frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color beneath a dense off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast with some fruity esters and earthiness. Some light berry like notes right away, followed by a light bitterness. Finishes dry with wood accents. A lot of unique flavors going on that I can’t quite put my finger on.
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.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sour, a little acetic, some alcohol and belgian yeastiness.
Taste is dry, a little funky, some sweetness from the sochu, clove, belgian esters, dry finish.
This is very solid.
This could go for a few years, with a lot of sweetness from the sochu.
I like this, very interesting.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown color with a faint white film of a head. Extremely woody and a bit sour in the aroma department. I was pleasantly surprised by the upfront sourness in this one. The flavor seems to dry up quickly on your tongue and the result makes you feel like you’ve sucked on a wood chip. As this one warms, there’s a pronounced spicy character. I pick up some black pepper and cinnamon. While the intense woodiness of this beer is startling and enjoyable at first. It sort of wears on your palate by the end of the glass. Lightly carbonated. Very good overall.
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body bordered by a thin ring of white bubbles.
Smell: The aroma is woody from the get-go (heck, before you even get it up to your nose) with notes of what you’d imagine to be sake along with fruit and yeast.
Taste: Strongly wooden with a distinctly sour yeastiness. Expired malts delivered in coffins bearing the initials XH. Ground peppercorn medley. One spoonful of rice pudding. Tons of tannins running loose. There’s never much in the way of sweetness or bitterness. Dry, yeasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: I can assure you that it is interesting, but I keep going back and forth on whether or not I actually enjoyed it...
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Short 33cl bottle Black with gold label. Matured in Sochu Sake casks. Pours copper color. Aroma of cedar, oak, currants, and alcohol. Flavor is of charred oak. Good malt, some sake flavors definitely come out. Creamy texture. This is truly a perfectly executed beer.
MrStitch (138) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a maple syrup color with a thick 2 finger egg shell colored head that disappears quickly. Aroma is wood, fruit, sake, and a hint of malt. Flavor is very, very smooth with hints of malt and sake playing nicely off of one another. An interesting idea but not a beer that I will drink on the regular.
PorterPounder (6221) - 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.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a very hazy garnet color with an initial head that diminishes to a surface island. The aroma is wood, vanilla, vinious, some Sake, and fruit. The flavor is very complex with malt, fruit, wood, vanilla, Sake, and dryness all rolling together well. The palate is rich and carbonated. Overall, this is real good and I’m glad I spotted it to pick it up.
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