Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2009
courtesy of laurent Mousson (WBA) - clear and bright reddish-brown colour with a persistent and solid beige foam; nice lacing; solid flowery hoppiness with a touch of chocolate underneath; notes of mango too; medium-bodied and quite soft palate; very bitter and with a very long flowery hoppy finish CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2009
This was considerably better then the triple hop beer. Pours a hazy brownish amber with once again an enormous fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with a nice yeasty character. The flavor starts off with a nice tart fruitiness and a good hop bitterness, along the line there are notes of apples and nuts. This has a pretty awesome flavor. One of the better browns I’ve had. KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2010 Cask Version at Qbrick. Glowing orange-brown color. Complex aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, pine, plum. A decent amount of piney, citrus hops in the flavor to perfectly balance the toffee and caramel. Great body and smoothness. Very enjoyable and exceptionally well balanced. The flavor of the malt in this one really comes out best in the Real Ale version. Noelweichbrodt (25) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2010
A simple brown that doesn’t do anything spectacular. Huge white head, plain aroma of barley, simple taste of barley, yeast, and a nice surprise of a good bit of honey. Finishes smooth and lingering hop stays. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Speckled crimson. Mountainous white foam deposits pasty lace throughout the glass. Hugely airy and spicy phenolic aromas leap from the glass along with finespun juniper, cocoa, chicory, cookie, and toffee-glazed nuts. Lustrously estery with fresh peach and assorted berry notes. Exuberant carbonation. Bottle-conditioned. Initially dry and phenolic with a soft and silky push of dextrin-filled malt boasting lightly honeyed biscuit and sweet pecan suggestions. Tickle of bacteria-derived acid is enveloped by the sweetish malt and dry edge of smoke-tinged roast. Ample estery succulence as well as malt heft, yet more than enough clean malt depth to fill in the gaps left by the impeccably clean attenuation. Closes spicy and dry with plasticlike phenols exuding alongside pineapple upside-down cake, candied pecan, papaya, spruce tips and hazelnut. Another fun and well-made beer from Ise Kadoya. Of the five beers I’ve come across from this brewery, all have been infected…in a cool and interesting way, mind you. That said, I’d love to try these fresh because these beers are extremely clean and elegant, and, when infected, the phenols tend to take center stage and overshadow some of the finer details.
shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2013
Tap at Bankan. Dark amber coloured, small golden head. Aroma is bit of roast, bit of sweetness. Ginger spiciness. Taste is nice, bit spicy, nice maltiness, slight sweetness, little bit of bitterness, fruity hoppiness. Pretty nice. Pretty solid.
Westkyoto77 (640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2014
Draught at Ise Okage Yokocho. Dark amber, medium head. Aromas of yeast and caramel. Lovely texture- medium body and perfect carbonation. Sweetness came out as it warmed- stone fruit, dark sugar and a pleasing bitter finish. Excellent. Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
Draught at McLaughlin’s, Kyoto. Clear brown - offwhite head. Nice hoppy, grass, resin, nutty, roasted, fresh hoppy, toasted, knækbrød (swedish flatbread). A bit like Mikkeller - Jackie Brown. Lovely. Capa (3620) - DC, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Clear brown with a cream colored head. Hoppy aroma for a brown. Citrus, grapefruit, some orange, light caramel malts, but they are there, and chocolate. Thinnish body, but not bad. Flavor has a stronger caramel malt note than the aroma implies. Citrus hops, toasted malt, and some grapefruit. Very bitter finish. I really like this beer but isn’t what I expect from a brown. Still, I drank gallons of this at the Isekadoya Nomihodai. Great stuff.