Brewed by Rihaku Shuzo Co.
Style: Sakť - Ginjo
Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 456   ABV: 15.2%
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Seimaibuai: 55%
As legend has it, the famed poet Rihaku would drink an entire bottle of sake and then proceed to write dozens of poems. Rihaku Shuzo makes no representations or warranties as to your poetry-writing abilities while under the influence of this beverage.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Clear body with no tinting. Rice and grain aroma. Taste is rather nice, sweet with some light fruit, maybe some dough characteristics coming through. Slight burn on the back of the tongue in the ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Served chilled. Clear body. Aroma of sweet rice and alcohol. Sweet floral flavor with some vanilla hints and an alcohol edge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Purchsed at the local Co op. The body was mostly clear with a slight yellow tint. That almost seemed to be part of my imagination. The aroma was sweet and floral with some strogn alcohol burn. There was also an earthy potting soil type note. The taste was relatively mild with grass and other plant stems. There was also rubbing alcohol in the finish. A little harsh, but still a decent sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
And my sake cherry is popped. Got this at the Pioneer Coop. 300mL bottle. Pours clear. Aroma is very sweet with a very light fruit essence (i know that sounds dumb but thatís how Iím saying it). Taste is plums and alcohol, also very sweet. Plenty of alcohol burn noted. Very smooth, full bodied. Like I said, itís my first sake. If most sakes taste like this, I think Iíll be a fan. Iím not too big a fan of wine though, so sake is a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Devilís Night at Mullmanís, bottle shared by Mullman. Clear color. Strong alcohol aroma with some pear and plum. Flavor of alcohol was also very prevalent, with some light fruitiness and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Devilís night at Mullmanís. Pours pretty much clear like water and still. Aroma is like vodka, paint thinner, pure ethanol, and some other fusel alcohols. Flavor is actually very light with just a bit of sweetness, lots of alcohol, and some light honey in there like a light mead. Very dry finish, with more alcohol. I dont like Sake that much. This was the perfect "Bad Jazz" drink (view Mullmans rating for explanation). I didnt stay around too long after this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2005
ok Shimane, forgive me a thousand forgivenesses, but I called this "the bad jazz" all night before opening this split-size bottle. the reference is from the owner of Surfer Supplies in Ocean City NJ. whenever the shop got too many customers, he would play sad jazz to make people leave. but this sake wasnít that bad and I wouldnít have minded having everyone stay longer for the devils night party. the color was clear and cloudy. aroma is earthy dirt, mild isoprpyl, and a little dried plum. flavor is milder than expected. starts w/ far away vodka then kicks in with heat, dried plum, and other fruit skins. mild isopropyl finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2195) - Montana, USA - MAY 4, 2005
clear. nut aroma, strong nuttiness in the aroma. taste is upfront chocolate with a brown ale like flavor(if i had to put it in beer terms this would be the best i could do) nice smooth finish with a lingering burn, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
As sakes go, this wasnít too bad but I still canít get around them. Clear body. Aroma was perfumy. Some sweetness and floral. Honey. Texture was smooth and ample. The flavor was still very much pure alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2004
This is a good Ginjo Sake. Earthy, alcohol, and some fruit (plum) flavor. Finishes smooth, clean, and warming.

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