EdKing (2668) - 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 (99) - 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 (4296) - 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 (3811) - 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 (1466) - 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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asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
[on tap at Popeye]
Vanilla and bubblegummy roasted barley aroma. Almost opaque, dark brown under a nitrogen foam cover. Nice oaky vanilly roast flavour with hazlenut and caramel accents. Also a little coffee and toastiness. Bitterness comes mostly from dark malts. Medium to full body with low carbonation and a not unpleasant, lingering malt bitterness. shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2012
Keg at the Harajuku taproom. Dark brown with small golden head. Aroma is soy sauce, roasty, bit of coffee, touch of smoke (and bacon). Taste is slightly creamy but mostly roasty bitterness. More of the savoury meat and soy sauce thing. Long lasting roasty finish. Bit of sweet malt hidden in there too. Nice and sessionable. gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
360 ml bottle ordered to Systembolaget in Mölndal early April, sampled on May 2, 2013.
Black color, nice chocolate brown colored head. Sweet, malty, roasted barley scent. Sweet, malty, black currant leaves, roasted barley taste. Medium low bitterness. Roasted barley aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel.