Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout is a 5% stout made with almonds and Italian espresso coffee beans (surprise!). It’s a limited edition beer that went on sale this January (2017).
Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout Aroma and Taste
Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout pours out thickly with a great big head which dissipates down to a half centimetre. Wow- I can smell the roast malts from several miles away. This beer is so dense it began to implode upon itself. As I was pulled in by its gravitational field I got a whiff of the strong coffee scent up close. It wasn’t overly bitter though, it was more of a smoky, French Roast aroma.
It’s totally pitch black too. I’m looking forward to trying this.
Wow, well, when you’re going to put almonds and coffee into a beer you’re going to expect it to have a bit of a dry cut to it. Damn, it’s bitter. But it also has that juicy flavour some coffees have which is kinda hard for me to describe. It’s nice to have a coffee beer that tastes juicy, though, rather than just the regular chocolatey or roasty coffee taste.
The coffee is all up front and almond nuttiness is all on the tail-end. It’s a really interesting flavour profile.
As the beer warms up the almond taste increases (or the malt and coffee decreases, you choose). It’s a very strong tasting stout. It’s great! I had a bottle of Minoh Stout today as well and it was a bit thin, to be honest. This one will put hair on your chest. Hell, this will put hair on your car.
Now it’s started to taste like I’ve eaten a cigar. I can’t believe this is only 5% ABV (and indeed, only 550yen). It’s still primarily a coffee nose, which is hanging in there. But yeah, the almonds and espresso and malts combine into what tastes like a big chewy chunky package of dry leaves on fire.
Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout: The Bottom Line
Recently I’ve had a couple of the so-called “legendary” stouts- Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Prairie Bomb- both of which cost me an arm and a leg (as a result I’m now a beer-drinking torso). Incredible beers, of course, but not for everyday drinking. Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout is only ¥550 and is well worth it, if you want to approximate the experience of those flavoured stouts (Drink three bottles to get the correct level of drunkenness though).
Unless you don’t like almonds. Seriously, it’s dry as all hell.
Where to Buy Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout
Ise Kadoya Nachtmusik #2 Almond Coffee Stout can be bought at the following places: