Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Mild Ale
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Made in collaboration with Nøgne Ø, Norway for the 7th Tokyo Real Ale Festival in February 2009.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel. flavour is dust, hop, coffee, roasted, malt, caramel. OK/ Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Malt, caramel, full body. Quite sweet. Grain and malt ok, but it lacks a little more edge.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClubGonzo (4696) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a red, slightly hazy body with virtually no head. Nose is mild herbal hops, taste is smooth dark malts with hints of hoppy licorice. Oily palate. Maybe I’m a bit harsh on this. After all, mild ales aren’t exactly my specialty. Moreover, I probably let my expectations be somewhat too lofty, but considering this is a world-spanning brewery collaboration between to highly reputed breweries I do not feel entirely unjustified. Nevertheless, my intuition tells me this is a pleasant, but rather dull creation. Time, along with genre assertiveness, could prove me wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
Small offwhite head does not last. Deep dark hazy red body. Malty spicy peppery aroma with fruity notes. Dry-sweetish earthy fruity peppery taste with roasty grainy notes. Mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry peppery dusty roasty aftertaste with fruity wooden notes. Quite bitter. Nice, but actually fairly mild. (0.33l bottle, Håndverkerstuene.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9296) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2010
330ml bottle shared with KnutAlbert. Has got a Nøgne Ø mark on the label. Ruby-brown body, slightly hazy. A few bubbles on the surface. Aroma of shy, dry malts. Rounded taste of roasted caramel added by spiced fruits wrapped up in a bittersweet ending. Smooth and rather refreshing (Håndverkerstuene, Oslo 19.03.2010).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thebeertourist (5094) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle at Olympen. dark brown with a small head. Faint sweet chocolate aroma and some metal. Roasted malts and salty meat flavours. Not very hoppy- what happened to the promised fresh hops? All stale by now? A bit watery. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer4000 (5050) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2010
330 ml bottle. Dark, reddish brown body with a tan head. Aroma is mild malty, some caramel and hints of fruity hops. Flavor is smooth malty, some chocolate and rather mild hops. Smooth, quite mild and easy drinkable, still rather tasty for a 4,5 % ABV beer. Nothing extraordinary, but well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2010
0.33 L bottle@Håndverkstuene, Oslo. A ring of tan bubbles over a near-clear, ruby shaded, dark brown colored body. Soft and dry caramel aroma. A whiff of nuts, some papery/dusty hops, and a scent of wet grass. Taste is subtle, yet complex. Gently sweet dark malts with a peppery and spicy accent. Faint caramel, and suggestions of yellow fruits. Mild hop bitterness. Good body considering the low abv. Feels a bit watered down in the mouth though. Finish is mild, peppery malts, drier than the initial taste. Easy drinking. Well-made without being outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle. Dark ruby with a soap bubbly offwhite head. Aroma is odd, perhaps the bottle wasn’t completely as it should have been, but it reminded me of my fishtank. A bit dirty, algae, dust, with a faint caramel malt note. Heavy on malt sweetness at first, a crispy floral hop finish rounds it up. A lot better than it smelled. Light body, a tad watery and a bit too agressively carbed. Loads and loads of flavor for the abv, but the aroma put me off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5722) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2010
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger, as "Tamamura Honten Nøgne Ø Not So Mild Ale - Harvest Brew Fresh Hop" (the rest of the info on the label is in Japanese). Murky dark brown colour, moderate to low greyish beige head. Nice but moderate aroma of mild ale malts, chocolate malts and some fruity hops. The flavour is fairly fruity, but has also a moderate roastiness with mild coffee and chocolate notes. The finish has sufficient hops to make it "not so mild". No masterpiece perhaps, but highly drinkable.

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