TimE (2810) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Big candy sugar nose with hints of milk chocolate, cherries, brandy, marshmellows and oranges tingle my nose. Surprisingly light body with oranges and cherries, but strangely the mouth is somewhat lacking depth, despite the great nose. Warming alcoholic, syrupy finish with rich chocolately maltiness.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Popeye’s. Kampai, Popeye, Oppai! Definitely one of the best J-beers I’ve had. Light mahogany with very little head. Aroma is very subtle and complex, mostly of plum, peach, and surprisingly little alcohol. The flavor also makes the 15% number hard to believe! Cherries, subtle sherry that comes out in the finish along with some alcohol coming back out your nose. Very good! I have to admit to rating this with a sub-optimal palette, and so I will definitely try it again (which I would have done anyway!)
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Barkushu Club Popeye on March 31st, 2005. Dark copper color with no head. Strong aroma of caramel, alcool and hint of hops. Medium to full body, the flavors were leaning towards the caramel, toffee and a little bit of roasted. Alcool and bitterness were also present but not overpowering the other flavors. It was a very powerfull barley wine brewed with complexity! I wonder how old it was but it had definitely aged for a while. Hummm... encore, encore!!!