Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2005
Dark amber coloured beer with medium head. The aroma is light smokey with hints of tar. The taste is bitter roasted with a hidden vanilla sweetness. Long bitter dry roasted finish. The most interesting and complex Chinese beer I have found so far. WVHouseofBeer (1073) - West Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Well this was a pleasant surprise........it was actually a real beer with flavor and depth. It was still rather light bodied and not great but better than I was expecting from Tsingtao. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, some coffee, caramel and some light soy sauce. Pours a very dark brown with a small khaki head. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 15, 2006
Sampled along my great buddy, Jeremy in Shanghai. Malty, flavorful representation of one of China’s few dark beers. Slight smokiness, alright beer. raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle, 6.7 %. Almost opaque brown black and beige head. Nose is bitterish dark chocolate, some coffee, spiciness, anise. Flavor is roasted bitter, strong chocolate, coffee, maybe slightly salty, anise, liqourice. I’d say this is more into porter or stout at 6.7 %. And pretty good at it. Still has the dryness of a schwarz. asedzie (831) - 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.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from in-laws post Thailand/Hong Kong trip. Tasted in a dimple mug. Black colour, light white head almost immediately dissolves. Salty sweet aroma, over burnt caramel scent. Taste is on the bitter side, with a hint of roast malt but finishes very bitter. bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
The onlything I found in chinatown that was’t a pale lager, so it points for that. Pours a nice dark brwon with a medium beige head. Aroma of burnt malt. Flavor starts very sweet and finishes bitter and salty, almost llike soy sauce. Its unique for China, but there are much better beers in the world. SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2003
The best dark chinese beer yet. Slight roasted malt aroma, black color and a tan head. nice malt flavor and a coffee/chocalate malt flavor. Probably the best beer in china. beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 It’s dark in color but it smells rather odd with notes of soy sauce and vinegar. This beer was offensive and used to rinse (clean?) my kitchen drain. Nnudd (69) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle. Dark colour with a thick, light brown head. The aroma has a light roastiness and appetizing leafy hoppiness. The body is moderately full with rich malty flavours of nuts, dark chocolate, and light coffee. Better then i expected.