Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: light licorice and pear.
Flavor: pear, licorice, dark, bitter chocolate, some grassy hop with a lasting, light bitterness on the finish.
Comment: full-flavored yet medium bodied.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This driest of Barley Wines manages to render proper plum and raisin-like allusions alongside slender caramel and delicate alcohol. This is nothing like any other Barley Wine I’ve had.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam dips into the dark brown-hued blackness.
-A dry, very dry, Barley Wine. Lovely concept !
-I wonder if wine yeast was still used for this one like he used to use in his Super Vintage Ale. Tastes like it might be the case. Same goes for plums, actually…
-Alcohol is expertly hidden. 14%, really?
-Niwa-san just doesn’t do things like others. While this brew may not be completely ready (he used to bring out this Super Vintage Ale many years after being brewed), you can tell it’s going to be an amazing sipper a few years down the line. Light oxidation will help it out nicely too, especially in the aroma department.
On tap at Watering Hole and Popeye’s.
AndySnow (1762) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Black colour with no head. Aroma of plum, alcohol. Flavour is plum with a bunch of alcohol, chocolate.
shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Popeye. Dark red/brown colour, no head. Aroma is vinous, boozy, fruity, bit of marzipan too. Dark fruits. Taste is nice, very smooth, very fruity, boozy sweetness, very full bodied. Lovely. Long sweet boozy finish. Pretty nice. Can’t taste the 14%. Cherry, bit of plum.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Watering Hole. Black, flat. Woody nose, with plum, chocolate, cocoa. Dry, woody flavor, booze, chocolate, no ume left in the flavor. Soft, lightly prickly carbonation. Very interesting.