OneBrewru (11) - JAPAN - APR 18, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tokyo Black pours thin and is jet black. The head is mocha brown and remains for about 30 seconds. Moderate lacing lines the glass.
The smell is mostly of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The smell, like the beer itself, is a bit thin.
The taste is only a little bitter with coffee and chocolate notes. A slightly metallic aftertaste lingers.
The mouthfeel is thin but smooth and soft. Perhaps a little more prickly carbonation than a porter should have.
Overall, this beer is ok but not great. Yona Yona Pale is a better offering fro Yo Ho.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Can: Aroma of malt, light chocolate, light roasting, and light licorice. Poured pitch black in color with a huge, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light hops, light licorice, light roasting, and light chocolate. Medium body. Lightly dry, lightly tingly texture. Average carbonation. Malt, light chocolate, light licorice, light roast finish is dry.
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is not quite black with a big, soapy, mocha head.
S: Big time roasted malt aroma with coffee and coffee grounds being quite noticeable, too. Slightly acidic on the nose with some bitter dark chocolate coming through.
T: More chocolate than I was anticipating with quite a bit of bitterness. Definitely a solid roasted malt character along with coffee. Again, there’s a definite acidity to the beer.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Not sure why this is getting such high marks on here. I thought this beer was pretty mediocre (at best).
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, spotty cream head, large bubbles. Bit of smoke and grain, light oat. Bit thin flavor, grainy, green, chalky, bit of coffee. Thin body and too fizzy for the profile.
unclemattie (4134) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
350ml can. BLACK pour, dark brown head. Aroma of smoked malts, charred grains, cocao nibs, dark chocolate, burnt cereal, wooded hops, and fruity esters. Flavor of smoked malts, fish, burnt malt, heavy charcoal, some coffee, a touch of dark fruit under all of the deep heavy roast of prune. Finishes with a lot of char. Heavy bodied. It is dark!
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of Butters. Pours clear black with a large, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, coffee, roasted), light hops (woody), and light esters (fruity) with notes of smoke and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, caramel, coffee), light hops (woody), and light esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, prune, and dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry finish.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Butters) Smoky, grainy, and roasty aroma. Clear dark brown almost black with little head. Flavor follows aroma with smoky creosote notes, roast and chocolate malts. Relatively dry and slightly astringent. Medium to light body and mouth feel. Finish is dry smoky and lightly astringent.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of Butters at Richmond Gathering XIII. Pours a pitch black color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt notes, some nuttiness. The taste is roasted malts, smoke, caramel, tobacco, leafy hops. Medium bodied. Pretty tasty.
Kinz (3257) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Richmond 13th, can courtesy of butters. Deep brown, slight head. Slight chocolate and faint pepsin nose. The pepsin is more pronounced in the flavor. Rather nice.
Butters (3736) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gather XIII. Black pour with good mocha head. Bambergy smoke on the nose. Deep rich roast and chocolate and earthy notes in the flavor. Surprisingly good. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. Love that it comes in a can