Kyoto Brewing Co.

黒潮の如く (Kuroshio no Gotoku)


For some strange reason, dark beer in Japan is generally looked down upon. Stouts, porters, dark lagers... even though each one is unique in style, they are all lumped together under the moniker "black beer", which many people find unappealing. This is unusual considering the fact they often have rich flavours of chocolate and coffee, both of which are immensely popular here. We hope Kuroshio no Gotoku ('like the Black Tide') can help to redefine that image. Dark roasty flavours from roasted malts are balanced nicely with the fruity character of our house Belgian yeast, making for a richness that you wouldn't expect from a relatively low ABV beer.

Naming: Kuroshio, or Black Tide, is one of the most powerful currents in the world. Also called the Japan Current, it flows along the entirety of the east coast of Japan before connecting with other currents in the north Pacific and eventually returning to Japan. Aside from the colour of the beer working well with the name, it is a great metaphor for craft beer in Japan and its connection with the rest of the world.

Style: Belgian Stout

Malt Bill:
Maris Otter, Oat, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Chocolate Wheat, Roast Barley
Bittering: Merkur
Flavour/Aroma: Styrian Goldings

Yeast: Belgian Ardennes

ABV: 5.0%

IBU: 30

Gas Volumes: 2.3

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