Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter is a 9% imperial chocolate stout from Y Market Brewing, based in Nagoya, in Aichi, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draught lineup, though its availability is unknown at the time of writing. Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter is brewed using Simcoe, Citra Cryo, and Mosaic Cryo hops, though the type of chocolate is unknown.
Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 9%
- Style : Imperial chocolate stout
- Hops : Citra cryo, Mosaic cryo, and Simcoe
- IBU : 63
- Availability : Winter
- On Sale : From January 2023
- Size : 370 ml
- Price : From 690 yen
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Rich chocolate aroma with some vanilla creaminess and light roasted coffee and black malt notes. No alcohol heat present.
- Notable Tastes : Medium bodied sweetness and mouthfeel with large chocolate body. Light vanilla creaminess with light bitterness from hops. No discernible hop profile or alcohol heat.
Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter : Aroma & Taste
Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter poured out a dark brownish black colour with a medium amount of off-white tan coloured head that faded to a thin layer of bubbles, and left some tan lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was an unmistakable chocolate one, but that was to be a given considering the name of this beer. As Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter, there was light vanilla creaminess present that lingered just under the surface of the chocolate. Enough to be noticed, but not enough to fully punch through the chocolate. Alongside the vanilla, came some light coffee and roasted black malt notes of bitterness but in spite of Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter using some heavy hitting hops from the US, there wasn’t anything of note to come from them. At 9%, the alcohol was well hidden too.
The body began with a medium sweetness and a thick mouthfeel of creamy vanilla chocolate but it wasn’t as bitter as I thought it was going to be. Just because a beer uses a lot of hops, that doesn’t always translate to a hoppy beer, especially if you’re using a lot of adjuncts to impart flavour. Like in the nose, Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter had some vanilla creaminess present, and just a touch of bitterness from the black malt used – not in a strong acrid manner but enough to know that it wasn’t the hops bringing the bitterness. In fact, it was hard to really note what the hops had brought to the beer. The alcohol heat wasn’t overpowering, though there was some light warming sensation present as the beer warmed up.
Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter : The Bottom Line
Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter is a good beer – it does what its supposed to do but didn’t excite me enough to warrant a second can.
Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter : Where to Buy
Y Market Chocolate Factory Rich Bitter can be bought online at the following places: