Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can in Ehime. Light coffee color with a bit of caramel. No a lot of aroma. Nuts, coffee, caramel, spice. Smooth but waterly finish. Easy to drink. Very much like their sanuki udons. Pretty good on a warm day.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Rakuten on sale(expiring 12/03/2013), 6.5% branded as 父帰る(Chichi Kaeru). It pours a dark cola brown with a beige head that quickly dissipated leaving behind minimal lacing. The aroma is a nutty caramel while it is medium bodied. The taste is caramel, nutty, some underlying roast notes. This may even have some chocolate fudge notes hiding in it too. Much better than the Sanuki Wheat/Weizen, this is hewing somewhat closer to style. I’d drink it again.
jonno (2619) - JAPAN - NOV 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, it ain’t really a Sticke Alt, but lots of bread pudding and plum means it ain’t a total failure either. Not a great deal of bitterness, this is all malt, with a moderate body. Soft finish.
Westkyoto77 (628) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in Takamatsu. Deep chestnut brown with broken-up pale tan head. Not a lot going on in the nose- some mediciney hops, some dark fruit. Medium carbonation. A little thin, but fruity caramelly flavours were good. Pass mark.
shoulderbroken (3981) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark amber pretty much brown colour, with big creamy golden head. Aroma is good, biscuity, creaminess, some fruit and a little bit of spice. Taste is good too. Light caramel sweetness, lots of malty graininess, plummy fruitiness. Really quite nice.
KyotoLefty (9642) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can, from a little shop inside Tokyo Station. At 6.5%, I suppose this is a “Sticke.” Rich caramel aroma, somewhat nutty, with cinnamon. Much more like a rich brown ale than an alt, but quite nice. Chewy chocolate as well. Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a tall, fine head. Again, not really alt color, but ok. Rich and malty flavor, with cocoa, nuts, cinnamon, caramel, and earthy hops, just a bit grassy. Decent bitter finish. A decently made beer with good flavor and prickly, peppery hop finish. Quite decent.
GenkiGonzo (1091) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Takamatsu. Dark, deep brown colour. Nutty caramel aroma. Taste has burnt notes as well, not too heavy. Best of the batch I tried from this brewery.
GoufCustom (1772) - HONG KONG - MAY 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
350 ml golden can bought at CitySuper in Time Square, Causeway Bay. At first glance I thought this was a macro draft lager until I read the fine print on the paper label!
Translucent cloudy Cola blackish brown colour with chunky yeast sediments; Razor thin head and residual beige foam which lasts for 20 seconds; Small sticky lacing and active carbonation; Fragrant sweet aroma of light roasted dark malt, with molasses, caramel, chocolate, waffles, raisins and dark fruits; Mid to light sweet taste of light roasted malt, with dark bread, light chocolate and toffee, nuts, yeast, light liquorices, light alcohol, moderate lime / citrus, pretty strong grass; Light body, crisp and slightly slick palate; Taste profile is decent, lightly sweet and roasted dark malt, like a Brown Ale but with good elements of light Ale and light Dunkel to show for. Associated taste like chocolate, nuts, toffee are appropriately light, to make way for strong tasting booze and grassy citrus. Work out well and mouth feel is pretty nice; Hoppiness is very light nose, pretty obvious limey grass and liquorices, and mid to light, lasting penetrating astringency for a decent finish; Dry after taste; Very easy and crisp to mouth.
Comments: For a Japanese brewer to take on a specific and picky German style like Altbier, this one has done quite a decent job - lean lager body, fruity nose, ale / dunkel taste, and very dry and crisp palate - pretty enjoyable for session and chill out. For a micro like Kagawa, they should be proud for doing a good job. Room for improvement? Of course.
left_bank (99) - JAPAN - DEC 27, 2011
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nothing special,but nice enough.
amber in color,with nice lasting head and very,very, little aroma.
have prior to today only had altbier in dusseldorf,but from what i have read this bier is closer to the alt made in the north of germany...which is less bitter with some caramel maltiness.
how the same person can brew both this and their wheat beer is beyond my belief.