Brewed by Tsingtao Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Qinqdao, China


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Note: alcohol content may vary slightly for export...known to be 5.7% in Belgium.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Ruby colour with a nice beige head. Rich coffee aroma and taste with notes of roasted malts. A bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Bottle: Also enjoyed on the Yokohama subway. Fairly stouty, not as black as the usuall deep SE asian dark lager, a shady brown, maybe. The nose though is fairly strong and roast, some bright fruity coffee and a well rounded acidic light roasted malt note. The flavor concurred with a vague roastines, yet sweet and full of chocolate. Its heading somewhere else far from this place, but for this spot, at this time, it was not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (3195) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Enjoyed on the Yokohama subway. Dark brown in color. Tons of molasses, malts, coffee, anise, nuts, and sweet dark fruits in the aroma. Decent body. Flavor is full of the molasses and roasted malts with some coffee and cocoa backing it up. Leaves you with a long bittersweet finish. Left me suprised, a very solild brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asedzie (819) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Pours a dark, slightly translucent brown. Thick, lasting khaki head with lacing down the sides of the glass. Carmel aroma, along with some nuttiness. Palate is very full, like a mouth full of musky dried fruit. Alcohol is noticeable, prickly. A cloying candy sweetness throughout. Smokiness, tar, oiliness. Finishes bitter, and a little lifeless considering the gamut of flavors it went through. Really wild for a proletariat beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2007
One of these fell off the back of a truck and found its way to my house. Anyway, Ive shied away from tring beer from China for they dont seem to be two words that belong together. Anywho....Not my idea of what a swartzbier should strive to be but lets face facts ....lots of things are lost in translation. A hint of asphalt and vanilla in bland underwhleming nose that pours into a unsophisticated brown. maybe it was a bit old or still upset from falling off the truck. who knows, still better then some Ive had and probably the best stuff comercially available from those Commies.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
faroeviking (10742) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a short thin bubbly head. Bit roasty and sweet aroma. Flavour is quite sweet, bit toffee with roasted malts. Sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
(bottle - Beijing) Dark, almost black. Small tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is roast (almost burnt) malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2006
Bottled (6.0%) thanks omhper!)). Pitch black opaque colour, big brown head, leaves lace. Aroma is smoothly roasted malt with some maize in it. Flavour is coffee, roasted malts, slight smoke. In finish/aftertate theres smooth roasted malts and raisins. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17314) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2006
Bottled, alc. 6.0%
Domestic version (thanks Per). Opaque black/very dark brown, bif creamy expresso head, lace. Light smokey and grainy nose. Toasted, coffeish, malty, medium bodied - watery background, does not show alcohol much. Bonus suprise is smokey notes in the aftertaste. Hands down the best beer from China so far!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 15, 2006
Sampled along my great buddy, Jeremy in Shanghai. Malty, flavorful representation of one of Chinas few dark beers. Slight smokiness, alright beer.

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