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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Sweet Stout
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A perfect mixture of coffee, chocolate, and roasted flavors in the nose and on the palate. No bitterness, but sweet notes throughout to the very finish.   Malts: Marris Otter, Wheat, Crystal   Hops: Kent Golding   Adjuncts: Roasted Barley, Lactose   Original Gravity: 1.06


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2013
I donít really understand why this beer is being rated so low. Itís a solid milk stout, even reminding me of Three Floydsí before they started over-hopping it. Granted, itís not as boozy or full bodied as that brew. I still get the same tasting notes and aroma that Moloko had a few years ago. The nose is chocolate and coffee. Slight milky creaminess upon tasting, but not the usual body Iím expecting. There is a barely noticeable bitter finish. The main flavors I perceive are chocolate, milky sweetness, and a tiny bit of sourness, but not anything that is off-putting. Iíve had Flemish sours that were much more intense than this and I still found them enjoyable. Overall a highly drinkable brew, though I do prefer the Espresso Stout from Hitachino Nest. I just wish it was a bit more boozy as I think that would add more complexity.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud (2373) - CROATIA - AUG 18, 2016
On tap at the Lower Right, Tokyo. Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Malty, milk chocolate, cocoa, bit roasted, sweet. Short finish, and light even a bit watery. Not bad, but too light for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2651) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
33 cl bottle @ home, a bit past the best before date. Black color. Beige head with little retention. Aromaís of sweet chocolate, light roast, some berries. More roasty retronasal, mocha, red fruit. Flavor is light sweet, coffee-ish, roasty. Light bodied (almost thin). Short finish, light roasty. Quite nice actually.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
invinoveritas (115) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a burnt cola with a restrained head. The initial caramel aroma is so strong it almost morphs into cheese, underlain by charcoal - changing later into brown sugar and mocha. On tasting there is an upfront dark bitterness, which surprisingly carries through on the watery palate. Coffee with an aftertaste of bananas. Interesting but maybe hampered by the low ABV.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (4723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2016
On tap at Hitachino Brewing Lab, Tokyo. Close to black with a modest, but lasting beige head. Aroma of roasted malt with some milky notes, dark chocolate and dark fruits. Medium sweet with a medium flavour intensity and a slightly dry and lightly bitter finish. Mild and easy to drink, not to exciting, but certainly decent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eduardovl (1353) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 16, 2016
355ml bottle served in an ordinary glass. Pours a deep black color forming a medium dark beige head with good retention that forms some chunks in the glass. Nose is sweet. Strong notes of chocolate. Roasted malts, coffee beand and caramel. Light notes of wheat and earth. Grassy hops profile. Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet in overall. Strong notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Notes of milk, earth, vanilla and coffee beans. Medium to low bitterness. Some grassy hops notes in the end. Light but creamy body. Medium carbonation. Dark chocolate notes in the aftertaste. Medium drinkability. Not bad

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adamnowek (1731) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2016
Dark brown with a thin, mocha head. Aroma is lactose. Feels like a cola. Taste is sour milk. Not sure these will ever be my thing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6636) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2016
330 ml bottle, from Matkroken Stokka. BB date 01.2014. Black colour, large to moderate tan head. Aroma of lactose and moderately roasted malts, hints of chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel. The flavour is nice and smooth, with mild roasty notes, some lactose (but not too sweet), hints of mild coffee and chocolate. Pleasant and easy to drink. Might well buy again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PeatyPete (904) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Black color with beige head. Aroma of caramel and a little cola-like. Taste is caramel, toffee, cheese and whey.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerheart65 (1388) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Blind tasted. Black, slightly colaish color, creamy light brown head, bit lacing. Very mild aroma, semisweet malt mildly roasted, bit licorice, suryp, bit dark bread. Semidry, light to medium body, low carbonation, watery feel, short finish. Diluted and watery.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1020) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Aroma - faint powdered chocolate and evaporated milk Appearance - body is bistre brown. The head about 1" and beige, settles slowly. Taste - light chocolate, slight roast, and a touch of barley. Palate - body is under medium, the texture slightly creamy, the carbonation soft, and the finish slight touch of roast.


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