LazyPyro (1787) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2018 fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a huge, creamy beige head. Aroma is full of sweet bread spice and citrus zest, some fruity esters and light soapy notes. Flavor is big on coriander and cinamon up front, dusty grain, sweet malt, some orange peel, but it is not nearly as citrusy in taste as it is in aroma, a hint of vanilla and nice earthy nutmeg to the finish. Medium body, with a slick slightly booozy entry, small bubbled, but very blanketing and sharp carbonation. After blowing off all that foam, I’m suprised that this had any carbonation left at all but it is actually rather harsh. Fairly tasty brew, the mouthfeel is not so great, but it has a really nice finish and aftertaste with, sweet bread spice and vanilla.
330ml bottle at 8%, as Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale. Hazy amber with a beige head, dissipating. Aroma of bready malts, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, fruits. Taste of bready malt, sweet, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, ripe fruits. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Interesting beer, sweet and spicy isn't really my thing though as I felt the flavours clashed a bit but seemed fairly good I suppose. simontomlinson (673) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2017
Thin off white head soon left a cover on a hazy, walnut coloured, slightly effervescent body.
Barley Wine aroma with malt, hops, treacle & honey.
Medium to full bodied, thick & cloying on the palate with minimal carbonation.
Heavily spiced tastes of Christmas spice, nutmeg, over ripe grape, cinamon & honey. PhillyCraft (8189) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2017
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 (920) - 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 (1157) - 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 (4957) - 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 (3401) - 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 (3833) - 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 (1819) - 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.