Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos is an 8% imperial porter from Tamamura Honten, based in Yamanouchi, in Nagano, Japan. It’s part of their collaborative range with Trunk Coffee, a coffee roasted based in Nagoya. Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos uses a porter base that has been ramped up, and has coffee beans sourced from Pacamara, based in Nicaragua. At the time of writing, it’s unknown whether Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos is a one-off or not, but if it’s like other coffee beers from Tamamura Honten then it will probably come back but with a different blend of beans next time around.

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Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos Aroma and Taste

Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos poured out a pitch black colour with a slight off-white fluffy head that dissipated into a thin ring of oily bubbles on top. I don’t know how much coffee went into the beer, but you can certainly smell the roasted coffee beans when the beer was chilled. The chocolate and roasted black malts were slightly off balanced with the coffee aromas but it did seem a bit weird to amplify the coffee in a style of beer that has coffee as one of the aromas.

The body had an initial roasted bitter coffee kick that had been amplified by the addition of the coffee – you can see where I am going with this already, can’t you? And that’s really the story with Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos . It’s got a lot of coffee going on, but lacking in something to contrast against it. The chocolate and roasted black malts are there once the beer has had a chance to warm up, but the dry coffee body dominates over them. It finished off – wait you’ve already guessed what I’m going to say haven’t you?! – a lingering coffee flavour.

Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos The Bottom Line

Maybe it was just me, but this taste exactly the same as the Coco Rwanda. Maybe I’m missing something?

Where to Buy Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos

Shiga Kogen Imperial Coffee Porter Finca Los Congos can be bought online at the following places:

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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