Brewed by Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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Fermented for an extended period, this premium lager features an aromatic sweetness in its amber tones. With the combination of high quality malts, roasted sweet potatoes and beer craftmanship, this beer is unique to the Bushu area, featuring Kawagoe’s famous produce, Kintoki sweet potatoes. Take the time to full enjoy its flavors and the slightly elevated alcohol content. Called "Beniaka" Meaning Crimson Red, in honor of the colors of the sweet potatoes which helped produce it. Ingredients: Malt, Hops, Barley and Sweet Potato

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2013
hazy amber, thin wispy, large white bubbles. Nose is light caramel and toast. Flavor is heavy caramel, faint plastic, through oily finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle, thanks mrchopin. Crystal clear amber body atop minimal off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, light orange. Taste is sweet, caramel, some syrup. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2035) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2013
Pours coppery brown with a small head. Sweet potato is quite prominent in the aroma, but also some sweet malt. very interesting. Lots of sweet potato as a flavour too. A hit of booze ruins things a little though. Again, quite sweet. Body feels a bit flat, need a lot more carbonation to cut the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Beautiful ruby amber color. Aroma of subtle cinnamon toast. Taste is sweet fruitcake and brown bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huhzubendah (2668) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by drabmuh, the Jedi ticker. Thanks Matt! The beer is amber colored with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet, offering brown bread, biscuits, caramel, grain. Smells like a sweet adjunct lager. Malt, sweet potato and sweet breads. Virtually no carbonation leads to a light, watery feel on the palate. Overall, this was fun to try but not something I would have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-27-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Sweet caramel on the nose with caramelized figs and pitted fruits. Pours very dark red with an off white head. Caramel with figs and dates upfront with slight hints of a toasted malts. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. This one went pretty quickly. The beer was clear and deep red brown. A smallish off white head. This beer was rich in malt with light spices and the sweet potatoes. It resembled an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale. The spices were light but flavors were not far off. Not a bad beer at all from Japan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook chat. Pours a clear dark red-copper with a quick fading beige head. Nose is malty hint of hop. Body is medium and mouthfeel smooth. Flavor is malty and somewhat sweet. Drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3351) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2012
Neat frothy biege head soft carbonation deep red brown pour aromas earthy sweet potao very forward malty notes nutty caramel spice the flavours caramel cinnamon nut sweet potato has a nice touch grassy note the finish nothing special but good tasting ale with the sweet potatoe spice and sweetness caramelization a better word goes down well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2202) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
Tap at Ibrew Ginza. Rich red/dark amber colour. Small golden head. Aroma sweet and bit spicy. Taste is sweet and fruity. Dark fruit, plums? Sugary and a touch vinous. Bit of cinnamon and some vegetable, the sweet potatoes, I guess. Not bad.

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