ClarkVV (5556) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught masu at the brewery upon release. I assume they must have held some barrels of this back for release every year, as I didn’t hear of them brewing it again, yet it’s been on tap for a short time every year since the original brew.
"Thick" looking enamel-colored body is quite still with an immediately dissipating off-white head.
Heavily fruity, with tons of umami mixing with caramel and rich, caramelized honey. Yellow fruits, strong black pepper phenols and lots of melon. Really, really interesting to finally see a beer/sake hybrid and though there’s not much to go on for precedence, subjectively, I loved the stuff. The fruitiness, acidity and phenols all balanced the sweetness very nicely and I didn’t find it syrupy or cloying at all. Extremely soothing on the palate and I didn’t find it to be boozy given its strength. Hope they have more and/or do this again soon.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap, golden pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of sake, cracker, biscuit, slight white grape, fruity notes, much more sake than beer in my opinion. Taste is a mix of sake, more sake, slight yeast, cracker, biscuit, some slight spice and grass, finishing bitter, slightly boozy but for 15% is hidden fairly well.
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On the draft the brewery, this was very cool, booze and rice sake flavors show, this is neat
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden/orange with thin white head. Smells of sake more than beer, different taste in a good way, never had anything quite like it, crazy idea that works
AirForceHops (5968) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5 oz. taster from @ the brew pub. Brown color with an orange hue. No head. Smell is unlike any beer I’ve had. And It’s been years since I drank any kind of sake but... This is cool stuff. Nose of sweet malts and alcohol. The 15% is nowhere to be found except a slight warming after the sip. Lots of sweet flavors, butterscotch, toasted barley and some notes of grapes. Flavor isn’t cloying even with a lot of sweetness. This gets points for originality.
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a traditional sake glass + box. Pours orange with nearly no head. Smell is both sake and fruity hope with some caramel maltiness. Palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with nearly no carbonation. Taste starts sweet and fruity, then gets bitter before suddenly becoming sake in my mouth. VERY interesting brew, highly recommended.
Marheb (4563) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Melange réussi entre un genre de saison impériale et un saké, alcool bien atténué.
Travlr (20866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Holy cow. Hazy golden color, flat. Aroma resebles sake much more than it does beer. Taste is strong straw, pale malt, subtle anise. Does not seem boozy. Holy cow.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at cbc. Sweet toast and honey. Touch of cough syrup. Boozy gummy bears. Alcohol relatevily well incorporated for 14you percent. Easy drinkin, but not really my thang.
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery. Light amber pour served in a 5 ounce glass set in a wooden box. Faint white grape juice nose. Taste is sweeter than expected like a light barley wine. Honey, booze, and a sake finish. slippery in the mouth. Good.
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