Tokyo Black - Yo-Ho Brewing Company
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3.71/5 rDev 0%
Nice looking can. Nice looking beer. Pours with a viscous character with a black liquid and thin light tan head.
Interesting doughy aroma. Really like getting ready to bake some bread and some ground up heavily kilned malt is mixed in.
Mellow taste. Little astringency or bitterness to upset the smoothness but manages to remain very drinkable with light sweetness.
Not quite up there with the best of the style but still a very well made and enjoyable beer.
01-16-2013 10:22:46 | More by joecast
4.48/5 rDev +20.8%
Poured into a highball glass
A: Absolutely black with a thick foamy mocha head and great lacing.
S: Very deep and roasty malts.A touch of bitter chocolate and slightly burnt coffee, but mostly deeply roasted malts.
T: Malty, roasty and earthy upfront, but a very distinct acidity comes in towards the mid-palate. It kinda took me by surprise. It’s almost a dark fruit-y, tart-ish kind of presence almost leaning towards overly ripe cherries. I did not find it all that pleasant initially, but it grew on me after a few sips. The finish is roasty and bitter with a nice maltiness that I love so much in stouts.
M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. I expected it to be creamier and fuller. It is extremely smooth though.
O: Very enjoyable. I would definitely have this again. Amazingly, it packs all that flavour in a 5% porter.
12-28-2012 05:59:00 | More by BS-
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
350ml can purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. I love beer in cans. It's hard to tell its exact volume as almost all of the writing is in dense Japanese, but it's hidden there when you look.
Pours a very deep roasty black-brown, with a mildly frothed head of mocha that dissipates to a very thin film. Nice fine messy lace. Carbonation is quite fine, but the body is relatively light, meaning it sluices through quickly. Overall, it's a very decent looking brew.
Nose is also very pleasant, with a roasty toasted bite and a mellow chocolate or buttered brioche sweetness. Some heft in the aroma, meaning it stays very nice and rich. It's a very nice smelling, if not overly complex nose.
Taste is excellent: solid roasted basis, with a clear, rounded fullness to the palate, lending some smoky coffee, earthy spices and even a savoury umami character. Lovely stuff. The finish is really nice and long, and maintains a decent sweetness right to the back where it tastes like a crumbling mound of dark demerara sugar.
Feel is light but solid, and certainly full for a beer that's relatively low in ABV: pretty much spot-on for this style and flavour profile.
Overall, wow—I'm very impressed indeed. I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. It's really tasty, drinkable and flavoursome, but manages to stick really well within the pleasant mild, roasted genre of the porter. Really excellent, well-made stuff.
11-27-2012 08:30:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Black with a creamy tan head. Good head retention.
Roasty with a light earthiness. Nice coffee notes. Very good.
Smoky and roasty with a big earthiness. Not all that fruity but it works well together. Some bitterness and cocoa.
Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.
A really solid Porter. Lovely flavour and a rounded character that brings it all together.
11-24-2012 04:43:22 | More by dgilks
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a very dark kola hue which leaves a creamy mocha laced two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is dark roasted malts,cooking chocolate,dark chocolate,tobacco and dark coffee,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and well carbonated with tastes of dark roasted chocolate malts,bitter black coffee,earthy hops,dark chocolate and finished with a cappicino bittersweetness and overall its alright and easy enough to drink but nothing outstanding cheers.
10-28-2012 03:51:45 | More by ADZA
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
A- Black body, tan head. Head faded to a ring.
A- Sweet roasted grain. As it warms chocolate comes out with very faint dark fruit aromas.
T- Initial sweetness with a bitterness throughout. The bitterness really complements the chocolate flavor, almost like you are eating some bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with a roasty bitterness and a light sweetness that sticks around.
M- Medium body, low carbonation.
D- Honestly I grabbed this beer due to the can. I'm impressed with the flavor, I found the aroma to be a bit bland. Seems like something I could easily drink two of in a session.
10-18-2012 04:47:29 | More by gpogo
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a thick layer of creamy tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.
Smell: Sweet with a lot of roasted grain. There is a mild caramel malt smell along with some dark chocolate and a touch of dark fruit.
Taste: This one was a pleasant surprise. Tons of roasted malt makes this beer stay more on the bitter side of the spectrum. There is some sweetness, but the roasty flavors win the fight. The finish is bitter from the roast.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I was pretty happy with this beer, but a little more sweetness in the flavor would have put it over the top.
10-08-2012 17:57:51 | More by oline73
2.95/5 rDev -20.5%
Pours black with a lasting, light tan head.
Sweet-smelling, some soy sauce shows along with roasted malt. Little else. Very faint.
Better flavours, with some spicy hops, roasted malt and liquorice. Again, quite sweet.
Carbonation is too high.
09-25-2012 03:04:59 | More by CrazyDavros
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
Definitely looks like a porter. Tastes like one too. Nice smoky tone on there that accents the thick malts. Smooth. That is the key word here. I think this is one of the more masterfully brewed porters I have had in quite some time. So thorough and distinct. I feel like I'm watching a master painter slowly move their brush against a canvas and admiring every inch of movement that the brush deposits paint from. This is a very nice porter and the third beer I have tried from this brewery. They have a new fan in me. Now if only I could read their website.
08-05-2012 23:10:00 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
A. It is in fact black. Nice foamy brown head that leaves some lace.
S. Kind of smells like cardboard.
T. It's has a toffee feel to it, and that cardboard smell fits into the taste, even if mild. Interesting taste. Very nice and interesting taste. There's a candy taste to it. Kind of like root beer candy.
M. Full-bodied and tingly.
O. Interesting taste. I really like this. Not your typical porter but worth a try.
06-05-2012 02:20:01 | More by Amalak
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with very little hints of very dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy dark tan head that reduces but leaves about a half finger tall head covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Overall the beer has a rather mild smell, which is a little unexpected with the style. I detect a light amount of dark roasted malts and a creamy lactose (like you would get in a milk stout).
T: There are dark roasted almost burnt malts with a light amount of bitterness. The bitterness only lingers a very short amount of time and is not overly intense or aggressive.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of effervescent carbonation. Slightly on the thin side.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I could easily see this being a sessionable beer, especially in the early autumn just as it is starting to get cool/cold in the evening.
04-21-2012 22:44:45 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
350mL can into tulip. some sort of canned on/best before date on the bottom, but i cant make out what is what from it.
A: opaque black body. very fine bubbles are a pretty tan color. retention is average, but the lacing is a little poor.
S: mild notes of freshly poured black coffee. a little bit of chocolate chip cookie too. not fresh out the oven, but more like opening a bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies. interesting notes.
T: a dry roasted flavor starts things off. warm notes of vanilla and the milkiness reminds me of a latte. finish is tin-y for just a second, and then a long roasted flavor.
M: the mouth is actually a bit spritely on an very close to being light, but medium body. a little less carb would be the bomb on this brew.
D: pretty good example of an "american" porter from a japanese brewery. i really am digging the can it came in as well as the graphics on the can. certainly an eye catcher. if this were more moderately priced i would certainly purchase more of this.
04-04-2012 01:51:52 | More by Jimmys
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
A - deep brown, almost black with thin, tan head that faded to a swirling cap; some light lacing left behind
S - pretty standard porter aromas... roasted malt, some coffee, some dark chocolate
T - roasted malts but not to the point of bitter, coffee, chocolate, black walnut
M - thin-medium bodied with moderate, fine carbonation; a mild, drying finish
O - always eager to try dark beers from Japan and this one did not disappoint. nice porter with black walnut twist flavor-wise. check this one out if you get the chance.
03-27-2012 03:01:02 | More by cwguy5
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours opaque black with a half finger light brown head that dissipates relatively quickly, no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt a bit of coffee. Smooth subdued chocolate, roasted malt and light coffee flavor with a slight hint of smoke at the finish. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant, well integrated but not too complex porter.
03-03-2012 04:15:44 | More by LiquidAmber
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured into a tulip glass. Jet black with a finger of tan head.
A good nose of burnt malt, but rounds out with roasted malt.
Heavy hitter on the burnt malt in the taste. I like it. Joined by nice bitterness makes it "gripping". Hint of milk but the burnt malt reigns supreme.
On the creamy side, smoother, bubbles on the tongue. Medium body.
A tasty, standard porter.
02-11-2012 01:17:33 | More by Fatehunter
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
At the Red Paddle Bistro at the Gunflint Lodge.
A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger head of tan, bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled roasty with some subtle floral notes.
T - Good roasted malt backbone with chocolate and toffee flavors. Light piney bitterness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.
O - This was a nice find - a canned craft ale from Japan while in Northern Minnesota.
01-08-2012 15:55:12 | More by zeff80
Tokyo Black from Yo-Ho Brewing Company
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