TimE (5953) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2007
Deceptive upon looking at it as the light brown head and color of the body suggest a brown ale or perhaps even a porter. However, one whiff of the hoppy cascade nose sends your mind into total disorientation, but you can reach your senses when you get a whiff of some pale malts. A huge floral hoppy body hits the tongue, but after the first swallow the roasted malts become apparent. After every subsequent swallow the hops and malts fight for attention. The hops produce a cotton candy like feel that seems to transform the roasted malts into milk chocolate like tasting. This is strange, but incredible stuff. Only a perfectly balanced beer could do what this beer does. To get a better understanding of this, take 2/3 pint of IPA and a 1/3 of a stout and combine them. It goes great with Yakisoba. buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 14, 2008
Black colour with a very nice looking lilac brown head. Unexpectedly good flavour of licorice, anise, subtle sweetness and a very slightly sticky feeling. Unique and impressive. Seems like Baird makes their best brews exclusively for pubs (this and First Impact are brewed only for Popeye’s and Ushitora respectively). thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2008
On tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Almost black with a small tan head. Grapefruit hop aroma. Perfumy and grapefruity flavours with light roast. Well-carbonated with a full body. A great combination of flavours. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2012
on tap at popeye in tokyo. dark brown with a purple tinge, minimal beige head; interesting aroma of pine, grapefruit zest and cocoa butter; full, nectar texture, light coco pops and dry roastiness, quick and satisfying finish; delicious Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2013
Batch #112--great batch according to Chris.
Aroma: grassy hop, some coffee and bitter chocolate aromas.
Flavor: mirrors the aroma--grassy hop, coffee and bitter chocolate.
Comment: Fortunate to have Chris Poel talk me through this--he aimed for dryness by keeping the malt at a low temperature so most of it converted to alcohol, otherwise, the sweetness would interfere with the hops.
douglas88 (9421) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2017
On tap at Popeye’s. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. A nice smooth malty nose, chocolate and light citrus. Oranges, ashy, some chocolate, a bit of roasted malt. Solid brew. larsga (7567) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2007
Small creamy offwhite head. Deep dark red barely translucent body. Floral hop aroma. Burnt bitterish resiny taste, very clean and harmonic. Dry resiny and chocolatey aftertaste. An excellent beer, whatever type it really is. (0.3l on tap at Popeye.) MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2010
Dried berries and roasted malts aplenty coalesce and hug the herbal, resinous hoppiness of this lovely India Black Ale. A comparison with their Fast Impact would be intriguing (and very pleasurable), if the two beers could be tasted under the same roof...
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the brownish blackness.
-All these flavors blend admirably, retaining complexity and a high level of flavor.
-Although there is a lot going on in here, the end product is very drinkable.
-If you like this, you will love their Fast Impact, brewed for Ushitora, another ji-biru bar in Tokyo.
On tap at Popeye’s.
Draft at Popeyes (Tokyo), a dark reddish brown. Big hoppy nose of citrus and pine. The malt is quite subdued, but adds some roastiness.. A decently bitter palate. shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 11, 2012
Tap at Popeye. Dark brown, small golden head, soon goes. Aroma, some roast, bit coffee, not so much hoppiness, just bitter from coffee. Taste initial hop hit, grassy hops, quite full on, some grapefruit too. Fades a but further down and get some fruitiness and something floral. Parma violet element with bitter dark choc. Not bad.