Tonkun (948) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark but slightly medium amber pour with nuce head. Brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, fruit. Sweet with some bitterness. A beer that is nice and easy to drink.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2673) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Part of the 1212 yen trial set for new customers direct from the brewery via their Rakuten page. I’m happy they switched labels the bottles look much better than the photo online. They need to update their webpage. It pours a great honey brown with a light beige verging on tan head. The aroma is powerfully malty, toffee, figs, maybe even fruitcake? Some fruitiness & possibly a touch of sourness. The taste is malty but has some cardboard, grainy & slightly bitter. I feel it is a bit off. It is alright but not their best, that was their kolsch.
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Yuzan Guesthouse, Nara. - shared with Mette. Clear brown - white head. Raisins, dried fruit, light chocolate, sweet malty, toasted malts, light roasted notes, caramel, earthy, ryebread - sweet ryebread. OK.
worldbeertaste (1709) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a sake shop in Nara. Dark Amber colour, light carbonation, slightly cloudy. Earthy, chocolate aroma. Carbonated body. Fruity (plum), dark chocolate, hops. Hop taste is not as strong as in other beers. Slightyly sweet and not bitter aftertaste. Leaves the toung slightly sweet. Very enjoyable
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2010 Bottle from the brewery.
Medium to dark amber color with a middling head. A bit cloudy. Earthy, dry aroma of chocolate, caramel, earthy hops, and just a bit of fruit. Nice and genuine. Restrained caramel malt flavor with nice dark chocolate and very nice hops. Nicely bitter, dry, finish. This finish lasts a long time. Much nicer than the last time I had it, when it obviously was off. Good, though I would prefer just a bit more malt sweetness, actually.