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

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Iwate Kura Beer is Original Brew


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (12770) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
Draught at Ushi-Tora. Black - offwhite head. Roasted. Ok burned malts. Licorice. Light dryness. Milk chocolate. Sweetness. Ok bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (615) - HONG KONG - DEC 8, 2013


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in IFC, Central.

Translucent deep cola blackish brown colour with lots of dirt-like yeast sediments; One finger head and beige foam which last for 2 minutes; Moderate sticky lacing and very slight carbonation; Fragrant aroma of roasted coffee beans and cream, followed by light roasted malt, sugar, chocolate, Ovaltine and grass; Mid to light sweet taste of dark roasted malt, closely followed by a nice black coffee, strong smoke and nuts, cream, light chocolate, Cola, toffee, sugar, light liquorices, lime and grass; Mid to light body, slightly thick and quite creamy palate; Mouth Feel is dominated by nice black coffee, roastyness is very strong, with expressive smoke and nuts. Crazy! Other than that, toffee and cream is light, and watery Cola-pop and hops takes over; Hoppiness is grassy nose as beer warms, sharp lime and grass taste. Liquorices is moderate and give it a workable bitterness but not impressive. Very abrupt finish; Fairly dry after taste, nutty and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: After the euphoria of its Oyster Stout brother, this one is an inevitable downer. Without the oysters, this one is quite thin in body, and lacking the smoothness, tension and sophistication of the former. Aroma aside, everything else seems a par below, while it’s still quite decent and good enough to put many stout wannabes to shame. Drinkable, but really as a stand-by to the all-mighty Oyster Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1723) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
Tap at iBrew. Dark brown colour. Small golden head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, bit of ovaltine. Taste is good. Roasty, dark chocolate, bit of vanilla creaminess, cocoa. Slight bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (5965) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2012
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Deep mealy chocolatey aroma with milky coffee notes. Dry, sweetish roasty perfumy chocolate taste with mealy wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft oatmealy mouthfeel. Dryish minty roasty aftertaste with perfumy jasmine, oatmeal, and chocolate notes. Also a grainy flavour, reminiscent of barley tea. Nice, harmonic, drinkable. (0.33l bottle, bought at brewery.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - JUN 10, 2009
Handpump. A flavourful stout. Lots of bitter burnt malts with a medium body. An easy drinking beer with a smooth finish.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2218) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle from miketd. Thanks for this one! Pours black with a short lived beige head. Smell is sour malt and dark fruitiness. Kind of odd in a stout. Taste is not really sour however. More lightly roasty and chocolate like. Medium body and soft to normal carbonation. Thought it was going to be infected from the smell, but it turned out to be pretty solid. Unfortunately, the smell definitely detracts a lot for me on this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5906) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, a touch of sour fruits, good sweetness. Medium roasting. Reasonably sweet flavor, light bitterness, slightly sour and lactic. Rather creamy and chocolaty. Relatively mild and balanced. Medium body as well. A nice stout, but with an espresso-like sourness that is a little irritating.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2008
Solid Japanese stout that ticks all the obvious boxes. Dense black with a lasting corona. Classic aroma of molten bitter chocolate and mocha. Creamy mouthfeel. At the sweeter end of the stout scale, with more choc flavours and some coffee ashiness. (Bottle courtesy of TimE at Sully’s 2007 Xmas gathering - thanks fellas)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle, cgarvieuk coolbeans party. Dark brown, thin beige head. Nose is full of bitter chocolate, some malt, some espresso. Mouth is chocolate, slightly lactic coating, smoky bacon, lingering. Quite good really.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle at home with Tom and Royce ..Thans to TIME for this....Deep black ... Good chocolate malt nose ... bit think but lots of roast malts ... good chocolate and coffee tones... could do with a bit more ...


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