GenDV138 (1831) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small glass on draft at Craftheads, leftover from the Shiga Kogen anniversary event. Black with beige head. Aromas of earthy notes, light roast, caramel. Tastes of earthy notes, dark chocolate, light roast, sweet dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick brown head with diamonds reflecting the light. Dark brown liquid. Quiet scent builds with warmth; dark whisky malt. Flavour is light for dark beer, Saison notes are list, smooth creamy liicorice with some chocolate.
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014 by Derek I believe. Muddy brown body, effervescent light brown head. Raisins, dark sugary fruits, lightly phenolic. More toward an abbey dubbel style. Odd, but intriguing.
dfearnley (1080) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14
Plum, citrus, rose, and earth. Dark brown with a thin, creamy off white head. Dark brown, a little sludgy, thin off white head. Taste is plum, mace, and some nutmeg. I love Japan!
Ferris (5001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Perfumy, flowery and a nice herbal. Jet black with a rich beige head. Light malts, plum, fig and flowery. An odd beer for sure.
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black saison! Draft at Ushitora in Tokyo. Coffee and caramel and cream notes in aroma and taste. Nice dry palate of the saison, but metallic and wineous finish. Interesting combo, but falls a bit flat.
Wombata (468) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask ale version
Aroma: coffee, bitter chocolate, peach
Flavor: bitter sweet coffee, pear, turned to mildly sweet pear and red berry on the mid-palate, bitter chocolate and lasting coffee on the finish
Comment: the taste shifts from an initial bitterness to a moderate sweetness and then back to a bitterness on the finish. At the same time, I perceived the body’ as going from light to medium to light.
shoulderbroken (2202) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Dark brown colour, big bubbly golden head. Aroma is touch of soy sauce, herbs, booze, roasty malt, slight floral/perfumey smell. Taste is very nice. Bit of chocolate, some savoury elements, herbs, bit plummy. Sweet and delicious.
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tanakaya, tasted 06/19/2012. Black pour, huge dense fine-bubbled fluffy head, sticks around for quite a while. Aroma has fruity saison yeast, light notes of chocolate, roasted malts and rice grains, somewhat grassy citrus character in the end. Taste opens with rich chocolate and roasted malt, almost porter-like, becomes sweeter and fruity with the Belgian yeast, mild bitterness. Medium to full palate, silky carbonation. This was a surprise, quite lovely, and will definitely seek out more from this brewery when I get the chance.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gave this 7 months to mature and I think it did wonders for the beer. Rich, inviting but very drinkable. Some chocolate, minerals, berries and a soft hop finish - quite dry. A little like a sake/saison hybrid in many ways. Very refined. Top shelf from the best in Japan.