Shimane Chocolate No. 7 by Shimane Beer Company

Matsue Choco No 7 松江ビアへるん・ショコラ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 ベアレンチョコレートスタウトヴィンテージ

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 …

Konishi Chocola Premium by Konishi Brewing

Konishi Chocola Premium

Chocolate. Beer. Let that sink in for a minute. Your usual chocolate beer is brewed with chocolate malts though Konishi Chocola Premium is brewed with pure Belgian chocolate and cocoa. Now, let that sink in. Someone is dumping Belgian chocolate in this beer along with cocoa powder. So technically, this is a full on happo-shu, even the label on the side …

Kinshachi Imperial Stout by Morita Kinshachi Beer

Kinshachi Imperial Stout

Kinshachi Imperial Stout, also known as Kinshachi Imperial Chocolate Stout, is an 8.5% Russian Imperial Stout brewed for those cold winter months to snuggle up next too. There are two labels: the one below with the rather intimidating lady on the front (help me history readers!) and a special Valentine’s Day labelled one. It contains a lot of chocolate malt …

Minoh Imperial Stout by Minoh Beer

Minoh Imperial Stout

Finally. FINALLY!! I get to drink and review a Minoh beer before Joe does. Every time I try one, Joe’s already had it. But not the Minoh Imperial Stout. No way, Jòse. It’s mine. Minoh Imperial Stout used to have the appellation “Valentine” tacked onto it; however, they dropped that part and instead just release the beer around Valentine’s Day. It’s …