BeerIsGood wrote:Hitachino Nest Nipponia, which was part of an online order. It’s classified as an Imperial Pilsner, but I’m getting more Barley Wine in the nose, taste and body. Noticed that the best before date is December 21, 2019, so wondering when this beer was actually produced and what changes may have occurred in the interim.
So I came across this and a bunch of Hitachino beers around this time last year at a random Markham LCBO, and based on the type of beer I'd guess they'd give it a 1-2 shelf life. My notes are from April and to me it was an excellent beer. I definitely agree with the barley wine notes, got lots of stewed fruit and even sherry-like fortified wine notes. I also found it had a Belgian golden ale/tripel quality to it, lots of phenols and dry crackery malt. There was some citrus and hoppy bitterness too, they use Sorachi Ace hops I believe, so based on your notes it sounds like those mellow out and it takes on more of the barley wine qualities with age.
I'd give this one the world class moniker, worth trying for sure. Ideally the LCBO is/will be getting newer stock, but you never know with them.