Minoh Stout - A.J.I. Beer Inc
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2.98/5 rDev -23.6%
Picked this up because it was a steal. not sure what to expect, but I generally like the twist that Japanese brewers throw into western beer styles. I also like the fact that this beer is "exceedingly moreish"
It really is a very dark beer. Pitch black with a thin brown head that settles down and almost completely disappears..
The aroma has a lot of different things going on. It's got some sharp molasses sweetness, alongside some roasted coffee. There is also a kind of funky fermented aroma going on. I hope my bottle isn't bad. Alcohol is slight, but apparent. It smells quite pleasant overall.
The taste is very bland watered down. Faint sweet roasted malt, and some light coffee undertones to start. It has some and it ends with some slight tartness and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little too watery for my taste. It could use a bit more carbonation.
Overall, I think I might have bought a bad bottle. This beer tastes incredibly bland for a stout... Even more so than Guinness.
09-21-2011 21:53:12 | More by evlu1441
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
From a 330 ml brown bottle, I love the blurb on the label that proclaims of this stout: "It's exceedingly moreish!"
Pours out a deep opaque black, garnet highlights only from an extreme direct light source. Capped by a moderate sandy head that quickly settles to a thin creamy cap.
Aroma encompasses all the key notes, that of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, some creamy sweetness. Clean.
Clean flavour, but not very robust. Washed out notes of roasted malt, espresso grounds, a hint of smokiness and char.
A bit watery in the mouthfeel, medium-low body, slick and thin texture.
This has the makings of a decent stout, it just doesn't pull all the elements together in the end, it would benefit from more body which would probably help boost the flavour as well.
04-25-2010 05:13:50 | More by IronDjinn
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
No guessing what style this beer is with the huge STOUT right on the label. I like the fact that it's 'exceedinglu moreish'.
Blacker than a Bay Street banker's heart. Nice rich tan head and good lacing.
Nice mix of coffee, cocoa, and a hint of sweet caramel.
The above aromas come through in the flavour dept. Hint of milky sourness keeps it down a point or two. Bitterness is there, but mostly in the form of dark cocoa and is quite nicely balanced by the other flavours. ABV of 5.5% is barely noticeable.
Smooth, medium body. Wouldn't go as far to call it creamy, but still....
nice example of the style, the almost $4.00/per price tag makes it an occasional sample for this blue collar BA.
04-16-2010 01:52:44 | More by Shadman
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Bearing a sticker on the bottle claiming it to be the world's no.1 stout (according to the world beer awards 09). Maybe not the world's best but very, very good. Pitch black with a milky brown head. The aromas are jumping out; espresso, tar, a bit of roast beef and cocoa. Body is a bit lighter than the nose would lead you to believe but it is still nicely balanced, flavourful and satisfying. Probably the best beer I've had from this brewery.
04-03-2010 09:45:32 | More by juju7
3.63/5 rDev -6.9%
This beer pours a dark chocolate brown, with a few floaties, and two fingers of soapy beige head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass. It smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of booze. The taste is dark roasted chocolate malt, a bit of caramel, and a mildly sour, astringent pine hop oiliness. The carbonation is low, the body medium weight, slick, and somewhat unctuous, and it finishes off-dry, some dry coffee and chocolate notes offset by that sour herbal nature from the hops.
A pretty good stout, nicely balanced between the sweetness, and, in this case, exotic bitters.
01-24-2010 01:18:56 | More by biboergosum
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
Passable stout at Mondial 2009. Very common stout, without anything too interesting in characteristic. Yes, a little roasty, some chocolate malt, cocoa. Average carbonation. A little eblow average mouthfeel. Black with a little white head.On the sweeter side.
06-10-2009 03:00:43 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
A friend brought this back to me from a trip to Osaka. After my sudden departure from Korea, this was one of two beers I was able to stow away in my bag. Glad I made the choice.
Poured a fine, velveteen black with a fluffy, macchiato head. So far so good. The nose was a tad indistinct with a slight hint of booziness fortified with some bitter roasty flavors and even the slightest nose of something akin to rubber cement... not altogether unpalatable, but a bit odd and lacking. The nose did not, however, belie the delicate blush of the beer. It came in a smooth creamy wave, full of roasted grains, thick milk chocolate and caramel notes and a bitter slightly sharp aftertaste. A very passable rendition of an English stout and by my estimation another indication of the delicacy and concern Japanese brewers put on the their craft.
02-05-2009 02:00:29 | More by GreatPondBrewer
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
On handpump at Beer Belly in Osaka - an excellent izakaya with character in spades.
Midnight black and topped with a finger of tan head that leaves patches of lace down the side of the glass and shows good retention. Cocoa, caramel and coffee waft enticingly upwards. Great roasted malt flavour, with the large cocoa and coffee flavours dialled back by a nice creamy taste. Nice touch of pine in the mildly bitter aftertaste, though this is balanced out by a small dose of residual sugars. The body really benefits from being cask conditioned, and it has a wonderfully smooth and full flavour, while at the same time being light and drinkable.
A top-notch stout and a very impressive cask. Its kinda neat to be so far from home and come across a well-made cask stout!
10-17-2008 17:03:10 | More by bobsy
3.9/5 rDev 0%
on-tap at great japanese beer festival 2008:
a: nice tan head with dark brown/back body; light lacing
s: light coffe and light caramel malts; not overly fragrant
t: roasted coffee malts with dark and milk chocolate and a bitter bit of piney hops and raw coffee bean to finish
m: creamy and smooth w/ light carb
d: a great japanese stout
05-11-2008 04:36:54 | More by hoegaardenhero
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
Pitch black body with thin tan head.
Hugely aromatic cocoa and slightly charred malt.
Tame long lasting bitterness with a more moderate cocoa flavor, not in the slightest sweet, but is also neither very dry. Easy.
This is a relatively light tasting and easily quaffable beer.
03-31-2004 14:01:37 | More by Naerhu
Minoh Stout from A.J.I. Beer Inc
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.