jinroh (1104) - ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice brown, bit of foam. Aroma has mainly some nutty caramel, not sweet though which is good. Taste has some toffee, nutty flavours and quite straightforward and authentic caramel malts, peppered with a pinch of hops. Goes down nicely and has still enough body, one of the most enjoyable alt beers I have had in Japan.
willisread (2281) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Kanagawa friends back in 2012. Light dried fruit and toasted caramel malts on the nose and light nuttiness. Taste is fairly simple with dried fruit coming out. Sweetish finish with some light dryness.
biirusaikou (2477) - - JUL 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Mokichi. Classic caramel and dried fruit profile, roasted malt. a bit nutty, mild sweet finish. Pretty straight-forward but OK I guess for the style compared to so many mediocre Alt’s currently on the market.
shoulderbroken (3664) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keyaki. Copper coloured, small golden head. Aroma is bit stinky, quite sweet, caramel but skunky too. Quite interesting but maybe not intentional. Taste is decent, light caramel, quite woody, bit of creaminess. Cherry maybe too. Quite nice.
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mokichi Craft Beer. Clear dark amber - white head. Roasted. Nutty. Amber malts. Light fruity. Sweetness. Light caramel. Nice hoppy finish.
jonno (2467) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A think a recipe change is in order here. I know this is their flag ship beer, but they are doing really good things these days, but this was just - there..Soft caramel nose. Grainy. Thin, some caramel and a touch of toffee with a pretty weak bitterness in the finish. Not really too Alt like, unless you talk are talking Japanese Alt :P.
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (gift from Neko-chan). Very malty aroma, somewhat sourish, with yeast. Copper-orange, cloudy, very little head. Light sweetness, bready, a bit too much yeast on the the tongue in mid palate. Thin, and leaves a hint of malt residue (maybe just a memory of long-gone malt). Moderately pleasant, but there’s not a lot of interest in this bottle.
EdKing (2379) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught in the Mokichi Trattoria at the Shonan Brewery. Lovely hazy red brown colour, medium fluffy, foamy white head. Nose is sherberty fruity. Taste is a nice belnd of fruity red hop with toasty malt character. Red fruit tang blends nicely with a malt.
KyotoLefty (9127) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Solid amber color with orange tints, and a middling to low, thick and tight head. Pretty and appetizing. Slightly sweet, malt-rich aroma with dark fruits, molasses, raisins, and a touch of chocolate. Malty, slightly chocolatly and fruity flavor, but not overly rich. Rather dry finish. Good balance. A very sessionable amber ale with rich malt flavors and fruits. Lightly hopped but finishes dry. Decent stuff.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy reddish-brown colour. Slightly toasty aroma with woody notes and light caramel. Rich caramel and toasty palate. Clean and balanced, but gets lighter towards the finish.