richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark golden color, with a thick white head that holds loosely on the top. strong smell of pepper and slight hops. flavor is distingly IPA at the front, but followed up with huge amounts of pepper and wood flavors. the cedar stays on your palate for quite a long time after you drink it. a very interesting change up, unlike anything i have ever had before, but will definitely drink again.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow what a different type of beer. Not too bad had a great head and a good flavor. The hoppiness was quite surprising. And it had a refreshing bite at the end. I am sure this was a great bottle and others might not be as lucky for the long trip.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Crazy big head, out of control carbonation. Aroma was faintly caramel, faintly bitter, and a bit of very faint, somewhat disturbings sourness. Flavor was remarkably bland, a bit of spiciness, and again, a lurking sourness in the background. Based on this and the carbonation issue, methinks there may have been an infection at work here. In the end, I just didn’t enjoy this beer at all.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a bottle bomb, but after grabbing some glasses quickly, it poured up nicely. It tasted a bit pithy but had some nice peppery flavors with some cedar flavor as expected. Interesting beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not fond of this brewery’s offerings. This was another. Surprising it’s an IPA. Bottle opened to a gush of white foam that continued to ooze for awhile. Nice to spare the drinker the trouble of sampling the entire bottle. Murky amber color with that frothy white head. The aroma was somewhat sweet, spicy. Not the usual hoppy IPA nose. Lively carbonation and sparkly mouthfeel. Flavor was ordinary. Sweet and spicy but not rewarding.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared with tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Olivier_MTL in a hotel room in Ann Arbor, MI. Dull, unfiltered and dirty amber with a massive, lasting foamy white head....peppery, woody (cedar, yes I get that), grapefruity nose, amazingly huge and transcendent, a luscious blend of disparate elements with even a hint of barnyard funkiness, wow....sweet, citric body, very full, lightly yet defiantly bitter, with woody and woodsy, herbal undertones throughout...luscious, creamy but lightly biting mouthfeel. A rainy day view of Mount Fuji. A masterpiece.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’ve never had a beer that tasted like you were sucking on cedar chips. I know it’s from the casks, but I just wasn’t expecting this unusual flavor.
arhythmt (69) - USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Typically wonderful aroma; Hitachino Nest beers seem to have an abundance of terrific scents from the spices and aging processes. If only the flavor were as good...I had it on tap at the Seattle Int’l Beer Festival and the taste was a bit confused. It was my first beer of the day and my friends confirmed my feelings: A bit strong and hoppy, much like an IPA should taste, but then there were a few flavors all competing for attention. Not a very well developed palate for this beer, I’m afraid, but still refreshing in the heat.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a cloudy orange amber with a huge foamy head that ran over my glass and onto the table..whoops.
Lots of floatys
Strong aroma of ceder, pine and hops.
Flavor is hops and citrus with a bitter hopy finish.
Heavy, thick lacing hangs in sheets on the inside of the glass and as this beer warms the ceder aroma is becoming more pronounced. This is the first time I have experienced this aroma in a beer.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice-sized, off-white head atop an amber/orange body. I let this beer warm longer than I wanted it to, and returned to find a vortex of sediment hovering at the bottom of the glass (kinda’ cool). Strong presence of pepper in the aroma, with orange/citrus hops beneath. Spicy flavor with a hearty malt/hop balance, but peppers (green, black, white) again dominate. Rather good, and I’d probably enjoy it more at a lower temperature... my bad.
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