Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle at McLoughlin’s Kyoto. Clear almost black (red glow) - offwhite head. High licorice, english licorice, burned, herbal, dry english licorice, dry nutty walnut, light vineous. KyotoLefty (10689) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2009
Slightly aged bottle. Lovely, shiny black with a bubbly, high, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of soy sauce. Creamy and smooth. flavor of chocolate and cafe au lait, with a well-managed bitterness, and berries. Very smooth, creamy mouth. Well done beer. Their best by miles. Nisse666 (7978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
Japnese beer rating at Tiddes, sponsor Kras, 2009-11-27, can AP: black, high light brown head. AR: rosted malt, hops F: roasted malt, hops, medium + bitterness, caramel , chocolate, almond Ernest (7819) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Rated Apr 2008.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Very simple and just a tad grainy; drinkable but dull. larsga (7656) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2007
Small dark brown head. Almost completely opaque black body, dark brown at edges. Sweet perfumed licorice aroma. Sweet earthy licorice taste with mint notes. Dryish throughout. Dry minty burnt aftertaste. Quite nice. (0.334l bottle.)
Beer5000 (6735) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2006
330 ml bottle. Pitch black body with a foamy head. Light smoked aroma with some fruit. Flavor is light burnt, some coffee, some chocolate and a bit of nuts. The alcohol is not to distinctive but gives the body a bit watery impression. Some hint of acid in the relatively short aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, but somehow a bit inharmonious. jgb9348 (6480) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Deep dark brown coloured body with deep oily black glow and a thin, two centimetre light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, figs and a lot of molasses - very nice compared to the light lagers. Medium-bodied; Deep roasty flavour with a lot of sweetness, but not much body, showing raisins and figs the strongest and the slightest hint of soy sauce and vanilla. Aftertaste is deep and strong with some alcohol coming through, a bit of metal and bitterness, but a nice solid beer. Overall, a good beer considering the options! I sampled this 33 cL can purchased from Takashimya Grocery/Department Store in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan on 12-August-2010 drank right in the city centre of Tokyo. TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 30, 2005
Pitch black color, with dark fruit, dark chocolate and liquorice in the nose. Medium bodied with heavy chocolately mouth and dark fruit and a linger dark chocolately finish with moderate bitterness.
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Can, 230yen, from a Family Mart in a back alley in Kyoto: Dark brown color, light roasty note but a dry a fluffy sweet tail. The flavor is light with a cocoa and marshmallow sweetness and a thin roasty tail. Certainly NOT the epitome of beers as it claims to be, but it’s decent drinking vs. what’s normally in convenience stores here. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2015
On draught at the Cathay lounge in Narita today. Pours very dark brown, near black. Big foamy light brown head. Aroma is mostly coffee. Cool palate and thin mouthfeel. Flavor is toasted cool malt and coffee with a little bit of cream.