davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Exceptional stout. Aromas of chocolate, raisins, dark fruit, and hints of vanilla. Taste starts sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy head. Splitenz (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
Every Japanese beer I’ve had in the last couple of years have been such exiting and often different treats. This lovely stout is a gorgeous chocolate and roasty bitter treat. I also got vanilla and quite a bit of salt from this. I want to go on a beer safari in Japan because of beers like this. kopyr (11) - Oborniki Śl./Wrocław, POLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Strong chocolaty aroma. Perfect appearance - opaque black with ruby highlights with dense tan head, with great lacing. Good distinct bitterness, with a lot of chocolate. Very long lasting aftertaste. Great beer for such a simple style. kcmole (28) - USA - FEB 20, 2006
If you’re a Guinness fan, this might not be the beer for you. Had on tap in at Cheers Yokohama in Japan; Served at the perfect tempurature. Good coffee-like aromas, but not nearly as thick or smooth in the mouth as Guinness. It resembled more of a porter to me than a stout, but that’s exactly what I like. I will drink this beer every opportunity that I get! wojciechianna (281) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Looks nice, black with some red highlights and great foam. Aroma of chocolate, tastes very smooth and dry with a little honey flavour. Soft carbonation makes it pleasant to drink.
EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours black with brown edges and a nice foamy almost creamy off white head. Nose is roasted malt, but also a bit of zingy citrous hops. Taste is dominated by the roasted malt, with coffee and touch of chocolate, but theres a really nice citrous hop undercurrent which gives this a broader depth. Very nice stout. Crille (90) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
Pitch black color with a off-white head. The nose is full of biscuit, coffee and roasted malt. Very drinkable with its chocolate and coffee flavors. Grumbo (2948) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle at Tap East, Stratford, London. Excellent appearance, an extremely deep ruby brown colour, with an appealing lasting tan head delivering good lacing. Initial dry acidity made way for rich chocolate, and blackcurrant and raisin fruits. Good body, average-soft carbonation, this was an enjoyable beer. willisread (3350) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Served in a stemmed tuilip. Oil slick black with a nice soapy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Slight coffee and chocolate aroma. As it comes to room temperature the chocolate flavor starts to stand out a little more. Oily mouthfeel with a nice dry finish. Also a bit of sourness on the finish that comes off as sour cherries. Very pleasant and solid stout from Baird. drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - NOV 20, 2015
4.5%ABV. Dry stout.
Poured out of the bottle a deep black brown with a thin tan head. 40ºSRM.
The nose off the cap was of an espresso roast. There were full-bodied smoky aromas coupled with good quality charcoal with a hint of mesquite. Nose also has some nice ume sourness with a very dry and almost dessicated fruity character to it. There is a slight smoky umami character to the nose like kasuobushi. Overarching all this a fruity sweetness like full ripe cherries.
Mouthfeel is carbonated and light. No syrupy cling. There is charcoal which is reminiscent of Wakayama charcoal with smoke and bitter that co-exist in an ephemeral balance without either asserting itself over the other. There is a nice ume, fruity or sour roundness to the palate that allows the roasty flavors of coffee, peat and tobacco to come through very nicely.
Finish is clean and abbreviated.
Overall, a very carefully crafted ale with none of the obviousness of a more continental brew. A very congenial and enjoyable brew.
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