Brewed by Kankiku Brewery
Style: Stout
Sanbu-gun, Chiba Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
濃褐色の黒ビール クリーミーな泡とほのかな甘みが特徴です。

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Just found this on my trip to Chiba two weeks ago in the souvenir shop at Kanaya port. Motor oil colored, tan foamy head. Some stewed fruit with roasty notes. Some black malts perhaps. Rather still, gives it a syrupy feel as it is a bit sweet. Medium sweet malts up front, fades to a slight tart follow. Unusual taste, not bad, but not quite what you would expect from a "stout".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1761) - HONG KONG - JAN 12, 2017

330ml bottle bought at The 759 Store in Hung Hom Bay Centre, Hung Hom.

Opaque deep Cola blackish brownwith a thick layer of dirt-like yeast sedimentsNear zero head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with zero carbonation; Aroma of dark malt, with very strong roasted peanuts, strong tartness, caramel, burnt toffee, chocolate, light cream, molasses, biscuits and strawy grass; Close to medium sweet taste of dark malt, with strong roastyness, strong peanuts, light ash, caramel, burnt toffee, burnt tire, soy sauce, dark chocolate, light black coffee, floral, light molasses, light biscuits, fair lemon, medium bitter hops and grass; Mid to light body. Thin and quite thick palate; Mouth Feel is good dark maltyness in a pretty watery background. The strong roasted peanut taste is laced with astray and some underlined chemicals like burnt tires, but doesnt do too much damage. Strong dark chocolate with burnt toffee are mainstays, with some soy sauce and fair caramel light sweetness all the way. Fair lemon to round. Okay! Hoppiness is strawy grass in nose. Floral, light lemon and grass in taste; . Liquorices is moderate and give it a workable bitterness but not impressive. Very abrupt finish; Bitterness - hops and burnt malt - is fairly strong for a lasting. Mid astringent bitter-sweet dark malty finish; Fairly dry after taste. Roasty nutty and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: Like its IPA, this Stout is another drinkable brew from an otherwise suspect line-up. Strong roast nuts and ash from start to finish with fairly good burnt malt, dark chocolate and hops give it a sustainable drinkability. Only the bad yeast slightly ruined the show, but otherwise this is a pretty solid Stout. Worth it if all things are okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14475) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle from Corti Bros. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Sort of a dark treacle aroma. Chocolate hint. Med body almost. Flavor is dark burnt malt suggestive of that really old Guinness stout, with a transient sugary treacle suggestive of that McEwans Scotch Ale. Really an interesting and fairly tasty ale, tho it doesnt seem "normal" for stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidm (2071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Not great, there is some metallic taste, and the taste doesnt last. It has nice chocolate notes, but disappointing overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (2940) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Very unique stout. Some chocolate and roared malt notes. Sort of hoppy. Pours black with almost no head. Had out of a bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zebra (1900) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
330-ml bottle @ sumirobatabar. nice to be seeing some interesting beers from japan. dark, roasty, sweet, creamy. fun dolphin on the label. which btw said 7%. rating #10!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1917) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle from Lawson with Sridhar. Dark brown colour, decent off white head. Smells nice and roasty. It is slightly unusual. Roasty and malty but not overly bitter, I guess some chocolate or crystal in there, a little bit bittersweet. Easy drinking for the abv, or a bit thin, depending on your level of optimism! The best of the evening by a distance, crowned champion beer of Lawson!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4804) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2014
Kujukuri Ocean Stout, 7% served in a snifter. It pours a reddish brown that is inky black with ruby highlights & a tan head in the glass. Creamy chocolate aroma with light roasted notes. Fairly full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasty notes that nod towards coffee beans & perhaps a hint of a lactic acidity. Id say this is a milk or cream stout & a pretty good one - much better than that weizen. Interestingly, paired with chocolate I got big cherry notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Artichoke (88) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Virtually no head from the bottle. Opaque, dark, hazy amber. Bitter berry, coffee in the nose. Not much going on with the flavor. There some bitterness, some sweetness, some roasted malts, and thats about it. I get a little bit of ash and dry resin. Its enjoyable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3932) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle from Aeon mall near Narita airport. This was one of the best Japanese beers I have tried. Nice pour but not completely opaque in color. A medium head that dissipates quickly. Aromas: fruity, sour, slight coffee and roasted malt. Flavor has some cold espresso in it and maybe lactose. This seems like you blended a milk stout and dry stout...in a good way. This actually got better as it warmed and started showing some quad notes. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5925) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
330ml bottle listed at 5.5%ABV pours dark brown with a finger of tan head which left some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts. Taste is roasted malty bitterness balanced with some sweetness. Medium body and light carbonation leave a decent feeling on the palate. A little on the thin side for a stout, but otherwise pretty easy to drink and quite nice.

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