KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a reddish tint. Enormous frothy head. Fruity, somewhat sweetish aroma, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon? Belgian yeast. Thick, rich malty flavor. Sweet, dark yet not burnt. Belgian styled. Chocolate, caramel, very fruity—dark and rich like strawberries. Dry, spicy, strong, slightly roasted chocolate finish. I like it, it is very complex. At first it seemed to be going too many places at once, but after a few minutes it all seemed to fit together. A fantastically chewy, rich, complex brew with a drying, slightly but noticeably hopped finish. Fantastic.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red with a large off-white head. Spice, yeast, fruity, sweet malts, berries, and a little light tart cherry. Full, fairly carbonted body. Flavor is pretty intense. Sweet malts, spice, yeast, berries, molasses and alcohol. As it warms chocolate becomes much more noticeable. Finishes a little bitter and some alcohol warmth. A real nice belgian.
TimE (4886) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is truely a winter warmer. A ruby red beauty that shows notes of milk chocolate, candy sugar, strawberries and cherries. Alcohol may be too aggressive for some people’s liking, but I thought it was appropriate given that if I was in a snow storm I would want something to warm me up. Impressive beer in part due to the fact that the strawberries really come out.