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Samurai Barley Ale | Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

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Samurai Barley AleSamurai Barley Ale
BA SCORE
3.81/5
Very Good
43 Ratings
Samurai Barley AleSamurai Barley Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery
Japan
swanlake.co.jp

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,585
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
43
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 20
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TGS
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Cloudy amber orange, moderate white head. malty sweet nose on this , some molasses and dates, lots of alcohol. Heavy , slightly sticky body, some honey, brown sugar, fruit. Plenty of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Rihup
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy amber pour supports a ½” cream colored oar collar. S: Malt and dark sugar aromas. T: Rich malts trigger a sweet start with a little caramel that develops more brown sugar notes by the finish. A fairly significant bitter hop accent provides some balance. F: Full bodied with medium low carbonation. Some grain based astringency on the finish. O: A somewhat sweet but interesting Barleywine.

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Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is pretty good for an American Barleywine, but it's way too hoppy for an English.

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Photo of Matthew13
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's listed as an English barley wine. It has the typical smell, look, feel and base of an English. The hops say an American barley wine. I am guessing it's a regional twist of the example. Interesting. Doesn't fit in either category, but it's tasty. I'd have another some day down the road.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of martyl1000
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of PappyVans
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013-02-18
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.

Original scores: 4 / 3.5 / 3 / 2 / 2.75 = 3.03

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2015-12-01
11.2oz bottle again into a snifter. If there's a date on the bottle, I don't see it.

Looks better carbonated than last time. Smell this time around is boozier than my previous description. Taste is much better, however. Very oaky, with a strong hoppy bitter finish that's accentuated by the alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is also significantly different. A little more carbonation gives just a slight silky feel to it. Overall, better than previous experience. Enough so that I'll update the scores.

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Samurai Barley Ale from Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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