Nocturne (1134) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. As ’Winter Ale’. Hazy copper shade. Washes of off-white head. Yeasty, candy-like fruity aroma. Taste is lightly spiced with notes of fruit cake and orange notes. Fairly full, sticky, warming mouthfeel. Good stuff.
willisread (720) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Popeye. Served in a snifter. Church-wine rust color and off-white head. Strong dark fruit aroma: fig, currant, prune with a hint of funkiness from the yeast. Strong honey and floral flavors present along with the fruit from before. Only a touch of spice present. Really nice strong ale.
GenDV138 (3217) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into a hotel glass. Clear golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, light spices. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, honey, syrup, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2965) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 Minamishinshu Christmas brown ale on tap at Bungalow (end of the keg) seems quite different from previous releases. It is a vibrant Amber brown color with a foamy off white head. The aroma is a malty citrus and the taste matches that. Not terribly Christmasy but solid.
TBone (13818) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. 7.5 %.
Clear deep amber color, small off-white head. Aroma has caramel and vanilla. Medium-bodied, soft palate. Caramel, green apple, vanilla, woody hops. Nice complex strong ale.
shoulderbroken (2674) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Shinshu Sake Mura. Murky orange brown colour with small golden head. Aroma is bit stinky, bit of spice, malty, bit of apple. Taste is similar, more apple, nice Christmassy spice, subtle clove maybe, more fruits, bit of orange. Malty sweetness. Quite strange but quite nice.
motelpogo (7188) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
labelled as winter ale, served at popeye’s in the middle of summer. dark amber, steady head; hint of rum’n’raisin in the aroma, vanilla; a bit dull with a chewy sultana finish
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 10, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didn’t think much of this. Really plain higher alcohol beer. Dull flavours - maybe some apple and alcohol. Doesn’t improve or go anywhere as it warms. Almost home brew esc.
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Popeye as Winter Ale. Hazy copper with a small head. Great raisins and nuts. Good dryness towards the finish after a sweet start. A treat.
omhper (20923) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Clear amber, no head. Black cherries covered in caramel dominate the nose. Near full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Mildy warming wit lots and lots of caramel and growing piney bitterness. Well made!