Brewed by Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Style: Porter
Nagano, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Tokyo Black is the second brand at YoHo. A robust porter, well balanced between the malt and the hops. The complex chocolate and roast flavours of dark specialty malts are combined with a floral and slightly spiciness from Perle hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Cask, JDW, 4th April 2008. Pure black with no carbonation, this has a strong roasted malt aroma and an excellent flavour of chocolate, dark malt and liquorice. Very soft on the tongue too. A very, very nice dark porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Can. Dark black pour, a little lacing and a nice roasted dark malt and peat & chocolate aroma. Flavor is outstanding, rich velvety chocolate, dark malt, earthy peat and a little sweetness on the finish. I’d buy the hell out of this if it wasn’t $6/can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Can 330ml. Great beer. Aromas of apple, milk chocolate, and caramel. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, average duration. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaups (29) - ESTONIA - NOV 20, 2014
Can @De Tolly joogipood, Tartu, Estonia. Pours with active brown head that reduces quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, slightly coffee. Taste of strong dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, mild bitterness. Near perfect porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Originally reviewed: 5/11/09. Pours a deep black, very thick. Nice two-finger tan head resting on top. Retention is weak, and there’s some spotty lacing, but not much. Smell is sour at first, but then gives way to a nice roasty scent with hints of cocoa and espresso. Very nice creamy mouthfeel on this. Smooth velvet coats the mouth. Right off the bat, there’s a big metallic twang on the mouth. This recedes and becomes a roasty chocolate and bready flavor. This is very drinkable. I could drink these all night. I was very impressed with this porter, from a can no less. Recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7411) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Can pours nice and dark with nice firm mocha head of nearly creamy foam. The aroma has a fun mix of bold malts, roasted malts, molasses, coffee and a bit of chocolate. Smells great. The taste is similar with roasted malts heading into dark roasted malts and molasses. It gets a little coffee and chocolate like to midway and into the finish. This is a toasty roasty robust porter. Yummers. I’m lovin’ this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4008) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2014
Can from Systembolaget. Deep smell with creamy dark chocolate. Taste is also deep and full with dark chocolate, hard toasted bread and something that makes me think of milk chocolate. Full body. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2672) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 10, 2011
Can bought from Bic Camera! Branded as National Trust. Pours extremely dark brown black with frothy beige gold head. Aroma is smoke spice and bitter coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, strong coffee with a bitter finish. Slight creaminess. Spiciness lingers at the end. Lovely. Possibly a bit thin inthe mouth but this is just a quibble. Has the oiliness you would expect though. Having something this good out of a can from a camera shop is pretty amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (2906) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2014
Can kindly shared by Roman, thank you! Aroma chocolate, light heavily roasted. Light light dark fruits. Quite tempting. Almost black colour. Taste is moderate burnt roastiness, light chocolate, light coffee. Simple, but tasty albeit a bit thin bodied. Very easily drinkable and a very good one overall. Finish of moderate duration, roasted notes, coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 3, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 Like a sweeter version of their tokyo black this is very nice, but about 70 yen more than said beer, so theres really no point to this one in my eyes, other than the donation that is offered through the sale of the beer
Earlier Rating: 2/4/2007 Total Score: 4
Robust is a great word to describe this, with a very creamy taste on the palate. As smooth as silk and a lot of dark flavours for such a low alcohol. My go to black beer in Japan

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