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Stout | Hidatakayama Brewing Agricultural Corporation, Ltd

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Brewed by:
Hidatakayama Brewing Agricultural Corporation, Ltd

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 05-30-2004

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A long overdue reveiw. Thanks to Naerhu in a trade.

This stout pours a slick impenetrable black. A small copper brown head. Not too much lacing. Scents are roasted carob, with some mild wheat. A bit of BBQ, herbs and coffee in the background.

The flavors are very smokey with some bacon afterflavors. A nice roasty coffee, chickory flavor with plenty of spices for the finish. There is a slight carob flavor mixed in but the smoke flavor really quells it. This is not bad. The smoke flavors really make this a unique stout. A smoked stout with a malty back bone. Very well done.

A medium bodied and easy drinking stout. A stout not to be gulped, but sipped over a good hour or two. Let it warm. This is not a session stout but one to be enjoyed for the moment. The aftertaste is salty and satisfying. I recommend this stout, but not for mass consumption. It is more enjoyable as an every now and then stout.

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Photo of Derek
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Licorice, molasses, roasted grain & coffee. Fairly enticing.

T: Black strap molasses, coffee, black cherry, hints of licorice with a moderate bitterness.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is quite dry.

D: It's not as roasty or full bodied as many Foreign / Export stouts, but it is a good, drinkable stout.

Thanks Bobsy!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and roasty is the name of this game from nose 'til finish. A consistent ride of malt, coffee, and cocoa throughout.

The Stout pours a very dark brown, viscous opaque and with a froathy tan head character that reduces to a sheet of creame across the surface and with low lacing. A solid appearance through and through.

Malted milk ball candies, coffee roast, cocoa or at least bitter-sweet chocolate notes rise to the nose with medium-strong intensity with mild alcohol notes to follow.

Malt is the dominating factor with only medium caramel sweetness, but with true malted milk flavors that temper the acrid roast character and give a more robust flavor to the mid palate. Bitter chocolate helps to define the transition where the malt meets roast and follows the beer into the finish and aftertaste. Mild grape-like esters come to life as the beer warms a bit, giving just a hint of complexity and intrigue.

Full and creamy, the beer's early start holds its structure until very late where the beer finishes with a semi-dry malty feel. Though malty, the sweet feel never interferes with the malty-dry skeleton. Warming alcohols aid in dryness late and gives nice closure to the sip.

There's a sense of elegance and purity with the true malt value in this Stout. Somehow, I like my Foreign Exports to be a bit more roast-focused and with a mild toffee-like boldness. This one could be complimented with lactose or oatmeal to make for a great example of one of those.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can in Takayama after hearing great things about the brewery.

Dark brown beer with chestnut highlights and a café au lait head that quickly faded to a thin ring, leaving little lacing and some legs. Malty nose - some caramel and coffee. The flavor is a little more complex, but ultimately I think a carob sweetness prevails. I agree with the original reviewer - while this is a good stout, and the alcohol is well hidden, the fact that I can get Lion for half the price will probably keep me from buying it again. However, I look forward to trying their other offerings!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is from one of the top micros here in Japan. Their beers are delicious, but I refuse to spend my own money on them because the go for a minimum of five dollars a can, making it perhaps the most expensive amount the major micros.

Jet black body and ultra thin head.

Vibrant dark roasted malt aroma.

Robost maltiness. Bright hoppy bitterness wonderfully balancing the alcohol which is surprsingly not noticeable.

Ultra fine bubbles. This is a joy to savor. However, there is no reason to buy this, when I can get Echigo stout, Lion Stout, or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout at half the price (and this being no better).

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Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can picked up in Takayama.

Very dark brown pour, bordering upon black. A finger of off-white head is kicked up, but soon diminishes to a collar and a few touches of lace. The aroma is predominantly coffee grounds, with a touch of sour. The flavour isn't overly big, but does contain some very good roast tones. Coffee and hints of bitter chocolate rule here, but there's also a very light sour note, similar to some wheats. Medium body and carbonation.

A nice, straightforward stout that doesn't drink as big as others in this category.

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Stout from Hidatakayama Brewing Agricultural Corporation, Ltd
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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