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Black Beer Stout - Hite Brewery Company LTD

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BA SCORE
66
poor

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hite Brewery Company LTD visit their website
Korea (South)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: froghop on 03-15-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev +45.9%

kushlash23, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Saksis
3.5/5  rDev +36.2%

Saksis, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of mwar
3.5/5  rDev +36.2%

mwar, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, simple and one-sided but not bad.
The taste is roasted malt with some lemon bitterness to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It drinks more like a dark lager than a stout. Not bad.

Fatehunter, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly black in the glass with a one finger tan head with decent retention and lacing. Faint aroma of toasted malt, coffee; with a slight sourness. Flavor is better than the aroma, but very attenuated. Faint dark toasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes very light with memories of dark malt. Light bodied, but decent carbonation. An odd little beer, for a brief moment after tasting, all the right elements of an English stout are present, although subdued, but flavor fades away to a very light finish. This tastes like a high production English stout that has been slightly watered down. It has potential if the pleasant flavors present would be more intense and with a bit more body. I suspect this would still be a locally welcome beer compared to many of the very light Asian beers. Worth a try and drinkable, but most other stouts would be a better choice. I would rate this higher compared strictly to other beers from this continent, but it is labelled as a stout and has to stand up in that company.

LiquidAmber, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of bwalsh
3.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So, I've begun reviewing all of the Korean beers, because I miss my American micros so much and I found that this is a reasonable way to cope. Unlike most others, I will not bash on the Korean beer I choose to consume (quite frequently), because it is still beer. I respect it for what it is, not how it behaves. I've been consuming the old Black Beer Stout for a few months, and I've actually turned a few American drinkers onto it. For what one gets in Korea, it is about the best (oh so sad). Sure, I could buy Guinness and Hoegaarden and what-have-you, but where's the fun/economy in that? They don't have the best, so I might as well imbibe the local. I have a bit of a personal attachment to Black Beer, so forgive the inflated scores...let's just assume I'm having a bottle of it with friends outside a Family Mart:

A- Pours a nice blackness. If it weren't for the lack of creaminess and the quickly-dissipating head, one could be convinced this were a standard stout. The head lingers for a bit, depending on the pour, then bubbles away.

S- Has a nice enough smell. It reminds one of times imbibing pretty solid beer, but with a hint of forgetfulness. As if the brewmaster forgot to add roasted malts or whatever. Still, for a Korean beer, the smell is the most reminiscent of a proper beer.

T- Not at all bad. It's like stout married an adjunct lager. I think Guinness is too watery of course, but that's because Guinness has been living through hype and image forever. This beer has a bit more wateriness (as in less creaminess), but it still brings a touch of coffee and chocolate malt to the equation. We've had this with dessert before and the results were not disastrous.

M- Like I said, still too watery for a proper stout on all ends, especially mouthfeel. It brings carbonation and a lack of expected creaminess (due to the mildly promising appearance and smell).

D- I would drink this all night, providing the company and atmosphere were good. It's not fabulous, but it is conducive to a hefty amount of consumption. I would rank most stouts at a higher drinkability based on taste and mouthfeel alone, but this beer does have a certain soul to it. It's a bit like the rebel beer of Korea; a black minority in the land of yellow, tasteless beers, it must try to grow and thrive.

Give Black Beer Stout several chances if you're in Korea...if not, you probably won't find it, nor will you ever think of touching it (even if it is $4 a sixer). I love this beer...I'm not "in love" with it...I love it as a friend that I'm forced to hang out with, ya know?

bwalsh, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and some slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with a somewhat thin flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but fairly drinkable for what it is.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark wood stain brown with slight ruby tinge, semi transparent, half a finger of tan beige head, lots of carbonation when held to bright light.

S: Coffee, floral, soda pop, reminds me of Blue Diamond’s Stout. Smells like a pop not a beer. A sort of rancid smoker’s breath mixed in. Animal offal.

T: Surpasses the smell. Its more like a dark toasted malt, some burnt toast, then the floral, smokers breath and pop like qualities come through but not as strong as on the nose.

M: Medium somewhat bready somewhat syrupy body, medium fine carbonation.

O: A bummer, but slightly better than a lot of Asian beers. The only reason to take it would be if you are in Asia and have few choices. Generally weak, but some nice stout qualities still there.

patre_tim, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Vsarmatov
3/5  rDev +16.7%

Vsarmatov, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
2.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool find at the West Linn Market of Choice ~ never know what one will find there. A 330ml/11.13 oz. brown bottle with a twist-off cap, a rather elegant and simple label (tan and copper text on matte black, with a V-shaped winged emblem) and a laser-printed date: 09302011. Poured to a pint glass after a few minutes out of the fridge.

Neck label:
"DEEP & RICH
Premium Beer
Stout offers a rich black flavor [huh?)
topped with sweet, smooth & creamy head."

A: Clear cocoa brown, a far cry from 'black'; dark amber if anything. Plenty of carbonation, rising in rapid streams. Topped at first with a 2-finger plus dollop of heady fluff, the color of singed marshmallow and quite airy; it fizzles away within a couple minutes, leaving a thin percolating film. Just a patch or two of lace, small foamy bumps really... not unattractive, just unlike the 'English Stout' standard.

S: No much here, really; it takes several big whiffs and a lengthy warming period for much aroma to awaken. Mild malt, a sweeter cereal that retains a bit of it's 'wort' beginnings. Toasty with a trace of spice. A few dry, brassy/mineral moments. Meh.

T: Lots of caramel maltiness, and a semi-sweet roastedness - a little nutty with hints at cocoa powder. Some chalky/mineral character as it settles. Rather than English Stout, this more closely resembles a toned-down Schwarzbier in taste profile - quite likable when forgetting about style norms. If this is 'rich black flavor', I'm not entirely opposed.

M: Wow, REALLY carbonated... a standard soda has nothing on the first few sips. As I become accustomed to the fizz, the underlying thinness shows, and a creaminess does develop; however, not much substance to the overall feel. A scarce malt gumminess as a lip-sticking leave-behind, with a fading dry roast.

O: Nowhere near my ideal stout, but not without its charm. Strange thinness, both in appearance and feel, can't outweigh a fairly tasty and drinkable enough beer that is ok alone and probably pairs pretty well with a number of Korean dishes. Not gonna run out and buy more, but for under $2, the bottle wasn't a disappointment.

msubulldog25, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

was stoked to try a korean stout, but this was disappointing. medium brown in color this looks a lot more like a brown ale than a stout, and its small tan head dies fast. smell and taste are the same, watery chocolate malt and a generic ale yeast with a metallic finish and moderate bitterness. long and dry as it swallows, and just way too light in body to fit the stout style in any way. a passable dark ale, but an utter failure as a stout. none of the three hite beers i had were awful, but none of them were stand out either. preferable to other asian imports, but thats about it.

StonedTrippin, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of utfiero
2.89/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- black coffee. Slight head.

Aroma- Very roasty malt with hint of coffee.

Taste- A light stout with definite coffee and roasted malt tones finishing clean with a hint of over-toasted bread. I agree with other reviewers that the light body of this brew is more lager-like than stout. But it's an drinkable brew from Hite from South Korea.

Poured from 355 ml (12 ounce) bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1/25/2013. Purchased at Super H Mart (a Korean market) in Dallas.

utfiero, May 22, 2014
Photo of Fusion7777
2.75/5  rDev +7%

Fusion7777, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
2.75/5  rDev +7%

2beerdogs, May 23, 2014
Photo of kagent777
2.53/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One liter plastic(?) bottle straight from Korea to me via my friend Hedion. I poured it into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Pours a medium to dark brown with almost no head. A small island of foam floats in the middle of my glass with a thin ring around the edge. Kind of looks like Coca Cola that has been left in cup for too long. After a second pour, even the carbonation looks like that of a soda, thin bubbles and extremely short lasting.

Smell: There is a faint note of chocolate along with a little alcohol and some slight yeastiness. The beer is really restrained in the smell department.

Taste: The taste is mild roasted notes with a hint of chocolate. Not much going on, but not as bad as I was expecting. As the beer warms, the tastes shift toward a tar or char note, but not in an awful way. The finish is short and does not go anywhere.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side. On the other hand the carbonation is too strong.

Overall: I will probably never see this one again. It is by no means the worst I have had, but I have had a lot better also.

kagent777, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of electtodefer
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

electtodefer, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Jugglemeno
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

Jugglemeno, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of YamagamiTravis
2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

YamagamiTravis, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of KKB
2.43/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A – Looks nice enough, a dark mahogany body with tall wheat toast head that recedes rather quickly and leaves no lacing at all. Not too excited about this, but lets dive on in.

S – Really just smells like burnt malt, and some bread I suppose, I actually don’t know what else to say about it. It is uninteresting, one dimensional, and just somewhat bad smelling.

T – Sadly the taste is not much better. It is somehow more bland than the nose and it just tastes a little roasted with some vague bitterness, slightly metallic as well….really just not good.

M – Even the mouthfeel is off for a stout—it is medium bodied with too much carbonation. Just poorly orchestrated.

O – This is very bad. Totally, entirely, not good. It isn’t even that it just doesn’t have much going on, it’s that what is going on is boring and somewhat caustic to my taste buds. I won’t be having this again.

KKB, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of froghop
2.28/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

out of all the local macro-brews in korea this was probalby one of the best ones that i have had, but that is not saying much.

pours a dark brown with a small off white head that dissaptes rapidly, some lacing.

smell is faint, malt, some caramel, and a touch of cocoa.

taste is watery, malt, some cocoa, and slightly bitter.

froghop, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Gottesverachter
2.25/5  rDev -12.5%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.25/5  rDev -12.5%

Rollzroyce21, Wednesday at 02:58 PM
Photo of duff247
2.25/5  rDev -12.5%

duff247, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of jayfarley3
2.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, had a decent light tan head that dissipated into a thin ring pretty quickly. Smell is very faint, malt and grain. Taste is very watery for a stout and a little bitter. Overall this is probably one of the best macro beers I've had from a Korean brewery, It's not great but it's definitely more drinkable than the other Korean offerings.

jayfarley3, Aug 31, 2009
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Black Beer Stout from Hite Brewery Company LTD
66 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.