maekchu (4024) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2012
Darught at the brewpub. Big malty aroma, with some good dirty hops and dark fruit. Pretty copper-red color, big head, and exceptional lacing. Mild malty initial flavors; strong smokey, toffee-ish malty mid palate. Medium body, very smooth palate. Well-balanced, tasty, full. Very good. The best of the ten brews I sampled there.