laiti (7264) - 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 (5097) - 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.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 29, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Bottle gift from the brewery. Pours nice and dark with brown/tan head. Aroma of heavily roasted malts that carries over to the flavor. A bit one dimensional in the flavor but surprisingly better when compared to their other products.
Camons (7633) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Hotelroom, Kunshan. Pours black with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, notes of coffee. Taste is roasted malt, licorice, coffee, burned toast, light medical touch, dark chocolate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Okies stout, flavour far more bitter than aroma, but the medical notes are putting me abit of. 050112
hirigalzkar (2551) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Notes of milk, nougat, sweet licorice and milk chocolate. Well balanced. Very porteresque.
finol (2495) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks David!
Drinkable malty with a medium body. More than I expected, but still rather anonymous
DeanF (1808) - Nunavut, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I am, in fact, kind of a fan of foreign stouts.... the sweet barley and malts get me many times, but luckily not every time! This has a decent head and a nearly black body. The aroma is adjunct sweetness and fake barley, sugary notes and all the mess like that. The flavour is average for a stout - lots of coffee and sugar shining through, but also sweet adjunct stuff messing up the balance. You could call this an "okay" macro stout - and you’d be right. And that’s about all it is.
KyotoLefty (7570) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Yamaya. Pitch black, with a medium, frothy, chocolate milkshake head. Roasty aroma, coffee, chocolte, cream. Not exactly fragrant, but pretty nice. Sweet, roaaty flavor, chocolate, cream, roasted wood, salt, something like oyster. Lots of umami, a bit of licorice. Tasty, though there is a strange aspect to it. Nicely roasted finish. Thick, rich body. A pretty nice beer. Surprisingly nice.
Grovlam (4166) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brought and enjoyed in China. Huge light brown thick head that mostly lasted. Excellent display of lacework. Dark brown color with a reddish glow to it. Aroma of sweet light roasted malt, hint of chocolate, light dried fruity feel. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Light sweet and bitter flavor. Light roasted bittersweet finish. This was actually a positive surprise, with all the pale lager stuff that you normally find in China. Maybe I just needed the change of pace, but I enjoyed this one.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 I am pleased to be showing myself in a distinctive and remarkable way as I am irresistible and perceptive. My nightclub is a pub in Chinatown and this beer is courtesy of the New Yen Yen (I guess it should be the New Yuan Yuan really, of course the New Renminbi Renminbi would be just silly) supermarket where I purchased this for a keen price of $3.50. After finishing a Tiger schooner from the very aptly named pub for this area, The Mountbatten, I am now discreetly demonstrating my perspispacity by supping on this outside while watching Asia pass me by in my own back yard. What a shop I have just completed! I have roast dukk, chook feat and bean Kurd sheets. All this amid acid! Funny, can’t taste the ratter, sorry latter, but I am enjoying a well presented glass of this with a fine lace and consistent head. Perfect crema atop an opaque deep black beer. The nose is chocolate malt and vanilla with such clean notes to show the quality control in the brewing process. These are not as prominent in the taste but the clarity of flavour and mouthfeel is impressive. ABV sneaks up on you as the glass warms but all you are ever left with is the pleasant burnt malt palate of a well produced stout. Good stuff old China.