Kirin Ichiban Shibori Stout | Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

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Kirin Ichiban Shibori StoutKirin Ichiban Shibori Stout

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by soulgrowl on 11-09-2007

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by sfprint:
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3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Like a very dark cola/root beer, barely a head, too dark to see any rising carbonation if there is any.
S: Chocolate, more chocolate than roasted malt. Slight dark fruit aroma.
T: Very toasted malt, bordering on burnt, slightly sour, extremely subtle cola quality.
M: Very astringent which can kind of glue your mouth shut. Very mild carbonation, light body.
O: Decent. definitely drinkable, but not special.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm glad soulgrowl had the nous to enter this as a more apt style than the user-friendly "STOUT" appellation on the bottle. Considering the beer market in Japan, this is a highly acceptable brew, especially since it's easy to find at most decent supermarkets.

Very dark brown with a very foamy tan head. The head isn't very dense and is probably the least attractive thing about the beer - tasting the foam is where the rice adjuncts are most noticeable. Smell of roast malt, but without too much depth. Tastewise, there is hoppy bitterness without going overboard, and roasty malt which isn't so excessive and warming as to make this beer unattractive in a warm climate. A sense of rice on the palate, but only if you're looking for it.

This is a dark beer well-suited to a night like tonight: a Friday evening in early June in humid Japan. It's not spectacular, but it's easy to find without too much of a headache or a wait, it's interesting enough to enjoy but mild enough to quaff, it's not so extreme as to slow me down in this weather, and it's reasonably priced. I'm glad I've got a few to help me unwind.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of TexIndy
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got as an extra from EinWeizenbitte who bought it back from Japan - many thanks! Poured from a 350ml can into a pint glass. Bottom of can shows June '09 canning with a Feb '10 best by date. Was a dark black color with mahogany highlights when against the light. It had a large brown head that settled into a collar and some film.

The aroma was very weak at first and improved slightly as it reached room temp. Smoke, roasted malt and cocoa. The taste was very bitter and not in the good way. From start to finish was solid bitter with the base flavors being drowned out. This is one of my favorite styles so expecting bitter but this was too much and had an almost burnt quality to it. Needed some major balancing to offset it. Undrinkable and drain pour as is.

Overall, really disappointed with this one. Big fan of schwarzbiers and they are hard to come by so was really psyched for this one. However, the overly burnt bitter taste overwhelmed the rest of the beer. It's fresh and others don't mention the bitter and do mention gentler flavors so maybe the store mishandled this one.

Rotation: not available here but would be one and done if it was. [1x]

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Murchmac
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought this back for me from Japan, in a can. No more rhymes I mean it, anybody want a peanut?

It pours with some head, the cola brown and black mix like Andy Garcia and Michael Douglas in Black Rain.

Smells of some cocoa, chocolate, cut grass. Is this a stout? No, may the schwarzbier with you.

Good taste, lager body, roasted stout taste. An agrarian beer in a modern stout flavor. Just like Japanese society.

Thanks to Keg for schlepping this beer back with him. Glad I had it, pretty quaffable. Not bad considering he bought it out of a vending machine on a city street.

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Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
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 woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
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 Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of skasdan
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Talisker
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Review originally filed 9/23/2007 under a different Kirin Stout. Reposted here after now that the correct beer is listed).

350ml can purchased at 7-11 in Tokyo. Poured into a glass in my hotel room.

English text on can reads "Kirin's Original Brew. Stout. Just taste 'Ichibanshibori Stout.' The first wort gives a marvelously deep taste. The aroma of roasted malt and smooth creamy foam enrich your precious time."

Pours a medium dark brown with some red highlights. Very clear, translucent all the way through when held up to light. Head is off-white. Aroma is chocolatey, but not heavy. Taste is very light, some fluffiness, but also some lager-y tangy characteristics (maybe from rice?). That light fluffy chocolate and roast is nicely integrated with the nose. Finishes too quick, gone before you know it.

If someone told me this was a schwarzbier, I would believe them. Regardless of style, it's not particularly noteworthy. Not bad, just not worth seeking out.

Originally Reviewed on: 09-23-2007 07:16:21

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Photo of Nunya
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yesno1011
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of doktorhops
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the real stuff: Kirin Ichiban Shibori Stout bought to me by a friend from Japan. I’ve been told by that same friend that it’s deadly smooth, as this is a person I trust when it comes to beers because we have a similar taste in brews. So yeah, not an opportunity I often get to try a real Japanese beer (unless I hit the Genko Mart in Alderley, Brisvegas) due to the fact that most Japanese beers that reach Australia aren’t even brewed in Japan! Remember my review of the large Sapporo can that I thought was fair dinkum Japanese? Yep: Made in Vietnam. If I want a Vietnamese beer I’ll buy one, and if I want a Japanese beer, well... it’s a bit harder on the supply side there. Anyhow let’s crack this thing!

Poured from a 350ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Near as black can be body with a sizable 4 centimetre mocha head that slowly disintegrates enough to make it drinkable... eventually... massive bubbles in the head and not much lace left on the side of the glass as it goes down, she ain’t pretty, but looks ain’t everything (least that’s what they tell me). 6/10.

S: Roasted malt and rich molasses all over this nose. Hints of dark fruit as well, this is definitely erring into Baltic Porter territory. Some dark chocolate character comes through at about whiff number 5, and there she is - we’re in Stout country now. It’s not a bad aroma at all, reasonably fulsome and sweet with nary a hint of bitterness (I guess that’s where the smooth comes in to the picture). 7/10.

T: Is this a beer or some kind of Stouty milkshake? Flavours definitely lean towards chocolate (milk & dark) with that roasted malt and molasses character providing a solid base with a nicely balanced sweetness - nothing too over the top, but conversely it goes down a bit easy if that makes sense. Drying towards the finish with a very mild touch of bitterness. Possibly the easiest Stout I’ve had in a looong time. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a carbonation that went from “wow, look at me go!” to “blerrrrrgh” (i.e. flat) in a very short time. I’ve seen this before with some Stouts - they lose carbonation in a blink of the eye. 5/10.

D: I’m liking it, but I’m also wanting a Russian Imperial Stout for better or worse - I can’t help it, I’m a RIS drinker at heart. This is definitely a Stout for people who have never tried one but would like to dabble, it’s like Guinness in that respect, though Guinness is more coffee focused. Give it a go aiight. 7/10.

Food match: If we’re matching Japanese: Seared wagyu tataki.

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Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
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 pettis
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a US pint. Nice frothy tan head at first that recedes to a rather small lacing. Faint hint of roasted malt in the nose. Very dark brown, almost black, though shows a bit of dark amber when held up to the light.

Taste much like it smells, though the burnt/roasted malt flavor comes through more. Not exactly sweet...more on the dry side though little hop bitterness. Good call on the Schwarzbier classification--not sure if this uses a lager yeast (probably it does) but it drinks more like one that it does a stout or porter.

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Photo of OneBrewru
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Kirin Stout pours a thin black and is topped by a persistent cappuccino colored hear. Decent amount of lacing.

The smell is very minimal. Whisps of coffee and chocolate with a metallic edge.

The taste is light and bitter with a slight metallic finish. Hints of coffee.

The mouthfeel is very light with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is ok but nothing special.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyingpig
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

400ml Keg at Pretty Date Bar, Hiroshima, Japan (¥600):
Quite a basic beer overall, this one was drinkable throughout with some nice sweetness on top of the usual earthy malts & roasted flavours. Around the middle some chocolate & coffee seemed to make an appearance whilst the balance of the beer was quite good throughout but it wasn't exactly a must try or one that I'd hurry back to again; still it was worth trying in Japan I guess.

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