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Samurai Barley Ale - Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

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Samurai Barley AleSamurai Barley Ale

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-23-2010)
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GRG1313

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

08-13-2013 06:36:36 | More by GRG1313
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snaotheus

Washington

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours a pretty brassy orange, with very little head and no visible carbonation. Smell is orangey, tangy, musty.

Taste is sweet with a sourish aftertaste. More of that orange-iness. Fairly one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is flat and uninteresting. Overall, I think it's OK.

02-19-2013 04:45:55 | More by snaotheus
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-13-2014 09:40:27 | More by PappyVans
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snpub540

California

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

Saw this at my local bottle shop and thought I'd take a chance.

Poured a slightly hazy brownish caramel hue with an off white head. Left no lacing on the glass. Nice carbonation.

Smells of dried fruit and caramel. Some nice floral notes in the background.

Taste is very malty and sweet. Not a lot of hop bitterness. Taste of dried fruits and some roasty nuttiness. Alcohol flavor is not toned down at all. Definately a sipper.

Medium body to it. This is a good beer but it tastes more like an English Style Barleywine to me.

06-27-2011 08:04:51 | More by snpub540
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

heavy-ass 11.2 oz bottle, no date, poured into a clear plastic cup (ballin')

look is a cloudy wheat color, smell is malt and tang. the taste is heavy on the barley, with a spicy hop and alcohol finish. feel is a full medium with a slight cloying feeling.

interesting beer, very different from American barleywines.

08-02-2013 22:13:26 | More by jimmah120
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

330ml bottle - $5.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, dingy tan-hued body with a medium-small, off-white head. Scant lacing.

Smell: Sweetish, largely bready maltiness with some papery traces in the foreground and notes of peach schnapps soaked fruits, spicy dried herbs.

Taste: Packed upfront with a malty sweetness of caramel sauce, honey, brown sugar cut by a thin vein of raw alcohol. Heavily bready. Seems to be some oxidation present, but the big pops of sweetness and alcohol kind of overshadow it. Dehydrated apricots, white peach schnapps, and sultanas provide some fruitiness, as does some citrus. Spicy, herbal hops combined with some stinging, peppery alcohol throughout leading to the heated, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus, viscous body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A belly-warming, sweet, intriguing sipper, though not necessarily one I'd care to revisit.

04-06-2012 03:53:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-29-2012 23:41:39 | More by n2185
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Poured a caramel color with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Caramel, toffee, hops

T: Plenty of caramel, grainy, toffee, good amount of booze

M: Nice, well carbonated, medium to heavy body, sweet and dry

D: Interesting, and a good drink overall

12-23-2010 02:39:58 | More by barleywinefiend
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hreb

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

Samurai Barley Ale. US English label long-neck 330mL bottle reports 10% ABV and brewed and bottled by Swank Lake Brewery, Niigata, Japan.

Served cold in pint glass. Beer pours a super hazy mid-amber color, no head. Heady aroma typical of barley wine with notes of grape and overripe fruit.

Flavor is pretty neutral as far as barley wine goes. Big malt, big alcohol, and raisin flavors come through. For an "American" barley wine there's not much in the way of hops or bittering. But the result has great balance. Unfortunately for such a big beer I find it rather on the bland side. Not a fault per se, but at over $5 for a small bottle a specialty beer like this would have to have a little more to set it apart to make me want to come back.

10-13-2012 02:29:22 | More by hreb
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked this bottle up from the Buford Highway Farmers Market here in Atlanta- says on the bottle "Swan Lake Brewery" and "exclusively imported by K.I.A.I Atlanta. Pours a slightly turgid honeyed amber with no head to speak of. Smells quite sweet, like a dark honey and that's about it. Pleasant, but a little one dimensional. I was afraid that the taste would be all sweetness as well, but there is a nice hit of bitterness mid palate that helps to dry things out a little and put things a bit more in balance. It tastes a little of malt extract (whether that's how it's made or it's just a little past its prime, I don't know- there is no "best-by" date on the bottle), but overall fairly pleasant. A bit sweet and thick even so, but no bad by any means. I'd drink it again.

09-16-2013 02:53:10 | More by Georgiabeer
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-04-2013 23:18:40 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-15-2013 03:30:37 | More by Hopstout
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-20-2012 02:54:49 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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Jcarter1221

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-15-2014 02:11:40 | More by Jcarter1221
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oberon

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange-like color with no head to speak of.big sweetness in the nose but it's appetizing,vanilla,brown sugar,dark fruit,and sweet alcohol with no hops to be had here.A big sweet sipper with brown sugar and vanilla/caramel really standing out over everything else,it almost has a bourbon-like quality to it,a real slick feel in the mouth.This is a nightcap beer,big sweet and malty very much more English than american in style,not bad.

07-15-2014 20:42:11 | More by oberon
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3%

A: The beer is hazy amber-orange in color and has lots of fine particles floating in suspension along with a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that hardly died down.
S: There are aromas of sweet caramel malts and raisins in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty and has sweet flavors of caramel and raisins along with some notes of spices towards the finish. Hints of alcohol and bitterness are barely noticeable.
M: It feels full-bodied and a little sticky (but not cloying) on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. A light amount of warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: This beer is something that is pleasant to sip and seems to be more reminiscent of an English Barleywine due to the lack of hop flavors.

11-11-2012 04:14:00 | More by metter98
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mikeyv35

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3%

Date: 01/09/12
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: Unknown
Glass: Pint Glass

Poured a light murky brown in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left small amounts of sticky lacing. Aromas of light pine, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Interesting, the sharp alcohol bite is on the front side of the taste, and the hop bitterness, caramel, and toffee is in the finish(usually the reverse). Medium bodied and decently lush, a bit too thin for a barleywine, but not too far off. This brew is pretty drinkable and the bottle side is right.

Overall, very good job by this Japanese brewery producing a solid American Style Barleywine! Not fantastic, not bad, just solid. This barleywine was pretty well balanced and I feel it fits the style category well. I would sample this brew again.

01-10-2012 04:31:14 | More by mikeyv35
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Bfarr

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

Light honey amber and thin off white head with poor retention. Honey and barley with a floral aroma. Sweet barley, jasmine rice and finishing with grassy and floral flavors. Sharp, biting dry finish.
Light feel and thin body with a light stickiness.

Pretty one dimensional but a good beer if you like the flavors. Very unique take on a barleywine that I feel could possibly be aged though I’m not sure the malt would stand up to it. An interesting beer certainly worth trying out and pairing with an Akira Kurosawa film.

09-08-2012 13:35:54 | More by Bfarr
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-19-2014 01:34:14 | More by Seattle_Suds
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troyvar

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-21-2012 20:07:04 | More by troyvar
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-16-2014 18:16:08 | More by martyl1000
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-30-2012 06:21:34 | More by Kopfschuss
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky light orange-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with a very slight orange cast. A decent-looking barleywine.

Smell: rich, clean malt aroma with a citrusy hop character. Simple, but quite enticing. I like it.

Taste: big malt flavor with less hop contribution than the aroma. The end of the palate brings a distinct fruitiness of raisin and plum. Some of this may be due to the alcohol, which contributes a notable warmth. Finish is quite smooth, especially for a barleywine. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a nice smoothness and good carbonation. Plenty creamy for me.

Overall: barleywines are usually hit or miss for me, and this one is a decent hit. I rather like it.

08-11-2012 17:37:01 | More by flagmantho
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

The malts are really hitting me pretty heavy on this one. Steady sweet tone. Bit of an alcohol burn on it, unfortunately. Slight hop spice tone to it. This is a pretty alright barleywine, the boozy burn aside. Always nice to try a complicated style from an unknown brewery that comes off pretty well. I would have liked a bit more complexity on this one, but I guess that's what aging a barleywine is for, right? Perhaps I should go get some more and lay them down for a while.

08-05-2012 23:14:08 | More by RblWthACoz
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BillHilly

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Bought a bottle around a year ago, opening now.

A: Nice haze, hazey & speckled

S: Big malt, toffeee

T: Malty, caramel, sweet!

M: Darn near perfect - nice viscosity & carbonation

O: Fantastic Japanese BW, if there is such a thing...they did well copying a big EBW.

10-18-2011 04:27:03 | More by BillHilly
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Samurai Barley Ale from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery
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