GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 2007, Pours an opaque tigers eye rusted velvet color w/ an unstopable semi creamy froth. It just keeps coming like a classic Belgian. It finally retreats leaving behind a clumpy spattered cream. Aromas of pungent Belgian rock candy. Full nectar w/ ample residual effers that explode upon palate impact. It has a full creamy texture that will choke you. First off we have Angostura Bitters meets thickly hopped and rusted malt. It’s perfectly bittered from the get go. Bitters, leather, rose petal, corriander bath beads, sage, evergreen, cinnamon, nutmeg, curry. Full on bakers cocoa like chocolate milk w/o the sugar. Complex and absolutely delicious. The finish never ends and is bittered perfectly. Overall: complex, well balnced yet in your face, modern technology meets the old world renaissance. It’s absolutely amazing. Highly recommended. Connoisseurs Choice! ****2006,*** Caramel honey in color with a malted candy nose. Medium nectar and very well ballanced. Bright, mellow candy flavors, like bubble gum but not sweet. Has a slight hop on the finish. Smooth yet complex. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall; an awsome brew, I could drink all. It goes great with chocolate. Highly recommended. arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 I originally rated this beer much lower as I tried it on tap at the 2004 Seattle Beer Festival. However, since then I have tried it in the bottle and the difference is astonishing! This beer might require some slight aging to be at its best; on tap, it tasted too bitter, but in the bottle it is smooth and rich like an excellent port but with more spice. This beer tastes more like a flavored rum (with the orange peel and cinnamon especially) than anything else I've tried. Very rich, begins a bit hoppy but warms up and becomes malty in a good way. Excellent beer, well worth seeking out a bottle or two! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2004 Vintage.This beer is a very interesting take on a German Eisbock or "ice beer" style. This beer is brewed with five malts including pale, Munich, Wheat, Crystal, and chocolate malt. It is hopped with 4 different hops, including Goldings, Hallertau, Tettnag, and Saaz. It is then spiced with five different spices including orange peel, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. Suffice to say this is one amazingly complex and flavorful beer, but it continues to get better.
Before bottling this beer, it is frozen for three days at 24F, where the frozen water is removed, concentrating the beer. This is a traditional method used by German brewers, and in that sense it does indeed make this beer an eisbock. It is then conditioned in the bottle for six months, and comes in at a mighty 10% abv. So what you have is a wonderfully rich, spicy, strong, soothing beer just exploding with big aromas and flavors.
New Year Celebration Ale 2004 pours to a beautiful deep garnet color with a thick and creamy cinnamon colored head and a soft carbonation. The nose of this beer is just bursting with huge complex aromas of malt and spice. Fragrant aromas of orange peel, fresh vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon meld with sweet malty and chocolate aromas. The body is lush and full on the tongue with lots of big sweet malty and chocolate flavors that glide over the tongue. This is paired with more spicy flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and an ever present under tone of orange. New Year Celebration Ale finishes with more complex malty and spicy flavors, then ends with a soothing alcohol and vanilla burn.
Wow. This is one of the most memorable beers I have had in a long time. The aromas and flavors in this beer are very vibrant when consumed young, and this beer could be cellared, and enjoyed with a year or two of age on it. There is a lot going on in this beer, and it makes for the perfect beer to slowly sip and savor on a cold night, or to sit and relax with after a big meal. I would not dare pair this beer with food. Enjoy this one with a good book or movie. New Year Celebration Ale retails for about $4 a 11.5oz bottle making a bit pricey for the average beer drinker. True beer lovers will have no problem paying that price for a crack at this beer. WhiteAlePower (92) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle 2007. SPLENDID! This was truly a celebration inside of my mouth! As someone stated prior about this particular year’s festivities, the alcohol is well hidden, and instead everything else is abounding to be the first flavour to your palate! This is another HIGHLY recommended Hitachino brew! DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY. Shag (3041) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2009
A deep amber to brown color with a large beige head. The aroma oddly reminds me of Trois Pistoles. A yeasty presence with some coriander, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, and some spices. Freaking amazing! The flavor is very complex with some citrus, caramel, cinammon, vanilla, toffee, and other spices. The mouthfeel is carbonated. BURP! I’m against the grain here but I really do love this beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 Color is a deep, thick dark russet brown with a dark rosey tone, a tall, dark ivory, fluffy foamed head grew with speed to a towering pillow, torpidly fades to a heavy skim remaining present on top and oodles of thick sticking lace in sheets.
Aroma is a bit subdued but intricately woven in its softness with hidden levels of spices that has lightly dotted notes of corriander on top of even smaller amounts of yeast, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A very nice fresh orange delicately wraps up the spices. Its not a punch in the face, but its softness is intriguing and you'll keep heading back in for a wiff after a wiff. Facinating & appealing nose.
Taste has even more subtleties and softer complexities, how is this so? Ahh but it is. Amazingly fine and easily milding spices with a nice feel of fullness thats never overbearing. No one spice makes a dominance here, its a medley of crispness and cooking sherry spices. A good malty sweetness lays the groundwork up front where then the spices begin to mingle with a nice mild sharp tone and crispness. Just over the middle is where the spices trail off into the finish and a complex array of things begin to happen. All the spices hinted to in the smell make appearances, touching nuances across the palate and a lofty soft lingering of fruits, caramel, toffee, and vanilla play underneath. Overall feel is pretty full with a playful soft carbonation and texture that not only gets better as it warms but shines. Lovely softness of tone and cozy, comfy, snug, with character. This stuff is very nice, highly recommended sitting down with this one and enjoying. weisinator (67) - USA - DEC 28, 2005
I have never seen a beer with such a large head, filled 3/4 of the glass after pouring it down the side. The smell is definitely of malt and vanilla beans and the mouthfeel is almost like oatmeal. The flavor is very complex: sweetness offset by a bit of citrus and spices. I enjoyed it a great deal. bmeup (680) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2010
First case opened in QLD by Nectar. Hazy orange/red/amber with thick puffy beige lasting lacey head. Looks great. Wheat, citrus/orange peel and sweet vanilla hint. Very nice. Spice and carbonation hit first, then sweetness then more spice. Wonderful finish of sweet, dry spice of corriander seed bitterness. Complex & sensational. Warming and dangerous. Evens burps smell good so how’s that. Wish i bought more than one. Soooo go get some. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Here’s a very unique brew with a nice artisan feels to it. Finally something from Japan that is not a mass produced article for large consuming markets. Cloudy orange body with a short lived white head. Smells wild, like a cross between a Gueuze and an IPA!!! Full of herbal and mineral spices, hard candies, spicy caramel and fruity orange flavours all blend together in a hard to describe way. Very hoppy and like its sister Hitachino Classic Ale the hops are incredibly intense. 9% well hidden. Amazing. Very Distinctive. I can’t decide which one of these two Hitachino sisters I prefer, they both have great bodies and go down easily, I need to have them both at the same time to make up my mind. I’m talking about beer you pervert! jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Hazy dark, orange-amber, with big, flotsam, off-white head / Nose of holiday spice and dry hop / Light to medium body, tart and hoppy, with good balance of malts and fine finish / Flavors of apple, caramel, lemon, orange, coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon /