GuideDogSaint (1752) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 22, 2015
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen as Commemorative Ale labelled as 8.0%. Pours orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma of spice nutmeg clove and orange peel. Full bodied mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Not always a fan of these type of spiced beers but this is great. Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2015
Malt dominates the aroma with hints of vanilla. Appearance is a cloudy Amber with a small off white head. Flavor is oxidized and muddled. Malt flavor dominates and the spices are mostly hidden. Notes of toast and caramel are present with a hint of coriander. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's oxidized which dramatically affected the flavor of the beer.
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Bouteille achetée à Portland, sous le nom Commemorative Ale. une bière de couleur caramel foncé avec une mousse beige épaisse. Un nez bien malté avec du caramel aux épices. Une bouche épicée, sucrée avec des notes de cannelle et muscade. Une finale épicée discordante. Fisler (692) - Bamberg, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2015
Bernsteinfarben im Glas, Schaum perlt gleich weg. Schönes Malzaroma, leicht fruchtig. Geschmacklich sehr intensiv, alkoholisch, im Abgang leicht Zimt. Respekt, Japan kann Bier brauen. djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
2009 Commemorative Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is rose petals, strong floral, spice. Medium mouth with sweet fruit, light spice, very good.
willisread (3640) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2015
On tap at Popeye served in a snifter. Beautiful rusty caramel color with a modest head. Fig, vanilla and muscat aromas present on arrival. Sweet malty taste with well balanced hops and spiced finish. Goes down smooth. Great winter beer. Stuu666 (14838) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle at brass monkey. Pours copper, nose is caramel, vanilla, fruity, spiced, taste is similar. Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 23, 2015
I see a hazy honey coloured brew that brings almost a 2 finger head of foam. Lacing is you betchya!
The nose is pretty festive. I get some nutmeg(a fav of mine in winter brews), coriander, some grape like fruitiness, all on the malty and fruity side and nay to any bitter notes.
Nutmeg and a sweetish malt flavour that reminds me of the lovely oxidation you get in a UK barleywine or old ale is first up for me. I do get some coriander and some other spiciness that doesn’t strike me so hot. Now there’s a strange bitterness that creeps in in the finish. It really started off great but...
Medium body, lightish carbonation.
Bottom line, it’s strong and pretty good overall. I had higher hopes based on my first sips.
Travlr (26071) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Draft. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of orange peel and light spice. Taste has fruit, raw bread, citrus. Decent. fiveacestx (974) - Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle labeled at "Commemorative Ale" poured into a shaker glass. Pours a dark amber but by the time the carbonation settles it’s a very impressive dark orange. Has an aroma and taste of ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin. The alcohol is sort of noticeable. Full bodied.