TimE (3091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark brown color. Tons of raisins, plums, dark fruit, dark cherries, dark chocolate, The body is surprisingly light, lots of plums and raisins, mildly tart with oak just poking through. Dry. Very drinkable for the ABV.
Thisis12ptfont (810) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Tadg, Kyoto, Japan. Plum Aged Barley Wine. Aroma is malty syrup, molasses, dark fruits with plum present, cinnamon and burnt sugar. Appears blackish brown with a two finger foam. Taste is immense bitter coffee and toffee overtones with complex, strong dark fruits, fresh plums in the for-front, chalky cocoa powder, faint chocolate, burnt sugar, burnt caramel, molasses and grape/red wine characteristic. Overall, is a massive beer and the finish is so overwhelmingly boozey but it all comes together so well. Bourbon, port wine, and dark fruits finish. This is probably the best beer I had in Japan. A+ rating.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1589) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am guessing this is the Outsider Aged Plum Barleywine I had on tap at Tadg’s. He hung onto the keg for a year so it was a treat to try it, even better in that I got the last glass from the keg! Rich plum, figs & candied pitted fruit in the nose. It poured a dark rich brown with a thick foamy head(end of the keg). Smooth, fruity, chocolate, some heat & plums. Really good stuff, full bodied. Sublime.
Wombata (365) - 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 (7677) - 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 (2806) - 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 (1849) - 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 (6145) - 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.