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Shonan Belgian Stout

Brewed by Kumazawa Brewing (Shonan Beer)
Style: Stout
Chigasaki, Japan


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle, thanks to TimE, 10/28/2014. Pours black, thin dark tan head with creamy lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate cookie, fruity roast, vanilla. Taste is earthy chocolate malts, some soy, bitter roast in the middle with some coffee in the finish. Creamy body. Nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - SEP 30, 2015
Dark chocolate, cookie, bit of soy sauce. Creamy cocoa, roasted malt with smokey bacon notes, nuts, dough, hint of vanilla, bitter espresso finish. Dark, rich and complex one, to be sipped and enjoyed slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (2585) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a pitch black with some deep ruby highlights and small dark tan head. Aromas of cacao, roasted malt, prune, fig and a tad of Belgian saison-like yeast. Some booze on the nose as it warms up. Lots of dark fruit and cacao on the palate. Very well-balanced and good roasted malt character (not burned or charred in the least). Very rich and full-flavored without being sweet. The finish leaves a nice saison like pepper flavor mixed with a touch of farmhouse funk. This is truly a great stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (6106) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
300 ml bottle poured into a hotel glass. Trade from TimE. Black with nice frothy tan head. Aromas of rich dark chocolate, slight dark fruit, caramel, roast, bits of licorice. Tastes of roasty notes, dark chocolate, caramel, Belgian yeast. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (2749) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2014
300 ml bottle @ home. From an IP trade with TimE, if memory serves me well. Pitch black color. Light brown head. Aroma’s: vanilla, sweet malts, some licorice, mocha, roasted, light red fruit. Retronasal the roast is more upfront, then mocha, vanilla. Flavor is moderate sweet, roasted, light fruity. Body is medium. Bit low carbo. Finishes with heavy roast, ash, rather bitter. I fail to see what’s Belgian about this, but it’s awesome nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle shared at the Horal Chugging Tasting - CBC Clerkenwell. Thanks to Tim for the trade. Pours deep brown with a frothy, beige head. Rich cocoa aroma, some earth. Medium sweet flavor with balanced earthy bitterness, pleasant roasted malts, chocolate. Great balance. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with nice chocolate notes, baking cocoa, earth. Really nicely balanced overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12722) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Leighton at the Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting. It pours near black with a decent tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, earth, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. The taste is roasty, toast, charcoal, coffee, decent bitterness, pepper, spice and tangy dark fruit. Full body and fine carbonation. Good effort. Rather tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17267) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Craft Clerkenwell, Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting, big thanks to Leighton for sourcing this Japanese rarity, 17/09/13. ’Tap your potential 1996 premium’ noted from label. Pitch black with a good sized tan head that thins but stays for the show. Nose is a solid wall of roast malt, big ole blast, earthy notes, lightly burnt cocoa, dark fruits. Taste comprises roast malt, earthy, hoppy backnotes, tangy dark fruit, light yeast esters, cocoa. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry and roasty in the finale. Nice work!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22561) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
17th September 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Tuesday Horal Chugging Tasting! Thanks to Leighton for this Japanese rarity! Opaque dark brown beer with a tidy tan head. Smooth palate, slightly soft. Rich dark malts, but not heavy. There is roast and a little coffee and dark malt cream. A light touch of tangy dark fruits. Smooth finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2013
Aroma: licorice, dark chocolate, understated coffee notes Flavor: starts with licorice, dark chocolate turns to bitter chocolate, grain, light coffee on the finish. Comment: good foam and great palate. Very rich and filling without being overly sweet. Outstanding.

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