Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed on the Yokohama subway. Dark brown in color. Tons of molasses, malts, coffee, anise, nuts, and sweet dark fruits in the aroma. Decent body. Flavor is full of the molasses and roasted malts with some coffee and cocoa backing it up. Leaves you with a long bittersweet finish. Left me suprised, a very solild brew.
asedzie (585) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, slightly translucent brown. Thick, lasting khaki head with lacing down the sides of the glass.
Carmel aroma, along with some nuttiness. Palate is very full, like a mouth full of musky dried fruit. Alcohol is noticeable, prickly. A cloying candy sweetness throughout. Smokiness, tar, oiliness. Finishes bitter, and a little lifeless considering the gamut of flavors it went through. Really wild for a proletariat beer.
coldbrewky (1411) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of these fell off the back of a truck and found its way to my house. Anyway, I’ve shied away from tring beer from China for they dont seem to be two words that belong together. Anywho....Not my idea of what a swartzbier should strive to be but lets face facts ....lots of things are lost in translation. A hint of asphalt and vanilla in bland underwhleming nose that pours into a unsophisticated brown. maybe it was a bit old or still upset from falling off the truck. who knows, still better then some I’ve had and probably the best stuff comercially available from those Commies.
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a short thin bubbly head. Bit roasty and sweet aroma. Flavour is quite sweet, bit toffee with roasted malts. Sweet dry finish.
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - Beijing) Dark, almost black. Small tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is roast (almost burnt) malt.
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (6.0%) thanks omhper!)). Pitch black opaque colour, big brown head, leaves lace. Aroma is smoothly roasted malt with some maize in it. Flavour is coffee, roasted malts, slight smoke. In finish/aftertate there’s smooth roasted malts and raisins. Very nice beer.
TBone (11917) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, alc. 6.0%
Domestic version (thanks Per). Opaque black/very dark brown, bif creamy expresso head, lace. Light smokey and grainy nose. Toasted, coffeish, malty, medium bodied - watery background, does not show alcohol much. Bonus suprise is smokey notes in the aftertaste. Hands down the best beer from China so far!
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled along my great buddy, Jeremy in Shanghai. Malty, flavorful representation of one of China’s few dark beers. Slight smokiness, alright beer.
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tsingtao Dark ~355ml bottle-pours a creamy tan head. Black color. Aroma is chocolate, licorice. Taste is licorice, molasses, chocolate malt, good carbonation. Dark is usually not my taste, for occasional, this is a nice beer. Dated 7/21/01 with expiration 5/16/07.
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 Second Time Sampled:
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of smoked malt, coffee and caramel. Medium-bodied; Strong smokey flavours with malt and coffee the strongest. Aftertaste is deep and bitter - showing good flavours throughout. Overall, a pretty good beer - definitely one to sample if here in China! I sampled this 355 mL bottle (labeled 6.0% abv) purchased from a small grocery store in Beijing, China last year, drunk during the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics on 08-August-2008.
Sampled at a restaurant in a shopping centre with the Four Seasons hotel in Shanghai, PRC on 18-March-2005.