RobertDale (4110) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml. bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden red with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, wood, and sake. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, barrel, sake, and a touch of hops. Different in a good way.
olliejobbins (1287) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. pours quite a hazy muddy brown with light beige head. Aroma is a little alcoholic, hoppy, earthy and weak dark fruits. but itís a very nice well balanced taste. alcohol is well hidden. very smooth. slightly sweet, caramel, roasted malts and a finish of prunes and dates.
Stuu666 (5876) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy pale amber, nose is orange, pineapple, taste is similar, fruity, rich, caramel.
partchapol (62) - Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smell of sour Japanese rice wine. Taste of rice at long finish. Good bitterness and right texture, it might smell and taste unusual for some people, but I love this. Like food, some people would sometime enjoy sushi, some other just keep eating hamburgers. Enough said
Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is with a due sense of resignation and dread that I review this beer. Why is it 8%? Am I stupid for buying this? I probably am, but in all honesty, I review this out of ignorance of any alarms telling me not to.
Itís a darker colour than I was anticipating. More reddish peachy with nil head,nil carbonation and a slight haze. This does not mean that it isnít a good looking beer though. Aromas trend toward Bakewell tart, pastry, stewed peaches, nectarines and apricots. It is well runded and full in the mouth with some dessert sweetness and a tinging of mouthfeel. I am pleasantly surprised, happy and contented.
jonas (6050) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at irreale. Opaque cloudy Amber, low golden lace. Bockish iron laced nose, fruited caramel base, a hint spice and salt licorice. Medium sticky body. Salty herbal caramel finish. A bit too sticky for my taste.
Johnsense (945) - - JAN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aged bottle. Dark copper pour. Heavy bready aroma and taste, caramel, spices, dark dried fruits. Some barrel still evident. Fairly heavy body. Sweet aftertaste. Diabetics should tread lightly.
unclemike (2489) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, koji, rice, a bit of caramel malt, and some spice. Taste of sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast, some smoke, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, light alcohol and a bit of tart citrus fruits as well.
JBPortland (1106) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours dark semi clear orange with a finger of head. Nose is swer bready malt, dried cherry and fruity yeast, a touch of rounded sake and hint of wood, caramel. Taste is similar with a malt heavy profile, sticky sweet caramel bread and multi-grain, some maple, dried bitter cherry, a touch medicinal, light sake, light wood. Finish is bitter and sweet, continuation of the palate with some faint trailing rounded wood softness.
PriorL (2490) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 2. Special THX to Christian.
APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, nice stable off white head.
NOSE: sweet, fruity, hoppy.
TASTE: sweet, fruity, hoppy, dry.
Little to bitter for me.