KansaiBeerLvrs (4810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Probably not the same as what KyotoLefty had but I doubt this merits a separate entry. As chocolate beer which is their Valentine’s seasonal using kolsch as a base beer and cocoa powder. The result? It is a deep amber brown that is completely opaque and has a good 1 cm head of foam and leaves lots of lacing behind. The nose cacao, milk chocolate and nuts. Medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation. The taste starts off with sweet chocolate, a bit of roastiness, nuts and then ends in bitter dark chocolate. Simple but surprisingly nice. Fizz wasn’t mentioned anywhere and this wasn’t sold bottled just on draft at the Dogo taproom.
KyotoLefty (9642) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2010
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
200 ml Bottle.
Aroma of cocoa or chocolate milk. Powdery, dry. Medium brown color with a low off-white head. Cloudy, slightly muddy. Flat flavor of cocoa, milk…sweet and completely un-beer-like. There is a somewhat bitter finish and a slight strange medicinal character. Thin body. Not actually nasty or distugsting, but something like a cocoa flavored soda. Useless. One of the bad results of this Valentine’s Day beer boom in Japan.