Grzesiek79 (4485) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Chinski mocny Stout w eleganckiej ciemnej szacie. Wyglad to glebia czerni nieprzezroczysta, piana lekko brazowawa, sporawa i ladna niestety za szybko opada. Zapach lekko lukrecjowy i lekko piernikowy. Pozostawiajacy pewien posmak delikatnej mlecznej kawy i finisz za to zaskakuje jest dlugi i wytrawny. GuideDogSaint (1811) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 18, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 Re-rating due to finding this version rather than the 4.5% domestic version. 330ml can bought from Wellcome on Peng Chau Island, Hong Kong. Pours dark brown black with a thin off white head. Aroma of burnt malt with some chocolate and coffee. Sweetish finish. Pretty similar to the domestic version but clearly with more body. Benzai (16928) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Joes. Brown color with a red glare coming through, small to medium sized beige head. Smell malts, rotting leaves, caramel. Taste malts, vegetables, leaves, caramel. Average body and carbonation. No, don’t like it at all. DutchDrebus (6328) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
Can @ Joes. Brown colour with a small light brown head. Chocolate, roasty, some coffee. Tastes sweetish, roasty, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Pretty subtle. Medium body, nice carbo. drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2014
This was a gift from a friend Doug B, who brought it back with him from China, thanks Dougie! Poured with a light tan head, no lace and a clear dark mahogany color. aroma is malt vanilla anis and the barest hint of roast. Flavor is dominated by carbonic tang. Then really there's a little bit of dark sweet malt and not much else. Bodies is just a bit on the thin side. I guess if you didn't have many options for dark beer this would be welcome.
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czlowiekwiadro (1240) - POLAND - JUL 19, 2014
palony, lekko kremowy zapach z nutami czekoladowymi. kolor ciemny, ale nie czarny, w środku pływają niezbyt ładne ale też niezbyt widoczne kłaczki. piana przyzwoita, beżowa. w smaku pustawe, lekko wodniste, z wyraźną palonością i dość sporą goryczką. mało ułożone, ale nie czuć alkoholu. JaKeAFC (1310) - ITALY - JUL 16, 2014
355 cl bottle from a supermarket in Hong Kong, 7.5%. Pours black color, clear dark brown in closer look, big brownish head. Burnt malt on the nose. Aroma is licorice, dark malts, malzbier, dark bread, toasted malts, cocoa and coffee. Taste is somewhat sweetish, chocolateish, with a bitter dar chocolate finish. Carbonation is sustained, body is medium, finish is dusty, s bit sticky still quite dry, alcoholic. Quite good unexpectedly, tasty. Melker (267) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Bought in at Wellcome Super Store in Hong Kong (quite OK beer and wine selection actually). Have to admit that I didn’t drink this properly, drank it straight outta the bottle. Roasted malt, some dark bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Thin and not very interesting. maekchu (4104) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle from local Yamaya store. Good chocolate nose, light pine, some spiciness. Very dark brown, translucent at edges, 1-cm. dark tan head. Fizzy chocolate roast initial, goes to ripe dates, small bitter coating in finish. Medium body (a bit thin for the style). Good, but light for a foreign stout. Okay, but one-dimensional stuff. Zarkam (539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2014
(Based on notes from 02092014) 330ml bottle from a take-out sushi-joint in st. Petersburg, which amazingly enough also had take-out Chinese beer, 6.7% abv. Black colour, average frothy mostly diminishing light brown head, good lacing. Heavily malty roasted aroma of dark bread and mild coffee, moderate piney hops. Taste is initially bittersweet turning into a moderately bitter and slightly salty finish with a light alcoholic feel. Medium to full body, oily texture, lively carbonation.
Bit too little aroma for something that’s closer to porter, but certainly the best Asian beer I’ve had ever as all the rest have been bog-standard lagers.