colui72 (989) - HONG KONG - APR 28, 2017 linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Ginger Man, NYC. Very light in texture, with a distinctly "Japanese"/sake flavour likely owing to possible aging in sake casks, or some other involvement. Was the highlight of a day out beer tasting in the City. Probably ridiculously expensive in bottles.
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 (3964) - 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 (3200) - 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 (3218) - 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 (1805) - 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 (612) - 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 (2644) - 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. PeatyPete (1051) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Copper color with off-white head. Spicy aroma. Taste is sweet, vegetables and a little nutmeg-like. closey22 (1918) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Orange red amber little to no head; aroma is malty some fruit sweetness; flava is malt some molasses and tangy fruit(sour cherry); feel medium moderate fizz; finsihes malty roasty dry