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Swan Lake Samurai Barley Ale

Brewed by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery (Swan Lake)
Style: Barley Wine
Sasakamimura, Kitakanbara-gun, Niigata-ken, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Simply called Swan Lake Barley Wine in Japan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8051) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
Bottle, at Miga in Champain. Very hazy golden Amber with an off white head. Toasty caramel, brown sugar, low bitterness. Simple but pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (795) - Burlingame, California, USA - APR 11, 2015
Pours a cloudy dark gold with an off-white head and lacing. It has above aroma of toasty malt, hops, and caramel. It has a somewhat light flavor, with rich malt and a great toffee finish over a medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savage_Night (146) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Pours an Amber/Brown color with a white head. Head retention is good. Aroma of malt, smoke, little licorice and alcohol lingers over all of them. Taste of lite coffee, malt, brown sugar and lite hops. Great tasting barley ale. I can see this being a good everyday sipping brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2955) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Cloudy amber orange, moderate white head. malty sweet nose on this , some molasses and dates, lots of alcohol. Heavy , slightly sticky body, some honey, brown sugar, fruit. Plenty of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6932) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2015
well, it honestly tasted like an english barleywine that was madein japan, as dumb as that sounds .. murky tan brown .. mild foam .. lots of caramel, toffee, dead yeast, and egg roll paper .. finish has a bit of a linger .. . decent BW .. . . I would’ve texted you back but I was talking to my cats about insurance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3398) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3 Dec 2014, bottle. dark/dirty orange, hazy. nose is rich, bready malt and mildly harsh alcohol, raisins. med body and moderately fizzy. raisins, bready malt, harsh alcohol, maybe some astringent woodiness. decent. good barleywine background but a bit too harsh alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3520) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Rich hazy amber, with a decent head. Blissfully fruity aroma. Stone fruit. Peach with the fuzz on it. Tangerine and raspberry jam. An explosion of lovely fruit aromas. Sharp citrus flavor and smooth barley body with a Screwdriver (vodka orange juice) like finish that sweeps on by.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4208) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC 11.2 ounce ($8.25): Pours a murky brown with a off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet malts, some light hops, hints of booze, and some earthiness. Taste is slightly sweet, very malty, and somewhat alcohol. Not a bad barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7874) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2014
Tap at the brewery restaurant. 1 year old, aged in the keg. Clear amber-orange with a touch of lace. Fruity, estery nose, caramel, oranges, apricots, light oxidation from age. Very fruity flavors, raisins, some toffee, hop bitterness and citrus flavors remain though mellow and muted, alcohol well hidden. Very smooth and mellow. Quite enjoyable. Definitely helped by the aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4169) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle at a barley wine tasting. Pours a hazy amber color. Nose is filled with some caramel notes and seems malty sweet. Taste is also slightly sweet, with just a bit of booziness to it. Better than I thought it would be.

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