MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This Mead-come-Barley Wine successfully melds honey to caramelized port wine, finishing into a sweet prune fruitiness. Yet another wildly unique and reverend still sipper from Hakusekikan.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-This is another headless, fizzless Hakusekikan sipper when on tap, yet the generous sample received from the lagering tank at the brewery was filled with creamy carbonation.
-Its ruby brown dress and long legs along the wine glass herald some exotic sweet liqueur.
-The brewer uses a wild yeast he extracts from Kyushu honey for this one. This honeyed yeast is obvious, even in the nose.
-Alcohol definitely warms the back of the throat, but doesn’t bother the flavor profile.
-The complex fruitiness spans from grapes to dates to prunes to figs.
-Caramel flows by smoothly.
-After having this one twice on tap with little to no carbonation, and once from the lagering tank with creamy carbonation, I must say I largely preferred the carbonated version. The score atop reflects the tap version (available commercially), but had they been naturally carbonated like the one from the lagering tank, I would have given it at least 4.3.
2003 vintage on tap at Popeye’s and later at Ushitora, and 2005 vintage from the lagering tank at the brewery.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this may have been the last beer or second to last beer of the night in tokyo. so please bare with me if my rate seems a bit ascue. brown clear liquid with no head. sweet rock candy alcohol laden nose. dark fruits and tobacco pierce your tongue and then are covered with a big alcohol taste. a bourbon laden beer with the same alcohol feel. BIG! would love to try this sober to give it a fair shake. makes since its 15%. damn i gotta wake up at 5am to go to the fish market!
larsga (6626) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No real head. Clear deep red body. Earthy vinous strawberry malts aroma with alcohol notes. Sweet, and slightly acidic, alcohol and strawberry taste with earthy spicy notes. Fullish body. Mild, yet hot mouthfeel. Dry-sweet sweet cherry and strawberry aftertaste with vinegary earthy toffee and honey notes. Lovely! Amazing sweet/sour balance and harmony. (0.2l draft at Popeye, Tokyo.)
Ernest (6603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Popeye Tokyo (rated Apr 2008, vintage 2003).
Head is fully diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of wood, honey, raisin, alcohol, orange peel, and maple syrup.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, syrupy texture, soft/flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly enjoyable aroma for its age, and not obviously oxidized in the usual stale ways. Quite sweet, as expected, but still drinkable. Boozy but not over the top. Quite a bit better than expected.