willisread (3472) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2016
Old rating. Bitter version and it is bitter. Overly sweet still and a weird roasty bitterness that borders on astringent. There is some burnt chocolate notes, but still a mess and not really smooth or enjoyable. KansaiBeerLvrs (5249) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2013
After the success of the Roxce x Sapporo Chocolate beer they got more ambitious and launched 2 versions a bitter & a sweet. The bitter had a similar velvety thick brown pour though possibly slightly darker. This was way closer to the original recipe though maybe a touch more bitter. Anyways, this was my favorite of the two a good bitter dark chocolate flavor with a thick creamy mouthfeel. A nice chocolate beer but I preferred the original before they split into sweet & bitter-I think it was just a marketing cash grab so they could sell bigger gift sets. Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2011
Aroma: vanilla, cocoa, malt
Taste: Initially mild cocoa with some increase of bitter chocolate on the mid-palate and finish.
Sapporo tends to go for smooth, inoffensive flavors and palate with little or no bitterness, so this fits into their flavor profile. No point in making a "beer" (actually happoshu as sugars are added) like this except to sell it to Japanese college girls who hate beer. Instead of drinking this stuff, just make a good cup of cocoa and add a little cream to boost the body.
For a real beer that has complex chocolate flavors, try Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout. Capa (3330) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pretty much black in color with a mid-size tan head. Sugary sweet chocolate aroma with molasses and vanilla, too. Medium bodied. Powerful chocolate with a very sweet malt and molasses background. Eventually, this one finishes with some faint dark chocolate bitterness. Interesting. Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2010
Deep dark red-brown colored, little beige head. Aroma is nothing but sweet cacao-chocolate. Thin to medium bodied. Same goes to flavor, not much but overwhelming chocolate and cacao, aftertaste dries, but only mildly. Hard to rate.
KyotoLefty (10531) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2010
Aroma of dark chocolate, cream, and some dark malts. Lots of chocolate overwhelming all else, but not unpleasant. Black with a medium tan head, quickly shrinking. Flavor of well roasted malts and chocolate. Bitter and burnt, but with a creamy, chocolate ice-cream quality. Sweet as well, with a good deal of fruit and a bit of tartness. Not terrible, but a little much. Rather heavy and thick body. Altogether not bad, though a bit too sweet. Bitter, roasted finish helps.
improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Can. Pours a dark brown with tannish to light brown head. Strong chocolate aroma with a hint of bitter coffee. Flavor is of sweet chocolate malts. Almost tastes like a cola. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but it’s OK.