KansaiBeerLvrs (1338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
550 yen, on cask as part of the Real Ale Fest at Beer Belly Edobori. 5% and hoppier than their English Bitter(I asked if it was the same) this poured in a wall of muddy beige bubbles climbing up the glass making me think of a nitro beer which then settled into a lovely clear deep reddish brown. The color is so deep from a distance it looks black. Nice light citrusy hop bouquet with a bready malt backbone. The mouthfeel is soft, silky smooth while the beer’s medium bodied. The taste is citrus, lemon, lime then some malty caramel/chocolate + breadiness before finish with a mild hop bitterness. Solidly made, satisfying, tasty even but on the average side. The best thing about it was that visual pow I got from the cask pour.
maekchu (1762) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Craft Beer Live in Namba 2012. Special brew produced for this event. Pleasant chocolate aroma with some coffee. Muddy brown with a thin tan head. A mid-palate burst of some floral & fruity flavors. Great, smooth aftertaste. Maybe a bit off for the style, but a tasty beer.
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Craft Beer Live 2012. Dark brown with a medium tan head. Earthy nose with cocoa and a bit of raisin. Chocolate-cocoa flavor, nice earthy hops, fruity, dried fruits. A bit phenolic. Nice earthy hoppiness and great balance and drinkability.