Diogène (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly oloudy dark copper. No head. Aroma is raisin bread, caramel, malt and herbs. Flavor is caramel, toasted malt, herbs, miso, seaweed, fruits and residual sugar. Light body with a slightly visquous mouthfeel.
sulawang (691) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nosing: sweet caramel malts, a hint of red wine. Visual: pours light cola brown, decent foamy lasting head, good retention, sticky lacing, several active singular streams. Taste: root beer, toffee malts, caramel, barley malt, 6/10-sweetness, red miso depth. Palate: fizzy-crisp, medium bodied, low hopped bitterness, sweet caramel finish. Overall a good sweet dark lager with a mild miso twist; couldnt identify it as miso without knowing. B-.
GuideDogSaint (678) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taster from a bottle at Jackie’s Beer Nest, Shanghai. Pours red brown with an off white head. Aroma of malt and berries. Sweet finish.
jinroh (627) - ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle from Seijo Ishii @ Nagoya station. Red miso lager - I wonder how this miso was used in the brewing process? It definitely pours a bit red, well, more like reddish brown to be exact. Hazy, foam with some brown notes, dissipating fast. Aroma is quite sweet, some alcohol, cookies and peach. When it gets warmer then aroma improves, there is something salty now, also sweet flowers. Taste sensation is strong at first but not so much when I try to elaborate. Fruity, malty - but not too sweet. Can I taste some umami? Somehow it doesn’t feel to be very balanced, a bit rough from the edges. Aftertaste is bitter and quite short. Hoppy and watery. Overall, interesting take and I salute for using local Japanese ingredients to make this beer more interesting. I do like the idea and concept - but I also think that it is possible to improve from here.
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This lager is more bock like than I exepcted. Some sweet malt flavour, but the red miso did’nt jump out at me as much as I thought it would. Took me till nearly the end of the glass to really get its aroma and flavour, seemed a bit lost in the malt flavours. Burt overall a good, easy drinking beer from a micro in Japan.
Ngejo (479) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - APR 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear, brown, minimal head, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Im not a huge fan of miso, but I really enjoyed this beer. Dark brown but quite clear, lively body, medium head. The nose was really quiet, I couldnt get much, some caramel and a gentle roast. Taste was brown bread, plums, raisins, and a gentle roastiness. There is a certain miso/beany flavour in the back but its very subtle. Palate medium and fairly effervescent. Surprisingly very nice!
Magela (73) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty and with a light fragrant. Start with a light touch of sweet Miso that is overwhelmed by bitterness over growing.
Machalel (32) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Dark red-brown, light tan head. Settled down a bit quickly.
Aroma: More caramel than expected, some faint hops. Miso smell was present.
Taste: A bit bready, malty. Some caramel, hops, and fruitiness. Small amount of miso taste. Clean and lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation & medium body.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable, but not really that enjoyable. A bit too simple and conservative. Almost bland and uninspiring.
kerrmatt (27) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good appearance, smooth lasting beige head. Smells like not a lot but tastes with plenty of malt back bone and interesting flavour. Dark chocolate, soy, bread. Well balanced palate and carbonation but not a lot lasting after a mouthful. Good beer, very drinkable and suited to many Japanese dishes.