Theis (15150) - 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. Capa (3633) - DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2007
Draught at Popeyes. Pours a light golden brown with a thin head. Aroma was sweet alcohol, sherry, dark fruits, and malt. Full, syrupy body. Flavor was similar to the aroma. Dark fermented fruit, sweet malt, molasses, and some wine or sherry tones. Finishes warm and sweet. Very big, very delicious. Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2009
ON Tap @ Popeye’s in Ryogoku. An extreme barley wine. Brown, thick, opaque a very thin brownish head. Very malty, but with vinous touches... maybe like some port or shery had made it’s way to the batch. Slightly hot from the alcohol. Very interesting stuff... danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
2007 on tap at Bakushu Club Popeye. Pours a deep red hued brown with no head. Sweet caramel, oak, complex malts, port wine in aroma and taste. Very smooth. Sweet but not syrupy. abemorsten (3683) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2009
On tap @ Popeye’s February 2009. Brewed by Niwa at Hakusekikan. Clear dark pour. Fresh flowery aroma. Metallic, gooseberries. Even more complex in taste adding tar and honey. Recommended!
TimE (6275) - 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. jonno (3015) - JAPAN - MAR 29, 2009
A big, BIG beer. THe nose is huge. Notes of caramel, sugar and alcohol obviously. Mothful is big and sweet and very intense. Perhaps a bit too much for me. Definetely worth a try if you like the style. KansaiBeerLvrs (5511) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 18, 2015
Happy Anniversary to Qbrick! 10 Years is a fantastic accomplishment in the craft beer world. I’m celebrating with a hakusekikan Hurricane Barleywine 10%(or more?) that is 5 years old - I heard it was the 2009 version... A ruby amber pour, it’s got a fantastically sweet nose of candied fruits - figs, plums, raisins. Once it warms up it gets lots of heat and phenolic? The body is light and dry. The taste is fruity, sweet, sherry, a bit nutty, umeshu plum like sweetness. Good but after all the gushing reviews I expected more. Then again it is a few years older now. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
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.
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.