durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle thanks to dchmela. Promising muddy brown and woody sour complex aroma. Lovely must, some floral qualities, and definite sour wood with hints of vanilla. The taste starts of promising but quickly hits an acrid sour tart note, like dollar store fake SweeTarts. That one bit of the taste almost ruined the beer for me, but everything else is so lovely about it... still a worthwhile experience. Sammy (13000) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2008
Orange colour and bubbly head, floral aromas. A different culture and a different measure of what bitterness is. A definite woodiness, without too much of supporting flavours other than alcohol and a bitterness from the ale itself. I do not believe it was greatly drinkable, by different standards it is a successful ageing/barreling. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours amber with an off-white and thin, but fizzy head which leaves a little lacing. On the nose, fruity, wood, vanilla, spicy sweet sake, and citrus. In the flavor this is fruity, there is a a strong sake component, tannic wood, and again an almost tart citrus component. Medium mouthfeel, drying and hints of tartness in the finish. Another interesting wood influenced beer from Kiuchi. The sake is an unique addition to the mix here, quite nice. mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2008
[1249-20080404] 11.2floz bottle. Evergreen aroma with sweet grainy rice, mild citrus notes and hints at a cabin in the woods. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet rice grains continues in the flavour with mild mango hints and citrus peel and more woods. Medium-full body hints at bitterness. Quite pleasant.
Ratman197 (15624) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2008
(w/ jerc, tupalev)
Bottle poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head, Aromas of fruittiness, oak, toffee, carmel, coriander and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of oak, toffee, apple, pear, spice and light vanilla with a smooth lingering boozy finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Courtesy of CigarCityBrew. Pours hazy lazy copper with thin tan head. The aroma is malty sweet for just a moment before a load of tartness unleashes itself on the unsuspecting senses with acidic damage all around (I swear I saw one olfactory nerve ending being carried off the smelling arena on a stretcher). I get just a faint wood note way in the back. The taste is much like the nose with a moment of malty slightly caramelized sweetness before the tartness takes over with a faint note of wood just noticeable at first. The influence of the wood grows a bit into the finish with more tartness going deep into the after taste. I think if the malt was a bit more noticeable I would have enjoyed the experience more. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Hazy with an amber orange hue. Clinging off-white head. Aromas of ginger and cinnamon. Vanilla and grainy rice. Woody notes. Full bodied and bitter. Wow, a great rolling palate. Tart sour cherries. Mild retaining burn. Fruity notes with a good malty backbone. Tasty! Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
This was an incredibly woody, cedary, cinnamony, nutmeggy beer - incredibly flavorful, very dry. Just ZERO residual sugar. Extremely natural tasting. Unusual for any other brewer except for the wacky Kiuchi. Smells incredible; rich and full of cinnamon and a bit of leather. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2008
#1600 – Deep hazed orange, thick off white head. Softly funked fruity vanilla aromas lay on waves of cedar toasted caramel and light swirls of dark fruit. Earthed fig and date flavors balance well on further vanilla and toasted wood-like tones. A touch of dried citrus and yeast rounds this out well. Medium bodied with zesty carbonation. Unique and very well crafted in my book… grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Pours a hazy orange amber with a very thin head. Aroma of dark fruit, wood, funk, and spices. Feels more carbonated than the head would suggest. Sweet with a bit of tart.