Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: light coffee, licorice and bitter chocolate.
Flavor: pear, tropical fruit, red wine-like notes, licorice and dark chocolate which gain intensity on mid-palate through the finish.
Comment: initial flavors are quite a departure from the aroma but they do work well. Intriguing beer!
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Signature SK on the nose, with some faint spices and a light hoppiness wafting from the embers. Odd mix of styles like an imperial stout crossed with a saison with chocolate and dark fruit being brightened by the character of the saison yeast. Very fruity finish and slightly sour granny apples. Quite warm, but the alcohol is pretty in check for 9.5% (listed on the bottle). Another winner from these two. Just read the commercial description - definitely Impy stout ish. Gets a bit peppery as it warms. A bit too fruity for me though.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown and a little bit hazy. Deep fruity, figgy character. Very rich and fruity with lots of brown sugar underneath and even some toast. Complex, deep, rich and tasty. I’m not sure how the brewers envisioned it, but this is a good traditional old ale.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tadg’s. I’m quite sure this version was brewed in Japan at Shiga Kogen. Milky, spicey aroma with coriander, nutmeg, citrus and other fruits, Belgian yeast. Big and black with a nice fine tan head. Strong sour, citrus edge to the flavor, a bit too strong, with spices, roasty malts, chocolate, light raisins. Complex and interesting, though a bit weird, and could lose the citrus.