IslandHaole (1300) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2007
The nightcap from Ushitona with TimE. Clear ruby/orange color with a tiny ring of off-white as a head. Sweet cotton candy, light pine hops. A sticky sweet malty taste up front as it fades through the middle leaving a lingering grapefruit peel bitter follow. Another tasty Ji-biru! GenkiGonzo (1096) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Ruby, rusty colour. Very little head. Aroma has dark fruit, some hops. Crazy smooth, and easy drinking. Big bitter hop finish. I love this barley wine because the hop profile is the star. pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-24-08 bottle thanks to aceofhearts!! oberabcbbsok (693) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2007
Caramel in color with a nice frothy head. Sweet honey and alcohol aroma. Flavor is very unique and is nice and hoppy and bitter. Earthy and grassy which causes this drying sensation in the mouthfeel. Thanks for sharing Chad!!
A full bodied beer with a good bitter aftertaste. Drunk in Ushi-Tora Tokyo. Very good sephyrott (253) - - APR 30, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2017 300ml from bottle bought in Kamakura (2016 version). Hoppy, intense flavour, not very alcoholic although its 10% gives it character
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2009
Deep orange to brown with nonexistant head. Lovely smell of sweet fruits, strawberry, plum. Sweet caramel malt. Sweet start to the taste, very strong in grassy hops. Bold flavored. A heck of a bitter hop finish. Palate is a bit oily and has very little carbon. A smooth, biting barley wine. Nice. soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 8, 2008
This one boasts a big, eggy white head composed of soapy, fragile bubbles. Retention is fair, no doubt undermined by the 10% ABV. The body itself is a mellow peachy brown, hazy but still quite translucent. The nose is surprisingly meek, offering up some leafy/herbal hops, a bit of Dunkel Weizen-esque banana and clove, warm, Vodka-like alcohol, and lovely caramel/toffee malts - but not much depth and not much oomph. The actual taste has far more impact: big, bad, spicy hops dominate, made more spicy by the volatile alcohol. The hops’ flavor is like a brushfire: hot as hell, wide, and woody - reminiscent of cedar à la Hitachino Nest, in fact. It also carries a nice herbal shadow, something like Campari mixed with root beer, but without so much sugar. And that brings me to the beer’s major flaw: incredibly underdeveloped malts. There is a somewhat sugary backdrop to this beer, but the actual flavor of the malts, that nice caramel aroma, is almost completely dissolved and washed away by the massive hop bomb. There is some nice fruitiness, especially in the finish - grapes and berries come to mind - but I want more from the malts. I also want more from the mouthfeel; this seems thin and far too airy, although I must say the sugary quality may be too much were this any heavier. Overall it lives up to its name - it is an incendiary, devilish brew - but not among my favorite barleywines. Possibly among my favorite DIPAs, though!