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

bottled
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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours an opaque dark brown-black, with an extremely pillowy tan head. In fact, the frothiness of the head and itís utter hugeness may be the most prominent aspect of the beerís appearance. Aroma is mainly of roasted malts, with strong chocolate overtones. The malts completely dominate the beerís aroma. Taste is of toasted malts, with a chocolate flavor that almost matches the aroma. Some hops are discernible, but they are very much in the background. This beer is very sensitive to temperature, and taste changes as the beer warms a bit--improves. Mouthfeel is just a bit disappointing. The beer pours thick, but it tastes thin. I expected more body.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (908) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2016
Poured from can. Near black with light tan head. Light roast malt, slightly watery.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (738) - SINGAPORE - JUL 13, 2016
5%ABV. Porter. Tapped out black brown. 34ļSRM. Iím guessing here because when it comes to the darker end of the spectrum I start to become less confident about color. Nose has smoke and the tang of ripe stone fruit. The smoke and slightly fruity sour of a porter is for me invariably reminiscent of curing tobacco with the sour smoky tang. Mouthfeel is watery. Palate has tons of dry ume, but without having the physical quality on the palate of being dry. There is woodsmoke, and burnt toast, black bread. Not much fruit in the palate, almost closer to the stout end of a darkly roasted grain beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (757) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2016
0.33 l can from food store in Tokyo. Dark brown, almost black, big tan head. Taste has dry chocolate and hops combined with sweet malts. Quite nice porter or stout or whatever.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3931) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2016
0.355l can (I guess since its all in Japanese) @ Apollon. Quite deep and dark in the glass this one, near black actually and not much of a head really. A thin sidesticking brown film perhaps. Smells nice and roasted. Lots of chocolate here. Dark chocolate, rich cold coffee, cocoa hints and a little vanilla trace. Nice aroma. Light oily texture in the mouth, almost a little watery and itís about average on the bubbles. Tastes alright also. Light roasted, dry burnt, traces of both cardboard and thin coffee. Lots of thin coffee actually. A fair one. 17.12.2014

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamnowek (1641) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
Huge aroma of nice dark chocolate. Taste is fairly bitter with a lot of espresso.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CObiased (279) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2016
12oz can - pours an extremely dark black with a thin to med beige head. Solid aroma full of roastiness, dark chocolate, licorice, espresso and charcoal. Enjoyable flavors of roasted grain, black licorice, peat and burnt coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1912) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2016
Can 33cl. Poured into a shaker. Almost opaque black, tall macropore tan head, mostly diminishing, light lacing; aroma roasted malts, cocoa, light licorice; mild taste, medium sweet and bitter, roasted malts, chocolate, light dark fruits, bit coffee groundings; dry bittersweet aftertaste, light spicy notes; medium body, creamy to watery texture, soft carbonation; maybe a bit on the thin side tastewise but quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1704) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2016
An above-average Porter. A bit like a muted campfire stout. Pours a great deep black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is a modern Porter, creamy with lots of chocolate, vanilla and bread pudding. Had in the can.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTan (1553) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Can. A- Cocoa, chocolate, roasty, subtle coffee. A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Chocolate, cocoa, roasty, subtle vanilla, light fudge, subtle spice. P- Medium full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- A darn tasty porter. Iíve come to love this brewery called Yo-Ho during my time in Japan. Please come to the US now. A really nicely done Porter. It doesnít scream special but itís just easy to drink and not a thing wrong with it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15252) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2016
Cask @ Ushi Tora. Looks great, nice and black with a bubbly cask head. Has a chocolatey, roasty nose. Palate is complex dark sugars and smokiness, hints of dark chocolate. Good body. Top porter.


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