Mimasaka Strong Stout is an 8% imperial stout, brewed by Mimasaka Beer Works, based in Mimasaka, in Okayama, Japan. It’s part of their autumn seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Mimasaka Strong Stout is brewed using roasted coffee beans from Bankoku Coffee roasters.
Mimasaka Strong Stout Aroma and Taste
Mimasaka Strong Stout poured out a pitch black colour with a medium amount of frothy tan head that lingered for ages. The aroma was a thick coffee one, with notes of chocolate and cacao coming off. The malts also brought a light dusting of caramel and black malt too, with the latter being restrained and thankfully lacking the typical acrid aroma that comes with it when used in too great a quantity. When Mimasaka Strong Stout had warmed up, there was also a residual smokiness to it which was unexpected, almost as if some smoked malt had been used during the mash.
The light coffee flavours in the beer meant that the body could shine; however, for an 8% imperial stout, Mimasaka Strong Stout lacked a thick enough body to really support the flavours – and that’s the only downside really to this beer. Once it had been given the chance to warm and open up, the balance of the coffee, chocolate, caramel, and black malt were tasty. I would have liked a thicker body to really have supported everything going on really. Mimasaka Strong Stout had a subtel alcohol heat to it in the aftertaste but nothing overpowering or unpleasant.
Mimasaka Strong Stout The Bottom Line
Mimasaka Strong Stout is a surprisingly good stout that could do with some more body.
Where to Buy Mimasaka Strong Stout
Mimasaka Strong Stout can be bought online at the following places: