Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - 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.
Erzengel (5282) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2015
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
33cl can in Hongkong. Smooth strange beginning. Malty-bitter, quite sweetish-viscous. Harsh-bitter aftertaste on a malty-bitter but a bit unpleasant aftertaste. Strange.
TimE (4058) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. Port, dark fruit, brown sugar and raisins dominate the nose. Actually quit a nice nose. The mouth shows some dark chocolate, raisins, almost like a Baltic Porter, but ingredients are very mainstream.
DuffMan (7781) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, brough to me from the brewery n China by phantomhennes-- thanks Ian! Dark cola-brown, medium light brown head, decent retention. Aroma is roasted malt and a hint of bubblegum. Dry roasty palate, some dark caramel too. Chalky finish. Better than expected!
KansaiBeerLvrs (2955) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 bucks Bottle from Century Mart in Shanghai. 6.7% It pours a dark inky black with a thick tan creamy head. The nose is roasty malts & yummy milk caramel. Medium-thin bodied with a sharp carbonation. The taste is pretty good that sweet milk caramel(think those cubes you got at Halloween as a kid) balanced perfectly with toasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. I like it. Best of my supermarket haul so far.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Grzesiek79 (3445) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chinski mocny Stout w eleganckiej ciemnej szacie. Wyglad to glebia czerni nieprzezroczysta, piana lekko brazowawa, sporawa i ladna niestety za szybko opada. Zapach lekko lukrecjowy i lekko piernikowy. Pozostawiajacy pewien posmak delikatnej mlecznej kawy i finisz za to zaskakuje jest dlugi i wytrawny.
GuideDogSaint (771) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 Re-rating due to finding this version rather than the 4.5% domestic version. 330ml can bought from Wellcome on Peng Chau Island, Hong Kong. Pours dark brown black with a thin off white head. Aroma of burnt malt with some chocolate and coffee. Sweetish finish. Pretty similar to the domestic version but clearly with more body.
Benzai (9897) - 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 (4663) - 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 (2458) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
czlowiekwiadro (384) - 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.