I’ve been making an attempt to branch out and drink more beers from overseas. One of the downsides of this is the price of the beers. They tend to be a bit more expensive than their American counterparts. So, I still end up with mostly American craft beers, but hopefully, you’ll see more imports in the coming weeks. This is a beer that I read about years ago that hails from Japan and was supposedly very good.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This foreboding Stout unleashes a torrential downpour of hop character within a maelstrom of roasted malt flavor.”
Random: I love the detail on their labels. I’m a sucker for good graphic design.
This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of dark chocolate, cocoa and smoke. It had a certain mustiness to it. The taste had dark chocolate, but then this berry note came through. It was very odd, and honestly, not very pleasant. The smoke and mustiness came through next, which didn’t play well with the berry note. It also had some caramel malt and roastiness. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The alcohol provided a bit of warming and wasn’t very well-integrated. It had a quick finish with smoke and dark chocolate. A single bottle was $6.99 ($.58 per ounce), which was really expensive, in my opinion. Even without considering the price, this was a bit disappointing and could have been better executed. I would not have it again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0