SanfordBrewer (1460) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear as water. very smooth full body.
aroma: a touch of acidity (faint rice-wine vinegar), bitter yeast character (like butternut squash skin); and subtle but enticing esters of bubble gum, banana, grape, and pear. alcohol is surprisingly faint.
taste: sweet nutty rice, more yeast character, smooth alcohol, mild acidity that pops the fruitiness in the middle, and a nice grainy rice note just going into the finish.
soft and smooth. complex, yet subtly so. very nice.
jkwalking05 (4534) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Clear with nice legs. aroma is pinapple and mango. Taste is booze, rice and pineapple.
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly clear with no head. The aroma is strong and the alcohol is evident, but not abrasive. Dangerously easy to consume; I can sense the alcohol level is high, but it sips very easily. Dry and soft, potent and refreshing.
CanIHave4Beers (3899) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours perfectly clear with a very pale yellow color.
The aroma is fairly boozy, but has lots of strawberry and pair. The rice note is very faint in the aroma.
The flavor is fruity and floral, a bit boozy but complex as well. This is on the sweet end as far as most of the more serious Sakes I’ve tried... There is some mild vanilla and a general absence of rice character.
All around very enjoyable.
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale yellow-tinged clear body, nice legs. The aroma is pears, melon and coconut. I don’t get as much alcohol as I expect with 18%, and no fusil. The flavor is sweet, smooth, complex, and follows the aroma pretty closely. The palate is warming, which makes it a nice sipper for a January afternoon.
bytemesis (6193) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear with a faint tinge of yellow. Aroma is coconut, almond, a bit of fruit. Flavor is about the same, plus alcohol, lightly sweet, a lot of warming from the alcohol. Light bodied. Nice enough, I guess.
estover (80) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
lightly colored, zero head with a hint of yeast and alcohol (whiskey) in the nose. Heavy cloying sweetness, full body, oily feel, flat, long finish. I am glad I had this but would not come back for seconds. Keep in mind this is coming from a dark belgian beer lover.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
THOUGHTS: This style must just not be my cup of tea, because I saw that this is one of the top sakes in this style, but it seemed like jet furl to me at first. Then it started to grow on me a little. And then I chilled it some more and it started to become somewhat nice, but still probably not something I would ever drink again.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured clear, lightest possible yellow that was just a hair above being called clear. It also had no head, but it did have beautiful legs. The aroma was alcohol, vanilla, banana, coconut, pineapple, other light fruits and an odd hint of coffee. The initial flavor was slight to lightly sweet and moderately alcoholic; while the finish was lightly sweet, slightly acidic and light to moderately alcoholic with a short duration. There was alcohol, light fruits, white grapes, coconut, vanilla, pineapple, pear, more alcohol and the slightest hint of coffee. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy but also oily and then rather dry; and flat with a heavy to harshly alcoholic finish.
AdamChandler (4239) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed this at Hula’s in Monterey. $21 for the bottle and enjoyed in shot glasses but sipped. It’s a lot of volume for one person.
Slight brown appearance. Nice clarity.
Nothing in the nose. Maybe almonds and booziness
Very sweet. Very much a toasty profile. Hints of vanilla and spices. Sweet finish.
Jow (3237) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grabbed a bottle because while no good place to beer to go getting quality sake isn’t a problem. Pours light clear yellow. Nice semi sweet floral nose. Tastes of flowers, peach, vanilla, and alcohol. Warming finish. Very nice and I didn’t know Americans even made sake.