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Swan Lake Samurai Barley Ale

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

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Simply called Swan Lake Barley Wine in Japan


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1736) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2016
A very good, unique barleywine. Pours a bright, cloudy unfiltered orange with a white head. Smells awesome, of candied orange. Taste is thick, unfiltered, a barleywine base but almost more farmhouse taste, with a triples complexity. Lots of orange, vanilla and barleywine backing. Had in the bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11204) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2016
33cl bottle. Hazed dirty amber pour. Aroma is papery oxidation, rice cakes, and caramel. Flavor is decent. A minty oxidized barleywine, has a lto of carb. But its okay. Similar to a JW Lees.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
willisread (2281) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2016
Tap at Pub Edo. Light grapefruit and mild tropical nose with heavy malt. Almost candy sugar sweetness with a heavy and full body. Quite boozy and over the top. Really unbalanced with some light fruit as it warms. Meh.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (7413) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle shared with Scarlett on Christmas Day 2015. Pours a deep amber body with no head. Nose is sweet malt and barley. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of sweet sugar, caramel malt and barley. Generic, bland and a bit of a miss.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8339) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle from John’s. Pours a mostly clear bright orange color with a medium white head. A big sweet nose, pale malts, some toffee. Light citrus, oranges, yeasty dry at times, more pale malts, a bit of oxidation- who knows how old this is. A decent very English style BW. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9505) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (809) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savage_Night (416) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (3861) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7981) - .....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.


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