Brewed by Ginga Kogen Beer Company
Style: Brown Ale
Sawauchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Brentv (686) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2014
The beer I’m drinking is labeled Ginga Kogen Beer STOUT. Black can with two caribou above the STOUT. Pours black with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee and and a little bit of bourbon. The taste is less than the aroma, sadly. The chocolate is there, and there’s also a nice sweetness, but there’s a metallic tang that is distracting. The body is thin. Carbonation is fine. This is a beer with a lot of potential, but it’s just not there yet. Drank in Narita, Japan.

jonno (3012) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2014
Somethings not right here. Crude like, but with no body (?!), little carbonation and weak sugary flavour. THese guys do great wheat beer, everything else is a terrible miss.

Artichoke (90) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Two finger head, roasted dark malt with metallic tint. Tastes a bit over roasted like burnt coffee

KansaiBeerLvrs (5498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 27, 2013
I am not sure what Maekchu means, maybe he got an off can or something... 280 yen or so from Lawson. 5.5% can served in a glass beer mug. It’s  quite a good looking stout, deep black with a foamy beige head that left behind no lacing. The aroma is a mild chocolate with a bit of roastiness. Medium bodied the flavor is mostly lightly roasted coffee bitterness with a bit of chocolate in the finish. I think this is pretty good not terribly complex but alright.

maekchu (4098) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2013
Can from local Yamaya. Sourish prunes, chocolate, and some definite phenolic notes. Thick brown, translucent at edges. Prunes and bitter baker’s chocolate / harsh hops and torched chocolate bars and phenolic crap / mercifully, these flavors fade out quickly in the finish. Thin-medium body. Pretty bad overall. Too thin and then phenolic stuff really interferes.

jinroh (2451) - ESTONIA - SEP 23, 2013
0,35 l can. Ginga Gogenis one of the most available craft beers in Japan but for me this is the first time to try their Stout. Can looks stylish, black, some explanation about "what is stout". Beer pours out nice, beer is deep brown, almost black, some brown even in a foamy head. Well, that head disappears fast, leaving only few bubbles. Aroma is a bit too simple - it is possible tonote some roasted malts, and something soft - difficult to put my finger on it but it feels maybe like... raw potato? Something buttery in the aroma also. Taste is smoked malts, slight bitterness and somewhat sour finish. Body is light, not bad but also not entirely satisfying.

Westkyoto77 (640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2013
Can from Yamaya. Notes of bitter chocolate, sour malt and soy sauce. Medium body, quite dry and creamy. Flavours aren't huge, but this was just what I was in the mood for. Not too bad for a canned stout.

minihame2 (788) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2013
Can from the convenience store. Black body, tan head. Aroma has malts and some chocolate. Taste is malty with slight bitterness. Light mouthfeel. It’s an alright beer, nothing special.

larsga (7675) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2012
Medium beige-brown creamy lasting head. Opaque black body. Light roasty caramelly aroma with mealy notes. Dry-sweet roasty mealy caramelly taste with oaty burnted notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, milky, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish roasty licorice aftertaste with burnted minty notes. Traces of coffee and fruit, too. (0.33l draft at Sunset Beer Garden, Sendai, Japan.)

JorisPPattyn (10113) - BELGIUM - APR 9, 2012
Dark beige head, fast gone over virtually black beer; shards of lace. (Wal)nutty, but also hazelnuts, perfumed in a very good way; roasted aromas. Sweet, liquorice, roasted nuts, black rice, walnuts. Not really well-bodied, but quite grist-slick. Not bad, just a tad too timid and sweet.

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