KansaiBeerLvrs (2516) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 On tap at Standing 1020. Kisoji Volcano aged one year imperial red ale 9.6% very malty, plums, pitted fruit a touch of booze on an enticing nose with a deep reddish-purple completely opaque pour. Very sweet caramel, a bit oaky, nutty, toasty maple - really nice stuff. I second what KyotoLefty said probably one of, if not the best, I’ve had from Kisoji.
Wombata (468) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: White wine/Chardonnay-like, pear, roast nuts plus alpha.
Palate: Medium-full bodied.
Flavor: Pear, malt, cola nut, light-burnt caramel and roasted nuts.
Comment: Consistently good stuff; always a safe bet for a bigger volume Japanese beer.
Thisis12ptfont (885) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma brings hops, brown sugar, toffee, subtle grape, dates, grape juice and raisin. Appearance is a dark brown with a crimson tint. Taste is very smooth, slick amber malts, melted molasses, burnt sugar sweetness comes through mid palate. Very sugary caramel, subtle raisins and a bitter hoppy boozey finish. Overall, very good stuff. Slick malty body with fruity sugar overtones. A+ rating.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Soft bodied through a hand pump. Hides the ABV very well - drinks like 6%. Lots of caramel and toffee with a moderate to late heavy bitter finish. A hint of stewed apricot. Flavours are a bit muddled and I agree with Lefty - this needs some time to find it’s feet.
KyotoLefty (6831) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 1 year aged version, draught at Q-Brick. Was waiting for this. Still a bit boozy, but not so sweet at all, still hoppy, but much better integrated and has aged well. Delicious.
Draught at Kamikaze, fresh version, Dec. 2012. Lovely deep candy apple red with lace. Just beautiful. Nose of cherry and some citrus. Flavor starts with super sweet, almost syrupy marachino cherry then gets dirty and earthy, then a hugely bitter finish. Interesting. Could use a bit of aging, I think, to round out the edges, but probably the most fun beer I’ve had from them. 7/5/7/3/15=3.7