zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2009
(bottle - 22 oz) Ruby red pour with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is spicy with some hints of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, very light figs, and sugar. Flavor is very sweet and malty with hints of cocoa, honey, cinnamon, yeast, sugar, and light figs. Very sweet and spicy and rather cloying. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2009
633 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is light esters (fig) and caramel malt with a hint of spice (very light cinnamon). I’m not quite sure what to make of the flavor. I mainly detect some esters and caramel malt. I’m not quite sure what to make of this beer. All I know is that it’s not worth the $12 I paid for it. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
22oz Bottle @ Paul’s gathering. Copper pour with tan head. Spices and malts , make a easy drinakable beverage that doesn’t have much to it. obguthr (6595) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at Butters’ Slutfest: Fig nose. Clear auburn, medium yellow head, good lace. Malt and fig flavor. A bit on the sweet side, not complex, but acceptable. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I have never heard of this brewer before and was surprised to hear that it comes from Japan. +++Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky orange-brown color with a small foamy white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was cinnamon, nutmeg and was a bit musty. The flavor was bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and raisin. The finish was medium length bread and dry spices. Medium body. Ok.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
22oz bottle -
I have to wonder how long this beer sat in the summer time in a hot warehouse while waiting to be distributed to the various locations. What I tasted seemed to be a echo of what could have been a much better beer. Rather flabby and lacking any real direction, the flavors of this beer kind of just lay flat on the palate. Wet paper, light vegetables, canned peaches, and golden raisins seemed to combine to an uninspired aroma. Flavor was light pitted fruit, more wet paper, raw dough and old caramel malts. If it wasn’t old (which it seemed to scream it), then it’s poorly executed. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2008
Another in a fascinating raft of unusual Japanese beers generously supplied to an Australian RB gathering by TimE. This Japanese take on a Christmas ale left me scratching my head in between writing notes like "peculiar" and "fucking weird". Burnt umber with a shallow head. Highly spiced aroma - cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and limes. Oily body. Strange mix of flavours, like a spiced lime shandy. Cinnamon again but dominated by strong citrus. The combination didn’t really work for me but it probably suffered from being poured in the midst of a long session. Would like to try again. (Bottle at Sully’s 2007 RB Sydney Xmas gathering) buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JAN 3, 2009
This ale didn’t seem quite as festive as it’s namesake, but proved to be drinkable. Hints of clove, cinnamon, spice, orange peel, but nothing terribly solid and memorable. ON tap @ Cheers. Dedollewaitor (16359) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle @ Ulfborg Weekend, Jan 2011. Pours hazy orange with a small creamy white head. Nose is very strong and spicy. Cinnamon, alcohol and dark fruit. Lively carbonation. Flavor adds sweet toffee. Not bad.. Were frightened straight away . . DuffMan (10612) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle. Hazy medium amber, foamy off-white head , decent retention. Okay, to begin with there is no cinnamon in the aroma. Strike one. There is no fig in the aroma. Strike two. Baird, you really had my hopes up here! I LUVS ME MY FIGS!!! There are no figs in the aroma or the palate. Huge let down. HUGE!!! There is fruity caramel. There are hints of spices. There are yeasty undertones. There is an alcoholic warmth in the finish that surpasses what I would expect froma beer of mere 6.5% ABV. But there are no figs, nor is there cinnamon. Is it an okay brew? Sure. It’s okay. Am I filled with jubilation? Sadly, no.