77ships (4844) - Antwerpen, - NOV 11, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 33 cl. bottle @ home, one of the many bottles I brought back from the ever spectacular Alvinne shop \ Very curious about this one, I have been lately looking for more Hitachino beers \ In slight contradiction with the ratebeer description the bottle states that this beer is a recreation of the first Japanese beer made in the Edo period and matured in ceder barrels like the old IPA’s which used to be transported across the seas \ Pours a clear amber/orange/slight hint of raspberry with a creamy white head \ Smell is sweet slight sake yeast, spices, fruity with a hint of raspberry, hint of caramel and dark fruits with lots of ceder wood \ Taste is with slightly bitter hops, very fruity hops (or at least I think that these are hops) but not in the conventional sense, I am actually getting berries and slight fermenting raspberries, touch of lemon, fermenting malts, fermenting caramel malts (does that exist?) & yeast, toffee, bitter cedar wood in the aftertaste, plenty of spices, I am actually getting some distilled sake in the second half & aftertaste, hint of fruity & flowery sake yeast & distilled sake drenched ceder wood, not sure whether that is possible because I don’t think that is in here, this must be the ceder wood \ Light & slightly \ Amazing like a hybrid between distilled sake & an IPA \ Not sure whether the flavours I am getting can actually be in here but I had a blast drinking this
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear orangeish pale amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is fruits, wood and tart. Flavor is fruit, citrus, light caramel, cedar. Finish is cedar and pine tree, along with wood. Medium body, soft mouthfeel.
StueyD (1352) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A mid amber orange coloured beer with a frothy off white head. A rich malt and wood aroma, caramel and spice, plus toffee apple and hazelnut. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel. The taste starts off with a dry malt and wood combination, caramel hazelnut and spice again, but a little more earthy. A dried raisiny fruit flavour appears next, giving a little more sweetness, but this is soon overtaken but a tart and refreshing appley type taste. The finish is tart and appley with a lingering background of malt and wood.
rdixon77 (1403) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old rating. Remember it being more sweet and woody then having much hop characteristics. Drinkable enough though.
BelgianBeerGal (3316) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the Birch. Clear copper color with a white ring. Very light aroma of not much honestly. Flavor is lightly sweet and caramely with a hint of hops. Meh.
ikigai (65) - California, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
4/18/15 from 12 oz bottle. Hazy amber color with hardly any head. Slight sweet fruity aroma without hops smell. Tastes a bit like a hefe without the bubblegum banana flavors. Very drinkable but not all that special.
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Nische (1028) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange color. Small s white head.. Sweet, fruity, herbal notes in aroma. Kind of malty, fruity taste with spices, herbs and wood. Medium bitterness.
swannycellars (18) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New 330ml bottle from swanbourne cellars. Pours amber/orange with thick white head which recedes with good lacing. Aroma is amazing apples, wood chips and caramel. Flavours are that of a rich english style pale-caramel, stonefruit, drying oak and a firm lingering bitterness. Great mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Love these little owls but this could be the best of the nest so far.
cafgen (152) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazy golden/orange color with a white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel and some hops. Taste is mostly sweet with a nice bitter finish. A good beer.
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King_Alex_II (338) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ambery red clear color with some foam. Caramel and extremely round malty promises in the taste. The taste is insanely creamy and slightly oily and caramely sweet. However there is a bitterness that compensates the excess sweetness without showing its bitterness. Charming beer that is basically very well balanced but it has some lovely edges as well.
SinH4 (645) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange color with white head. Nice aroma of caramel and soft hops. Bitter finish. Classic English taste with nice residual sweetness. Very full and balanced for this ABV.