ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first beer from Hitachino Nest. A very interesting beer. Pours a hazy copper color with an extremly small head. Wonderful oak aroma which compliments the flavors. Earthy, grainy, and sweet juniper all on the mouthfeel. Strongs hints of alcohol on the finish where the sake flavors are evident. Alot less cloying as it warms in the glass.
pineypower (2369) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out mostly transparent with a moderate head. Aroma of oak, slight fruit and grain alcohol. Palate is thin for a beer with this alcohol content. Taste is oak, vinous fruit, earth, and burning alcohol on the finish. Thumbs up for the idea of aging this in sake.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 The look: Almost clear amber body with a small off-white head.
The style: Barrel/wood alcoholised malted beverage
The stuff: Oak on the nose. I like the barrel character on this one. Earthy roots and a little dark-cherry. Wood, alcohol and malt profile come together for a slight single-malt/cognac flavour. The finish is short and leaves a light alcoholised ice-cream sensation. Carbonation is very soft, maybe too much so. For an average abv like that I thought the alcohol was as well hidden as a fat dude in a day-glo orange jumpsuit on a golf course. Cruelly lacking in the hops department. Original beer but I can’t imagine myself drinking many bottles of that.
The how: Tasting session at MartinT. Small bottle from MartinT.
The conclusion: Caught me off-guard. I need a full bottle to really get a good feel of it. Seems to be available in the States now. Re-rate to come…
nearbeer (3380) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml. Slightly cloudy copper with a medium and lasting head; nice lace. Aroma is sour fruit that has almost turned to vinegar, old leather, vinous alcohol. Flavor is a sweetish cabernet with some sour and earthy notes, lightly salted leather, lots of oak in the aftertaste. Palate is near medium bodied, smooth, and dry on the finish.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Within a suave caramel maltiness grows a piney and peppery wood character which glows in the finale alongside some alcohol warmth. This is yet another unique sipper from Hitachino Nest.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy dark amber.
-Carbonation is quiet and lets us admire the maltiness and the intricate barrel character.
-The body is round and remains easy to drink.
-The barrel character adds an old sherry-like sweetness which fully agrees with the grain bill.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Bulldog Pub, Ginza: Dark brown/mahogany color, light tan head and light lacing. Nose is sweet and explosive, plum and juniper, a solid malt base. Light yeast in the background. Warming yet clean and fruity, full bodied, delicious.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy reddish/amber with thin head that sticks around the side. Aroma of oak, sweet cider and brown sugar. Taste is wonderful. Starts out with sweet alcohol and malt with oak. Fades into hazelnut and vanilla. Apple cider tastes develop as it warms. Very enjoyable.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to egajdzis for grabbing this...
Appears a semi-transparent, slightly hazed brown/orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is runny, hot, spicy, yeasty, full of ripe bananas, nectarines, brown sugar, and rum soaked raisins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with highlights of ripe fruit, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet, plum-wine finish.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a nice glowing amber/copper color; with not much clarity at all. The tan head fades to a film. Interesting aroma. Sweet maple, prunes, cinnamon, and lots of musty yeast. The flavor has herbal wood notes. Dry, almost oak-like. There is a warming toffee flavor, which leads to a peppery character of various spices. There’s also a subtle underlying tartness to balance out the spice character. The finish is surprisingly clean. Interesting, and fairly complex.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a meduim and slightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of rice, sake, oak, light vanilla, earthy and caramel. Tastes of race, sake, fruity, caramel, and vanilla. Interesting.