KansaiBeerLvrs (4456) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at Kyoto Brewing’s launch party in Kyoto. A deep reddish brown with a beige head. 10.5% a nose of sweet fruity cherries with a soft light silky body. A sweet chocolatey cherry flavor. Tasty and smooth.
conway (2210) - - APR 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark cola pour with a thick tan head. Somewhat overwhelming yeast profile with a little chocolate and dark fruit. Kind of weird.
ttoadee (1269) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour, thin tan head. Nose is dark, soft fruit. More sweet than bitter. Middle is tobacco, plums, and a hint of pepper. Finish is sweet and long. ABV hidden quite well. Try this.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap, dark black pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought big notes of dark fruit, caramelized sugars, toffee, molasses into some spice, clove, some slight vanilla into a bit of cocoa. Taste was a mix of earth, cocoa, yeast into a bit of caramel, molasses, lots of raisin, plum, touch of spice, finishing sweet.
Pumpkin87 (225) - - MAR 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque chestnut with garnet highlights, and a big fluffy tan head that persists as significant lacing and decorative skim.
Nose is sweet malt, roast nuts, dark fruits, ginger. On the palate, the major notes include caramelized banana, grapes and raisins and a spunky spiciness that mixes ginger with coriander and orange zest. There’s a bit of alcohol burn on the end along with bitter cola, but it’s more of a suggestion than a serious misstep.
Clownoisseur (420) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, fluffy tan head that pillows up and recedes into fine lacing. Aromas are of subtle spices...ginger, cinnamon and some clove. Light roasted malt creeps in along with some alcohol. Taste has a nice crisp edge to it. Spices dance across the palate on a medium-to-high carbonation...which counterbalances the big malt bill nicely. Plenty of dark fruit tang along with earthiness and light roast. Finishes with a bit of alcohol sting, but it’s pretty well masked. Solid.
Camons (10099) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruits, spice. Flavor is light sweet, malty, yeast, dates, spice, coriands. Thin to medium body, average carbonation. 300810
Barreras (1539) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown almost black color. Aroma is of ripened prunes mixed with a sweet toffee. Taste is full flavored with strong alcohol mixed with ripened sweet fruit. A simple malt flavor which is overpowered by the alcohol content but very well balanced. Another good beer from a great brewery.
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by KyotoLefty. Dark fruit nose, some breadiness, and stale cake. Dark trnaslucent brown. Deep pruney initial, goes to fizzy raisins, some small bit of oxidation, with a mild sweet finish.Medium-heavy body, a little slick. Mildly tasty, a bit too sweet. Very malty. Okay.
KyotoLefty (9114) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hegedorn’s. Fruity nose, grapes, chocolate, caramel, coriander maybe. Quite fruity, citrus, grape, cherry. Flavor like a spicy brownie, with tangy fruits. A bit too much spice, and the body rather thin. I was really excited about this, but although nice enough it came nowhere close to my expectations.