PotjeBier (1779) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
33 cl bottle @ home, bought in Tokio, Oct. 2013. Amber color, a bit hazy. Off white head, slowly receding. Aroma’s upon opening the bottle: refreshing, aromatic hops, some caramel. A little later that disappears and you can smell it’s a bit old, caramel malts, raisins/dried fruit. Retronasal it’s quite fruity, sourish, grainy. Flavor is light sour, a bit caramel malts. Light to medium bodied. Decent carbo. Finish of caramel malts, light bitterness. I was wrong to age it.
Brentv (442) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is bottled as the "Tokyo Station" brand "Japanese Classic Ale." Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Taste is toffee, caramel, nicely sweet, hint of bitterness. Medium oily mouthfeel. Good brew.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUL 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronze amber pour - who da thunk? Soft toffee and floral nose. Good body. A pleasure to drink if a little tame. Very British.
cohomebrewer (8) - Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First non-standard Japanese beer. Nice amber color, medium white head. Nice malty/grain aroma with some citrus top notes. Not what I expected. I expected little grain flavor, more rice-like. Very good beer overall.
Mortlach (1053) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/03/2012 330ml bottle (thanks to KyotoLefty). Bellissima color bronzo, limpidissima, con schiuma abbondante, morbida, pannosa, molto persistente. Al naso note zuccherose, malto, caramello, luppolo. In bocca non č molto intensa ma č ben bilanciata, ha un attacco zuccheroso, caramellato, e un discreto finale luppolato. Corpo medio, carbonazione corretta. Non ha particolare carattere ma č una birra nel complesso davvero ben fatta e gradevole. Mi č piaciuta moltissimo.
KyotoLefty (6909) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Shinjuku Isetan. Pale bronze with a fine head. Aroma of caramel, bread, toffee, and something that could either be cedar or skunk. Ok, but bland. Caramel and toffee flavor, with wood and an astringency at the finish. Earthy, cedar is very understated. Somewhat peppery. Rather smooth and oily or buttery. Nice enough, though not exciting.