abemorsten (3649) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 2005 vintage on tap @ Popeye’s February 2009. Brewed by Niwa at Hakusekikan. This one swept me away! Absolutely fantastic! Dark pour. Rich port, prune and raisin aroma that kept me smelling and enjoying. The taste was equally wonderful. Full bodied. Beer meets port! Highly recommended! thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2008
On tap at Popeye, Tokyo. 2000 vintage. Dark brown with a small froth. Superior complex aroma with raisins, nuts and chocolate as well as potent sour fruit. Chocolate, raisins and everything that tastes good. Smooth as velvet and full-bodied without being sirupy. Top-notch beer. Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2009
UPDATED: APR 15, 2009 Logging in for the first time in years to rate this beer. (you know it’s going to be good!)
2004 vintage at Popeye. (tasted 2009)
Deep dark brown colour. Thin head. Complex aroma of alcohol and some dried fruits. In the mouth it’s all brown sugar and fruitcake. Port-like finish. A truely great drinking experience. TimE (5954) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 This was their 2000 version Super Vintage Ale. The nose dances around with plums, cherries, brandy, dark fruit and burnt raisins. The mouth is very, very rich with full bodied goodness of plums, raisins, brown sugar and finish with a rich syrupy finish, but hides the 15% alcohol very well. What an incredibly well built beer that has aged beautifully.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
August 5, 2005: Rating is still the same, but I noticed this time much more so than before that it is really evidendent they pitched this brew with wine yeast. Definetely get some of those characteristics coming through.
Tap, 2000 edition. Very dark, small head. Aroma of prunes, alcohol, hints of tobacco, yeast, licoriche. Complex. The flavor has lots of whiskey, brandy, yeast, Westy-12, hints of rice/sake, Dr. Pepper, soy sauce. Maybe this is what Sam Adams triple bock was intended to be? Very thick mouthfeel, slightly effervescent finish despite initial flatness. Shockingly smooth considering how big of a beer this is. A masterpiece.
Capa (3325) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Had at the Tokyo Real Ale Festival. Dark in color with ruby red highlights and a nice creamy tan head. Aroma of sherry, dark fruits, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor was a beautiful mixture of sherry, whiskey, raisins, yeast, caramel with the alcohol hidden pretty well but still noticeable. Leaves you with a sweet alcoholic finish. The body is thick with minimal carbonation. This was my favorite beer at the festival and something I’ll be coming back to again and again. jonno (2809) - JAPAN - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Wow!! Now heres a kicker. Sampled at Popeyes in Tokyo. Really, Really potent and has an exceptional aged nose and prescence. Like a port, with lots of amazing flavours...vinious nature...highly recommended unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2007
01 Nov 07, BW Tasting. 2000 Vintage. 330mL bottle. Clear, shiney, ruby-brown. You just gotta see it! Aroma of plum flavored sake. Very sweet aroma. So smooth and balanced that you can’t feel it. Very balanced. This bottle scores a "6" for Palate. mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Tap at Popeye beer bar. Not the typical barleywine, very sweet but not at all cloying with a lot of raisin/prune/plum flavor. Probably the best Japanese beer I have tasted,
Lowe1983 (1605) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Thanks to Whitey7183 for this bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a light brown head. Aroma is of plums, toasted malts, sherry, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor starts off sweet with plums, raisons, and sherry that give way to the toasted malts, yeast, and some alcohol warming on the end. A pretty well blended barley wine that was absolutely delicious.