Brewed by Tsingtao Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Qinqdao, China


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Note: alcohol content may vary slightly for export...known to be 5.7% in Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2003
The best dark chinese beer yet. Slight roasted malt aroma, black color and a tan head. nice malt flavor and a coffee/chocalate malt flavor. Probably the best beer in china.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 21, 2004
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5729) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
squatter (3) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2005 does not count
According to my database, I tasted 263 Chinese beers in 2001 & 2002 while in China. This was my preferred beer although there appears to be different versions at different Tsingtao breweries around the country.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23728) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2004
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.

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