Travlr (19935) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at El Nubichinon in Yokohama. Very roasy, complex beer with burnt espresso, tobacco leaves, dark bitter chocolate.
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tobacco leaves, brownies, molasses, slightly astringent nose. Smooth, lots of roastiness with molasses and not enough hopping IMO, but solid mouth. Very well made alcohol well hidden. Nice, but the regular IBA works better. More hops would be better.
Wombata (614) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 3-10-2013
Aroma: tropical fruit, ripe orange, orange peel, lightly piney hop
Flavor: grassy hop, ruby grapefruit, pineapple, orange and orange peel, and cedar. Fruit carries through on the finish.
Comment: complex and outstanding. My favorite of the evening and one of the top Shiga Kogen beers.
12/2013 Draft at Kamikaze; Score: 4-8-5-8-17 = 42
Aroma: Hoppy, ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, pear, Belgian yeast, hint of ripe lemon.
Palate: Very long finish
Flavor: lemon, pear enveloped in rich, dark chocolate. Blueberry notes appear as well and passion fruit appears in the finish.
Aroma: Floral, pine, but citrus (lemon and orange) dominates
Flavor: Floral, orange, passion fruit with dominating chocolate flavors. As it warms soft, roasted coffee aromas appear. Finishes with bitter citrus/orange rind and bitter hop.
January, 2016. Tap at Beer Belly. Aroma: Intense aroma. Flower pollen, pine, orange rind.
Flavor: Pine, grass, orange rind, roast coffee and coffee.
Comment: Big dry hopping! Tasty!
jonno (2421) - JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handpump. Pretty much what i would expect from shiga. Pungent (though never too WC) Hops on the nose, backed by chocolate and vanilla. Smooth body. Chocolate, a little espresso and a big hop finish. Good drinking.
KyotoLefty (8858) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Tenma. Pitch black with a nice low head. Great citrus hop nose with chocolate and a bit of smoke and licorice. Smoky flavor, coffee, licorice, very big hops flavor all around. Excellent.