BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours with a a burnt brown hued body and great alcohol legs. Great clarity. Aromas are of maple, burnt sesame seeds, mushrooms, nutty, earthy, umami, light brown sugar. Flavors are of maple, molasses, nutty, cashews, syrupy. Feels weighted and boozy but decently balanced. Excellent Koshu.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled Sake from rbsg #51 poured a head of medium sized tan colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a hazy brown colored body. The strong aroma was of vinous licorice. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong vinous aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of dark brown sake like notes. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
GT2 (5658) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL thanks to KyotoLefty at Woodshop 7. Pours a dark soy color with HUGE legs on the snifter. Very dark, viscous. Nose is incredible: umami explosion with soy, truffle, shitake mushroom, steak fat, smoke, bacon, and more that is hard to describe. So savory you want to devour it like steak. Taste is very clean, neutral, nutty with mushroom, baked apple, bitter, earth, rustic bread crust. Amazing palate- super clean and quick. Delicious. Perhaps the most umami character I’ve ever smelled in my life. Life changing experience here thanks to Mark!
cgarvieuk (10993) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... THIS WAS THE THINK I WAS MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ... deep red brown ... soft woody rice nose ... very intence nose ... dark sweet rich hints of MUSHROOM (i dont like mushroom) hint of soy.... definitly more mushroom as i get further in ... i didnt like this
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, sugar and alcohol. Sweet rice, sugar and fruit flavour. Hot alcohol.
anders37 (12708) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a clear brown color with no head. Has a fruity spicy woody aroma with hints of dark fruit. Fruity sweetish spicy woody flavor. Has a sweetish woody toasted spicy finish.
Leighton (6931) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at The Dean Swift, London. Pours clear amber. Big sugar nose, rich cake. Very sweet flavor, notes of brown sugar, light booze. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Warm finish, toasty cake, some ripe fruits and dark leather. Superb stuff. Best sake I’ve ever had, no question.
FatPhil (7496) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (RBESG2011, Grand Tasting)
Rich sweet aroma. Dry grainy body, but tons of sugar too. There’s a fair bit of booze in the aroma too. It’s a nice tipple to sip, but hard to rate alongside beers. Easily the best sake I’ve ever tasted.
fonefan (29292) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500ml. @ RBESG 11 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, 10 Gainsford Street, London, England SE1 2NE.
Unclear medium brown colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy raisin - plum, spicy, dark dried berries. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light acidic with a long duration, dark raisin, spicy, plum, mushrooms ! Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. 
Theis (11077) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Grand Tasting at RBESG 2011, London) at Dean Swift. Clear red/brown - white head. Oxidation notes, sweetness, berries, cherry, sweet berries, candy sweetness, minerals, raiisns, dried fruits, licorice notes. Nice.