Daisen G Beer Imperial Stout by Kumezakura Daisen Brewery

Daisen G Beer Imperial Stout is a 9% imperial stout from Daisen G Beer, based in Tottori, Japan. It’s part of their annual winter seasonal lineup, and is released alongside their barley wine and wheat wine at the end of January / beginning of February. The most surprising thing about Daisen G Beer Imperial Stout is that it is brewed …

Ushitora Mashi Mashi no Kuro Summer Edition by Ushitora Brewery

Ushitora Mashi Mashi no Kuro Summer Edition

Ushitora Mashi Mashi no Kuro Summer Edition, officially known as Ushitora #096 Mashi Mashi no Kuro Summer Edition Extreme Coffee, is a 9.3% Imperial stout from Ushitora Brewery, based in Tochigi, Japan. It’s the latest iteration of the beer from Ushitora Brewery, following their #009 Mashi Mashi and #072 Mashi Mashi Spring editions. At the time of writing, it can …

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout

Shiga Kogen Takashi Imperial Stout is a 10% imperial stout from Tamamura Honten, based in Nagano, and it is part of their spring range of seasonal beers. This 2016 was the first release in two years as Tamamura Honten installed a new brewery. It was first released in limited batches in 2008 and can be found on sale from around the beginning …

Outsider The Darkside Imperial Stout by Outsider Brewing

Outsider The Darkside Imperial Stout

Outsider The Darkside Imperial Stout is an 8% imperial stout from Outsider Brewing, based in Yamanashi. It is part of their winter seasonal lineup and at the time of writing, can be found on tap across Japan though there have been no sightings of any bottled form of it. Besides that, there is not much known about this beer in …

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Baeren Chocolate Stout Vintage (2015) by Baeren

Baeren Chocolate Stout Vintage 2015

Baeren Chocolate Stout Vintage is Baeren’s attempt at aging their Baeren Chocolate Stout beer over time, and as such, the abv varies from year-to-year; however, this one had an abv of 9%. It’s classified as an imperial stout and is available from winter onwards, usually from January. Even though Baeren Chocolate Stout Vintage is sold at the beginning of January, there is …

Hansharo Mikado by Hansharo Beer

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Hansharo Mikado is a 9.5% Russian imperial stout from Hansharo that is part of their winter lineup of beers. It is first released November 2015 and is brewed using Phoenix, Admiral, and Bramling Cross hops to produce a beer with an IBU of 65 units. It is unknown whether Hansharo Mikado will see a bottled release; however, it can be found …

Niigata Espresso Beer by Niigata Beer

Niigata Espresso Beer

Niigata Espresso Beer is an imperial stout from Niigata Beer that packs a punch with an abv of 7%. It’s on sale all year round though the recipe seems to have changed as some places have reported it having an abv of 8% while others at 7% though the Niigata Beer website does state 7%. Niigata Espresso Beer Aroma and …

Ise Kadoya Strong Stout by Ise Kadoya

Ise Kadoya Strong Stout

I was never meant to review this beer, but after a recent BBQ that Joe and I had, he drunk his bottle of Ise Kadoya Strong Stout on the way home and left the pleasure to me of writing a review. If you hadn’t had guessed by now, Ise Kadoya Strong Stout is an imperial stout from Ise Kadoya that is …

Hidatakayama Stout by Hida Takayama Beer

Hidatakayama Stout

Hidatakayama Stout is a 7% imperial stout produced by Hida Takayama Beer and was a spur on the moment purchase from their online store. Stouts are a tough one for me; it feels like it should be a meal in itself rather than something I should be drinking perhaps to quench my thirst or relax after a long day of writing. Hidatakayama …

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout was originally released in September 2014 by Hyouko Yashiki No Mori Brewery. Only 600L of this was made and put on sale due to the limited amount of whisky barrels available. At the time of writing, it is unknown whether Swan Lake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a one-off beer or if it will be on …