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Hitachino Espresso Stout 
Posted: 26 March 2015  Beer Republic 8.5 
Hitachino Espresso Stout from Japan Like nearly all of Hitachino's beers, this one has an unusual story. It uses an imperial Russian stout as its base recipe.     
Avg price/liter: USD 17.85   ABV %: 7.5  Type: Stout   

I'm not a fan of stouts.  Never have been.  And now I'm finally starting to realize why.   I haven't been served extremely innovative stouts!       

The stout I've been served over and over and over again is Guinness, a dry Irish stout that's so commercial, you might as well have the Budweiser frogs pitching it.  Plenty swear by this brew.  I've had it repeatedly, brewed under license in more than a dozen countries, and never have I willingly reached for a second.     

But Hitachino's Espresso Stout from Japan?  I'd reach for another one right now if I had one in my refrigerator.  Like nearly all of Hitachino's beers, this one has an unusual story.  It uses an imperial Russian stout as its base recipe.  These stouts were exported by the UK to the court of Catherine II of Russia in the eighteenth century.  Hitachino's addition of the espresso beans adds another dimension to the flavor and turns the drink into a refreshing addiction.        

Call me a stout lover when I'm in Japan.         

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