willisread (613) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquors Hasegawa. Poured into a snifter. Cloudy reddish brown color with a medium-sized off-white head. Nice caramel, sorghum, brown sugar notes on the nose with fig and prune notes also noticeable. Tastes of toasted malts and caramel with more of the fruit notes coming out as it warms up a bit. Also vanilla and cacao nib is noticeable after coming to room temperature. Malt forward, but still fairly balanced. Nice smooth finish.
beer-yum (767) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A wonderfully laid back brew that epitomises the Japanese aesthetic. The subtlety only adds to the interesting flavours that abound in this brew.
Davros (2229) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows golden syrup, prunes, figs, brown sugar and port. Very rich and sweet-smelling.
Flavours are not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Toasty malt, a bit of brown sugar, soft booze and figs.
Very low carbonation, could be higher.
GenkiGonzo (541) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bungalow. Deep ruby, small off-white head. Nutty aroma with some raisin. Flavour is nutty with cocoa and slight coffee notes. Very enjoyable.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2865) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bittle at the First Kinki Beer Tasting. A cloudy mellow brown with toffee & a bit of biscuit in the nose. Thin-med body, bready, mild caramel, sweet but balanced. After warming up some chocolate notes appeared...
biirusaikou (981) - - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty aroma, raisin. Rich malt flavor, caramel, roasted cocoa, dark cherry, biscuit, bitter sour finish. Quite deep, rich and enjoyable strong ale
Rangi (632) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice white head, deep brown poor. Tasty caramel and toasty malts straight up with just a nice fruit cake flavor lingering in the back ground. Interesting, tasty but not one of the best scotch ales I’ve ever had but hit the spot on a slightly miserable day.
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.
Wombata (482) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: light caramel and coffee notes
Palate: very smooth and dry--no extra baby fat.
Flavor: like the aroma--light caramel and coffee
Comment: Alcohol is well hidden on the smooth palate. Well-made.
brokensail (12485) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany pour with a khaki head. Dark fruit, caramel, and hints of banana up front on the nose. Particularly strong prune and grape notes, very vinous. A light peat note, some subtle roast, and cocoa powder. The flavor is very fruit forward, but surprisingly not overly sweet. Prune, grape, and raisins, perhaps some cherry. There is a lot of caramel and toffee, some banana, light peat, and mild roasted malt.