Crit (3790) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rarity, a dark Chinese beer.Nearly black with tan head.Roasted coffee malt nose.Rich malt flavor. Good body
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Ruby colour with a nice beige head. Rich coffee aroma and taste with notes of roasted malts. A bit thin.
jazz88 (2661) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. What a treat. Very dark and almost black appearance. The aroma was malty with roasted coffee and molasses. The flavor is rich and echoes the aroma. I found this in Hong Kong on the morning before my flight home. I couldn’t pass it up.
Capa (2616) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - 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.
kwoeltje (2233) - 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.
jerohen (2167) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from some supermarket in Hong Kong. Extremely dark coloured, lasting brown head, absolutely beautiful. Strong nose, roasted malts, chocolate. Very bitter flavour, malts, coffee and chocolate. Better than expected. I’m not sure about the style, but it seems in between a Schwarz and a Porter.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was shocked. A dark Tsingtao. Nice creamy tan head. Black as tar. Lots of malt and almost an Imperial Stout taste to it. A very good brew but does it work with Chinese food? Who cares? Drink it by itself.
coldbrewky (1681) - 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.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber coloured beer with medium head. The aroma is light smokey with hints of tar. The taste is bitter roasted with a hidden vanilla sweetness. Long bitter dry roasted finish. The most interesting and complex Chinese beer I have found so far.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 A dark brown color with a foamy light brown head. A rich complex malt aroma, I would have never believed I was smelling such a beer made by Tsingtao!
Roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate, this is more stoutlike than several stouts I’ve had! A nice mouthfeel, full, rich and creamy. By far the best beer in China and one of the better Asian beers!