faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - APR 12, 2017
Botella. Black colour with a huge light brown head leaving a very nice steady head, good lacing. Arom is sweet with well roasted malt indeed along chocolate and coffee and with bit smoke. Flavour is very roasted indeed such great maltiness, chocolate, dark fruits, some smokiness. Soft in bitterness actually. biirusaikou (2705) - - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle. Rich dark chocolate, syrupy mouthfeel, lingering spices, booze is definitely there with a warming end. Fun but not exactly balanced nor complex. varanid99 (1315) - AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016
Deep brown pour with a thick beige head. Sweet toffee and chocolate aromas. Taste is chocolate milk, toffee and a little roasted malt. Not bad. willisread (3554) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pretty light roasted malt nose with mostly milk chocolate aromas. Average carbonation with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Some chocolate covered raisin action on the palate. Smooth finish, but the body might be a little too thin. Still a very competent sweet stout. shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Bottle at home. Dark brown black colour with small golden head. Aroma is unsurprisingly chocolatey, ovaltine, oaty, milkiness, kind of hint a hot chocolate. Taste is similar, high on the chocolate, bit of vanilla creaminess, slight hint of smoke or spice, and some dark fruit. Pretty straightforward, but at the same time pretty decent.
Second time, much more fruity. Boozy kick too. Scores about right still though.
sunevdj (4104) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2. Pours a hazy dark brown. Smells malty. Sweet and dry with aromas of chocolate. Hints of chalk. Dry, bitter finish. Medium bodied. Westkyoto77 (636) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle from Yamaoka. Coal-black with medium tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, rich malt, black sugar, touch of soy sauce. Not over chocolates like some Japanese ’valentine’ beers. Smooth palate with low carbonation and rounded finish. Quality. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Ueno Park. Black - offwhite head. Chocolate, roasted, nutty, metallic notes, sweetness, nice high malty, ok soft body.
AndySnow (7996) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at the RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks TimE. Black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, malt. Smooth chocolate, fruit flavour. KansaiBeerLvrs (5305) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 2016 Version Baeren’s Chocolate Stout 6.5%
This is their normal version, the vintage version has recently been released online but I’ve yet to see it at any shops.
It pours a deep brown verging on black with a beige head. The aroma is quite interesting: bready cocoa butter and chocolate.
The taste is nice bitter roasty chocolate syrup on a medium body. Paired with a chocolate cookies I got a vision of coco puffs which was kind of funny.
This goes for less than 500 yen and is what I’d call a classic example of the indigenous Japanese Valentine’s Chocolate Beer Style.
----- 2013 Rating ---- Bottle direct from the brewery via Rakuten. The ABV has changed as is now 6.5% It poured a dark brownish black with an ok head of lightly brown foam. The mouthfeel was light/thin for a stout but the flavor was nice and the beer was quite easy to drink. The aroma is one of bitter roasted chocolate with some mild coffee/caramel notes. It wasn’t all that sweet but was a well balanced chocolate beer. My wife liked it and she thought it wasn’t so strong so she was surprised when I said it was 6.5%.