buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smell of waffles, french toast, things that go good with maple syrup, basically. Hazy brown orange hue in the glass. Taste has elements of burnt sugar, caramel, oak, autumn leaves, spiced carrots, and licorice. Kind of a strange and unusual beer. It is sugary, but not in a sweet way, syrupy...yet not in a thick way. Has a certain medicinal quality about it. Interesting glass of beer here. Try?
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. I honestly have always passed this brewing company up when I have noticed them in stores and other shops but my instinct said this might actually be tasty. Creates a dense reddish brown that seems to glow a bit while there is no formation of head to speak of. Once poured there is a bold nose of sweet malts along with a spiced aroma of yeast. The flavor is shocking to my taste buds and the immediate flavors are sugar, wine, and wood barrel, however, the wood apparent is not obvious it stored sake before. Certainly an interesting drink though and well worth a repeat or 2 bottles in one sitting down.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy copper/amber, with a huge tan head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, wood, and spices. Flavor is fruit, malt, wood, and caramel. An interesting brew.
explosivebeer (36) - Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a thick, lasting, creamy head. It has a nice sour aroma and flavor that is balanced with a little underlying sweetness in the body of the beer. There are some woody notes followed by a balanced finish. Tasty. I’ll definitely get this one again.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light tan head. Big fruit aroma leading to salty, sake, and caramel notes. Sake, fruity, woodsy flavors - the actual beer is too hidden in the barrel notes. Medium body. Lingering sake, wood, and slight spice.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown, murky, with medium off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, with spice, and dark fruit, caramel, malt. Flavor is good--spiciness is strong, ginger, citrus, and some malty tones in finish. Yeasty taste, with some dark fruit.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle, courtesy of kleyland. 2007 vintage. Woody color, with a large tan head. This one was a gusher. Tart, sour aroma with hints of citrus. Flavor is nicely balanced, with caramel malt, spices, and oak. Clean, dry finish. Interesting beer.
BillWyce (841) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy deep brown with a nice
tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with some caramel notes and a floral touch
from the hops. Smooth palate, but just a
bit syrupy with a tinge of astringency.
Rich malty taste with some caramel and
a bit of smokiness. Also a touch of citrus. Damn good. This brewery’s
products can be hard to find on the east
coast, but worth seeking out.
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I honestly didn’t expect much...although being aged in oak Sake casks peaked my interest. This beer was impressive. Burnt orange with hints of crimson, this beer had a nice 2-inch off-white head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, brown sugar and darker fruit. Full-flavored, malt-driven, hidden alcohol. NICE!!!
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XH 2008 7% ABV Aged in Sake Barrels.
Tap Capital Ale House Innsbrook 08/27/2008. Light fruits and spice in nose. Cloudy amber orange with moderate fine off-white head. Spicey coriander and orange over carmelized malts. Spice is quite floral and sake notes are quite evident. Light body with medium mouthfeel. Finish is slightly sweet with lots of floral almost citrus spice.