maekchu (3361) - 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 (538) - 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 (4585) - 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 (1778) - - 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.
Westkyoto77 (616) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Miles ahead of other Tsingtaos. Rich, liquoricey nose with dark chocolate, roasted malts, plums. Lightish body for a stout, but not too fizzy. Rather sweet, with chocolate and coffee flavours prominent. Not too shabby.
Plovmand (7757) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brought home by Nnudd. Pours black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is brown sugar, roasted malt, licorice and light hops. Mainly roasted malty flavor with licorice notes.
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Geiserich (4091) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: Aroma is malty and quite sweet, mainly sugary, with roasted malt and burnt cacao. Black color, coffee brown creamy head. Flavor is sweet and malty, sugary, notes of molasse and candy. Burnt malt, cacao powder, cooking chocolate, roastiness. Dry, cacao bitter end. This has been the best beer from china yet.
CH-303 (1920) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Very dark brown, lots of tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted. Slight coffee.
Taste: More dark malt and coffee, warming. Slight alcohol. Nice surprise.
Info: 355ml bottle, 13/6-2013, BB: 3/6-2014
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - JUN 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
355ml bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
Clear dark brown with a small dark beige head.
Soft roasty aromas, with some chocolate and faint earthy hops.
Flavors of carob, sweet chocolate and mild coffee, with low bitterness and some roastiness. Some root vegetables after taste.
Medium body with some cloying sweetness, not balanced, and quite hard to drink.
GoufCustom (1530) - 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.