Wombata (614) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought a can at a Seijo Ishii shop within a few days of it appearing on their shelves in late Oct. 2014.
Color: Transparent orange brown
Aroma: Mostly sweet roasted malt with a little nuttiness. Light floral and citrus hop notes came out later as it warmed a bit.
Palate: Medium-full bodied.
Flavor: Semi-sweet roasted malt flavor dominates with some nut flavor and grassy and citrus (orange/grapefruit) hop appearing towards the roasty malt finish.
Comment: I wonder if this is meant to be a variation of a German bock? The roasted malt flavor lasts a moderately long time on the finish. This is better than I expected as I had read other notes before drinking this. Interestingly I had this in a straight sided beer glass, but, when I poured a bit into a smaller wine glass, I got off-putting metallic notes, perhaps due to the beer mixing with tap water or minerals in a less than thoroughly cleaned glass that I had been using for an umeshu tasting.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4182) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml can for about 300 yen from Lawson’s. It pours an amber brown with a fizzy fast dissipating head. The nose is a pleasant malty sweet caramel with some fruity plum notes. The mouthfeel and carbonation is a bit harsh, it has an overly active carbonation that brings to mind a belgian beer - zesty. The taste is malty, plum, dark pitted fruits, some yeast esters but it is kind of ruin by being overly boozy and not having enough body. If this was 4-6% it would be much more balanced and delicious. It shows promise and is probably the most belgian like beer( a cheap Belgian beer but still) I’ve ever seen from Sapporo but it needs toning down... not bad for 3 bucks for a pint though, worth a shot.
yenbeer (188) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Came off as more of a fruity Belgian beer than a brown ale, which distinct cherry highlights.
petewhitley (491) - Nagoya, JAPAN - AUG 22, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
caramel, roasty, red, minimal head, medium sweetness, light body, sticky, flat, astringent. Not off-putting aroma, but the kind of smell that makes you seriously wonder as to what you’re about to drink. Unattractive when poured, looks like a dirty penny. Tastes about as ~good~ as it looks. Harsh, chemical sweetness, quickly leaving a stinging aftertaste. Sapporo can put together a pretty good macro brew when they get things right, but this is among the worst they’ve offered in recent memory.
biirusaikou (2305) - - AUG 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted malt, plum. Sweet caramel, dark cherry, quite boozy, sweet finish then lots of burnt caramel in the aftertaste. Not that bad for a crowd-sourcing experience, more interesting than most macro brews but quite unbalanced and a bit too strong on the alcohol.
czlowiekwiadro (606) - POLAND - AUG 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
przyjemny zapach - słody, zioła i bardzo lekki alkohol. kolor przejrzysty, herbaciany (jak czarna herbata z jednej torebki), piana skąpa i szybko znika. w smaku na pierwszy rzut wybija się goryczka - intensywna, ziołowa, lekko metaliczna i dość krótka. do tego całkiem dobra podbudowa słodowa - półpełne z wyraźnymi ciemniejszymi słodami - karmel i lekka paloność. zdecydowanie ciekawe
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a can poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a quick finish.
GenkiGonzo (961) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from Lawson. Light brown, slightly off-white head. Caramel malty aroma. No noticeable hops in aroma or flavour. What you’d expect from a macro beer.
KyotoLefty (8858) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Nose of light caramel, minerals, some chocolate and a light bit of roast. Flavor is a bit richer, more dark malts, with burning booze. Very thin. No hop presence. I don’t hate it, but there is no where near the flavor to justify the 7% alcohol.
maekchu (3249) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 6, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from Lawson convenience store. Malty nose, with some harsh caramel, and light alc. fumes. Pretty copper color, very little head. Thin caramel initial flavor, some noticeable alcohol intrudes, followed by candyish notes, and a slightly harsh finish. Thin and weak. Has some clear flavors, but they are mostly rude ones. Not integrated at all and the weak body allows the alc. too much presence. The real miracle here is that this crowd-sourced recipe did not produce a worse brew.