omhper (20915) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at RBJG park session. Looks like soy sauce, but with more head. Smells like soy sauce, butwith grassy hops underneath.Surprisingly slim with lots of roasty flavours. Salty, but with low hop rate and long caramelly finish. A very unusual beer.
cgarvieuk (16998) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Bottle at home with Tom ... pineaple fresh coconut nose ... odd there something i really like about it but cant quite get what it is ... light sweet interesiting ... i think Toms right with ,some mangetout in this . wow, i know ive not really described it and done it justice, but its real interesting and unusual. I recomend you check this out.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel maltiness flows generously throughout, building a silky body which is nearly balanced out by savoury wooden hop bitterness. This is a solid strong ale for the malt lover.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin veil of foam seeps into the clear red copper.
-The caramel maltiness is uninterrupted until the very end.
-Bready pale malts are amazingly able to peek through, fitting with the straightforward crystal malts.
-Alcohol is never felt, and all that caramel never gets cloying, which is highly appreciated.
On tap at Beer and Bear.
KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather faint aroma of sour apples, hops, earthy caramel. Dark brown with a huge tan head. Burnt flavor,with slightly sour apples, caramel, almost no maltose at all. Rather sour as well. A little more caramel and a touch of sweetness came out as it warmed. Very earthy, bitter hop finish with burnt sugar. This is certainly a very original tasting beer. Can’t say I much care for it, but interesting as hell.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s shack of party banter. Aroma is cucumber thats been stored in water in the fridge, freshly smashed coconut flesh, hints of lemongrass spice, Taste is like a grassy hay kind of cucumber peppery like mangetout, mini corn stir fry, perhaps even the freshness of wasabi. My god what a strange beer, no alc to been seen.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - SEP 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 A beautiful dark beer. Listed as an iPA more like a strong ale. A JSA perhaps? You really have to try it on tap. THe bottle doesn’t do it justice although in saying that it is a great ale in any form. Truly unique and worthy of repeat status
Capa (2260) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Deep, clear amber with a medium, full head. Aroma is sweet fruits, malty, some spice, and finally hops. Smooth, full body. Flavor is fairly malty, fruits, bready, grapefruit. Finish is tangy. The alcohol never shows itself. Nice ale, a little too bready for me, but solid.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bizarre Japanese take on English Strong Ale that misses the mark by a country mile and yet is still utterly fascinating. A real headscratcher, this one. It shouldn’t work and yet somehow it does. It looks much as it should - classic English-ale brown with a fair head. But the aroma announces that this is going to be something unusual. It’s herbaceous, floral, rich with golden syrup sugars and quite unlike any other ale I’ve sniffed. Oily body with muted carbonation. The flavours are vegetal, which should be disastrous and yet isn’t. "Mossy", suggested Linc, and I can’t improve on that. My notes say, "green", "primeval", "flower beds" and "Brussel sprouts", which sounds ghastly, yet I rated it 7/10 for flavour. All in all, this is a very quirky ale. (Bottle courtesy of TimE at Sull"s 2007 Xmas RB gathering - thanks to both)
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, cgarvieuk coolbeans party. Golden chestnut, thin offwhite head. Under-ripe pineapple, rice and coconut dominate the nose. Mouth is coconut, pineapple, plastic, rice and hop. Finishes hop/malt balance, slightly peppery malts. No alcohol, garlic salt. Bizarre, but definitely something I’d have again.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - OCT 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Nov 05) A clear, dark amber colored brew with a smallish tan head. A mild spicy hop scent, some pine but not overpowering, cardamom pods come to mind. Smooth feel, lightly carbonated. A tangy hop flavor with a touch of coppery, mineral saltiness. A very traditional British style. Just a touch of sweetness in the middle but still the tangy mineral salt taste is there, like sections of grapefruit dipped in salt but mild. A tasty follow and a mild bittersweet finish. What a pleasant find in bland lager land!