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hey thanks for dropping by. I have not really had any japanese beer. I actually never gave it much thought. Anything to compare it to?
I enjoy all types. My next review is going to be a lager. A Marzen to be specific
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Japanese beer is good.
If you can get you hands on Hitashino beer, that is probably the better known of the Japanese craft breweries. Their Amber Ale is an extremely good
solid beer and the Espresso and the XH are extremely good and are now very popular in the the UK and are gettting betting known in the States.
Yo-Ho brewery are another really top Japanese craft brewery that are worth checking out but I don't know if they are so available in the States. I
know that the States are not so good at recognising great beers of both the past and present that have either been the inspiration for the American
craft scene or are currently blazing trails.
Coedo are a Japanese brewer that are starting to eek into the craft markets outside Japan but I haven't got my hands on any yet.
And of course if you can ever get your hands on the TRUE EXPORT black Asahi then it's a wonderful dry bitter sweet lager, not too far from a black
IPA made with the added crystal malts.
There are also breweries that have started to play with sake yeasts and Japanese hops. The sake yeast can give a slightly toasted rice feel to the
malts but with a slight tang, such as the tang you would expect from Brettanomyces yeast.
Check out Nogne-O for the red horizon sake yeast beer.
Rogue, (round the corner from you) have experimented with Japanese inspired beers including a hazlenut one and one made with Soba Buckwheat.
I also know that kings of yeast experimentation Wild Beer Co from the UK are in the process of using Japanese yeasts.
As for smoked porters, there are a tonne of smoked porter that are readily available and popular. The best known over there would probably be the
Stone smoked range (including a chipotle and a vanilla one) and the ALaskan Smoked porter which is one of the most popular in the world.
As for British ones, there are too many to mention but some you may be able to find over there are the Brodies Smoked Rye Porter and Beavertown Smog
Rocket and Imperial Lord Smog Smoked Porter.
Smoked goes particularly well with imperial strength as it covers the alcohol spike.
They are made the same as any other smoked beer using smoked grains, so essentially all stouts and porters (apart from the odd bright) are smoked just
not to the same degree.
As for the beers in your picture, I've only had the Sasquatch, The Oatis and the Lighthouse. The the Sasquatch and the Lighthouse at a beer session
and remember very little except the Lighthouse was well balanced between the sweet syrupiness of the chocolate and the dry bitterness of the body of
beer, which is hard to do with chocolate beers.
I remember the Oatis as being enjoyable but couldn't find the sweet coating mouthfeel that I love about Oat and Milk stouts/Porters even though I had
it at room temperature which is how we normally drink those types of beers over here.