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


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6232) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
Bottle (33 cl), courtesy of Ingo. Clear mahogny, medium off-white head. Caramelly, nutty malt aroma, some herbal hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9253) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2013
333 ml bottle thanks to Ingo! Sampled on April 8, 2013. Marked (BB?) 13.04.02, purchased late December 2012.
Clear copper color, tan head. Sweet, toffee, herbal sent. Sweet, light fruity, sugary taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoufCustom (1291) - HONG KONG - MAR 27, 2013

330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long; Virtually no head and residual white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Minimal lacing with little carbonation; light smell of cherry, red fruit, and orange; Medium to light sweet taste of light ale malt, liquorices, brown sugar, sweet potatoes and light alcohol; Light body, thin but slick palate. Taste profile resemble a somewhat lighter version of English Strong Ale, with pretty light weight cherry / red fruit character complemented by notes of sweet potatoes, all in a slick, boozy backdrop, which can be felt but not hard-hitting at 7% abv. Pretty nice. X’mas Ale - like mild hop astringency, which is sort of fluffy, comfy and inoffensive; Slighty dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: this is a half-successful, light weight version English Strong Ale, which is several cuts below the likes of Fuller’s Old Winter Ale and even lighter than the pretty average Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale. The effort is there, and the typical red fruit can be sniffed and tasted. The addition of sweet potatoes added some dimension in the palate, and its pretty boozy as well. Like the other Coedo brews, this one need some serious fine tuning in head retention, smell and taste to be a decent one. Sweet potoates may sounds like a silly gimmick, but it works quite well in this brew and shows its promise. Waiting for the good news!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (6646) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2013
33cl bottle pours a clear, copper amber with some creamy, white head. Nose of carrots, root veg, malt, parsnip, sweet potato, caramel. Flavor is sweet, malt, candy sugar, caramel, roasted parsnip. Full, sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (6320) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Shared from 330ml bottle. Poured a red, ruby-amber color with a clear, wispy white head. This one was light malts, some sweet toast notes, caramel. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
330mL thanks to MrChopin’s sister! Pours a clear red, weaker tan foam to bubbles. Nose is fresh orange, cherry juice box, some fumey dark rum. Taste is clean, light orange and lemon tea, mild grenadine. Palate is clean, refreshing. Simple and enjoyable, though no hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Aroma- malt beverage, roasty sweet potato, potato skin, Appearance- beautiful clear crimson red. Taste- Big malty, sweet, roasty sweet potato, Palate- slight bitter, slick. Overall- I think this beer is getting a bum rap. But then again I see there are not to many fans of sweet potato, pumpkin and yam beers. I am not really into lagers but when I saw this had sweet potato I grabbed it. Kind of like an imperial malty Sam Adams with sweet potato.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3999) - 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 (12636) - 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 (2535) - 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.

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