Hino Kudari Stout is a 5.5% sweet stout from Hino Brewing, based in Hino, in Tokyo, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found in both bottles and on draught at various locations. Hino Kudari Stout is brewed using a locally sourced speciality blend coffee though what beans and roast is unknown.
- Alcohol : 5.5%
- Style : Coffee stout
- Hops : Northern Brewer and Citra
- IBU : 29
- Availability : All Year Round
- On Sale : All Year Round
- Size : 330ml bottle
- Price : From 600 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Roasted black malts, with coffee and chocolate. Subtle ashen taste when warm.
- Notable Tastes : Smooth coffee and chocolate with roasted malts and ashen flavour.
Hino Kudari Stout : Aroma and Taste
Hino Kudari Stout poured out a pitch black colour with a small amount of slightly off-white head on top that left some streaks down the side of the glass throughout drinking. The aromas coming off the beer were rather straightforward and unsurprising: coffee, chocolate, with some roasted black malts. It was only when Hino Kudari Stout had warmed up that some of the ashen aroma came through – it’s a tough one to explain but it felt like something had been heated up or burnt too much – perhaps from the coffee addition itself?
The body was surprisingly thin for a beer of this strength. While Hino Kudari Stout is not a foreign or an extra stout, it did lack a bold body, but that does mean to say the flavours didn’t get through. The coffee and chocolate was present from the start, and lingered through into the aftertaste. But it was that same ashen-like quality that pervaded through drinking. While drinkable, I couldn’t shake that taste from the beer.
Hino Kudari Stout : The Bottom Line
Hino Kudari Stout is a mixed bag – it has some good aromas and flavours to it, but that ashen quality is not nice.
Hino Kudari Stout : Where to Buy It
Hino Kudari Stout can be bought online from the following places: