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Iwate Kura Chocolate Stout by Sekinoichi Shuzo

Iwate Kura Chocolate Stout

Iwate Kura Chocolate Stout is a 5% stout from Sekinoichi Shuzo, based in Iwate, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup though it is firmly advertised as a beer for Valentine’s Day and as such, it can be found on sale from January onwards, until stocks run out. Unlike other chocolate stouts that may use flavouring or chocolate bars, Iwate …

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout

Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout is a 6.5% spiced stout from Sankt Gallen Brewery, based in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition range for Valentine’s day – a day in Japan where women tend to give men presents – and apparently it takes 10,000 black sesame seeds to make 1 bottle of Sankt Gallen Sesame Chocolate Stout, where one …

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter by Ise Kadoya 

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter

Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is an 8% spiced porter from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal range of beers and was first released in 2016, as a push towards the Valentine’s market. Ise Kadoya Cardamom Porter is brewed with orange peel, cacao powder, and also cardamom, which happens to be the world’s third most expensive spice, …

Shimane Chocolate No. 7 by Shimane Beer Company

Shimane Chocolate No. 7

Shimane Chocolate No. 7 is an 8% stout from Shimane Beer Company, from Shimane and it’s a part of their winter lineup of craft beer. It is usually released a few weeks in advance of Valentine’s Day, with the traditional viewpoint that women are going to buy this for a special person in their life. Shimane Chocolate No. 7 is brewed …

Hakone Chocotto Ichigo by Hakone Beer

Hakone Chocotto Ichigo

Hakone Chocotto Ichigo is a 6% fruit beer from Hakone Beer and this was a present from Joe for a late Valentine’s Day or maybe an early White Day. This is produced in such a limited amount that Hakone Chocotto Ichigo is only sold at the store in Hakone. It is usually on sale from mid-January and has a shelf life …

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine by Kamakura Beer

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine

Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine is a belated Valentines brew from Kamakura Beer that is a 5.5% dunkel style beer. We were out wandering around Yokohama when we came across it, and World Gourmet had just received a large batch as of writing. Kamakura Beer My Funny Valentine is brewed annually and usually goes on sale from mid January. Kamakura Beer …

Harvestmoon Valentine Stout by Harvestmoon Brewery

Harvestmoon Valentine Stout

Harvestmoon Valentine Stout is an annual Valentine’s day release by Harvestmoon Brewery. It usually goes on sale from late December and it is a 7% stout beer packaged only with this special label, which is unlike some breweries that repackage their existing beers with a different label. Similar to this recipe is Harvestmoon Coffee Stout, which builds on it by …

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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 …

Sankt Gallen Smoked Chocolate Stout by Sankt Gallen Brewery

Sankt Gallen Smoked Chocolate Stout

Cheese! How many times have I started a beer review with that word? You may have gathered from reading any of my stout or porter reviews that I really dislike the “cheesy” flavour that a lot of them possess (I call it “lacto”, but I’m not even sure if that’s the right word. Need to check that. Know your enemy, …

Doppo Chocolate by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo Chocolate

Doppo Chocolate is Miyashita Shuzo’s annual gift to craft beer drinkers in Japan – a stout fortified with cocoa powder, ready for that (lonely) Valentine’s night. It’s a bottom fermented beer brewed with seven different hops although the addition of such a large amount of coca means Doppo Chocolate is sold under the classification of a happoshu. Doppo Chocolate Aroma and Taste …