again light roasted malt, cold coffee and hint of sweet chocolate and light notes of dried dark fruit. In my opinion more like a stout then a Schwarzbier. Medium body with a light carbonation and for a 5% alcohol some feeling texture. Light to moderated sweet flavor with some counter bitterness. Lingering cold coffee and sweet chocolate finish. Surprisingly tasty.
jonno (2409) - JAPAN - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is definitely a stout. Really surprised - this is top draw. Good body and some lovely flavours chocolate, moderate roast, some berries. Highly drinkable.
KyotoLefty (8748) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub.
They call it a stout. I was not sure whether it was a stout or a schwarz. Tastes more like a dry stout. Dark black with a nice tan head. Burnt malt aroma with coffee. Very creamy flavor, strong roasting and coffee. Sweetish, light but with full flavor, good malt. Clean and flavorful.
TimE (4703) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely dark brown color. The nose is like cappacino with two spoons of sugar. Mouth is robust and sweet with lots of dark malts playing around. Very nice, save for the sweetness.