willisread (3651) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Keyaki fall 2016. Malty nose with honey and caramel and some alcohol on the nose. Syrupy body, more sweetness with some bitterness that kicks in mid-palate to finish. Well-balanced. Maybe a tad young, but I’m not a big barley wine fan anyway. Decent I guess. biirusaikou (2705) - - MAY 16, 2016
Draught at Keyaki. 2015 version. Still quite green, bozy and unbalanced, average really. Tried a 2010 version last year which was quite dusty and probably past its prime. Still don’t get the hype about that one, price doesn’t make much sense either. EdKing (2649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2015
Cute little mini-bottle care of Time Maloney. Golden amber colour with hints of orange, hazy opaqueand with a white head. Nose is must grain, orange, tangerine, yuzu fruit, citrousy, vanilla, pithy orange fruit, orange liqueur. Taste is acidic citrousy, rich tangerine, orange pithy, yuzu, slight creaminess and pithiness. jinroh (2282) - ESTONIA - NOV 9, 2015
On Tap at Oedo Beer Festival in Kanda, 2015 version, from a super small, 5 litre steel keg. Pours nice amberish golden, small head. Looking beautiful and fresh. Aroma is sweetish, some honey, malt character and also some herbal bitterness. First sip reveals some sweetness, herbal bitter flavour intensifies a bit but is still balanced with the strong and sticky body. Nice, but definitely too young - this beer would taste terrific after a few years of ageing. I even feel a bit guilty to drink it in this not-prime condition as the flavours are still edgy, somewhat green and still need more time to come together. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
UPDATED: APR 20, 2015 Tap at Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. Hazy gold. Surprisingly elegant aroma with floral and honey notes. Taste is slightly syrupy but rather drinkable. Also very light and delicate on the tongue. Not really what I’m looking for in a barley wine but certainly an intriguing one.
TBone (18228) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. 12.0 %.
Clear amber color, not much head. Aroma has alcohol, bread and light fruityness. Medium-bodied to full-bodied. Alcoholic kick, woody and dry. Some bitterness. Simple. Thisis12ptfont (1221) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 On tap @ Popeye in Tokyo, Japan. Aroma brings coriander, lemon, herbs, faint wheat and orange zest. Appears a dark golden copper with a thin foam lace. Complex flavors of malty syrup, orange peel overtones, soft peach, wheat, barley, bread and coriander. Overall, this is extremely good. Complex and fruity with well masked that comes out more in the finish for a nice warmth. A+ rating. omhper (25750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
Keg at Popeye, Tokyo. Hazy amber, small head. Minerally melon aroma. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Fruity and caramelly with crystal malt and minerals. Long bitter finish. jbeatty (1258) - New York, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draft at Popeye in Tokyo, 07/05/2013. 2012 vintage. Clear amber pour, little head, small ring of lacing. Aroma of fruitcake, golden raisins, sweet sherry, toffee. Taste is fruity malts, toffee, nice piney hops, toasted character, moderate bitterness. Medium body, not too sticky. Maybe too young, but still decent and worth a try if you dig the style. Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
Draught at Yellow Ape Craft, Osaka. Clear amber - white head. Dried fruits. Light oxidation. Ryebread. Ok hoppy. Rather sweet. Nutty. Ok bitterness. Alcoholic. Nice.