Kirin Ichiban Shibori Stout | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Ichiban Shibori StoutKirin Ichiban Shibori Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Japan
kirin.co.jp

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by soulgrowl on 11-09-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
15.32%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of tommy5
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can bottle date of November 2016, into standard pint glass.

L: Black, fluffy tan two finger head with excellent retention.

S: Rich malt, coffee.

T: Rich caramel maltiness, coffee, slight hop bitterness on the finish.

F: Ridiculously smooth, full-bodied.

O: Much better than your standard Guinness style stouts.

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Photo of Nunya
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shigg85
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RochefortChris
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Until a couple of years ago I understand this beer was actually a Black Lager, but they changed the yeast.
Black color with red highlights with a thick huge caramel head with great retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of mocha coffee.
Flavor with notes of caramel, homemade coffee, cocoa, slightly earthy, a bit of charred wood, grains and cola. Dry aftertaste with a cola and roasted note. Very mild bitterness.
Light bordering watery body with good carbonation.
Smooth Stout on the lighter side with homemade coffee predominating. Not outstanding, but I could have a few.

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Photo of skasdan
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Haman94
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The moderately intense aroma is dominated by roasted malt which gives off brown sugar, bread, chocolate, and coffee; there's a light touch of spicy/herbal hops. Pours a large, thick, and smooth tan head; the body is very dark brown with deep garnet highlights against the light. The flavor includes very smooth, dark roasted malt with a toasty, grainy finish. Again, there's a hint of spicy/herbal hops. The flavor thins out over time and comes to taste more like stale coffee but remains rather enjoyable. The feel is smooth and a bit thin with moderate carbonation and a good bite without being overall crisp.

Rich, tasty, pleasantly aromatic, and fairly solid overall. Especially at first, there's lots of roasted, mildly sweet maltiness in the flavor with a slight hoppy accent. It does thin out like many other dark, malty beers, but at that point its Ichiban Shibori foundation becomes detectable while retaining its smoothness and roasted malt flavor. I'd be happy to have it again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of JackieKu
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WIBrewMan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of samparkique4
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

3.86/5
aroma is fulfilling
palate is roasted rye bread
dark barley roast is presence
"koku"mentship is here
nutty caramel and yet sweet inside the palate

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Photo of yesno1011
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Noodleboyg
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My local, in-person trader, tone77, was recently on a far out trip to the Far East and brought back a plethora of CANs for me. I am very excited by all of these foreign CANs and as such, today is my New CANned Black & Oriental Beer Sunday!

From the CAN: "Kirin's Prime Beer"; "Brewed for Good Times"; "The first wort gives this quality draft beer a full-bodied flavor. The deep and creamy taste enriches your precious time."

They have NO idea just how precious my time is! I should be paid to do this, but for now, it is time for the Crack & Glug! My initial inverted Glug into my Anderson Valley CAN glass not only produced a faux-cascading action, but the head began to threaten to overflow the glass. I allowed it to settle into two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown which allowed for ZERO light penetration. Nose had a dark chocolate, burnt charcoal quality along with a slight metallic tang. Mouthfeel was dense, creamy and coupled with the chocolate flavor, I could close my eyes and imagine having a milkshake. Finish was semi-sweet with the chocolaty flavor simply lingering. I CAN see why tone77 thought that this was the best of the lot.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, a touch of smoke. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is probably the best beer I found at the local beer vending machine here in Tokyo.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a hotel tumbler

Pours black but not opaque, light brown head. Smell is toast and chocolate.

Taste is coffee, slightly burnt toast, and not much else. A little one dimensional, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is thinnish and light. Overall, this isn't a very special beer, but it's not bad. I'd drink it again, unless there was something else to try.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.46 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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