Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale) | Hideji Beer

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Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)
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4.04/5
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Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hideji Beer
Japan
hideji-beer.jp

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 05-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,747
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
24
pDev:
6.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Beginner2
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +7.2%
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 MJSFS
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-01-22
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 a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 thatoneguymike
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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 aaronyoung01
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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 DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker390
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fabiand
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +1.5%
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: 4.04 out of 5 with 24 ratings