Sunday, February 15, 2015
Top 10 Japanese Stouts and Porters
Recently, I have read an article by Men's Journal that listed their favorite twenty stouts. http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/the-20-best-stouts-in-the-world-20150209 After reading the article, I was pondering what were the top ten Japanese stouts and porters. In the recent years, I have been enjoying and, also from time to time, craving a decent poured stout. I have tried some really good Japanese stouts and porters. These are my Top Ten Japanese Stouts and Porters!! There is no particular order. I enjoy all of these beers equally.
Brewery: Minoh Brewery
ABV: 8.5 ABV
Pours a jet black with a foamy tan/brown head. There are notes of coffee, chocolate, slight vanilla, slight chocolate, and roasted notes in the aroma. This is a smooth full bodied beer.
Brewery: Morita Shizo Kinshachi Brewery
Pours a nice black with a foamy off white head. There are chocolate and roasted malt notes in the aroma. This is a nice full body beer that is smooth and easy to drink. This is a nice welcome surprise from Kinshachi.
Pours a nice rich black with a foamy tan head. This is a nice well balanced beer that accentuates the hops with the roasted malt and chocolate notes. For a canned beer, this is an excellent porter.
This is a nice medium bodied porter that has hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. It is smooth easy drinking beer.
Sweet Vanilla Stout
When opening the beer, you will notice the vanilla notes wafting from the beer. There are heavy vanilla notes with some coffee and roasted malt in the background. This is a nice creamy stout.
Kokuto Sweet Stout
This is a refined stout that has hints of brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt notes. There is some sweetness that comes through. This is due to the addition of the Okinawa brown sugar. It is a light medium bodied stout.
When opening the beer, the aroma of coffee will be wafting throughout the room. This beers pours a nice black with a nice thick foamy brown head. The roasted malts and coffee are ever present in this one. There is a hint of bitterness/sourness found in the beer.
This is a decent stout. This reminds me of macro brewed stout. This beer has a light roasted malt and chocolate taste to it. The aroma is somewhat ashy and chalky. Also, it is a little thin. With all that being said, it is not a bad stout when considering the price. It is quite affordable.
There are heavy coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes found in this beer. It has a luscious medium body. It is a smooth easy drinking stout.
This is very interesting Belgian stout. This is a full bodied stout that balances the hops and roasted malt quite well. This is a spicy and somewhat fruity stout with hints of coffee. This is a good example of what makes a good Belgian stout.
This is not a definitive list by any means. I am always hunting for a stout or a porter to drink and enjoy. If you know any stouts or porters that need some recognition, please share it in the comments section.