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.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Fruity aromas, apples, citrus, blueberries, oaky, with a sweetness, caramel malts, a lot going on in the nose! Pours cloudy amber with little to no head. Wow what an interesting flavor. Oak, you definitely taste the Sochu, some fruits, plums, dark fruits, figs, vanilla, the oak flavors run all through the taste. This is like no beer i’ve ever had before. Good malt flavors some brown sugar and caramel.
Suttree (5190) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orangey brown. No head. Odd aroma - sweet, with notes of, uh, ginger? Cedar? plus some caramel and melon. Nicely effervescent palate. Juicy sweet at first, with hints of apple and cherry, maybe a bit winey, as well. Bitter finish, with a alcohol note, too. This is where some sake flavor come through.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy reddish orange. Fading off-white head recedes to a ring rapidly. Soft earthy, sea air, simili-fresh nose with notes of caramel, stone, leaves, anise… This bitterness grows rather intensely amidst this biscuity, chocolatey malty profile. Faded carbonation, ather dull palate. Grilled bread and hard grain finish. Not bad flavours array, but the integration and poise leave to be desired.
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 (2523) - 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 (6078) - 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 (3780) - 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.