merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
My least favorite Hitachino Nest. Pours into a snifter a dirty auburn brown body with a small beige head that quickly falls to a cap. Aroma of wood, sake, and fried rice. Medium body with a crisp and silky carbonation. Taste is musty oak, fried rice, and sake. The alcohol becomes harsh and astringent as it warms. Interesting, but I’ll pass next time.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the more interesting beers I’ve rated recently. Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet oak, must, and a homemade moonshine I sampled years ago. Can taste the sake, albeit a Gekkeikan type taste. Sake up front, sweet wood in the middle, candi sugar finish. Not something I’d normally drink, but it’s out in left field and different. If you see it, try it!
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So, I traveled all the way to Kiuchi Brewery in Japan to try some of my favorite Japanese beers, and it looks like the last two people to have tried this one got it from somewhere in my hometown in North Carolina... Go figure. Nevertheless, I was certainly not disappointed with the brews themselves. This one in particular was a treat. The body is a beautiful deep reddish amber, with a minimal, light, head. Aroma of cedar wood, rice, apricot (perhaps). The mellow alcohol/ medium-to-full-body palate provides an excellent transition from the initial sweetness (cherry plum apricot?) to a dry, lightly bitter almost smokey finish. One of Japan’s best.
NYMojoMan (12) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 11.2 oz bottle from Bruisin’ Ales.
A: Poured into Belgian Goblet at 55° F
a caramel amber color with minimal head and large bubbles. N: Nose was in one word samaels Oak Aged ale from avery with tones of butterscotch, pineapple, and on second on third arm sniff ai detect a bit of rice.
F: Butterscotch sour tart one of a kind with a suprisingly small amount of sake (Just right) into a nice mellow warmth > I woulod taste 10 % rather than 8.5
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured into goblet. very carbonated, flooded out of bottle at pop. pours a clear amber with mild head, very sweet sake like aroma, not strong on the palate like you would think, from the aroma I was expecting a Sake Like assault on the palate but was amazed to find it relatively tame, sweet malty and milky palate, you notice wood over the alchohol.
Tmoney99 (10411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured hazy copper color with an average light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Very complex herbs, floral, coconut and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Full complex spicy bittersweet flavor with solid sake bittersweet finish and a small bite of alcohol. Very good brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a small off-white. Fruity malt aroma with tart woody notes. Smells a little bourbony to me. The flavor is malty and sweet with a pleasant tartness and warmth on the finish. Possibly some sake flavor on the end.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, brilliant rust orange with beige head. The aroma is dark fruits, maybe some berries, strong oak, and, yes, sake. The flavor is intensely oaky with an impressive amount of sake. There are lots of strong malty tones, too, especially caramel and toast. The whole thing has a pretty tart edge to it, and an alcoholic kick comes in the finish. This is actually pretty good.
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a darker amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, lots of oak, a little tartness, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Starts off sweet with the dark fruits and tartness that give way to the oak flavors. Has a subtle alcohol warming that comes out late on the finish. Overall it’s a pretty decent brew.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the PIB 2007, version aged in Shochu casks. Pours cloudy brown with a thin off-white head. Very good beer although a bit heavy on the woodiness. Big hopping that pairs against the plum fruit flavors that intermix with the caramel malts and sweet barrel flavors.