Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
Draught at Popeye. Clear dark brown (red glow) - offwhite head. Lots of berries, black berries, chocolate, bitterness, sweetness, rubber, licoric, light wood, oak, high malty, good sweetness. Nice complexity. KyotoLefty (10254) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 2007 version at Popeye. THis beer rocks. One of my absolute favorites, I am realizing more and more. Huge fruity flavor, vinous and wonderful.
Sour nose, almost resembling a Flemish Red, with fruit and sherry. Very sweet and alcoholic flavor, with sour fruits, berries, spices and vinous notes. Very nice, mature, aged flavor. Like a fine port. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2008
This Mead-come-Barley Wine successfully melds honey to caramelized port wine, finishing into a sweet prune fruitiness. Yet another wildly unique and reverend still sipper from Hakusekikan.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-This is another headless, fizzless Hakusekikan sipper when on tap, yet the generous sample received from the lagering tank at the brewery was filled with creamy carbonation.
-Its ruby brown dress and long legs along the wine glass herald some exotic sweet liqueur.
-The brewer uses a wild yeast he extracts from Kyushu honey for this one. This honeyed yeast is obvious, even in the nose.
-Alcohol definitely warms the back of the throat, but doesn’t bother the flavor profile.
-The complex fruitiness spans from grapes to dates to prunes to figs.
-Caramel flows by smoothly.
-After having this one twice on tap with little to no carbonation, and once from the lagering tank with creamy carbonation, I must say I largely preferred the carbonated version. The score atop reflects the tap version (available commercially), but had they been naturally carbonated like the one from the lagering tank, I would have given it at least 4.3.
2003 vintage on tap at Popeye’s and later at Ushitora, and 2005 vintage from the lagering tank at the brewery.
Draft. 2003 keg tapped June 08. Glorious little barleywine. Well, ok, not little, but a barleywine, and glorious. Pours eggplanty purple, almost black, with a dense but rather thin tannish head that falls away fairly quickly. Vinous, fruity nose--red wine, wine grapes, sherry, some sour cherry, dates, figs, the ever-popular "dark pitted tree fruit, comma, other" also makes an appearance. Dense, creamy, almost oily body. Very little carb. Just a soft note to let you know it’s there. The tight swirl of vinous and fruity notes is fairly monolithic on the mid-palate. This is a tricky one to pry apart. It doesn’t offer, really, a huge amount of complexity. It’s certainly not simple, or lacking. But it strikes only one chord--it just voices it so richly that it transforms the claim it stakes on the flavor spectrum into its own little world. It actually vanishes quickly from the back of the tongue, it just goes. But while it’s there it’s this intense little fruity, vinous tyrant. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2008
on tap at popeyes, 03 vintage. dark brown with no semblance of head, caramel and honey aroma, somehow not too sticky though, plenty of dried stonefruits, prune and sultana, hints of sherry, delicious stuff
Ernest (7693) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Draught at Popeye Tokyo (rated Apr 2008, vintage 2003).
Head is fully diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of wood, honey, raisin, alcohol, orange peel, and maple syrup.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, syrupy texture, soft/flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Surprisingly enjoyable aroma for its age, and not obviously oxidized in the usual stale ways. Quite sweet, as expected, but still drinkable. Boozy but not over the top. Quite a bit better than expected. larsga (7539) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2012
No real head. Clear deep red body. Earthy vinous strawberry malts aroma with alcohol notes. Sweet, and slightly acidic, alcohol and strawberry taste with earthy spicy notes. Fullish body. Mild, yet hot mouthfeel. Dry-sweet sweet cherry and strawberry aftertaste with vinegary earthy toffee and honey notes. Lovely! Amazing sweet/sour balance and harmony. (0.2l draft at Popeye, Tokyo.) TimE (5809) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 21, 2005
Dark brown color. Big candy sugar nose with hints of milk chocolate, cherries, brandy, marshmellows and oranges tingle my nose. Surprisingly light body with oranges and cherries, but strangely the mouth is somewhat lacking depth, despite the great nose. Warming alcoholic, syrupy finish with rich chocolately maltiness. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Tap @ Popeye’s: Dark brown, no head or lacing. Nose of light maple, very light alcohol for this size and a full fruit note. Light impact, sweet and fruity. Nose isn’t quite as explosive as the flavor. The finish is smooth, very smooth, but not that strong. A honey bomb. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2008
2003 vintage on draught at Popeye, Tokyo. dark brown colour with a small head. Vinous aroma with chocolate notes. Sour fruits flavours blending with chocolate, especially towards the finish. A joy to the taste buds.