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Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale

Swan Lake Big Daddy Imperial Red Ale
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Brewed by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery (Swan Lake)
Style: American Strong Ale
Sasakamimura, Kitakanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed for Masaji Beer Project.
アロマホップを「英でも金、米でも金」の世界一になった箕面ビールなので、その国の代表的品種、ケントゴールディングとカスケードを使用しました。


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (859) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
On tap @ Popeye, Tokyo. Aroma is hops, amber malts and caramel. Appears a deep amber with a crimson tint and no foam at all. Taste is assertive hops, herbs and strong metallic overtones. Mid palate silky, syrupy malts, caramel and hop resin. Overall, it’s a bit bland but still hoppy and fresh. B rating.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2278) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2013
On tap at Swan Lake Pub Edo. A crystal clear reddish brown. Malty sweet with a citrus hoppy nose. A clean red ale with malty biscuit, caramel, some peppery notes & possibly rye grain notes. Very solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenkiGonzo (346) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
Draught at Bungalow. Red amber colour with slightly off-white head. Sweet cherry aroma with some hops. Flavour is similar, but with more hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Deeply earthy, floral hops scent this unique Imperial Red Ale while caramel malt and resinous hop bitterness share the second half of each sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the deep amber haze.
-Hops also carry black pepper-like and citrusy undertones.
-Alcohol is well-hidden.
-Although this is certainly not a lean brew, I didn’t find it overly sweet like others. Perhaps this keg was carbonated more aggressively (it was quite prickly)?

On tap at Q-Brick.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
Draught at Yellow Ape Craft. Clear amber/red - white head. Nice malty. Toasted. Knækbrød. Fruity hoppy. Nice bitterness. Amber malty. Light sharpness. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
Tap at the Griffon at Shinjuku. Hazy orange colour with a small off-white head that leaves a heavy lacing. Spicy caramel, hops aroma. Flavour is fruity, raisin, malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3299) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
Full bodied, thick caramel and strawberries. Lacked depth and was pretty straightforward and boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAR 18, 2013
Solid big red, not too hoppy in the grand scheme though. Lots of gooey caramel and toffee in the body with moderate american hops. Straightforward drinking really.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (467) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2013
Aroma: apricot, ripe peach, raisiny malt Palate: medium-full bodied Flavor: pear, ripe peach, raisin, orange peel, grassy hop bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2160) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 6, 2013
Tap at Edo. Amber coloured, little golden head. Aroma is spicy, lots of bready malt, little bit of hoppy bitterness. Taste is nice, bit fruity, cherry maybe, lots of malt again, touch of spice and bit of booze. Nice spiky bitter finish. Apparently a brother of swan lake amber. Should probably revisit that one.


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