17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 [3.7.08] Poured into goblet, chestnut clear brown with a medium creamy tan head. Woody vinous yeasty aroma, closely resembles some good Belgians. Wow, extremely yeasty woody brown-sugar flavor. Some sweet pineapple in the finish. Somewhat similar to De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva, but I thnk I might like this better, easier to drink. Nice fluffy crisp body. Unique and excellent. Sake comes out more towards the end. 184.108.40.206.17 . . . . . ... [rerate 6.11.10] still one of my favorites, explosion! Super bretty! some bubblegum bitterness, woody, cheesy, brown sugar, pineapple, just super bretty band-aid! love it
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Douglas88 shared this with me. Nose was more like a Flemish Sour.. a good one at that. Not sure about the Sake but there was a ton of funk. Horse blankets and earthy goodness. The flavor was an exact match to the aroma.
douglas88 (7170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dave and Jordan. Pours a cloudy red/brown with a decent white head. The aroma is funky, like vinegar and sourness. The taste is also quite unique; some woody, sour and sake. Also, some malt and yeast. Kinda like Belgium meets Japan. Overall, a good beer, odd in a good way.
DocLock (8497) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid ruddy muddy deep brown with 3-fingers or so of tan head. Aroma is oaky bourbon, malt, tart cherries, brown sugar. The palate is rich, the beer isw extremely complex, throwing tons of flavoirs at you including tart cherries, oaky peaty bourbon, malt, and mild Bartlett pear and apple notes. This is barrel aging done correctly, and Hitachino continues to impress me greatly with their unique and ballsy styles, which more often than not hit the mark.
Palidor19 (3064) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This particular beer seems a bit off, spicy and herbal. a bit on the tangy side. Mild wood finish.
nick76 (4312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The aroma is odd. Itís got wood, yeast, herbs, and spice. The appearance is red brown with a thin head. The flavor is like the aroma and not that good although itís interesting. The palate is smooth. Overall itís weird.
heemer77 (5165) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing a bottle, iowaherkeye. The hazy dark copper body is topped with a khaki head. The aroma is ginger and sake. There is also some earthy sweat character. The taste is ginger, sake and rice. There is also some bread crust. The sake cask aging is apparent, and I had a hard time telling what came from the beer and from the aging. Still, this is interesting and cudos to Hitachino for trying, yet another beer that is something different. I like some sake and I get the feeling that they did not use the most high quality sake casks for this one.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours from the tap an orange shade of amber topped with a whitish head which slowly fades to a film. strange aroma is initially of flowers but soon leads into a heinz ketchup sour aroma (but not in a bad way)...wtf? thereís some other stuff tucked in there but i canít seem to get away from the ketchup... wood, sourness and funk. flavor is lightly caramel sweetness combined with wood, vanilla, cloves/allspice and some dry parching herbal qualities. dry finish and yeasty aftertaste. weird...
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was medium amber with some light floating sediment. The head was thin, fizzy, and off-white. The aroma was tart, oak, and acidic. The flavor was acidic, oak, and alcohol. The palate was thick-bodied. The finish was warm.
emacgee (4356) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks hophead75. Pours a dark murky brown with a one finger fizzy tan head. Nice vanilla oak aroma, sweet fruity, funky, some alcohol aroma, some orange peel, . The Sake casks are really apparent, oaky vanilla flavor, spicy, warming, a little sweet, funky. Has a nice mouthfeel, smooth lively cabonation and the casks arenít too hard to deal with.