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Irish Dry Stout
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Reviews by Weizenmensch:
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Kirishima Beer Stout, 330mL glass bottle, brewed 2009.06.08, best before 2009.08.08. Fresh, and thankfully not tainted with cleaning agents like the samples of the other two beers I tried from this brewery recently.
Appearance: Head retention is very poor, although carbonation is moderate. Dark brown, clear as seen through the narrow parts of the glass. Head retention (something, anything!) is important in this style - I just washed the glass and rinsed well with scalding hot water (something this brewery needs to learn to do properly, ahem) so it's not fats on the glass that are killing the head.
Smell: Warm roasted grain and brown sugar. Pleasant smells, this is a fresh beer made properly by the looks of things - no adjuncts, despite the temptation due to Japanese tax on malt in beer! Satisfying, if lacking some depth.
Taste: Sweet with a blur of flavours on the palate. Can't really work out what's there. Designed for a hot climate obviously, so easily quaffable and lacking major depth. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Something strange on the underside of the tongue - a little yeasty sourness (unpleasant - more like an underfermented brew than a lambic)! Not great for the style, but not missing anything really.
Mouthfeel: A little buttery, but not excessively so, slightly drying at the same time. I highly doubt the three beers I acquired - the Hyuganatsu, Golden and Stout - all conformed to the stated ABV of 4.5% - this is a little stronger than that, I think. Mouthfeel is appropriate.
Drinkability: Good for a warm-weather stout. But then again, quality strong stouts are brewed in Jamaica and Nigeria, so why should this deserve to lack some depth in flavour? It's better than other beers in Japan, but only comparable to Kirin stout. Since this is coming from a microbrewery, I'll give it a below-average rating for drinkability, considering you pay a premium price for such beers.
Overall: Worth a try... if you're passing through Miyakonojo! Although I'd recommend you take a different route (there is very little of merit in that town) and go somewhere where they have stricter quality control over the beers they sell. (See my reviews for Hyuganatsu and Golden for details.)
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2009 11:40:45 |
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