GenkiGonzo (814) - Kyoto, - JUL 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 Draught at Bungalow. Dark rown with decent beige head. Aroma lots of malts and burnt notes, more than I expected. Flavour has nice bitter hops and grapefruit to balance it.
willisread (1550) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Swan Lake Pub Edo in August 2014. Blackhole black colored with modest beige head. Big burned coffee nose with undertones of citrus and resin. Maltiness shines through with the hops pairing nicely. Tastes of grapfruit, lemon zest sit side by side with malt and star anise. Rich texture with a sticky resiny quality. Complex finish with roasted coffee and bitter hops.
biirusaikou (1894) - - SEP 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Keyaki 2014. Roasted coffee, citrus hops, licorice. Quite a smooth and rich black IPA.
TimE (4530) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
big dark roasted notes with tons of bitter hops. Full bodied, but well balanced. Highly enjoyable.
TBone (14894) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Keg, Nagoya.
Opaque black color, good creamy beige head. Aroma has lactose, ash and toasted malts. Medium-bodied. Licorice, lactose and ash in the flavor. Too ashy.
Wombata (581) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUL 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Passion fruit, bitter coffee, floral
Flavor: Passion fruit, dry cola, biter coffee, chocolate. Peach on the mid-palate and a dry chocolate with bitter coffee finish.
Comment: Unusual combo of contrasting aromas and flavors. A wacky mix of styles that I rather like.
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Kaeru. Aroma is big hops, light cocoa, grapefruit hops, burnt. Taste is more hoppy and less malty. Bit of lingering roasty bitterness in the finish, but the front is all hops. Quite sharp. Good stuff.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3789) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok my black IPA day continues. On tap at Molto. A nice dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a creamy beige head of foam. A hoppy fruity nose complemented with chocolate malts. Quite full bodied, smooth mouthfeel plus a decent level of hops. More of a classic black IPA than Green Petrol.
jonno (2386) - JAPAN - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly heavy dark malt body, but otherwise top notch. Lots of leafy green hops. Chocolate and some vanilla with a a dry dark finish. Well put together.
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Keyaki. Strong citrus hop nose, smooth balanced flavors of citrus, chocolate, some coffee. Smooth and easy drinking though not so surprising.