bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
( 750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR ) Pours a transparent light yellow tinged body and nice legs. Aroma of vanilla, earth, almond, and subtle fruit notes. Flavor of vanilla, marzipan, almond, and coconut. Thanks for my last non-beer style, Andrew!
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly off-white tinge to this clear sake with very well etched legs. Sweet and very strong in alcohol, burning nose strong. Sweet fruits, coconut, vanilla, banana, almond and a touch of koji. Taste is nice and sweet with a burn that goes up to your olfactories. Notes of vanilla, honeysuckle and coconut. Burns quite a bit more than the last Genshu I had. Not well balanced at all. Alcohol is not well hidden and it burns on every sip, but it is still good tasting. Very warming and syrupy.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled thanks to Chuck! Poured absolutely water clear with no bubbles present... lovely, very long legs to it. Aroma was of lighter fruits (mango, pear, and coconut jump out at me).. some darker alcohol notes lurk beneath. Flavor begins with pears, like the nose, opening into much warmer alcohol and milled rice notes.. finishing with sticky rice and some more fruit.. very smooth throughout, and not nearly as warm at the finish as expected. Very low if any carbonation on the palate and moderately warm. Left an enjoyable impression through the finish. Very good stuff. Thanks Chuck!
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet sleek black bottle. Pours clear with a yellow gold tone. Soft sweet rice on the nose, floral and melon notes, and a touch of caramel. Medium bodied, a light bit of alcohol with a touch of isopropyl to it as well. Warms up big time, but at 18% I guess that’s somewhat understandable. Supple caramel and warm toast, soft melon. Warm lingering alcohol on the finish with some more sweetness. Rather nice.
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head (still).
Body is very light yellow.
Aroma is light notes of autumn leaves / twigs, mold, alcohol, pear/apple skin, melon rind, grain.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/silky texture, no carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent.
Quite pleasant. Mild aroma, but clean and attractive, fruity and autumnal with very little rice glue rawness. Same goes for the mouth experience...silky, balanced, clean, with just enough tannic grip. A touch boozy, but less so than expected. Not earth shaking, but definitely delightful.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A faint haze, like a clear day after a strorm in a spacious area. Faint egg-shell white, not quite pure clear. Nice oily legs. The nose is full, rich and complex. Sweet fruits, light paper, some alcohol, lightly minerally, not earthy but lightly dusty; clean and herbal with just a touch of koji. The flavor has a strong thick bite; lightly earthy and strong with some alcohol; earthy. The finish isn’t very lively but it is buttery with plenty of umami. Distinctively American, not in the fact that it’s brash, but just that there’s hardly any American kuras so you can learn the house flavor of all of them very easily. Good considering the alcohol. I want to use some japanese terms to describe this to get a better feel for them: Fukurami ga ii, Marumi ga aru, Omoi.
douglas88 (5151) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by the Sake master himself, Jordan. Pours a clear color. The aroma is smooth hot pears, fruit and grain. The flavor is similar; a hot pear infused watery substance, dry and pretty clean. Nice.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale yellow tinted body that leaves only a little bit of legs when swirled. The nose is sweet and fruity with some notes of peaches and coconuts. There is also a light tropical hint with the fruity character. I find the body to be a little thick with strong coconut and peach flavors. There is a nice alcohol burn in the finish, but it is not unpleasant. Fairly light overall with only a little bit of wood that mostly comes through in the lingering finish. I sampled a few times both room temperature and cooled. I liked it both ways, but preferred it cool.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pale yellow clear liquid. Very tall thin legs. Rice milk, glue, raw coconut, hazelnuts, maple sap, and over-ripe pears in the aromas. This is some clean stuff. Again coconut milk with a light wood sap hint. Finish has a mild vanilla twist. Strong, but not foreboding. Quite relaxing and mellow, in an odd sort of way. Somewhat plastic resin resin linger. I like, in a strange way.
PorterPounder (4944) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - World Market - nifty looking modern painted black bottle. Slightly darker than clear pour - slight sparkle. Slight floral aroma with hints of alcohol. Flavor has some buttery notes, hints of coconut, vanilla and just a touch of licorice. Overall, pretty smooth especially considering the ABV. Very rich and thick mouthfeel. First try of this style - very nice.