jinroh (2466) - ESTONIA - DEC 6, 2017
Bottle @ Shinshu Osake Mura. pours brown, with a beige head, quite a lot of it at first but dissipates relatively quickly. Caramel in the nose, lots of it. Nothing else really, maybe some dark fruits as well but just maybe. Taste reveals relatively unbalanced body, water does not feel good. More caramel there, herbal bitterness, everything unbalanced and kind of need to force this down. Weird metallic and fishy burps in the end. Dry lingering harsh bitterness covering my tongue. Not worth seeking out. douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2017
On tap at Popeye’s. Pours a clear golden light amber color with a medium white head. A big fruity nose. Toffee, sweet spicy hops, big sugary body. Very good. Flavorful. Smooth. Nocturne (2238) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Tap at Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. As ’Winter Ale’. Hazy copper shade. Washes of off-white head. Yeasty, candy-like fruity aroma. Taste is lightly spiced with notes of fruit cake and orange notes. Fairly full, sticky, warming mouthfeel. Good stuff. willisread (3803) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2015
On tap at Popeye. Served in a snifter. Church-wine rust color and off-white head. Strong dark fruit aroma: fig, currant, prune with a hint of funkiness from the yeast. Strong honey and floral flavors present along with the fruit from before. Only a touch of spice present. Really nice strong ale. GenDV138 (7899) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle poured into a hotel glass. Clear golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, light spices. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, honey, syrup, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (5504) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 Minamishinshu Christmas brown ale on tap at Bungalow (end of the keg) seems quite different from previous releases. It is a vibrant Amber brown color with a foamy off white head. The aroma is a malty citrus and the taste matches that. Not terribly Christmasy but solid.
TBone (18561) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. 7.5 %.
Clear deep amber color, small off-white head. Aroma has caramel and vanilla. Medium-bodied, soft palate. Caramel, green apple, vanilla, woody hops. Nice complex strong ale. shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2012
Tap at Shinshu Sake Mura. Murky orange brown colour with small golden head. Aroma is bit stinky, bit of spice, malty, bit of apple. Taste is similar, more apple, nice Christmassy spice, subtle clove maybe, more fruits, bit of orange. Malty sweetness. Quite strange but quite nice. motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2012
labelled as winter ale, served at popeye’s in the middle of summer. dark amber, steady head; hint of rum’n’raisin in the aroma, vanilla; a bit dull with a chewy sultana finish jonno (3013) - JAPAN - NOV 10, 2011
Didn’t think much of this. Really plain higher alcohol beer. Dull flavours - maybe some apple and alcohol. Doesn’t improve or go anywhere as it warms. Almost home brew esc.