Shonan Barley Wine
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Brewed by Kumazawa Brewing (Shonan Beer)
Style: Barley Wine
Chigasaki, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (406) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 17, 2016
On tap at CBB Bud. L: a very dark hazy red/burgundy with a beige head. S: an amber-esque aroma of sweet malt, caramel toffee, a touch of dark fruit. T: the flavour is also similar to an amber or maybe an old British ale, it follows the nose. It got boozier as I went on, the flavour quite light and quaffable but touches of red wine like Shiraz or merlot. F: a medium body, sweet middle but easy on the palate. O: this got better as it went along. Not near as complex as barley wines I’m used to, but smooth and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4327) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2013
8.5% 550 yen for 180ml at 23 Craft Beerz, Nagoya. Cloudy amber pour with a minimal head. The serving glass was a spitting image for the GJBF best aroma glass sans logos. The aroma was malty sweet, some funk, booziness with a breadyness to it. Quite a light beer with an effervescent quality to the body which is unusual in a barley wine. The taste is malts: caramel, toffee fig followed by a bit of fruitiness with almost Belgian estery notes. It is pretty good but I’d probably class it more as an old ale rather than a barley wine. That being said it is still quite nice, smooth, easy to drink & well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15096) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Ueno Park. Clear amber/red - offwhite head. Barley, sweetness, fruity, llight mould, raisins, fruity notes, bisquit, caramel, sweetness, light hoppy bitterness..... ReRate: Draught at Mokichi Craft Beer. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Ryebread. Barley. Fruity. Sweet dried fruits. Sharpness. Citrus. Bisquit. Lovely classic american barley wine....ReReRate: Cask at Mokichi Craft Beer. Clear almost black - light brown head. Soft body. Ok burned. Nice high malty. Fruity. Ok bitterness. Red berrie notes. Lighy tobacco notes. Nice burned bitterness. Nice pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
The minty splash of alcohol tends to overshadow this Barley Wine’s straightforward caramelized sugars, leaving the taster with a pleasant but shallow sipping experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty amber.
-The grain bill seems very simple ; moreover, the malt flavors are well expressed enough for this brew to stand out in its category.
-Carbonation is soft, which is fine by me since it leaves more room for the ingredients to shine.
-Residual sugar levels are kept in check.
-Hops are relatively tame, barely balancing out the already polite maltiness.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (6479) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks KyotoLefty. Brown colour with a very small white head. Sweet aroma of plum and alcohol. Rich flavour of dried fruits, plum, cherries with just a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (20866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle at RBJG. Clear amber color. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is similar. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3520) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2013
Tap at Craft Beer Market Jinbocho. The last of a long evening. Amber coloured, no head. Aroma is malty, bit spiky, fruity, biscuity, slight creaminess, slightly boozy. Taste is well rounded, fruit, caramel sweetness and touch of spice. Pretty damn nice. Very smooth, full bodied, but subtle at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2012
On tap at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze. Served chilled. Typical sweet barley wine aromas emerge after a bit of warming. Well-rounded, mild roast and sweet flavors. Just a touch of sour or yogurt flavors in the finish. Good enough, but not a heck of lot going on (as should be in this strong style).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4883) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2012
very malty, cherries, bready, earthy, pie crust. Smooth, alcohol well hidden, rich but never cloying. Cherries and wooden finish. So rounded and smooth. Wow. Excellent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2444) - JAPAN - JAN 20, 2012
Easy going BW, perhaps more in strong english ale territory. Modest fruity aroma - some apples, raisins and pears. Smooth body, but not too much going on - some of aforementioned fruit and a sweet caramel toffee finish. Never really too much of anything, but nice enough.

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