maekchu (3997) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 20, 2013
Draught at Beer Belly Higobashi. Deep, dark, yeast and malt with some extreme hops. Very dark brown, small tan head. Excellent balance right away / malt powers along, and then some good hop burn comes in. Black Sun stuff. Medium-heavy body. Some final burn, and then an exceptionally smooth and balanced finish. This was the last beer on a long night of many beer -- and it still made quite and impression. Very good. AndySnow (7927) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Tap takeaway from El Nubichinom, Yokohama. Black colour with a small beige head. Aroma is bitter, citrus, hops. Flavour is bitter chocolate, fruit, some smokiness. Well balanced. shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2013
Takeaway from El Nubi. Brown colour, golden head. Aroma is bit skunky, very bitter. Taste is nice, good bitterness. Bitter, slightly roasty, sweetness, bit herbal. Nice. Travlr (25493) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
Draft at El Nubichinon in Yokohama. Very roasy, complex beer with burnt espresso, tobacco leaves, dark bitter chocolate. TimE (5997) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2016 tobacco leaves, brownies, molasses, slightly astringent nose. Smooth, lots of roastiness with molasses and not enough hopping IMO, but solid mouth. Very well made alcohol well hidden. Nice, but the regular IBA works better. More hops would be better. 2016 version is hopped to shit and super bitter. Like 2016 version better
Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 3-10-2013
Aroma: tropical fruit, ripe orange, orange peel, lightly piney hop
Flavor: grassy hop, ruby grapefruit, pineapple, orange and orange peel, and cedar. Fruit carries through on the finish.
Comment: complex and outstanding. My favorite of the evening and one of the top Shiga Kogen beers.
12/2013 Draft at Kamikaze; Score: 4-8-5-8-17 = 42
Aroma: Hoppy, ruby grapefruit, passion fruit, pear, Belgian yeast, hint of ripe lemon.
Palate: Very long finish
Flavor: lemon, pear enveloped in rich, dark chocolate. Blueberry notes appear as well and passion fruit appears in the finish.
Aroma: Floral, pine, but citrus (lemon and orange) dominates
Flavor: Floral, orange, passion fruit with dominating chocolate flavors. As it warms soft, roasted coffee aromas appear. Finishes with bitter citrus/orange rind and bitter hop.
January, 2016. Tap at Beer Belly. Aroma: Intense aroma. Flower pollen, pine, orange rind.
Flavor: Pine, grass, orange rind, roast coffee and coffee.
Comment: Big dry hopping! Tasty! jonno (2844) - JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
Handpump. Pretty much what i would expect from shiga. Pungent (though never too WC) Hops on the nose, backed by chocolate and vanilla. Smooth body. Chocolate, a little espresso and a big hop finish. Good drinking. KyotoLefty (10523) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2013
Draught at Tenma. Pitch black with a nice low head. Great citrus hop nose with chocolate and a bit of smoke and licorice. Smoky flavor, coffee, licorice, very big hops flavor all around. Excellent.