cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Bottle at home with Tom ... pineaple fresh coconut nose ... odd there something i really like about it but cant quite get what it is ... light sweet interesiting ... i think Toms right with ,some mangetout in this . wow, i know ive not really described it and done it justice, but its real interesting and unusual. I recomend you check this out. IslandHaole (1301) - Misawa, JAPAN - OCT 26, 2007
(Nov 05) A clear, dark amber colored brew with a smallish tan head. A mild spicy hop scent, some pine but not overpowering, cardamom pods come to mind. Smooth feel, lightly carbonated. A tangy hop flavor with a touch of coppery, mineral saltiness. A very traditional British style. Just a touch of sweetness in the middle but still the tangy mineral salt taste is there, like sections of grapefruit dipped in salt but mild. A tasty follow and a mild bittersweet finish. What a pleasant find in bland lager land! jonno (3015) - JAPAN - SEP 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 A beautiful dark beer. Listed as an iPA more like a strong ale. A JSA perhaps? You really have to try it on tap. THe bottle doesn’t do it justice although in saying that it is a great ale in any form. Truly unique and worthy of repeat status RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle, cgarvieuk coolbeans party. Golden chestnut, thin offwhite head. Under-ripe pineapple, rice and coconut dominate the nose. Mouth is coconut, pineapple, plastic, rice and hop. Finishes hop/malt balance, slightly peppery malts. No alcohol, garlic salt. Bizarre, but definitely something I’d have again. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
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Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2007
Caramel maltiness flows generously throughout, building a silky body which is nearly balanced out by savoury wooden hop bitterness. This is a solid strong ale for the malt lover.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin veil of foam seeps into the clear red copper.
-The caramel maltiness is uninterrupted until the very end.
-Bready pale malts are amazingly able to peek through, fitting with the straightforward crystal malts.
-Alcohol is never felt, and all that caramel never gets cloying, which is highly appreciated.
On tap at Beer and Bear.
Woody toffee in the nose with slightly medicinal herbs. Tawny color with a quickly fading tan head. Fruity and woody. Old leather and bitter herbs. Notes of tarragon and burnt toffee with a vegatal bitterness behind it all. Finishes with a bit of alcohol heat and mulled fruit. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2008
A bizarre Japanese take on English Strong Ale that misses the mark by a country mile and yet is still utterly fascinating. A real headscratcher, this one. It shouldn’t work and yet somehow it does. It looks much as it should - classic English-ale brown with a fair head. But the aroma announces that this is going to be something unusual. It’s herbaceous, floral, rich with golden syrup sugars and quite unlike any other ale I’ve sniffed. Oily body with muted carbonation. The flavours are vegetal, which should be disastrous and yet isn’t. "Mossy", suggested Linc, and I can’t improve on that. My notes say, "green", "primeval", "flower beds" and "Brussel sprouts", which sounds ghastly, yet I rated it 7/10 for flavour. All in all, this is a very quirky ale. (Bottle courtesy of TimE at Sull"s 2007 Xmas RB gathering - thanks to both) KyotoLefty (10810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2009
Rather faint aroma of sour apples, hops, earthy caramel. Dark brown with a huge tan head. Burnt flavor,with slightly sour apples, caramel, almost no maltose at all. Rather sour as well. A little more caramel and a touch of sweetness came out as it warmed. Very earthy, bitter hop finish with burnt sugar. This is certainly a very original tasting beer. Can’t say I much care for it, but interesting as hell.
Capa (3631) - DC, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Deep, clear amber with a medium, full head. Aroma is sweet fruits, malty, some spice, and finally hops. Smooth, full body. Flavor is fairly malty, fruits, bready, grapefruit. Finish is tangy. The alcohol never shows itself. Nice ale, a little too bready for me, but solid. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s shack of party banter. Aroma is cucumber thats been stored in water in the fridge, freshly smashed coconut flesh, hints of lemongrass spice, Taste is like a grassy hay kind of cucumber peppery like mangetout, mini corn stir fry, perhaps even the freshness of wasabi. My god what a strange beer, no alc to been seen.