eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pour was cloudy orange with some brownish to it. Head was initially effervescent, yet quickly diminising to barely a ring around the edges, weak lacing. The aroma was rich alcohol, light oak, caramel and raisiney elements. The flavor was caramel, maple, brown sugar, alcohol, oak (the combination of which all seemed quite bourboney), sweet stuff, quite english barleywine-ish, not my cup of tea. A touch too sweet-sticky, although the mouthfeel wasn’t that thick and this thing finished with a sour/acidity that was just odd in combination with the rest of what was going on. Meh.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Murky orange ale with almost no head. The vinous, acidic aroma provides notes of apple, brown sugar and light funk. The flavor is not at all as tangy as the nose implies. Mildly sweet caramel alongside medium hop and alcohol bitterness with a rumor of acidity. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. Moderately bitter, warming finish with a pinch of salt. Thanks go out to SoLan for the bottle!
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle. Hazy dark amber color with a small beige head. Funky, yeasty aroma with a lot of band aid notes. Was ther Brett in those sake casks? Some oak and pineapple in there as well. Really nice smelling beer. Flavor was fruity, and didn’t have the band aids that I got in the aroma. The oak presence was much stronger though. Pineapple, melons and brown sugar come through in the flavor as well. A bit of a warming alcohol finish. I rather enjoyed this beer and will seek it out again.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy orange color with a small head. Aroma is of oak and vanilla, brown sugar and cherry brandy. Taste was a bit warm, with alcohol-dipped fruit and oak barrel spicyness. Very well done. It reminded me of a holiday warmer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavily hazed dark copper color with a smattering of fish food. Lid of small beige bubbles. Panil comes to mind with the first scent. Heavy caramel, cherries, tropical fruit, coriander, ginger, oak, apples and other fruits and spices. This one emits more scents as it sets in the glass. Spicy from the start with anise, cloves and juniper berries. Touch of caramel in the backdrop mid swallow. Stewed raisins, oak and cherry wood in the middle. A light smokiness seems to creep in during the finish and linger. More cedar kinks in the linger along with caramel custard. A reflective type brew. Lots of nuances and depth. I like it for its complexity. A sit on the porch and enjoy brew.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber color with a beige head. Aroma of fruit, sugar, yeast, wood and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity with lots of woodiness.
after4ever (5927) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz. Thanks, HogFodder! Pours a deep, still, toffeeish amber. No head, no lace. mild shochu nose--has that warm water smell and that’s really about it. Light caramel and raisin scents. Light, drinkable body hits you right off the bat. Low carb for sure, but very pleasant, woody and easy on the tongue. Understated throughout; evidently this does not equivalently compare with the first batch but it’s fantastic--light and restrained.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish-red color with no head. Aroma of nutmeg, plums, and cedar. The aroma is very unique - the fruit and wood tones mix well. Medium-bodied. The taste definitely brings sake to mind. There’s a light spice start and the sake and an oakiness really come through in the finish. A very interesting brew. I like how Hitachino uses casks for aging. Need to try again.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very strange brew, consumed while playing Crackdown. Pours a dark caramel color with an oak nose tagging along with some brown sugar and dark fruits. It goes down smooth and is quite tasty.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a rich, deep amber color. Absolutely no head. Aroma is fruity, pears, apples, some cedar notes, shochu aroma is evident as well. There are hints of nutmeg and mace. Flavor is wildly unexpected, the oak starts, with the spirit coming on fairly strong. Light acrid finish. Very little carbonation. Very unique. Glad to see another variation on the barrell aging technique.