Benzai (11049) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Joes. Brown color with a red glare coming through, small to medium sized beige head. Smell malts, rotting leaves, caramel. Taste malts, vegetables, leaves, caramel. Average body and carbonation. No, don’t like it at all.
DutchDrebus (4950) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can @ Joes. Brown colour with a small light brown head. Chocolate, roasty, some coffee. Tastes sweetish, roasty, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Pretty subtle. Medium body, nice carbo.
drpimento (2534) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This was a gift from a friend Doug B, who brought it back with him from China, thanks Dougie! Poured with a light tan head, no lace and a clear dark mahogany color. aroma is malt vanilla anis and the barest hint of roast. Flavor is dominated by carbonic tang. Then really there's a little bit of dark sweet malt and not much else. Bodies is just a bit on the thin side. I guess if you didn't have many options for dark beer this would be welcome.
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czlowiekwiadro (462) - POLAND - JUL 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
palony, lekko kremowy zapach z nutami czekoladowymi. kolor ciemny, ale nie czarny, w środku pływają niezbyt ładne ale też niezbyt widoczne kłaczki. piana przyzwoita, beżowa. w smaku pustawe, lekko wodniste, z wyraźną palonością i dość sporą goryczką. mało ułożone, ale nie czuć alkoholu.
JaKeAFC (781) - ITALY - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 cl bottle from a supermarket in Hong Kong, 7.5%. Pours black color, clear dark brown in closer look, big brownish head. Burnt malt on the nose. Aroma is licorice, dark malts, malzbier, dark bread, toasted malts, cocoa and coffee. Taste is somewhat sweetish, chocolateish, with a bitter dar chocolate finish. Carbonation is sustained, body is medium, finish is dusty, s bit sticky still quite dry, alcoholic. Quite good unexpectedly, tasty.
Melker (244) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bought in at Wellcome Super Store in Hong Kong (quite OK beer and wine selection actually). Have to admit that I didn’t drink this properly, drank it straight outta the bottle. Roasted malt, some dark bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Thin and not very interesting.
maekchu (2836) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from local Yamaya store. Good chocolate nose, light pine, some spiciness. Very dark brown, translucent at edges, 1-cm. dark tan head. Fizzy chocolate roast initial, goes to ripe dates, small bitter coating in finish. Medium body (a bit thin for the style). Good, but light for a foreign stout. Okay, but one-dimensional stuff.
Zarkam (536) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Based on notes from 02092014) 330ml bottle from a take-out sushi-joint in st. Petersburg, which amazingly enough also had take-out Chinese beer, 6.7% abv. Black colour, average frothy mostly diminishing light brown head, good lacing. Heavily malty roasted aroma of dark bread and mild coffee, moderate piney hops. Taste is initially bittersweet turning into a moderately bitter and slightly salty finish with a light alcoholic feel. Medium to full body, oily texture, lively carbonation.
Bit too little aroma for something that’s closer to porter, but certainly the best Asian beer I’ve had ever as all the rest have been bog-standard lagers.
kidmartinek (3985) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black pretty much with a tan head that fills at least 30% of the glass. Smell is a little sharp and somewhat sweet. Taste is kind of medicinal, little cocoa, little sweet but somehow decent. Dry finish. Pretty ok.
Mark_Eck (1250) - - FEB 10, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bought this in Shanghai and the back label says 12°P and 4.5% ABV, yet says stout in English on the front. Pours a dark brown. Light aroma of roasted malts. Has a slight, burnt bitter taste. Best Tsingtao beer, but still watery when compared to other stouts.