TimE (5535) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown color. Huge smokey nose with a touch of peat, smoked Gouda and ham and dark chocolate and molasses. Chocolate and peanutbutter, slightly oily mouth. Smokey applewood lingering finish with a touch of dark chocolate. Unbelievable depth and complexity. The smoke just lingers.
KyotoLefty (9848) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Says that there are 8 different malts used.
Opaque and black, with a medium, off-white head. Aroma of smoky dark malts, caramel, wood. Rich malt flavor, smoky, with caramel, some dark fruits, a touch of hops, and roasted malt. Sweet and creamy, and yet balanced by smoke and roasted bitterness. Medium palate, light carbonation, smooth. A nice, well-balanced package, slightly too sweet, but a good amount of smokiness and very flavorful.