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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full bodied beer with sweet wheat flavor and beautiful dense foam top. It has a pleasant bitterness and unique spicy aroma with Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans. Complex yet soothing.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
This thing blew up in my face, the most explosive beer since LaConner DH IPA. Lasting head with a big spicy, maple, nutmeg aroma. Color is a dark cloudy brown with huge yeast chunks floating about. Frothy mouthfeel, immediate taste is cinnamon and spiciness. Apparent alcohol, but well balanced. Some hops around, mainly in the finish. As spiced winter beers go, this one was quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2005
This has got to be the foamiest beer I have ever tried. Maybe overprimed? I see I am not the only one that had that problem. Large off white head. Very dark amber and slightly cloudy body. Aroma of spicy dark bread. Also notes of nutmeg and pears. Almost like a barley wine. The taste was pears with nutmeg and cinnamon. This has some corriander in the finish. Too much carbonation really detracted from the mouthfeel and enjoyment overall for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2005
This one spewed on me a bit and had a big rich head. Great strong aroma that is sweet and spiecy. Hazy dark amber and copperish with a good bit of chunks in the bottom. Very carbonated with a lively mouthfeel. Taste is fruity sweet with moderate spiceyness and some hops in the end. A very enjoyable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2005
’05 Vintage. Poured a dark, cloudy amber color with a large (4 finger) off white head. Aromas and tastes of spices, vanilla, caramel, and malts. Pepper. Lightly sweet. I couldn’t taste the 9% alcohol in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
2004. Big head comes foaming from the bottle as the cap is removed. Weird for high alcohol. Lemon desert nose. Dry bubbly baking soda-like body. Lemon pepper finish. Gets better with each sip and familiarity with the flavours. Beer almost demands an accompanying plate of sushi, calamari or salmon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2004
First off I need to give credit to the Bar Tender at the Wine bar next to Great Lakes B.C., who donated this beer to my cause. You Rock! So, Let the rating begin. Pours a honey brown with a moderate sized off white head. Very large bubbles. Sweet malt, candy or honey on the nose…Very aromatic. Tastes of honey and strawberry with a minimal pine hop taste. Perhaps some pepper or spice also. Some riceyness and must at the finish but good. Body is full and somewhat heavy/sticky. It lingers long. A good celebration ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1793) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
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 I’m able to recall. It’s similar to a barleywine, but is dry and ... what’s the word? No idea. Taste is slightly fruity, a bit spicy. Neat, but not exactly great. Definitely interesting, and I’m glad I tried it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1201) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 19, 2004
*2005* Edition! Shared a bottle of this poured by Kiuchi-San himself on my visit their last Tuesday, (my daughter Rio’s 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 can’t 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!


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