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Brewed by Rihaku Shuzo Co.
Style: Sakť - Ginjo
Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
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Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Seimaibuai: 55%
As legend has it, the famed poet Rihaku would drink an entire bottle of sake and then proceed to write dozens of poems. Rihaku Shuzo makes no representations or warranties as to your poetry-writing abilities while under the influence of this beverage.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
And my sake cherry is popped. Got this at the Pioneer Coop. 300mL bottle. Pours clear. Aroma is very sweet with a very light fruit essence (i know that sounds dumb but thatís how Iím saying it). Taste is plums and alcohol, also very sweet. Plenty of alcohol burn noted. Very smooth, full bodied. Like I said, itís my first sake. If most sakes taste like this, I think Iíll be a fan. Iím not too big a fan of wine though, so sake is a pleasant surprise.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Devilís Night at Mullmanís, bottle shared by Mullman. Clear color. Strong alcohol aroma with some pear and plum. Flavor of alcohol was also very prevalent, with some light fruitiness and a dry finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Devilís night at Mullmanís. Pours pretty much clear like water and still. Aroma is like vodka, paint thinner, pure ethanol, and some other fusel alcohols. Flavor is actually very light with just a bit of sweetness, lots of alcohol, and some light honey in there like a light mead. Very dry finish, with more alcohol. I dont like Sake that much. This was the perfect "Bad Jazz" drink (view Mullmans rating for explanation). I didnt stay around too long after this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2005
ok Shimane, forgive me a thousand forgivenesses, but I called this "the bad jazz" all night before opening this split-size bottle. the reference is from the owner of Surfer Supplies in Ocean City NJ. whenever the shop got too many customers, he would play sad jazz to make people leave. but this sake wasnít that bad and I wouldnít have minded having everyone stay longer for the devils night party. the color was clear and cloudy. aroma is earthy dirt, mild isoprpyl, and a little dried plum. flavor is milder than expected. starts w/ far away vodka then kicks in with heat, dried plum, and other fruit skins. mild isopropyl finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 4, 2005
clear. nut aroma, strong nuttiness in the aroma. taste is upfront chocolate with a brown ale like flavor(if i had to put it in beer terms this would be the best i could do) nice smooth finish with a lingering burn, nice.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
As sakes go, this wasnít too bad but I still canít get around them. Clear body. Aroma was perfumy. Some sweetness and floral. Honey. Texture was smooth and ample. The flavor was still very much pure alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2004
This is a good Ginjo Sake. Earthy, alcohol, and some fruit (plum) flavor. Finishes smooth, clean, and warming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2004
My first Sake. I sampled this one starting at refrigerator temperature and let it warm. This pours a crystal clear light shade of pewter. The aroma is sweet and almosty fruity with a distilled spirits hint to the aroma. More honey notes in the aroma as it warms. The flavor is nice and hard to describe. I almost taste a honey quality, Vodka, and a lingering saltiness and as it warms, some funky - but nice, flavor that reminds me of the sea (sort of like an Islay malt). All very rounded and mild, blended, smooth, lingering... A very complex beverage. Wow, pretty cool. Thanks Ryan at Cellarís!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Nice clear water color.Kind of a mild over ripe fruit aroma with just a faint hint of alcohol.The flavor is very light with just a faint fruit flavor of maybe plum with the alcohol coming on only mildly towards the end,and maybe just a swift quick bite at the end.I think i could drink this stuff all day if it werenít for the ABV. sneaking up on me later.Very nicely light flavored Sake that is easy to drink.Thanks go to Flipbrewer for sending another fine brew my way.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Remarkably strong aroma, very perfumey! Nice. Strong flavor, as well, with lots of candyish body, and some light butteriness. Definitely a more flavorful Ginjo with some astringency. Iím looking for the famed Shimane Prefecture tartness, written about by John Gauntner in The Sake Handbook, and can perhaps taste what heís talking about because I see a considerable amount of mouth-puckering acidity here. Most importantly to me, the alcohol burn is very subdued. Almost as good as the Ohtouka, but they arenít really all that comparable: different types of sake entirely with Rihaku being quite aromatic, distinctive and enjoyable, with very little burn. Like Rihaku himself, I now feel a poem coming on...


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