TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís Blue Light in Durham, NC. I think I paid $4 and some change. Been wanting to try this one for a while and kept forgetting to pick one up. Have tried several Hitachino beers but none in the last couple years. Anyway--the beer. Poured into my newly purchased Rodenbach GC tulip, the color is a deep (and almost opaque) red amber with a thick off-white head that shows no sign of fading. Aroma is sweet and tart, with a hints of cherry, oak, a bit of funk, and spices. Flavor is heavily woody upfront, with a bit of cherry/oak/sake in the finish. The sake casks are not overpowering at all in this beer and I like it a lot. Simple, yet very refreshing on this beautiful April day in Carrboro, NC.
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
murky red color with a light tan head that leaves a good bit of lacing. aromas of spice, dark fruits and a sour note. Slightly cola, cherries, oaky resins, sourness, dry sour finish. I like the japanese take on the belgian style.
Maverick34 (2248) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from whole foods bowery. This one is rather unusual, I donít even know where to begin. Poured brownish with visible sediments. Taste was somewhat gingery and buttery, and a sake taste? Clean finish, sort of like a pale ale w/o hops bite? I donít even know. But liked it.
AmEricanbrew (5834) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a frothy tan head. Nice aroma is sharp cedar wood and dry spices, with a musty sweet cantalope melon. Frothy foamy mouthfeel. Taste is mainly dry pungent wood sap with sake spices and herbs. Sweetens up a bit in the finish with the wood and dry sake essence lingering on. A nice everyday barrel aged brew here without the hype or bottle count.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dave at By The Bottle for this gem! Poured a dirty brown-amber body with a big explosive white top. Gritty nose with some oxidation in there. This beer has a lot going on with the tongue. Fruity citrus, sweet sake rice notes, boozy but mild, chocolate and malts ran rampant. Bitter dry fruits with a nice touch of wood. Great!
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008-04-04. Hazy ruddy brown body with a decent creamy beige head. (3+) Very interesting aroma, light musty notes, hints of wavering sweet lemon soaked wood, wood grows as it warms. (7+) Flavour is heave on the wood at first with a dry alcohol finish that I assume to be enhanced by the sake casks. First impress was not favourable, but as it warms and you progress through the glass it allows light fruit and the subtler nuances of the sake to gain prominence against the dominance of the wood. Minute sweet lemon candy glimpses. Smooth average plus palate. (3+) Grows on me, but I still canít see myself drinking it in quantity. Bottle courtesy of Mabelís Florida trip.
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with and courtesy of Jerc and Mabel. Interesting alcohol, wood, and citrus aroma. Whiskey like orange/brown, small white head, looks good. Taste is great! Sharp fruity malt mixed with sake like alcohol. Vanilla in the finish. Complex and tasty. I really liked it.
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orlando, Fl. - Knightly Spirits - 11.2 oz bottle. Murky dark orange pour, thin, spritzy white head. Aroma of Juicy Fruit gum, produce section of a grocery store. Flavor has a touch of ginger, some herbal tea, glimpses of citrus. Very organic and herbal tasting. Pick up a bit of the sake from the barrels that this was soaked in. Mouthfeel, thick enough. Overall, an odd brew - hard to put a handle on it.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber, with 1 finger that sticks around a bit. Nose is dry, funky, bit earthy, fruity. Taste is sour, peppery, with a woody finish. Interesting beer.
jnolley (2) - USA - MAR 30, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hard to describe. A lot of different flavors and a sort of woody finish. I