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: 32   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Made in collaboration with Nøgne Ø, Norway for the 7th Tokyo Real Ale Festival in February 2009.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thebeertourist (4661) - 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 (4328) - 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 (4609) - 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 (4820) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2009
Bottled. Hazy nut brown, small head. Rich sweaty pear and grapefruit aroma. Mid-sweet and medium bodied with clean rounded mouthfeel. Gently roasty but richly hoppy. Marked bitter finish. Not so mild perhaps, but pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (5906) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 26, 2009
Tokyo Real Ale Festival. Looks nice. Hoppy, spicy, caramel aroma. A bit faint. Quite hoppy for a mild, but a nice smooth caramel malt behind it. Good malt complexity, with biscuits, grains. Smooth and tasty with decent hop bite at the finish. Great Balance. Nice hoppy finish, not quite up to the hype but decent stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAR 13, 2009
A dark brown ale with a peachy almond nose. Flavour is smooth and balanced with a woodsy apple flavour and some slight roasted notes. A nice gentleman’s ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAR 11, 2009
I’m going to deviate from the previous raters and say this was one heck of a mild ale. Mahogany in color with a firm beige head. Sweet malts, light molasses, plenty of fruit notes, and some toasted malts in the aroma. I’d say it was a bit too sweet of an aroma, but still very inviting. Smooth, medium bodied. The flavor is of lightly toasted malts, caramel, sweetness but lighter than the aroma would lead you to believe, with nice fruits. Finish is where the hops finally become noticeable and give a pleasant hop bite but not too strong. I wish it lasted a bit longer than it does, though. Malty, toasty, and very enjoyable. I could have sessioned this one all night. (Cask at Craft Beer Bar, Yokohama)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2009
A serivceable light ale. A thin body and lack of presence let this one down, but I wouldn’t stop someone shouting me one. The flavour was of appples and perhaps pear (?). I was expecting something a bit more from this collaboration, but that shouldn’t detract from the sessionable beer

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