Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)
Hideji Beer

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,165
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4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Hideji Beer
Notes: This beer is brewed and sold only in the North American market. It is a brew based on our “Hideji Stout.” It uses Miyazaki-grown chestnuts, and features a flavor rich in nuts, herbs and sweet chestnuts along with an aroma of espresso and brown sugar from roasted barley.

The chestnut is the most ancient fruit in Japan. Charred chestnuts have been found in and around archaeological sites of the Jomon Period (10,000 - 200 B.C.) settlements. Japanese chestnuts are widely used in preparing Japanese cuisine, and a special dish made of chestnut is served as a New Years tradition.

Beer Style --- Specialty
Volume --- 330ml
ABV. --- 9%
IBU --- 25
Serving Temperature --- 10-16 °C
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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2019 vintage. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, chestnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, chestnuts, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, chestnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, woody, grassy, spicy, roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, chestnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread, coconut, coffee, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chestnuts, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is an outstanding flavored imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chestnuts, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish; amazingly soft/silky feel. Fantastic balance of super rich malt complexity and chestnut flavors; with mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 11.14 (Including shipping and PA tax)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.995/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 9/11/19.
“BEST AFTER OCT 2019” clearly stamped on bottom of label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque.
Head – Average - (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, dense, short retention, diminishing to a four mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Sweet chocolate malt.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly sweet and chocolatey then shifts to some nuttiness and char. Slightly bitter aftertaste with a decent hang time. Surprisingly similar to a hazelnut-added brew. No alcohol (9% ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, somewhat dry.
Final impression and summation: 4. I always wondered (Well, maybe not ALWAYS) what beer would be like if brewed with chestnuts. I never noticed the similarity between chestnuts and hazelnuts. My fruit fly drinking buddy approves. I agree with him.

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Photo of beergoot
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown body, nearly opaque; rather fizzy head yet it lasts very long. Incredible aroma of cocoa, chestnuts, mocha and vanilla; charred grain and nuts. Dark and bitter chocolate flavor; mocha, charred grains, and roasted nuts (much like the smell); pronounced sweetness but balanced. Heavy body; warm and velvety; coats the palate with rich sweetness; has a somewhat dry finish.

This is one of those beers that I wish I would have purchased more of (I got two through Tavour.com). This is apparently a USA-only release from the brewery, so perhaps I'll come across it again. I highly recommend this beer to any lover of porters and stouts and like 'em rich, creamy, and decadently delicious. This beer will satisfy you.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour gives me a large finger+ of dark brown head over a dark dark brown body that tinges ruby at the corners. Fluffy bubbles initially, but they settle down without much fuss.

Nose is incredibly smoothe creamy chocolate and nutty... the chestnut is very present and is an incredible development. Offers a slightly different take on the style that works really REALLY well.

Flavour is sweet cocoa and nutty chestnut. Again, it works really well. This is incredibly easy to drink, and aside from being a little bit high in the carbonation and a little sweet this is an absolute revelation. Big fan. Glad to have picked it up on a whim.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dark, nearly opaque brown. Modest foamy tan head on the pour that settles to a very espresso looking ring.
smell: modestly rich vanilla and nuts.
taste: semi sweet vanilla and nuts, with a slightly drier finish.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. Aromas consist of sweet cake and nuts, milk chocolate, and Almond Joy. Flavors are the same, and it's rather sweet. The feel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, black body.

Smell: See below.

Taste : *Insert Keanu Woah here* This is different. Molasses, roasted nuts, milk chocolate, roastiness, a hint of coconut.

Feel : Medium-full body, medium carbonation. A hint of sweetness upfront, dry finish.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Try as I may, there is nothing not to like about this stout. (In fact that only mistake is on me in reading labels, I thought it was a milder brown ale.)

I cannot remember one other ale that used chestnuts. And the only one I can remember using a similar nut was Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Ale which was cloying on the tongue. So, hats off to Hideji for solving that, too.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I second-guessed this bottle multiple times. I left the store and came back more than once before finally giving in to curiosity. Why does an $8 12 oz bottle require so much deliberation? Prairie and Dogfish Head stouts cost more than that! Well - 'cause Japan, and you all know what I'm saying. Since when do Japanese breweries make competent stouts?

I'm going to tell you: they're making them NOW. Kuri Kuro immediately had me impressed. The coffee is dark and rich. There's a hint of chestnut, notes of vanilla and a bit of cinnamon. It smells fantastic. The carbonation is minimal. It all comes together in a tremendously good beer.

I love this stuff and intend to buy a lot more. I'd love to try other offerings from this brewery!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a half tulip half snifter Rogue glass. I don't see a date.

Pours black with a small head and sluggish carbonation. Smell is very nice -- sweet chocolate, a little nutty. Maybe some coffee.

Taste is super nutty, super chocolatey, super coffee -- really rich, strong flavors that go together really well. This is a surprisingly good beer, although it's a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall, it's a quite good beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that is almost black. Sweet, nutty and velvety smell. Taste is smooth with a nice chestnut flavor. I really enjoyed this solid offering from a Japanese Brewery. Lives up to its name.

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Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours very dark chestnut brown.Hazy

Rich, lightly sweet and very nutty flavor.

Some sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Fine lingering flavor of roasted nuts, dark grains and faint spicy hops.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque in the glass with a fine, half finger khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of semi-sweet nut, vanilla and dark chocoate with mild toasted malt. Flavor follows, with nuts, vanilla, light cocoa, sweet toasted malt. Finishes with vanilla, nuts and a hint of hops. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. A nice nut brown style dark ale with a stout malt, but little stout malt flavor. The taste is dominated by pleasant chestnut and vanilla, with hints of chocolate. Mildly sweet, which enhances the other flavors. The 9% ABV is well covered. A pleasant surprise from a new brewery to our market and I hope to see more from them. Very nice.

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Photo of Moose90
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes, served from bottle.

A — Dark dark brown with a cappuccino like head on it, looks quite thick in the glass.

S — Woah, sweet roasted chestnuts, hazelnuts, coffee, chocolate, cream, sweet.

T — Rich and sweet, creamy, caramel, chocolate, chestnut, coffee, bitter, sweet, great balance.

M — Medium bodied, almost a bit heavy.

O — This truly surprised me, hello dessert beer! Truly unique, grab it if you can.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer just became available in New Mexico thanks to a boutique distributor that specializes in Japanese adult products.

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark and viscous and produces a frothy khaki-colored head. Great persistence to the head and even after receding it remains as a thick, lacy film over the body. It's chewy for sure. The body looks pitch-black beneath. 5

Wow, I don't think I've caught that sort of aroma from a beer before. It's incredibly sweet, nutty and vanilla-like. Dark chocolate is light and subtly blends with the more pronounced and sweet chestnut. Something there resembles me of marshmallow. 4.25

There are hints of root beer or Dr. Pepper to the flavor here. The sweet chestnut flavor, vanilla and sweet malt all combine well. Coffee lingers on the finish. There's a bit of yeast and solvent alcohol that come in from time to time. That's my only complaint. 4

The body is a tad thin and it starts of a tad hot, but it really drinks well as it warms up. The carbonation feel is almost non-existent but works here. Roast-y bitterness develops as it warms and does a good job of balancing the sweetness. 3.75

Good stuff. Unique in taste and feel. Not quite perfect but there's plenty to enjoy.

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Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale) from Hideji Beer
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 46 ratings