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Iwate Kura Kaki No Stout (Oyster Stout)

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Brewed by Sekinoichi Shuzo (Iwate Kura Beer)
Style: Stout
Ichinoseki-Shi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with the oyster shells from Sanriku Hirotawan, Iwate Kura Beer has revived the beer style that has been brewed for a long time in UK. Oyster shells is well fermented, which gives depth to black beer. It is thick, with excellent refreshing aftertaste.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1007) - RÝros, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Black with a brown head - Roasted malt aroa - Good roasted malt body With some bitterness from the roasted malt - Roasted malt finish that have some bitterness that lasts for some time - This was quite good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (1863) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Cool find #2 at this izakaya spot in downtown Phoenix. Pours black with nose of chocolate and some salty sweetness tastes of chocolate, burnt malt, molasses, light brine, and sugary finish. Could use touch more carbonation but overall nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2014
On tap at the Iwate-ken event near Umeda Station. It pours a dark brown with ruby accents almost black, tan head with tinges of burnt orange-nice, 4. Nose of umami & coffee. Light body with the same kind of zesty carbonation, decent flavor, burnt/roast notes, coffee. Tasty enough 3.4 surprised to hear it is 7% also made with real oysters, as it warms up it really comes together. Smoother body, a touch of salty brineyness counterbalanced by coffee & creamy chocolate, earthy, event hints of smoke. 3.6-3.7

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2017) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
Cask - Roast malt, milk chocolate and light coffee. Jet black with a light brown small head. Chocolate milk to start, but as I continue many other flavours develop. A saltiness, almost fishy. Did they add oysters or the liquor? This beer starts great and keeps getting weirder as I drink it. Give it a try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (762) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
Cask to pint glass Chocolate, soy, seaweed, salt....smells like the sea Deep black, think ring like tan head Chocolate, umami, salt, and a fishy ending Creamy, smooth, and medium bodied. Strangest beer, by far Iíve had in Japan...Iím not sure how much I like this...but I have to give it itís due for its uniqueness.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GoufCustom (610) - HONG KONG - NOV 20, 2013


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in IFC, Central.

Looks: Translucent deep cola blackish brown colour with lots of dirt-like yeast sediments; One finger head and beige foam which last for 90 seconds; Small sticky lacing and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and very aromatic nice roasted coffee beans, closely followed by roasted malt, chocolate, cream, sugar, liquorices, and potent grass.

Taste: Light sweet dark roasted malt, closely followed by a dash of savoury sea salt, coffee, cream, chocolate, oyster flesh, oyster shell, strong nuts, ashtray, liquorices, light lime and strong grass.

Body: Mid to light, quite slick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: very layered and complexed - first off itís a strong tasting, long lasting roasted malt in a smoky, very low sweetness background, followed by a quick and thick dash of sea salt, pretty breezy and nice, then a bliss of coffee, cream and chocolate. Now comes the most interesting parts: Yes, the elusive oyster meat and oyster shell, which is fleshy, salty and very exciting to taste (yes, I am a oyster lover so that helps :) This all happens in each single sip. Excellent!

Hoppiness: Very prominent liquorices and I can smell it up front, incredible! Not to mention very grassy hops in nose and taste. Surprisingly, itís not as astringent or bitter as the nose and taste suggest. Finishing is comfy, meaty, and nicely moderate and lasting bitterness to close out.

After Taste: Fairly dry, slightly salty and quite creamy to mouth.

Comments: For me, tasting a good beer is like having a nice meal within a brew. If having a nice IIPA is like having a nice fresh pomelo, than this brew is like having a feast of freshly opened oysters while putting your feet up at your favourite sea shore. Am I exaggerating? You have to taste it to believe it. A fantastic brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 11, 2013
on tap at popeyes back in í08. rich black with a thin beige head; aroma of sea breeze with a nudge of cocoa powder; plenty of salty sourness with a lactic touch reminiscent of milk stout; finishes salty dry. quality stuff

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5556) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle bought at goodbeer.jp brought back from Tokyo by the wife. Pours a jet black color with a medium beige head. A big salty nose with some smoke and roast. A really nice flavor: rich earthy milky chocolates, salt, some beef jerky, licorice. Very nice. Interesting blend of flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 13, 2013
Botella at "home" in Obatake mura, Yamaguchi. Black colour, small creamish steady head, good lacing. Pleasant soft aroma of roasted malt with chocolate and bit dark fruit, mild soy sauce. Good smooth mouthfeel. Flavour is soft and round, very pleasant with a good roasted maltiness, chocolate and dark fruit, mild sourness in the finish (in a good way). Smooth and very pleasant Oyster Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This Oyster Stoutís fantastic nose of roasted, chocolate-y malts develops plenty of umami and black pepper before molasses, wood and licorice join the festivities.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the darkness.
-The flavor profile is complex and the mouthfeel is rich. Hard to ask for more.
-That umami character must be fantastic with so many Japanese meals.
-Carbonation was a little lax for the relatively high level of residual sugars.
-This is just a step from being world-class. I can believe Mark (KyotoLefty) that this is absolutely fantastic when naturally carbonated and served from the hand pump.

On tap at Standing Beer Bar 1020.


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