jgb9348 (4943) - 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.
Beer4000 (4823) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle. Dark brown, almost black body with a medium sized, dense, creamy, brown head. Aroma of dark, sweet malt, roasted coffee and mocha. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, creamy coffee like latte, some dry fruit and a bit sour-bitter. Quite nice, but a bit too sweet and sour kind of flavor.
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark beer. Almost no head. Rich aroma of alcohol, molasses and earth. Sweet flavour of burnt malt and molasses and sugar.
skortila (4687) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Tnx Noize for the import. Aroma has liquorice, some roast, grains. Clear, black coloured beer with a thin head. The taste has some roast, malts, liquorice. Bit salty soy like. Very funny commercial description. probably typical for the Chinese. Mao’s red book was also such a laugh. I’m afraid they are serious.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I may be swayed by the commercial description being so great...
Plenty of molasses and some balsamic character along with burnt malts in the nose. Dark brown body is not quite opaque and topped by a low dark tan/brown head that recedes to a partial cover. Flavour is actually quite nice. Plenty of chocolate, a lot of roast. Middle of the road but enjoyable. Sweetness lingers. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Canned. Cellar temperature. Olympic 2010 tasting.
DutchDrebus (4473) - 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.
Grovlam (4157) - 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.
zvikar (3897) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared at a tasting, thanks Naam for this one, pours black with red taints and a beige head, aroma of dark bread, roasted tones, malt and honey, flavor of dark bread smoked malt, toasted bread, nuts, light sweetness, moderate bitterness and some mint, medium bodied, nice
kidmartinek (3741) - 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.
Geiserich (3537) - 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.