KansaiBeerLvrs (1856) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the taproom in Yokohama, 9%, served in a snifter. I am not all that familiar with this style, it poured a rich copper gold with almost no head - it looks quite IPA like. The aroma is a malty fruitiness followed by a bready biscuit like character before finishing with some light citrusy hops & caramel. Smooth silky mouthfeel & very full bodied. The taste is a bit boozy with lots of fruity malty character that reminds me of english ales... too sweet with lots of caramelized fruit notes followed by bitter hops which give me citrus, pine & grapefruit. I liked the body & mouthfeel, the taste is quite solid but a bit on the sweet side for me. The booze is only noticeable in your stomach where you get some warming. Pretty interesting, a big boozy full bodied sipping beer for IPA lovers.
GenkiGonzo (238) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Bungalow. Slightly cloudy, light amber with small white head. Sweet aroma of plums, raisins and some marzipan. Follows in the flavour woth some wheat as well. Not too sweet.
dfearnley (921) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to pint glass
Sweet fruit, bubble gum, candy floss. Cloudy amber with a thin white head. Slightly cloudy amber with a thin ring like white head. Sweet fruit and a touch of hoppiness. Quite pleasant.
Ferris (3804) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Wheat, sweet pale malt, plum and yeast. Cloudy yellow gold with a rich beige head. Plum, apricot, raisin, marzipan and a bit of booze. Never like this style but this is a nice job.
fletchfighters (1056) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber into a tulip
Slightly hazy orange amber color. White ringed collar. Persistent collar. Good ABV legs.
Nose is sweet and sticky dark fruits, raisin, pear and strawberry jam. Lovely nose.
Taste is pear, plumb, honey, and strawberry. Soft at first but builds quite nicely.
Slick and sweet, though not as bold as US or European attempts but quite nice. ABV burn at the very end.
Davros (1897) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows bready malt, doughy notes, melanoiding malt, sweet candy, figs, sultanas. Lovely.
Very similar flavours. Bready and toasty malt, soft spicy notes, resinous hops, sultanas, port. Very rich.
Could use a bit more carbonation.
Jimthechap (1610) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting idea this. It poured with plenty of suspended particles and a slow trickle of carbonation. The particles were interesting but not off-putting. A golden colour with a temporary white head. Aromas of dried banana chips, some clove and white pepper, golden syrup and coconut. In the mouth it was rich and oily, sweet with golden syrup again. A lip smacking beer and flavours of orange and mandarin developing toward the finish along with peaches perhaps. I like the idea of a wheat wine, but my companions (noted beer enthusiasts) were a little less intrigued.
shoulderbroken (1987) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Harajuku taproom. Slightly cloudy, light amber colour, small white bubbly head. Aroma is booze, quite sweet, bit of fruit there too but mostly booze. Maybe marzipan. Lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet, boozy, some caramel maltiness, but mostly booze. Bitter finish with a bit of a booze burn. Some Belgian hints. It’s ok, but the taste is way too booze dominated. Not much there apart from it.
Sammy (8527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Presario. Spot on wheat wine, tasty, fuller mouthfeel, lacey. Cloudy golden body.Fresh aromas. Very good drinkability, like a strong ale with its hops.
MadIndian (2365) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gift from SJ. I haven’t had a Barley wine in a while. I forget sometimes how great they are.
This one doesn’t dissapoint with its honey, citrus, dark fruit, caramel malt, wheat and hop complexity. I loved it.