Moonzen King Yama Sichuan Porter (閻王四川黑啤)

Brewed by Moonzen Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Provincial Series
This beast of a Porter, with wafts of smoked caramel malts and Sichuan peppercorns, will set your senses on fire as you await King Yama’s judgement.

Ingredients: purified water, malted grains, Sichuan peppercorns, chilies, hops, live yeast.

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explosivedog (1926) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2018
330ml bottle. Pours black. Aroma is gorgeous, with that unique perfumed peppercorn stuff obvious the moment the bottle was opened. Aromatic peppercorn, smoke, caramel, toast, slight umami seaweed thing. Real interesting and real tasty.

CacheManyHose (790) - HONG KONG - NOV 30, 2017
Gift from Josephine and Alan after Thanksgiving 2017, drank at home. Pours an opaque dark rich brown with no head. Smells of Sichuanese peppercorn, spicy, toasty and smoky, moderate rich nutty malt, faint burnt butter, cola, slight sweet vegetal notes. Taste is smoky bitterness, more cola, dry roasted pepper. Body is on the thin/watery side, smoky, spicy finish. Interesting! Nose is a bit syrupy/sweet but taste is quite bitter with a nice amount of roasty smoky spice.

tderoeck (10913) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2017
26/VIII/17 - 33cl bottle @ RBBSG17 - BB: 7/III/18 (2017-1322) Thanks to adamnowek for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, huge fizzy aery beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of Szechuan pepper, bit spicy, soft roast. MF: very lively carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of Szechuan pepper, pretty spicy, roasted, bit sweet. Aftertaste: some caramel, coffee notes, little bitter, lots of black peppercorns, nice stuff!

77ships (11601) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2017
Thank you for sharing Adamnowek! 330 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG17. Black, solid thick mocha head. Nose is fascinating Sichuan massively with flowers, roses & mellow chocolate. Taste is Sichuan, big flowers, roses, herbal, mocha, sweet candy, herbal syrup, dark fruits syrup, low chili burn. Really unique profile, massive Sichuan doing all kinds of weird thing. Mocha herbal syrup body. Really dug it.

yespr (49173) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2017
33 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is herbal, soapy. Toasted malty. Dry malty. Soapy, pine. Lavendar. Spiced and hrbal. Dry and spiced. Herbal peppery finish.

Benzai (16995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2017
Sampled @ RBBSG 2017. Opaque black color, average to medium sized beige to light brown colored head. Weird herbal, caramel, liquorice and sichuan peppers (according to Tim) in the aroma. Taste malts, loads of liquorice and more liquorice mixed with sichuan peppers. Very weird, not my thing.

colui72 (1187) - HONG KONG - JUN 16, 2017
Pours dark brown, fizzy, with a large tan head. No much lacing. Aroma is full Sichuan cuisine, very distinctive if you are familiar with it, with strong Sichuan chili and Málà peppercorns. Taste gets dark malts as a base but the Sichuan flavours are strong, the heat and flavour of the chilies and the numbness of the peppercorn are here, very evident. So it gets a pretty vegetable taste, but it’s amazing, with a linger spicy feeling. Some chocolate notes as well, further. Medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, for an amazing porter!

adamnowek (3607) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2017
Fascinating brew. Black with a luscious little head. Aroma is tonnes of Sichuan pepper. Taste is forward with the pepper, but the level of spice on the tongue is really reasonable. As far as spicy porters go, this is one of the best.

Koelschtrinker (22491) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 19, 2017
Pfeffriger, deutlich rauchiger Antrunk nach Trockenfleisch. Im Antrunk wenig süß mit milden, stetig steigenden Pfeffernoten. Keine Bitterkeit, scharfe Gewürznoten, gefällig. Langer Nachhall, gut. 10/9/8/9//9

shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Thanks Jon! Aroma is naturally peppery and spicy but some plummy fruitiness comes through too. Taste is great, initial pepper burst fading into light caramel and roast with a touch of smoke and chilli there too at the end. Really nice combination. Bit of a cola feel to it too. Like it!

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