maekchu (2775) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from local Yamaya. Light raost malt nose, caramel, fruity. Deep dark reddish-copper color. Malty initial, light caramel, some dark fruit, yeast bit in mid palate. mild bitterness. Goes to a fair balance in final. Thin-medium body. Good, tasty stuff. Not really multifaceted in any way (it is an alt), but nice enough.
Wombata (535) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Enibru Tazawako Event
Aroma: Not very aromatic as served rather too cold.
Flavor: pleasant roasted grain and yeast with a long finish.
Comment: Not complex but still tasty.
TBone (14272) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze, Osaka.
Deep red ruby color, good off-white head. Sweet berryish aroma. Medium-bodied. Caramel, strawberry, maltyness, low bitterness. Quite nice alt from Japan.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3347) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Hanshin Seed Event. A clear light amber brown, caramel and sweet malt aroma. Taste: Bitter, caramel, cracker, bready. Pretty good.
shoulderbroken (2850) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keyaki. Chewy, caramel sweetness, light hoppiness. Lots of malt. Good stuff.
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Clear brown color, medium sized tan head. Malty, fruity, some esters scent. Malty, a bit fruity, mineral taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Well balanced. Some grainy bitterenss. Grainy, fruity aftertaste.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Who nicked the hops? Malty red ale with low hopping. Welcome to the world of Japanese Alts. Straight forward, bready, caramel and very soft finish. Stuck in first gear unfortunately.
motelpogo (7258) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, bought at the brewery. deep amber; aroma of stewed peach, iced chocolate; slightly metallic, hint of apple cider vinegar and caramel sweetness; not bad bu doesn’t compare to the real thing
TimE (4155) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep russet color. Sweet malty Mose of cherries and wood. Fairly hoppy mouth with lots of cherry and apricot notes. Good without being great.
KyotoLefty (7883) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub.
Great rocky head and a rich, amber color. Caramel aroma with some bitter hops. Rather rich and one-dimensional. Fruity, caramel flavor with nice dryness, especially at the finish. Slight flavors of cherry and dark fruits; intensely bitter finish. Full-flavored.