A.J.I. Beer Inc

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Stout - English
Ranked #20
Ranked #17,889
3.96 | pDev: 9.6%
A.J.I. Beer Inc
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle in Shin-Osaka with a BB date stamp of 27-08-2018.
Pours essentially black with a short beige head that soon reduces to a partial ring. There's a bit of lacing on the glass.
It smells like dark roasted grains and these dominate the flavor as well. However, the flavor is a touch too smoky and burnt.
Feel: medium-full body with medium carbonation.
Overall: Disappointing and compares poorly to the Echigo Stout I had earlier today.

May 20, 2018
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doktorhops from Australia

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a gift from a craft beer drinking friend who regularly goes to Japan and we have similar taste in beer (we both like NEIPAs and decent Stouts). Out of the many Japanese Stouts he has tried this is the best he’s had. I take a recommendation like that pretty seriously, so yeah I’m going to give it a red-hot review. I’m kinda hoping it’s not that great - as there doesn’t appear to be any way of getting it in to Australia. The label is cool. In typical Japanese style it has “STOUT” written in massive letters, jeez Japanese brewers aren’t subtle with what’s inside the bottle. It’s got some pedigree too - winner of the World Beer Cup Dry Stout award in 2009, 2014, and 2016. Says “exceedingly moreish!” - I’ll be the judge of that thank you Minoh.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Opaque jet black body with a sizable 3 centimetre mocha coloured head that reasonably dense (think latte foam). The head slowly disintegrates with large bubbles forming and popping, leaves a reasonably sticky lace on the way down. Felt dense and creamy on the pour, this looks pretty-pretty good. 8/10.

S: Earthy character, roasted barley with a hint of filter coffee, there’s almost a soft sake note in the background, I wouldn’t be surprised if some rice had been used somewhere in the brewing process. Aroma is a mix of Western and Japanese characters, like an Irishman in a kimono. 7/10.

T: Yep, as noted above: earthy character, roasted barley with a hint of filter coffee, and that soft sake note in the background. Finish is well balanced between sweet/dry/bitter with a slight herbal/tobacco note in the finish. It’s fairly moreish, I could definitely go another, though there are other Dry Stouts I would classify as “exceedingly moreish!” over this one, e.g. ... no wait, there’s really not many Dry Stouts that I’ve rated highly, this one wins by de-fault, the two sweetest words in the English language “DE-FAULT! DE-FAULT!”. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a dense but soft carbonation, it could definitely benefit from more body and texture, though it’s nowhere near as watery as today’s Guinness. 6/10.

D: So yeah, let’s hear it for winner by default of the “now Doc’s favourite Dry Stout” award of 2017: Minoh Stout. It’s tasty, it’s got a nice Japanese twist on a Western style, and it’s difficult to tell that it’s 5.5% ABV. Yay Minoh! 8/10.

Food match: Wagyu tataki with a blob of wasabi mayonnaise.

Nov 05, 2017
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Yamaya Nagahoribashi, Osaka, Japan (¥410):
Great stuff again from Minoh & another beer from the brewery that I'd happily have again, it was especially good when compared to other darker Japanese beers that I've tried. The beer opened with some excellent roasted malts & an earthy bitterness that was coupled with some sweetness & vanilla flavouring further on; definitely a beer that I'd have again if it was available outside of Japan.

Oct 26, 2017
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evlu1441 from Canada (AB)

3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up because it was a steal. not sure what to expect, but I generally like the twist that Japanese brewers throw into western beer styles. I also like the fact that this beer is "exceedingly moreish"

It really is a very dark beer. Pitch black with a thin brown head that settles down and almost completely disappears..

The aroma has a lot of different things going on. It's got some sharp molasses sweetness, alongside some roasted coffee. There is also a kind of funky fermented aroma going on. I hope my bottle isn't bad. Alcohol is slight, but apparent. It smells quite pleasant overall.

The taste is very bland watered down. Faint sweet roasted malt, and some light coffee undertones to start. It has some and it ends with some slight tartness and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little too watery for my taste. It could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, I think I might have bought a bad bottle. This beer tastes incredibly bland for a stout... Even more so than Guinness.

Sep 21, 2011
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle, I love the blurb on the label that proclaims of this stout: "It's exceedingly moreish!"

Pours out a deep opaque black, garnet highlights only from an extreme direct light source. Capped by a moderate sandy head that quickly settles to a thin creamy cap.

Aroma encompasses all the key notes, that of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, some creamy sweetness. Clean.

Clean flavour, but not very robust. Washed out notes of roasted malt, espresso grounds, a hint of smokiness and char.

A bit watery in the mouthfeel, medium-low body, slick and thin texture.

This has the makings of a decent stout, it just doesn't pull all the elements together in the end, it would benefit from more body which would probably help boost the flavour as well.

Apr 25, 2010
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Shadman from Canada (AB)

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No guessing what style this beer is with the huge STOUT right on the label. I like the fact that it's 'exceedinglu moreish'.

Blacker than a Bay Street banker's heart. Nice rich tan head and good lacing.

Nice mix of coffee, cocoa, and a hint of sweet caramel.

The above aromas come through in the flavour dept. Hint of milky sourness keeps it down a point or two. Bitterness is there, but mostly in the form of dark cocoa and is quite nicely balanced by the other flavours. ABV of 5.5% is barely noticeable.

Smooth, medium body. Wouldn't go as far to call it creamy, but still....

nice example of the style, the almost $4.00/per price tag makes it an occasional sample for this blue collar BA.

Apr 16, 2010
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juju7 from Australia

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bearing a sticker on the bottle claiming it to be the world's no.1 stout (according to the world beer awards 09). Maybe not the world's best but very, very good. Pitch black with a milky brown head. The aromas are jumping out; espresso, tar, a bit of roast beef and cocoa. Body is a bit lighter than the nose would lead you to believe but it is still nicely balanced, flavourful and satisfying. Probably the best beer I've had from this brewery.

Apr 03, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark chocolate brown, with a few floaties, and two fingers of soapy beige head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass. It smells of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of booze. The taste is dark roasted chocolate malt, a bit of caramel, and a mildly sour, astringent pine hop oiliness. The carbonation is low, the body medium weight, slick, and somewhat unctuous, and it finishes off-dry, some dry coffee and chocolate notes offset by that sour herbal nature from the hops.

A pretty good stout, nicely balanced between the sweetness, and, in this case, exotic bitters.

Jan 24, 2010
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Passable stout at Mondial 2009. Very common stout, without anything too interesting in characteristic. Yes, a little roasty, some chocolate malt, cocoa. Average carbonation. A little eblow average mouthfeel. Black with a little white head.On the sweeter side.

Jun 10, 2009
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GreatPondBrewer from California

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought this back to me from a trip to Osaka. After my sudden departure from Korea, this was one of two beers I was able to stow away in my bag. Glad I made the choice.

Poured a fine, velveteen black with a fluffy, macchiato head. So far so good. The nose was a tad indistinct with a slight hint of booziness fortified with some bitter roasty flavors and even the slightest nose of something akin to rubber cement... not altogether unpalatable, but a bit odd and lacking. The nose did not, however, belie the delicate blush of the beer. It came in a smooth creamy wave, full of roasted grains, thick milk chocolate and caramel notes and a bitter slightly sharp aftertaste. A very passable rendition of an English stout and by my estimation another indication of the delicacy and concern Japanese brewers put on the their craft.

Feb 05, 2009
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On handpump at Beer Belly in Osaka - an excellent izakaya with character in spades.

Midnight black and topped with a finger of tan head that leaves patches of lace down the side of the glass and shows good retention. Cocoa, caramel and coffee waft enticingly upwards. Great roasted malt flavour, with the large cocoa and coffee flavours dialled back by a nice creamy taste. Nice touch of pine in the mildly bitter aftertaste, though this is balanced out by a small dose of residual sugars. The body really benefits from being cask conditioned, and it has a wonderfully smooth and full flavour, while at the same time being light and drinkable.

A top-notch stout and a very impressive cask. Its kinda neat to be so far from home and come across a well-made cask stout!

Oct 17, 2008
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at great japanese beer festival 2008:

a: nice tan head with dark brown/back body; light lacing

s: light coffe and light caramel malts; not overly fragrant

t: roasted coffee malts with dark and milk chocolate and a bitter bit of piney hops and raw coffee bean to finish

m: creamy and smooth w/ light carb

d: a great japanese stout

May 11, 2008
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Naerhu from Japan

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with thin tan head.
Hugely aromatic cocoa and slightly charred malt.
Tame long lasting bitterness with a more moderate cocoa flavor, not in the slightest sweet, but is also neither very dry. Easy.
Creamy mouthfeel
This is a relatively light tasting and easily quaffable beer.

Mar 31, 2004
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