Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear. Smells fruity and sweet. Tastes of rice, sweet fruit, some alcohol on the finish.
Ernest (6257) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head (still). Body is colorless. Aroma is light notes of grain, flowers, peach, apple, honey, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic. Light body, watery texture, flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic. I've had [cheap] sake a few times in the past, but this is my first serious attempt to review one. Figured I'd start with something reasonably serious but not terribly pricey. Seems to have slight elements of white wine, mead, and beer alike...I've had examples of each that were similar to this. This is not an exceedingly interesting or complex example, or so it seems, but it's quite pleasant and better than any sake I'd previously had. Giving an appearance score may be difficult with sakes, I expect, as a great deal are pretty much colorless...in what case would you give a 1 or 2, if it had dead insects floating in it?
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear as water, of course. The aroma is faint yet perfumy with grasses and melons. Smooth to drink. The flavor is grassy with melon and a touch of anise. A very quiet drink - until it hits bottom and the strong abv is felt.
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BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: clear, no legs. The nose is light but very dusty, like wiping off an old shelf into your face, along with that, there’s some apple and kiwi notes. The flavor is clean, mellow impact and a very brief tail. Minimul umami and a touch of alcohol. Good but disappointing for a junmai daiginjo.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled sake from an online bottle shop poured absolutely clear with with no bubbles at all. The aroma was mild rice. The mouth feel was crisp start with a mild vinous finish that lingered well into the aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mild vinous semi-sweet rice. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.
thebeertourist (4856) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.72 litre bottle bought at the brewery in Kyoto. Pale straw colour. Mild, slightly sweet and yeasty aroma. Peppery flavours, with some dark fruit, very warming alcohol, bready yeastiness. More powerful in the mouth. Cloying mouthfeel, hints of graininess. Nice complexity, starts soft, but soon shows a tougher side.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
300 ml bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT (January 2008), consumed a few minutes out of the fridge from a White Wintery Winery glass. Quite clear, with a faint yellowish oily tinge, still, with rather thick and slow-running legs....pineapple-vanilla-ricey aroma is lightly doughy, somewhat strongly alcoholic right out of the bottle but smoothes and softens after a couple of minutes....body is fruity yet dry, rather mineralic from midpalate on; reminiscent of some of the drier, harder Rieslings I’ve had....a bit thick and syrupy in the mouth; the alcoholic and mineralic qualities at the finish are a bit too harsh....my first Daiginjo, and I am not terribly impressed, though I realize that this large commercial brewery probably isn’t the best source for such a thing....
dEnk (3831) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2011
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 So it has come to this, rating a sake...
No idea whatsoever so here goes:
Aroma is sour vinegary white wine. Flavour is sweet rice goo. Oh yeah and alcohol.
I’ll stick to beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served chilled. Clear body. Sweet slightly grassy aroma. Sweet flavor, light rice, some melon hints.
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Currently available on American airline flights into/out of Tokyo - Served chilled. There’s a light aroma with faint rice and a little alcohol. The flavor is also mild with light sweetness and rice. It’s very smooth and goes down easily. To be honest I don’t know enough about sake to rate it competently, but this one was enjoyable.