TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brazen orange. Head settles to an enormously rocky, fluffy layer. Balanced aroma of mint leaf, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mild hints of root, while the vanilla notes, sweet bready malts, and herbal hops are blanketed by the perfumey airiness. Fizzy, expansive carbonation. Nutmeg flavors immediately hamper the citrus twang, while the malts become cedary and a tad sweet, but fail to deliver any substantial depth. Lurking airiness underneath the leafy hops while the sweet notes of cinnamon gather momentum beneath the earthiness. Finishes with an earthy mixture of orange pulp and nutmeg/herbal bitterness. Wood and coarse hop leaf notes linger with only a trace of alcohol warmth. Pretty disappointing. This desperately needs more vanilla to deflect the heavy spicing and citrus acidity. Nothing extraordinary about this. Perhaps a year or more in the cellar will yield a maltier brew with much less carbonation.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I haven't had many asian beers, but this was not what I was expecting. Deep red/amber color with a thinnish white head. Aroma is malty with some citrus notes (mostly orange), slightly spicey. Flavor is malty and slightly bitter, with a smooth finish and a hint of alcohol. A good, interesting brew.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If I didn't know better, I would have guessed this was a Belgian strong. Nice ripe fruit flavors with some spice and candy sugar. Finished with a warm alcohol glow. This is the best Japanese beer I've had.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful foamy pour. Big murky deep red-burgundy with some lighter tones in there. Bottle conditioned (or at least unfiltered). Big light brown colored head. Aroma of lots of spices, i detect mainly the orange peel and nutmeg, which is a bit odd. Flavor is heavily spicy, TONS of coriander, lots of acidic orange flavor, sharp carbonation kick and quite sweet. Some chewy sweetness, and some syrupy sugar flavor makes a futile attempt to balance the orange peel on the finish. Lots of things goin on here, to say the least. Overall, it was pretty good, just a way too sharp and acidic and my throat is still recovering from all that bitter orange and spicy coriander.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Good beer. Had a fruity smell and taste (orange) to it. Alcohol was hidden rather well.
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
As the description states, this beer is very complex. There's all sorts of flavors going on in there. Decent orangey-red color with a huge foamy head. Fruity, alcohol aroma. Tastes of spice, alcohol, wheat, nutmeg, vanilla, etc. A rather interesting brew.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
smells fruity. very fruity. It gives way to alcohol. the taste was more fruit, like apples. this gave way to a horrendous bitter taste like i had just mouthed a teaspoon of pure spices. I'm still belching up this orgy of sweaty spice flavors.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light mahogany with a thick biege head. Aroma is wickedly spicey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Orange, cinnamon, and lots of spices on the tongue. And lots of carbonation. Overall this was a good beer. I think it could cure a cold.
desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red amber body, huge fizzy head that took over my glass. Aroma very herbal and evergreen, but not piney like a hoppy beer. Flavor is intensely spicy and dry, with a load of orange peel and wheaty textures. Alcohol is not noticeable for a 9% brew. I'd give the flavor higher marks if it weren't for the excessive carbonation, as Oakes noted. Still, it is a unique and very tasty beer.
defCon (19) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Japan, a surprisingly pleasant brew...dark, mysterious with a combination of a bunch of flavors. Excellent aroma and very easy drinking but not watered down or hoppy.