jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this after the DIPA left me wanting. Still a bit light on presence for such a strong beer, but certainly delicious. Lots of rich flavours and goes down smoothly. With a bit of maturation I imagine this would be unbeliveable
KansaiBeerLvrs (2331) - 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.
shoulderbroken (2179) - 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. Itís ok, but the taste is way too booze dominated. Not much there apart from it.
VertBaconStrips (2097) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been holding on to this one for a bit... I assumed it would be similar to an impy hefe so I naturally avoided it. Iím not sure I will "experience a panoply" of flavours because Iíve never seen that word before. Clear light amber with a small skiff of white head that wasnít there after I blinked. Very nice aroma of honey, lime, wheat, tropical notes, pears, peach, weak anise, slight grains and a bit of alcohol when warmer. The taste is wonderful as this is not overly sweet, not a hop bomb and not a total mess of a thousand ingredients randomly brewed together. Yes, there is sweetness but itís not awful - itís actually well placed. Citrusy hops start me off, a wheaty middle is interrupted by some bitterness and the honey smoothness rounds this out. The honey really makes a huge difference here and Iím already planning on more bottles as I totally pre-judged this beer wrong. Pears, touch of alcohol, faint orange. Depth, great taste, amazingly easy to drink, moderate bitterness and carbonation and a bit of tummy heat. Barley wine? I donít know. Who cares? This is straight up an enjoyable easy drinking brew with enough complexity without the confusion and distraction of a mish-mash of flavours. No food today yet, an overcooked bowl of Ichiban awaits, but yea, going to drink this entire bottle because I deserve it. Cheers to me, cheers to my brother and cheers to those who support me.
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 version, bottle. Caramel in color and the vigorous pour resulted in no head. Pleasant aroma. Caramel malts, strawberries, brown sugar, fruits, and alcohol. Silky smooth body. Sweet malts, caramel, fruity, pear, strawberry, a touch of honey and alcohol. I was tempted to bump up the flavorís score until the finish kicked in. Ends with intense rubbing alcohol. Besides the hot finish this is a nice beer that Iíd have again.
Davros (2027) - 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.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky amber with no head or lace. Bitter hops and a little spicy. Wheat and ginger come out with a little heat and caramel malts. Finishes with a hint of spice and wheat.
Jimthechap (1788) - 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.
Stew41 (1753) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting wine. Imperial whetas beer? Quite a mouthful with cooked sugary wheat malts, aniseed and some bitterness to finish. Big, chunky and earthy. Almost unique in some respects.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy and orange with minimal head. Aroma is hoppy with a touch of spice. Some nice caramel malt flavour with some spice and wheat. A little all over the place but rather drinkable.