Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)
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Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)
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Stout - American Imperial
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4.15 | pDev: 6.99%
Hideji Beer
Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale)
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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REVZEB from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black pour with no head, very flat. Smell does have chestnut but I am getting more bittersweet chocolate, light vanilla, and marzipan. Taste has the chestnut come out of its shell, good roasted malt to pair with the chocolate, soil, vanilla, and floral accents. Feel is flat and thin though, booze is well hidden though, very smooth. A fun beer to try but don't need to have again

Nov 19, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best After: JAN 2020.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a quarter inch of steadily dissipating tanned fizz.

Smell: A malty-scented roasty barley dark breadiness given sweetish, light albeit well-integrated accents of dark treacle, vanilla, coffee and chocolate against a backdrop of cooked nuts. There's a little sniff of alcohol there, though it seems appropriate; it just feels right.

Taste: Black bread, flourishes of dark sugars, instant coffee and vanilla, with a meager scattering of chocolate chips. This leads into a caramel-coated, earthy nuttiness, fruity esters and a peppery alcohol element. Finishes a bit sweetish though with a lingering chestnut quality and mild perceived bitterness, be it a product of the roasted grains, chestnuts, alcohol or some combination of the three.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. It's faintly sticky and smooth, but the body feels somewhat lighter than anticipated. This isn't a quibble, more of a compliment, really, as a parade of contemporary gloopy, oozing stouts can throw one's perceptions off.

Overall: Not a bad lil' beer.

Aug 10, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

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.

Oct 19, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 11, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Aug 26, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

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.

Jul 19, 2019
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

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.

Feb 17, 2019
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Ninjakillzu from Washington

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.

Aug 10, 2018
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

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.

Jul 07, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Apr 03, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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!

Feb 23, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

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.

Jan 22, 2017
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

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.

Jan 12, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Jan 03, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Dec 04, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

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.

May 28, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

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.

May 13, 2015
Kuri Kuro (Dark Chestnut Ale) from Hideji Beer
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 51 ratings