Alengrin (5718) - BELGIUM - APR 18, 2015
One of the new Japanese craft brews, a smoked stout with thick and creamy, light beige head and opaque black robe. Aroma of smoked herring, bitter chocolate, mocha ice cream, wet leather, bacon, charcoal, bayleaf, cold coffee, some vanilla, salmiac, cappuccino, toasted bread, candied figs, dried thyme, some vanilla, hints of soy sauce and wood glue. Taste of candied fruits without the typical sweetness; soft carbo, smooth and lean, perhaps somewhat thin body; very malty all the way through, caramelly and nutty tones, roasted bitterness (coffee!) in the end but in a very courtious, elegant kind of way, not biting or overpowering at all; somewhat metallic as well; smoky accent, clearly present in the nose, returns in an equally soft and gentle way retronasally. Vague spiciness of bayleaf and nutmeg adds some complexity, salmiac is there but also in a gentle, subdued way; finishes a bit smokey, gently hoppy and bitter, no alcohol is perceivable. Considering this country has no ’real’ beer tradition and is establishing its own identity in the craft beer world nowadays, this is far from bad; it is completely correctly brewed, no flaws or off-flavours here, but the aroma promises a bit more than the taste can deliver. Could do with a bit more personality. Still okay though, enjoyed it. ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget Nordstan, Gothenburg. Pours a deep near-black brown body with a small creamy off-white head. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate and hints of caramel and licorice. Taste is cereals, deep malty tones, licorice, hints of coffee and bread crusts. Creamy, velvety body, soft carbonation. Mellow and nice dry stout. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Sampled @ GJBF Yokohama: Dark black, nose of rich clove and licorice and roast, some coffee and chocolate. The flavor is chewy, some spruce and hop. The finish is clean, nice stout. Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Pours black with about a finger of light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, german sausage, light leather. Taste is roasted bitter, not very nuanced all the way through. Finish is lingering, bitter. Body is a tad too light but carbonation is well controlled. charlotte (5425) - rødovre, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle.Dark Brown colour with small head.Aroma is smooth and rosted with flavor of chocolate and caramel,mild body and oily texture with mild malty finish.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2010
On tap at Harajuku Taproom. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted and smoked malts aroma. In the mouth also chocolate and caramel competing for attention. Enjoyable. tricksta_p (5129) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2015
Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, sourish coffee. Flavour is light sweet and lightly sour with a moderate to medium coffee bitter finish. A bit thinnish, both aroma and body. Still, quite drinkable. martjoobolut (5121) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2015
0,33L bottle, BB 21.06.2015 (from Koht, Tallinn). Pours dark brown-black with light brown head. The small head stays. Aroma is roast, sour, dark chocolate. Flavor is roast, sour, malt, dark chocolate. Body is watery. Overall: maybe a bad bottle, but it’s barely drinkable. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours a watery brown with a thin head. Smells nice with dark roasted malts and chocolate but that’s where the fun stops. The taste is watery, deeply toasted malt seeming burnt at times. Looks ok, smells good, tastes worse. Actually its not that bad. Or good. Or bad.
sic1314 (4967) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2013
Poured dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of dry, roasted malt, some floral notes. Medium body, flavour of the roast malt, coffee with dark and milk chocolate. Dry, bitter finish.