Shiga Kogen Porter | Tamamura Honten

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Shiga Kogen PorterShiga Kogen Porter

Brewed by:
Tamamura Honten

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jeranbrews on 02-11-2010

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by John_Henry:
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2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A. Pours with no head, and hence no retention. Dark to black, red against light.

S. Roast Barley smell, little else.

T. Tastes OK, but the use of the roast Barley overpowers anything else this beer could have. Slight coffee note at a push.

M. Nothing impressive, very lo carbonation, as with all the Shiga Kogen I've had.

O. Not a great beer, but not so bad either. Relatively drinkable, but really could be better. As a personal note, I would put this in line with a contemporary stout rather than a porter. Also, recently I saw this written "Shiga Kogen mostly brews traditional British style ales with distinct taste and superior quality", Being from England now living in Japan, my opinion is quite the opposite. Their beers are not British in my opinion, and unfortunately are not "superior quality. I guess this is what comes of a Saki maker delving into Beer. Don't be put off though, they are worth a try, the pale ale being the strongest contender imho.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TokyoCO
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought in Japan, poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with slight light penetrance, hints of amber. Head that stuck around.

S: Creamy dark fruits, slight chocolate, malts. Dark fruits are best!

T: Starts with dark fruits, middle is bitter chocolate and hops, and finishes with a nice creamy bitter note. Simple but refreshing.

M: Light and almost prickly.

O: A very drinkable porter. The dark fruits in the nose are great and the bitter chocolate finish was enjoyable!

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 12-'09. Consumed 2-'10 in an ice tea glass.

A - A quickly receding light beige head. That leave nice sheaths of sandy lacing along the side of the glass. Color is of dark hot chocolate. Clear and a bit thin, but brown. Continued carbonation wasn't there.

S - Chocolate malt and air. Very simple. Too simple sadly.

T - Tiny big nibbles of chocolate tones and pale malt. Aftertaste was a bit vinegary. Was hoping for more.

M - A bit loose. Some creaminess but ultimately too watery. Like the last poor from a keg.

D - Easy to drink but for the price it's unimpressive. I'm happy to see them trying some different styles but as their main dark beer it's not as good as you could hope for.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of amano_h
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kofukasho
2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of itcomesnpints
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Shiga Kogen Porter from Tamamura Honten
3.17 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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