GoufCustom (750) - HONG KONG - MAY 24, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
330 ml pull-tap can bought at Wellcome Superstore in Sheung Shui.
Clear deep blackish brown colour; Half finger head and beige foam which last for 2 minutes; Minimal lacing and notable carbonation; Sweet aroma of light roasted malt, coffee, caramel, light chocolate, rice, and hint of grass; Pretty strong sweet taste of dark roast malt, with corn syrup, coffee, rice grains, light milk chocolate, liquorices, nuts, alcohol, hint of citrus and light grass; Med to light body, Thin and slightly creamy palate; Taste profile is an unbalanced mix of thin dark malt, sugar syrup, and strong booze. The syrupy taste overwhelms the already thin malt roastiness and nuttiness. Adding the strong booze on top, and the overall taste is really going nowhere. Bad! Hoppiness is near zero nose, slight citrus in taste, and a slight grassy bitterness so ineffective that the finish is all sweet booze; Slightly dry after taste, sweet and boozy to mouth.
Comments: This one starts out badly with sweet nose, and then its full of syrupy grainy boozy taste, with a roast malt body so thin and hoppiness so light, all the ingredients simply don’t add up, they just sitting here, laughing at me why buying this? A swill which gives foreign stout a bad name. Avoid.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Brun i färgen, beige skum. Doftar söt mörkt bröd, karamell, lite rostat, gräs och metall. Smakar mörkt sött bröd, gräs, choklad, lätt rostat.
fletchfighters (1031) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
better than I expected really.
Pours dark brown, nearly black. Light brown head with spotty lacing.
Medicinal, or herbal nose really. Licorice, roasted malts, coffee and some smoked meat quality.
Medicinal taste and feel. Quite different when adding in a smoked meat feel. A lot more smoke than the nose leads on.
Slow sipper but quite nice and a good tick.
rolnaersen (2) - CHINA - FEB 9, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
taste back-to-back against Rochefort 10. Good beer hide hop palate by taste. so Tsingtao stout with ererything but lack of complex aroma and teate.
Cantabrian (776) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 15, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from a grocery store in Hong Kong. Watery, bitter - not hoppy bitter, but charred bitter. Pissy, tastes like something that cigarette butts have been tossed in. Horrible! Not sure if this is a true stout, but it’s one of the worst black beers ever.
jbeatty (1014) - New York, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Hong Kong, 08/02/2012. Cola pour, creamy beige brown head sticks around. Aroma of chocolate malt, medium roast, bit of caramel, nutty. Taste is chocolate, medium roast malts with peculiar sweetness following, bitter finish. Medium palate. As others have said, surprisingly not bad.
northropfrye (2090) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was not bad at all. Dark cola like appearance, with nice brown head. Smoky aroma. Taste is sweet and malty and roasted. Pretty good.
olio (5856) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle @ Timo A.
Pours deep dark red color with small lasting head. Aroma is quite mild with some dark malts, grain notes and a bit of sugar. Flavor of sugar, caramel, mild dark malts, dry chocolate notes and some hints of berries. Dry malty palate with a mild berryish finish. A lot better than I expected.
laiti (5445) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
35,5 cl bottle
Bottle neck says ”20 120218” and label ”≥6,7%”
Aroma is very light with some roastiness, cocoa and hints of smoke. Flavour is very dry and medicine‐like with licorice, dark chocolate, some spices, hints of anise and ash. Quite typical foreign stout, but a bit drier than others in this style. Better than I expected.
jgb9348 (4636) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, two centimetre tall but fading fast light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, caramel and a touch of a bit of roasted malt. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep chocolatey malt flavour at first with some nuts, caramel, toffee and a lot of prunes. Aftertaste is quite robust with nothing large and opaque, just a nice earthy, malty flavour with a ton of sweetness and a decent amount of alcohol coming through - especially for the brewery, you don’t expect this at all. Overall, a rather nice stout with some good true flavours with a long-lasting flavour that would go well with some earthier flavoured food here. I sampled this 33cL can purchased from CitySuper! Grocery Store at 2 IFC in Central, Hong Kong, SAR China on 10-August-2010 sampled at home in Washington a few days before setting back out to Hong Kong, in which I could imagine drinking this with some noodles from Tsim Chai Kee or Mak’s a few blocks away on Wellington in Central.