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 (6120) - 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 (6143) - 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.