PhillyCraft (7916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2017 Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from John’s Grocery, shared with Traci and Matt. Copper/gold, good cap of fine white bubbles. Gentle caramel, vanilla and cinnamon nose, touch of soft oak. Raisin sweetness, piney resiny bitterness. Lingering bubblegum spice. Pleasant, but not quite as cohesive as it could be.
Backlog, tried with Pat in 2011. Bottle, pours a reddish color with thick head. Scent is apples, cooked rice, vanilla extract, pear, and coriander. Flavor is oranges, vanilla, spice, and fruit. Medium body tapefuzz (813) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2017
Draught. Pours reddish amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is spice and wheat; plenty of cinnamon and coriander. Sweet toffee malt and some light citrus. Taste is like a lighter barleywine; cinnamon, barley, coriander, some caramel, some toffee, a light earthiness, and nutmeg. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. colui72 (1098) - HONG KONG - APR 28, 2017
Hazy amber, medium white head, some spotty lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, spices, Belgian yeast. Taste gets more complex, with orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, spices, vanilla, herbs and booze. Bitter finish, medium body, soft carbonation. Quite rich ale, not my style but I must say it’s quite tasty.
P.S. funny fact, a "Commemorative Ale" for my rating n.900. Happy days! melush (4689) - SPAIN - APR 1, 2017
As Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale
33cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain.
Amber colour with a foamy white head.
Aroma is malt, sweet, citrus, nutmeg, spices.
Taste is malt, bread, caramel, citrus, honey, vanilla, spices.
Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. NikkTwist (3341) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2017 Draft at Khyber Pass. Translucent garnet red pour with some off-white foam. Complex mix of toffee malts, fruit and spice. Plum. Nutmeg. Strawberry. Chocolate. Apricot. Coriander. Lychee. Vanilla. Cherry. Cinnamon. Pink grapefruit. Juicy body. Smooth finish. Nicely done.
Squeaks88 (14) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 Commemorative Ale 2017 (b 330 ml, 8% abv) Pours a white foamy head which lingers in the glass with good lacing. Herbs and spices on the nose (coriander, parsley?). Nuttiness, cinnamon, toffee and a bit of a herbacious kick. PotjeBier (3734) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2016
33 cl bottle @ home (bbe 05-2017) as Commemorative Ale (8%). Deep dark red to brown color, hazy. Dense off white head with a little retention. Aroma’s: sweet, caramel, soft fruit, light spices. Retronasal it’s caramel, sweet, light spices. Flavor is moderate to full sweet. Alcohol is warming, but not sharp. Body is rather full. Finish with just a hint of bitterness. Quite nice. worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2016
Medium Clear amber with a frothy, lasting, off-white head. Smells of toasted malt, caramel, yeast and bubble gum, with some, nutmeg, acidic and citrus. Super sweet taste of caramel on a bitter peppery middle and a candy, sweet finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. mrjez (674) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle rated back in Feb, adding now. Has that familiar Kiuchi wheat and spice flavour, mixed with some sweetned malt, fruit, charred brown sugar. Very bready, almost like gingerbread with the nutmeg note. Carries alcohol warmth, lively carbonation. A lovely winter-time sipper. adamnowek (3287) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2016
Sold as Commemorative Ale 2016 from The Beer Tree in Amsterdam. ABV is 8.0%. Clear light brown, like a scotch. Sour aroma. Taste has nutmeg, cinnamon, and a sour foundation.