jonno (2687) - JAPAN - NOV 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From some VERY old notes. Tap at Cheers, Yokohama. Quite thin for the style. Doughy bready nose. Mouth is all malt. Low hop rate. Decent but unspectacular.
TimE (5608) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. Cherries, brandy and chocolate exude from the nose. The mouth is a touch alcoholic with dark fruit and apricots. Slight warming finish. Not as balanced as hoped, but great depth and very drinkable.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yum. Malty, touch of brown sugar sweetness, caramel bitterness, beautiful deep ruby red shade. Even at 7%, this is one easy drinker.
KyotoLefty (9982) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GJBF 2009, Osaka.
Beautiful head and orange-brown color. Thick and rich looking. Nice aroma of roasty malt, carmel. Typically doppelbock aroma. Flavor big, strong. Big caramel, sweet but a profound bitterness to balance. These guys can do no wrong lately.