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Black Beer Stout - Hite Brewery Company LTD

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 22.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:42:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2/5  rDev -22.8%

01-29-2012 08:13:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 19:21:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.28/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:45:28 | More by LiquidAmber
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msubulldog25

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:55:27 | More by msubulldog25
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duff247

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-25-2012 23:40:43 | More by duff247
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2beerdogs

California

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

05-23-2014 02:35:25 | More by 2beerdogs
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:13:23 | More by Fatehunter
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avisong

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

04-13-2012 02:48:11 | More by avisong
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froghop

Washington

2.28/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:22:57 | More by froghop
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patre_tim

China

3/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 14:24:51 | More by patre_tim
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mwar

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +35.1%

03-01-2014 22:00:35 | More by mwar
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kushlash23

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +44.8%

08-28-2013 16:00:23 | More by kushlash23
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

04-30-2013 08:35:41 | More by YamagamiTravis
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

1.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Consumed 3-22-10 from a pint glass

A - Puffy airy chocolate ice cream colored head that faded in 2 seconds, leaving no lacing. Coca-cola colored in both clarity and color

S - Aluminum can smell from a bottle. How'd that happen? There is a mild chocolate smell like an old timey soda with flavoring added at the drive through. No hop or yeast smeel to be found.

T - Umm, sour and starchy. There is just a bit of chocolate malt but once again no hop or yeast to be found. The aftertaste is bearable.

M - Exactly like sugary soda-pop

D - Drinkability implies that is it is possible to drink. I guess this beer does meet that qualification just enough for a two. This beer is to stout what Shasta is to coke.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 06:03:07 | More by jeranbrews
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electtodefer

New York

2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

01-14-2012 00:29:03 | More by electtodefer
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kagent777

Utah

2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:03:41 | More by kagent777
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utfiero

Texas

2.89/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 21:18:57 | More by utfiero
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Fusion7777

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-05-2013 21:40:21 | More by Fusion7777
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3/5  rDev +15.8%

07-25-2013 17:41:22 | More by Vsarmatov
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Nate

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -32.4%

03-09-2012 00:25:45 | More by Nate
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Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

2.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-26-2014 13:31:19 | More by Gottesverachter
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jayfarley3

Nevada

2.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:06:37 | More by jayfarley3
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Saksis

Norway

3.5/5  rDev +35.1%

03-05-2014 12:26:51 | More by Saksis
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starlight37

Korea (South)

1.5/5  rDev -42.1%

01-24-2012 17:34:09 | More by starlight37
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Black Beer Stout from Hite Brewery Company LTD
67 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.