From Miyoshi in the Iruma District of Japan comes their “Shikkoku Black Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a tan head. The aroma consist of roasted malts, toffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, mild earth, sweetness and very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. While not one of my favourite black lagers this was still pretty good.
Commercial Description: Shikkoku is a Japanese word that evokes the jet-black color of onyx, perfect for this enchantingly dark, slow-aged brew marked by an elegant, mellow flavor profile. Enigmatic shadows contrast sharply with the brightness of its fine, tea-colored head, while the fragrance of aromatic hops delights the nose. The types of black malt join six other malt varieties for a black lager that is smooth, light, and balanced- never cloying. Japan proudly offers this dark jewel to stand among the best dark beers in the world.
From Miyoshi in the Iruma District of Japan comes their “Kyara India Pale Lager”. The beer pours an orange colour with a slightly off white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, sweetness, floral and some mild caramel. The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits including pineapple, sweetness, caramel with some mild earth. The beer has almost no bitterness present but has lots of flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. I wish this beer had more bitterness due to the style but it is a really enjoyable beer anyways and I am really happy it was brought back from Asia for me.
Commercial Description: Kyara is the Japanese word for a deep golden brown colour tinged with red, and gives its name to this beer of the same hue. Aromatic hops carry notes of white grapes and spicy citrus, while a fresh, clean bitterness unfolds on the palate. Six different malts are combined with a slightly higher than average alcohol content, bringing a more expansive flavour to this well-rounded, medium-bodied brew. Low-temperature lager yeasts make this a stand-up beer with a pleasant, crisp finish.