oh6gdx (20333) - 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.
omhper (19380) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark brown, rich head. Sweet woody nose. Grapefruity hops, molasses and dark bitter chocolate. Restrained sweetness and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Lightly roasty. Hoppy bitter finish. I'm stunned. This beer is actually really good.
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Draught, multiple locations, Qingdao
Very dark brown with a thin light brown head. The aroma is caramelly with a little bit of chocolate syrup. Light caramel notes, a bit thin, almost cracker-like character.
Sampled bottled at Wei’s Pizzeria in Kunming, Yunnan
Dark chestnut colour with a huge, thick, light brown head. The aroma has a light roastiness and appetizing leafy hoppiness. The body is moderately full with rich malty flavours of nuts, dark chocolate, and light coffee. One of the finer schwarzbiers I’ve had. 8-5-8-5-17 = 4.3
TBone (12547) - 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!
jcwattsrugger (11083) - 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.
faroeviking (10289) - 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.
imdownthepub (10268) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark brown with pale head. Sweet dark roasted malty beerwith a finishing bitterness. A very interesting beer compared to other Chinese types I have had.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Bottle: Also enjoyed on the Yokohama subway. Fairly stouty, not as black as the usuall deep SE asian dark lager, a shady brown, maybe. The nose though is fairly strong and roast, some bright fruity coffee and a well rounded acidic light roasted malt note. The flavor concurred with a vague roastines, yet sweet and full of chocolate. It’s heading somewhere else far from this place, but for this spot, at this time, it was not bad at all.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@ Qingdao beer festival. Black with nice brown head. Aroma and flavors are thin and sweet, but pretty nice. Fruity. Biitter orange with chocolate taste in finish. Thin and slightly sour. It almost wants to be a foreign stout but seems held back.
jgb9348 (4738) - 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.