fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a huge, creamy beige head. Aroma is full of sweet bread spice and citrus zest, some fruity esters and light soapy notes. Flavor is big on coriander and cinamon up front, dusty grain, sweet malt, some orange peel, but it is not nearly as citrusy in taste as it is in aroma, a hint of vanilla and nice earthy nutmeg to the finish. Medium body, with a slick slightly booozy entry, small bubbled, but very blanketing and sharp carbonation. After blowing off all that foam, I’m suprised that this had any carbonation left at all but it is actually rather harsh. Fairly tasty brew, the mouthfeel is not so great, but it has a really nice finish and aftertaste with, sweet bread spice and vanilla.
Maverick34 (2047) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled as commemorative ale 2014. Orangey brown pour, hops, orange peel, spice and some rye notes. Pretty good.
gnoff (7465) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As "Hitachino Commemorative Ale 2014".
330 ml bottle thanks to Ingo! Brewed 12-2013, BB 12-2014, sampled on April 18, 2014. Marked 8% ABV.
Hazy copper color, big lasting off-white head. Sweet, spicy, orange peel, citrus, alcohol, light phenolic scent. Alcohol, sweet, citrus, sugary, pine, spicy taste. Sweet, alcohol aftertaste. Medium to smooth to fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Alcohol comes through a bit too much, more than noticeable and also dominates the sweetness, probably would’ve liked it better personally with a bigger malt body or a lower ABV, still, not bad at all, just coul’ve been even better (for me).
JonMoore (1807) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - hazy brown colour with a slim off-white head. Spicey malty vanilla aroma. Flavours are spicey orange peel, marmalade, malts, fruity, sweet, bitter, alcohol. Interesting but don’t like the texture, finding it hard to get down.
JohnRMurdoch (2962) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle from Hasegawa Liquor Store, Tokyo Railway Station. Bought as Commemorative Ale 8% abv. Cloudy medium brown with a reddish tinge. Flowery yeasty spicy aroma. Sweet honey and spice flavour. Sharp with slightly sickly sweet alcohol aftertaste. A bit unbalanced and not really my sort of beer.
biirusaikou (410) - - MAR 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bouquet of cinnamon, vanilla, pepper. Works great, pleasant mix of spices and herbs, orange, clean finish.
zvikar (2835) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks avrashi. As "Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale". Pours orange to yellow hazy with a medium head, aroma of spices like oregano, clove, nutmeg, sweetness, flavor is sweet, spicy, with lots of nutmeg, medium bodied, pretty difficult to drink
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour, off white head. Nose is spice, rich malts, caramel, light bread. Easy palate, heavy malts, spice, caramel, dry, ginger, smooth finish
jackl (3862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig. The pour’s red with a small head. The nose is pretty spicy. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Light caramelised apple. The taste is pretty full and bready. Cocoa. Apple tart. Moderately hot and spicy. Medium body, soft carbonation. Tasty stuff.
Liamrua (13) - Waterford, IRELAND - FEB 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Commerative ale 8%, 2013 330ml bottle from Carpenters off licence, Carlow. Pours a foamy head one finger, rasberry red amber colour. Aroma is fruity and malty. Taste is fruity with good carbonation on palate and a quick finish. Overall its a nice fruity unusual beeras it is
RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pretty peach color. Fruit cocktail aroma, a lot of grape and strawberry. Taste of cherry, flowers. Finish is slightly sour.