モカ雷神 (Mocha Thunder)
The latest installment in our Nakama Series of collaborative brews is a new on for us on many levels. While we have brewed with our partners Heretic Brewing in Fairfield, California, many times, this is the first time to brew remotely and our first attempt at the dessert stout style.
In working with Jamil and the Heretic crew, we came up with a theme of Mocha Thunder, a coffee version of the beloved Black Thunder chocolate bar available throughout Japan. The coffee is sourced from long time friend and collaborator Dai-chan at Kamogawa Coffee and showcases the rich and roasty coffee flavors of the dark roasts he is known for. Instead of using cacao nibs as we have in past brews, we added twelve kilograms of cocoa powder to impart a flavor more in line with candy bars. A small addition of lactose combined with the poly glye brewing technique create a rich and luscious mouthfeel. The malt recipe is approximately 35% specialty malts and a combination of toasted, roasted, and crystal malts to imitate the sweet cookie character of Black Thunder. Despite being a 10.0% ABV stout, the roasted flavors of dark malts balance the sweetness of the lactose and prevents the beer from being overly cloying.
Naming: The Black Thunder candy bar is a staple at every convenience store across the country. Its popularity has spawned many spin off versions, from regional versions like White Black Thunder in Hokkaido to the more odd Corn Potage Thunder. We always wondered why there wasn’t a straight up coffee version, so decided to create it in the beer formation Mocha Thunder!
- Dessert Stout
- Malt Bill:
- Golden Promise, Maris Otter, Biscuit, Vienna, Crystal Medium, Crystal Extra Dark, Low Color Chocolate, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
- Bittering - Merkur
- Flavour/Aroma - None
- White Sugar, Lactose, Cacao Powder, Coffee (Kamogawa Café)
- American Ale
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