hershiser2 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 2004 edition. Paid $3.99 for a 12-oz single. Love the bottle cap... cool looking cartoony owl. Wonder if I can pry it off without damaging it. Not bad... a little bit of a dent. Anyway HUGE head atop this cloudy brown beer. Looks unbelievable. Aroma is malty, kinda rootbeerish. Taste is strange, quite unlike any beers Iím able to recall. Itís similar to a barleywine, but is dry and ... whatís the word? No idea. Taste is slightly fruity, a bit spicy. Neat, but not exactly great. Definitely interesting, and Iím glad I tried it.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber/brown color, foamy off white head, slight fruity smell, nice sweet taste with hint of spice, can also taste the wheat. very nice beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown. Strong up front malty aroma. Caramel,vanilla and some spices. Very smooth middle. Bittersweet dry finish. Very good overall. Reminded me almost of a barleywine with some of its characteristics.
IslandHaole (1100) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
*2005* Edition! Shared a bottle of this poured by Kiuchi-San himself on my visit their last Tuesday, (my daughter Rioís 19th birthday), 16 Nov. This beer has an IPA base but due to the added spices is classified as a Spiced Ale.
A deep Amber color with tequilla Sunrise like hues to it. An ample foamy off-white head. Good lacing.
An amazing array of scents hits you at once, let this warm to room temp to fully appreciate the complexity of the aroma.
I canít come close to naming everything I smell here. The flavor follows suit, warm and spicy, sweet, fruity, peppery, this is a busy beer! What a treat it was to have a tasting of this new vintage. Kiuchi-San, domo arigatou gozaimashita!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very interesting aroma... vanilla, caramel, oak. Body is ruby, with a overcarbonated but quickly depleating head. Taste is sweet, mainly because of the alcohol, caramel and such. The body is way too fizzy and kills the beer.
Pailhead (5735) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Strong caramel aroma. Sweet and malty. Cloudy amber with a white head. Flavor is too sweet. Very sweet caramel with a little tartness in the finish. Honey and syruppy. Too sweet for me.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 vintage 2004. cloudy amber pour with a thick, creamy, fluffy, beige head. looks like a rootbeer float, except not as dark. Graduations of big bubbles at the interface of the beer, going up to little teeny bubbles on top. Delicious scent - raisins, oranges, vanilla, holiday spices. sweet and tart at the same time. you can both smell and taste a high percentage of alcohol up front; high hops and an alcohol burn on the tongue; you can feel the heavy carbonation in your mouth. Medicine-like aftertaste. As close to a barleywine as Japanese beer gets. It belches chocolatey. Pepper flavor emerges midway through the beer, with a strong pepper finish. A beer to be consumed with some kind of food - it might be dangerous not to. A relentless oral pounding of Japanese delight - not what we call a balanced beer, and that is just fine. UPDATE 12/06: Vintage 2004 again. Aroma of a spicey indian curry. Lacks lace totally. Head is ridiculously foamy. Crazy beer.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
10.31.04 330ml bottle. Dingy copper, cloudy pour. Wow! this is some sweet, sweet beer. So sweet my cheeks pucker. Cotton candy sweet. Blueberry syrup sweet. Japanese candy sweet. Oh. Fascinating stuff.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: beautiful color, but tough to pin...a dusky tangerine, a brazen peach? One of the two, or both put together...and adorned with a tall, thick, fuzzy, lemon-tinged head.
Aroma: AH! Reminds me of Belgian ales right off, with a yeasty, citric, sour element immediately evident, very vivacious.
Taste: brilliant hoppiness, searing and delighting the tongue, then the further flavors beyond in the body of the brew are juicier with this rich, spicy, citric twang. Becomes hot on the tongue, too (maybe thatís the 9% ABV weíre dealing with), and that mingling with an additional spiciness tingling through the palate, and the combination of them all leaves an incredibly tasty and rewarding ale. As I continue in, I like it more and more. And the pepper continues, giving off hints of other spices as well, cinnamon, ginger, maybe?
This is quite a new kind of brew, full of happy surprises, and a downright nice way to welcome in 2004!
Is thing still on? Sorry, Iím still enjoying it, and I finally drain the last drops, Iíve melted into a soppy, insolvent mess that can only utter "yum, yummy, yummers"...
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dirty brown, cloudy body, with some orange and lots of sediment. Head is frothy, like peach colored cotton balls. Nose is sour and citrusy with some mealy qualities. Taste is pure orange. Just imagine eating a slightly overrripe orange, sweet. Lactose souring. Good beer, especially for this style, but flavor is a little one dimensional