oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A full bodied beer with a good bitter aftertaste. Drunk in Ushi-Tora Tokyo. Very good
GenkiGonzo (581) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Bungalow. Ruby, rusty colour. Very little head. Aroma has dark fruit, some hops. Crazy smooth, and easy drinking. Big bitter hop finish. I love this barley wine because the hop profile is the star.
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle from Wachi, Kyoto. Pours cloudy copper with a good head for a barley wine. Spicy and fruity aroma that reminds me of a glühkriek, definitely with sour notes. Sour berries, chocolate, some roast and sweetness, but at the same time very dry and bitter. Very Belgian in character and quite unique, actually. Grows with every sip.
TimE (4058) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy deep amber color. Peaches, apples and citrusy notes along with some subtle cookies. Full on hops, hit the mouth ( definetely an American Barley) at the start. Palate is well balanced with some caramel notes. Finishing bitter with notable malt presence as well. Well made
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to aceofhearts for sharing this awesome beer!
"The diablo" pours a light muddy chocolate brown with a light beige head. Smell is light and bright, fresh malt with just a hint of alcohol. Taste is pretty hoppy up front with earthy and piney hops and dark and toasty malt. Beyond that, there is an oaky drying characteristic. Slightly bubbly mouthfeel. Really nice woodsy and hoppy toasty malt combo. As good as it is unique. Thanks again.
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don’t know if I would call this amazing, but it certainly was remarkable. According to Chad, many Japanese micros are rather nondescript and that absolutely does not apply to this. Exceptionlly dry, possibly due to use of honey? If not, there is at least a flavor hinting at it, tannic quality and what seemed like a woodiness to it. Very interesting and enjoyable and wish I had been a bastard and taken more than my fair share. Thanks Chad.
douglas88 (7172) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very cool bottle bright purple and a thin triangle. Says best by 2015/11/18, 2010 edition. I bought this bottle over a year ago from goodbeer.jp and it finally came in a box from my Mother in-law today. It even survived her putting beer on the customs slip. Anyway, pours out a huge foamy white head (could be from all the transit) and a cloudy orange hue. The aroma is sweet oranges, candy, wheat and some barnyard funk. The flavor is mostly a sweet caramel and brown sugary English Barley Wine, dry, but some funky straw in there too almost a bit of Saison (not sour at all). Very nice. Warm for sure. There is a bit of citrus bitterness here from the Nugget, Cascade and Chinook hops. Very damn good.
willisread (707) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at craft beer market Toranomon. Served in a snifter. Copper rust colored with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Strong aromas of fig and prune with traces of nutmeg, vanilla, caramel and alcohol. Smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel. Vanilla and cinnamon present. Big bitterness on the palate. Like a nice smooth bourbon on the finish. Dangerously smooth.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 A very potent brew, with a very sweet nose, that hits powerfully on the first sip. Some definite, candi sugar and caramel notes
KansaiBeerLvrs (2955) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Bottle 2013 at a tasting about 8-10 months after the release. A lovely deep reddish amber. Musty tart citrus zest plum and rich malts. The taste is nutty, earthy then big zesty citrus hoppiness. It is quite smooth for 10% On tap at Bungalow 2014 release after 1 day so ultra-fresh. On tap at Bungalow, El diablo 2014 700 yen for 10oz. A n opaque Amber mahogany brown. Sweet citrusy caramel aroma. 91 IBU 10% medium-full bodied this is full of piney green hoppiness, mild cocoa & caramel from the malts. Good but I find it a bit young with the hops giving it a sharp green bitter hop character to it. Good but hang onto your bottle and open it in 6-12 months. Fresh 3.6-7 while with a bit of age on it 3.9