KyotoLefty (10810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 10, 2008
Subtle yet deep aroma of alcohol, fruit, orange, hops, cascade, caramel. Dark amber with orange color. Absolutely no head. Strong, bold but austere flavor. Tons of hops, alcohol, with some dark fruit. Malty but not super sweet. Shockingly bitter hop finish. Tons of hops. Doesn’t really have the maltose to back it up. Burning hop and alcohol finish. Tastes very young. Should be better with aging and hop mellowing.
laiti (8531) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2012
30 cl cone bottle vintage 2010 (9,5%), BBE 18.11.2015
Aroma has some hops with rather nice fruits, but then again there are some berries too. Feels like something between american DIPA and strong ale. Flavour is rather strong and slightly tart with grassy hops, some gooseberry bush and nettles. Also some sweetish malt and pear. Every sip is an adventure with completely different feelings. One weird barley wine from a weird bottle – but not in a bad way. Hard to say if I like this or not, but at least the strong grassy hops do not fit here completely.
Tap at the Watering Hole. Rich red colour, no head. Aroma is booze, wood, steeped fruit, slight funk, alcohol. Taste is not bad. Lots of rich fruit, plums, cherry, bit of orange. Bitterness leaves a prickle on the tongue. Not the sweetness I would expect. Nice sharpness to it. Body is quite full on. Thick but not oily. Maybe might be nicer after a bit if ageing, but nice enough as it is. biirusaikou (2705) - - JUN 29, 2015
Draught at Watering Hole. 2013 version. Almost looks and tastes like an Irish coffee with brown sugar, cream, mint and whiskey,alcohol is quite present and warming. Definitely better aged but the crazy SG bitterness trademark is a bit too much for a wine imho. sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2016
Bouteille 33cl. anno 2014, BB 20.11.2019, merci bcp à Phil - KansaiBeerLver pour cette belle bouteille.
Couleur ambrée, léger trouble, col épais crémeux blanc-cassé.
Arôme au bouquet grains, riz? rétro encore de grains, fruité et houblonné virant sur herbacé.
Palais est agréablement bien malté, houblonné ajoutant une fine couche d’amertume. Fleuri, alcool ressort bien, carmel, collant aux lèvres. Fleuri avec une petite touche fruité rouge --> framboise, légèrement épicé en fin de bouche.
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
Hazed copper pour with a white head. Fruity aroma of dates, raisins, and orange. Some brown sugar, caramel, pine, alcohol, and a touch of grass. Sweet flavor of caramel and brown sugar. Date and raisin fruitiness. Hints of orange and pine with a mild bitterness and alcoholic finish. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2011 bottle, and a really cool looking one! Poured clear sunset orange with an easily-resuscitated toasted khaki head. The aroma picked up bitter blood orange peel, peppery notes, and oxidation.. sweeter caramel backed it up.. didn’t come across all that pleasant. The flavor found more tasty bitter orange, black pepper, and pine plus a little oxidation over pale and some caramel malts.. finished bitter and spicy, but not overly boozy.. this grew on me. Medium-bodied and very bitter on the palate.. too sharp at times.. not my favorite, but there was some interesting stuff going on. dfearnley (2405) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft to plastic cup at Hop Revolution 2 Tokyo
Cherry a little grapefruit, a hint of chocolate
Deep amber, almost red with a thin bubbly head
Cherry, but not sweet, lots of bitterness,
I’m not sold on this...maybe it was too cold, but the aromatics on this were too subtle