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Kikusakari Tarusake

Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Saké - Taru
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Guinomi, Masu, Ochoko


on tap


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Tarusake was matured slowly in Akita cedar barrels producing settle aromas and flavors of cedar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Pear cider color, still, light legs left on glass. Aroma of honey, vanilla, cedar, and alcohol. Taste of honey, wood, stone fruit, rice, stronger alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9593) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 Bottle at SB&WF 2015, on September 24, 2015.
Was told this was from Kiuchi brewery, but also named Kikusakari. From a town/region of Mito / Ibaraki. At 15% ABV. Seems it does fit in here.
Clear birch sap/pear color. Some legs. Sweet, pear, some alcohol, fresh scent. Alcohol, a bit tart, smooth taste. Smooth mouthfeel, tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (3511) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle at home #5 Taru rate yippee and seeing this has so many rates surprisingly haven’t come across before. Light yellow tinged pour. Nose is musty cedar and some honey. Tastes of faint cedar, grainy, melon, pepper, honey, some alcohol. Not particularly smooth. Spice on finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (7048) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013

Appearance: Clear color with no head.
Aroma: Yeast, rice, mild fruity and some oak.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Yeast, mild oak, alcohol, rice and light fruity.
Overall impression: A nice girl tried to learn me something about sake. And I think she was clever. For the first time I liked it. It had a round mild texure. Taru means barrel aged.
Personal stats: Bottle at Beer13 in Oslo, Norway

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear color with no head. Has a fruity yeasty week woody cedar aroma. Sweetish spicy weak apple and cedar flavor. Has a fruity yeasty spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2012
300ml bottle. Pours almost water clear, green tinge, no head. Spicy aroma, wood, pepper, rice, yeast. Dry, light bodied, no carbonation. Peppery, woody, spicy taste, rice, yeast, grapefruit peel, slightly floral. (2012-01-10)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25452) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2011
Bottled@SBWF2011. Rather watery colour. Very peppery notes along with some mild wood in the aroma. Flavour is rather wooden, with some slight cedar, spices and mild sweetness as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Gift from Sj. White almost clear pour. With an aroma of dirt, wood and sugar. The taste was alcohol , rice and fruit. Ifind it hard to rate these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2011
From a bottle at Fountainhead. It’s still and quite clear, perhaps a hint of yellow in the middle. Nose is fragrant, peppery cedar, melon & earth. Some alcohol notes as well. On taste, the cedar is pretty subdued, lending some woody notes. Earthy koji and fresh sticky rice. More of the melon notes and perfume. A nice fruity note comes through. Finish is clean. Reasonably full bodied as well. Pretty interesting stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5698) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Strong and unmistakable aroma of black pepper and honey. Clear pale yellow. Light flavor, thin mouthfeel. Alcohol well concealed. Delayed honey flavor with balck pepper and must accents. Nice woody finish. Weak in intensity, but that’s a good thing given the subtle nuances of this sake. Unique and quite nice.

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