Tsingtao Stout | Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

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Tsingtao StoutTsingtao Stout

Brewed by:
Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SargeC on 08-29-2009

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 47
Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I recently found a source for Chinese beers, especially anything available in CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! I got in my weekly Watermelon Wednesday, so now I will be turning my attention to Stouts for the balance of the evening.

From the CAN: "Since 1903".

I Crack!ed it open like I was in the middle of Chinatown & gave it an inverted Glug since it held a mere 330 ml. The foam came rushing up to form two fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with mahogany highlights. Nose had a rich, slightly salty odor, kind of reminiscent of soy sauce. I am not trying to be funny or demeaning, but that is what came to mind. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was very roasty, but more smoky than charcoal and when coupled with a slight saltiness, I CANtinue to stand behind my earlier mention of soy sauce. I found it to be a pleasantly unexpected surprise, actually. Warming, it took on a chocolaty smokiness, but the saltiness remained throughout. It seemed to beg for chips or pretzels as an acCANpaniment. Finish was semi-dry with a strange amalgam of flavors lingering well past the swallow. It probably is not for everyone, but I liked it.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

With this beer, I feel like Tsingtao redeemed themselves. It's in many ways a wannabe Guinness. It's very dark, full, and flavorful. It seems like they're trying to hard, however, as it's not as smooth as Guinness, which in my opinion is the epitome of stout beer.

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Photo of jlindros
1.76/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Didn't know they made a stout, so brought it back from China to share (prank) rudzud.

Light fizzy head, fades quickly, dark mahogany sight ruby color.

Nose is just about the worst thing I've ever smelled, rotten tomatoes and malt soy sauce, mineral earthy vegetal mess, corn straw adjunct.

Taste is slightly less horrible, watery choc malt thing, hot dog water, soy malt, corn adjunct, watered mineral malt. Mild bitter thing late.

Mouth light, watery, decent carb I think.

Overall wicked awesome dude!

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Photo of rudzud
2.22/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to JLindros for bringing this back from China. Jackass.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with a fizzy head that fades to leave a fat halo.

S - Aromas of tobacco, old vegetables, light some, leather, stale malts, oof.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, just worse. Rotten vegetative, hotdog water (seriously, wtf), old malts, light char. Really awful.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, swampy.

O - Overall this beer was, well, horrific. Swamp hotdog water. Thanks Jared.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jsteez
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just an ok stout that really tasted like a cheap German schwarzbier. It was metallic tasting and sweet. When in China, it is a good alternative to their piss lagers.

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Photo of beijingbrewer
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had in Beijing.
335ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
ABV: 6.7%
Ingredients list water, barley, rice, and hops.

A- Quite a dark brown. Thick tan head dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

S- Roasted malt. Alcohol. Dark Cherries and raisins.

T- Bitter, burnt taste. Boozy dark fruit. Sour Cherries.

M- Decently thick mouthfeel. Sweet and boozy finish.

A commendable attempt at a stout from one of China's largest breweries. Enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of olilitewu
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought this beer with absolutely no expectation when travelling in Shandong, China
Poured from a bottle that was produced in Qingdao city into a tumbler
refrigerated to about 7 degrees C
Looks like flat coca-cola, with pretty much no head
Has a strong toasty, malty and rather sweet smell, and somewhat reminiscent of roasted coffee beans
The flavor is full, bitter, caramel, malty, but not fruity nor sweet. The taste is dry, one can almost taste the alcohol
After swallowing the beer, the bitterness is not long lasting, rather, sweetness returns to the palate like drinking a fine cup of Chinese tea

Verdict: this is a fantastic beer. Taste is reminiscent of American stouts such as the Lagunitas cappuccino stout (except this Tsingtao is actually very very palatable). If one runs into it, I strongly recommend at least try

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Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, my 1st stout here in Hong Kong. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Has black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild,a bit of coffee. Taste is not mild, coffee, hops, some chocolate, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate Dr G for sharing this foreign stout, enjoyed chilled in a tumbler.

The color is deep brown like cola with light coffee brown at base with translucent clarity. The head is thick and creamy with tan shade -measures about 2 1/2 fingers. There is good retention too with above average amount of lace stickage. The smell is very nice with blend of caramel and plum aroma with mild roast notes and slight spice with gentle herbal hop ester and slight hint of char. The feel has a dry body with moderately high carbonation and sweet middle with high roasted texture and spice with gentle dry and slightly creamy finish.

This stout tastes mineral and burnt up front with some subtle caramel creaminess and dark coffee with nice anise note from the yeast with light nutty malt tinges and gentle vanilla note with mild stone fruit from the yeast with dark cherry and dark sugar qualities. I liked this overall I couldn't really complain, but not the best as far as the style goes. It is a quaffable beer and I could have several without issue, nice body and flavor.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from phone notes. Bought in 7/11 in Hong Kong for next to mix.

Pours a two finger black n tan with good lacing.

Aromas and taste of sweet roast malts, loads of chocolate and restrained bitterness to back it with.

Creamy mouthfeel, and full bodied.

Overall a real surprise in terms of taste and presence - having said that I only now realise it is not a 5% beer, but higher, explains all the flavours.

Pleasnt surprise, wishe di had bough one back in suitcase.

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Photo of crusian
2.62/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

reviewed on my phone, so excuse weird auto corrects and shortness.

Bottle from some 7-11 type grocery store in Hong Kong... no glass to pour it in, and no fridge to cool it, so warm our of the bottle it is.

Nose is a lot of dark malt, some booze and actually some dark fruit flavors. A quick swirl brings up a quick head that doesn't die quickly at all. Looking through the green bottle, seems nice and dark, a little thinner than I was hoping, and an odd green hue... lol.
Tastes burnt. That's the first flavor I get. I am not a stranger to room temperature stouts... but this one is very burnt. Some very mild cocoa, not too much here, and hard to get over the over roasted burnt char. Little bit of a wet dog type of aftertaste...
Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but the alcohol is decently covered. Great for Hong Kong, what I have seen so far, but just an average to below average stout.

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Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, good head and lacing.

Smell: Mild, coffee aroma.

Taste: Coffee with sugar and cream. Not super strong, well balanced between sweet and bitter, with sweet probably being a little more prominent.

Drinkability: I would never guess this was 7.5%. Seems lighter than that.

Another "good" beer from the grocery store here in Hong Kong. It actually is pretty good, it is quite light in body for the ABV level. Hopefully I won't pay for it in the morning.

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Photo of dbaker61
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The stout has good color, quite a dark brown, although it could be more dense. Upon pouring, the head dissipates somewhat quickly for a stout. Upon drinking, there is a nice bit of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Very little nose with this one. Almost no aroma at all.

Taste: One of the lighter stouts I have had. The roasted flavor is in there, but it is understated. There is a cooked maltiness, bordering on the burnt coffee, but not objectionable. Not enough flavor for stout lovers, but a decent enough taste.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant but not remarkable aftertaste. This could be a good introductory stout to those who may be apprehensive about tackling some of the richer examples of the type.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, but not a stout that would be a first choice. Unless you are here in China, and it is your only choice.

TsingTao Beer is trumpeted in China as The Beer. I would liken their offerings to any of the big national/international breweries, in that they are famous and therefore popular because they are widely available, and widely drunk. In my opinion, this is the best beer offered by Tsingtao, but they could add a bit more flavor.

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Photo of exodus1369
4.42/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was great! I have lived in Japan for almost 2 years now and like one of the other comments it is so hard to find good beer in Asia, this beer was a life saver. I had all but given up hope when this diamond in the rough came a long! With its perfect blend of hop and malt, wonderful color, smooth rich taste, with a light carbonation that to my great surprise added to the enjoyment of the beer, by blending the hop and malt flavors together perfectly. Wonderful beer. I just hope that it is not because I have not had a good stout in so long.

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Photo of nanchen
2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass with two fingers of white, thick head that dissipated fairly quickly. Color is dark brown, what you would expect out of a stout. The nose is not particularly prominent, when compared to other stouts, but you get roasted dark coffees and some bitter hops. The taste is that of an acidic coffee, perhaps slightly overroasted, in my opinion. This is not a smooth, creamy stout or a robust, oaky stout. Rather, the taste of dark roasted coffee pervades. Mouthfeel was also a little light, for my tastes, not much viscosity there.

All in all, a decent offer from Tsingtao, but not quite what Im looking for in a stout. Though, when you're stuck in China, your options are limited.

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Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deeply black colored brew with a hint of red. Creamy tan head.

Smell: Smoky malt, tobacco, leather, dark roast coffee.

Taste: Hint of minerals in the initial taste. Smoky malt and robust hops provide the backbone for this brew. Very flavorful. Hints of toffee and coffee work around the dominant flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied brew. Dry. Very dense and delicious.

Drinkablity: Good Asian stout. A surprising find. Very rich, hearty and well crafted.

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Tsingtao Stout from Tsingtao Brewery Co., Ltd.
3.3 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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