maekchu (4001) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2017
Bottle from souvenir shop in Hakodate. Nose of dark fruit, sugar, alcohol, overripe dates -- sort of vegetal, like two-day old garbage lees. Dark amber/brown color. Flavors are thick and quite boozy all the way through, with berries, caramel, and a lightly malty flat finish. Medium body and hot on the tongue. Kind of a mess, really. Very thin for the high alcohol heat it packs. Has a certain initial appeal but loses it rather quickly. Heidbummer (735) - SCOTLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle from the brewery. Pours thick brown, no head. Smells of chestnut, dates, pineau. Nice thick mouthfeel. A good example and we’ll balance. Nice after dinner stuff. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Tap at Yellow Ape, Osaka. Hazy orange with a slight head. Big gummy, candy-ish aroma with fruity banana and orange peel notes. Taste is similar but a bit toned down. Actually reminds me of a weizen bock more than a barley wine. Really unusual but very good. melush (4341) - SPAIN - MAY 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2016 Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en tienda de Mt Hakodate Ropeway, en Hakodate, Japon. Color marron. Sabor a malta, caramelo, alcohol, dulce. KansaiBeerLvrs (5255) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2013
On tap and part of my 1000 yen tasting set. It is a malty sweet beer with a wine like taste. I definitely got impressions of red wine. The color was a mellow gold with just a hint of the 10% punch it packed. My favorite out of the three I enjoyed in my tasting set.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Dark colour and creamy head visible in the keg. Nice raisiny fruit aroma. sweet raisins flavours that has still got appropriate bitterness to balance it somewhat. The name means: the everyday beer of the CEO. I can understand him~this is by far the best of the Hakodate beer range. KyotoLefty (10538) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 13, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 Draught at Yellow Ape. A very different beer to the previous. Light amber now, with no hops at all. Very estery, peaches, slight banana. Like a Belgian yeast gone bad. Much worse than it use to be. TimE (6005) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2007
Draught at the brewery, Oct 2007. 7/3/7/4/15
Ceramic cup. Darkish brown with almost no head. A bit of lace. Aroma of dark fruits and malt, raisins, alcohol. Good nose! Tastes strongly of alcohol, portish. Fruity, hot, sweet, but balanced. Strong carbonation for the type. Berries and alcohol are strongest. Nice enough. Nothing bad to say, though a bit simple. Very winey or aperitif-like. Smooth for its strength, and very drinkable. Nice strong stuff with good hops.
I struggled with this one. It just was a big, sweet malty mess, though the alcohol was really well hidden. No balance or real direction in the beer. I hope the President doesn’t drink this too often it might kill his palate. MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 My Bottom Line:
French toast whiffs and diluted caramel whip up a portly body where alcohol generously flows. This Barley Wine with Malt Liquor leanings remains classy enough to warrant serious sipping, but its lack of depth and worrisome future are soon revealed. This cannot be an allegory for any presidency, right?
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the glowing hazy amber.
-The finish is severely underhopped, even though this bottle is very young for the style.
-Carbonation is quite smooth, which serves the round maltiness quite well.
-It’s cleanly brewed and well rounded, but it ultimately disappoints as the brewery’s "luxury" product.
-I believe the malt liquor component will develop even more as it ages; in any case, it doesn’t have enough substance to age into anything pleasant.
-A lot of brewer’s sugar seems to be used...or some other added sugar.
Bottled on July 7th, 2007.