North Island Cinnamon Ale by North Island Beer

North Island Cinnamon Ale ノースアイランドシナモンエール

North Island Cinnamon Ale is a 6.5% spiced beer from North Island Beer, based in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on tap. North Island Cinnamon Ale is brewed using imported cinnamon but instead of  East Kent Golding, Topaz hops are used in this 2018 version. North Island Cinnamon Ale …

Locobeer General Winter by Locobeer

Locobeer General Winter・ロコビアジェネラル・ウィンター

Locobeer General Winter is a 7% old ale from Locobeer, based in Sakura city, in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their winter lineup and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Locobeer General Winter Aroma and Taste Locobeer General Winter poured out a deep chestnut brown colour with a plump off-white tan coloured head. The head faded to a …

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA Habanero by Tamamura Honten

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA Habanero・志賀高原1t IPAハバネロ

Shiga Kogen 1t IPA Habanero is a 9.5% Double IPA / Imperial IPA from Tamamura Honten, based in Yamanouchi, in Nagano, Japan. It’s a collaboration with Mellow Yellow, makers of some awesome habanero sauces in Japan, and Shiga Kogen 1t IPA Habanero uses the Shiga Kogen 1t IPA as its base。The beer uses chemical-free locally green habaneros too. Shiga Kogen 1t IPA Habanero …

Daisen G Scottish Ale by Kumezakura Brewery

Daisen G Scottish Ale 大山Gスコティッシュエール

Daisen G Scottish Ale is a 6% Scottish ale from Kumezakura Brewery, based in Tottori, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal line up and can be found in both bottles and on tap when on sale. Since it first came on sale, Daisen G Scottish Ale has had its abv increased from 4.5% to its current level of 6% now. Daisen …

Daisen G Doppelbock by Kumezakura Brewery

Daisen G Doppelbock ・大山Gドッペルボック

Daisen G Doppelbock is an 8% doppelbock from Kumezakura Brewery, based in Tottori, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup and can be found in bottles and on tap across Japan. Not much is known about Daisen G Doppelbock besides it not having been brewed for 17 years. Daisen G Doppelbock Aroma and Taste Daisen G Doppelbock poured out a deep …

Source of Styles #6 – Imperial Stouts

Imperial stouts – my personal favourite kind of beer. One that I know I can’t drink a lot of but I end up trying as many as I can when they’re on sale, and also end up drinking too much of. The colour, the aroma, the flavours, and the texture – such a happy marriage of them all together makes …

Hideji Dark Chestnut Ale by Miyazaki Hideji Beer

Hideji Dark Chestnut Ale ひでじビール栗黒エール

Hideji Dark Chestnut Ale is a 9% imperial stout from Miyazaki Hideji Beer, based in Nobeoka, in Miyazaki, Kyushu. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup and can be found in both bottle and on tap. Hideji Dark Chestnut Ale, or Hideji Kuri Kuro, is brewed using locally grown chestnuts and Miyazaki Hideji Beer recommend aging this beer – but we …

Hakone Yuzu no Kahori by Hakone Beer

Hakone Yuzu no Kahori is a limited seasonal beer from Hakone Beer. It’s a 4.5% fruit ale made with yuzu. Hakone Yuzu no Kahori Aroma and Taste Hakone Yuzu no Kahori pours out pale and slightly hazy with a centimetre of bright white foam. As you would expect, there’s a strong yuzu juice nose which basically dominates everything it’s added …

Hakone Kazamatsuri Stout by Hakone Beer

Hakone Kazamatsuri stout 箱根風祭スタウト

Hakone Kazamatsuri Stout is a 7.5% stout from Hakone Beer in Hakone, Kanagawa. It’s their winter seasonal, and is named after Kazamatsuri, the area in Hakone where the brewery is located. FULL DISCLOSURE If you have any experience with Hakone Beer, erm, beers, you’ll know that their best-before dates are an astonishing two weeks after production. That used to be understandable when …

Songbird Imperial Stout By Brewery Songbird

Songbird Imperial Stout ソングバードインペリアルスタウト

Songbird Imperial Stout is a 9% imperial stout from Brewery Songbird, based in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their winter seasonal lineup and is brewed using “spices”. Brewery Songbird styled this on an English imperial stout in previous years but used Belgian yeast to ferment this 2017 / 2018 version. Songbird Imperial Stout Aroma and Taste This is the third time I’ve …