Chocolate beer!?

I bought this at the grocery store. Kirin Chocolate beer! I had to try it to just see what it tasted like. I’m sad to report it pretty much tasted like a normal stout beer. I couldn’t really taste any chocolate at all. I was a little disappointed.




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30 responses to “Chocolate beer!?

  1. Why didn’t I know about this?? I love beer…especially 「麒麟 」 (Kirin)!

    Usually “beer” is written 「ビール」 in Japanese, and “chocolate” is 「チョコレート」 (or 「チョコ」)…but I guess that beer’s supposed to have the European pronunciation: it says 「ビアショコラ」 (lit. “bea-shokora”).

    It also says 「無濾過」…which means “unfiltered“.

    I don’t really like dark beers or stouts much…especially “unfiltered”. I drink lager.

  2. I really like some unfiltered beers. Have you ever had white beer? It’s kind of fruity and super delicious in the hot summer.

  3. Yes, actually, I did try a white beer once. It was pretty good.

    In Japan, it’s easy to try many types of domestic and imported beers. (It would make a good blog post. 😉 ).

  4. I actually find the import selection to be not so good here, and the ones they do have are expensive. This is one thing Canada trumps Japan on. I guess we like beer more!

  5. >the import selection to be not so good here

    Maybe it’s better here in Tokyo.

  6. It probably is. I just miss the “LCBO” and “The Beer Store” in Ontario which had a couple hundred beers from around the world at cheap prices.

  7. Keith

    Unfiltered beer is the best!! By leaving it unfiltered in the bottle, the beer will continue to ferment, which only makes for a better beer.

  8. You are right brother.

  9. Eric, you are right, not a lot of imported beer selection compared to Canada. I’m not a big beer drinker, I can find my favorite imported beer in grocery stores in Tokyo – the dark, stout Guiness beer (also more expensive compared to Canada). I still have a couple of cans in my fridge. Beauty, eh?

  10. Yes, as Tokyo5 write, you guys should write a blog post about beer in Japan.

    Also, check out some of BusanKevin’s videos on YouTube where he tries and rates Japanese beer – he is a fellow Canadian living in Japan and is a popular YouTubers.

  11. bartman905,

    You understand exactly what I’m saying. We have an unparalleled selection in Ontario specifically. I do sometimes write about beer. Just do a search on my page and it’ll find all of them for you. I normally write one when I see an interesting or strange beer. I’ll check out those Youtube videos. Thanks for the tip.

  12. >not a lot of imported beer selection compared to Canada.

    Really? I have seen many, many imported beers in stores in Tokyo! I’m from a small southern town in America, though (beer = Budweiser there 😦 ) so maybe that affects my perseption 😀

    >I’m not a big beer drinker

    Oh sacrelige!

    >,the dark, stout Guiness beer

    I think the best imported beer is Heinekin.
    (Guiness isn’t really good to me 😉 )

    Actually, I don’t buy imported beer often…as you said, it’s too expensive…and Japanese beer is excellent (especially Kirin)!

  13. >I’m from a small southern town in America, though (beer = Budweiser there 😦 )

    That’s why you don’t appreciate Guiness yet. You went from drinking super watery american beer, to drinking delicious real beer in Japan. Someday you might appreciate a dark stout beer. It’s an acquired taste over time. Plus it’s super delicious!

  14. >That’s why you don’t appreciate Guiness yet.

    You may be right.
    I tried it once. Actually, it was a free can from TSUTAYA.
    They gave away gift sets once to customers. A box with one can of Guinness Beer and a souvenir Guinness glass.

    I was happy to get it.
    But I was surprised when I read the instructions that came with it! “Do not refrigerate.” “Shake well”!

    Warm beer that you shake!?! And there was a ball inside like a can of paint to help mix it well.
    I poured it and tasted it…it was warm, flat, burnt “beer”!!

    I can’t see trying it again. (Unless I get another free one!!) 😉

  15. I always refrigerate Guiness. I don’t like drinking it warm. the little ball actually contains CO2, when you open the can it splits open and adds the bubbles to the beer. It’s to make it taste more like it’s on tap. I’ve never shaken it before. It’s not an overly bubbly beer, but it’s not flat either, kind of creamy actually. Try it again some time, but cold. You might like it.

  16. >Try it again some time, but cold.

    Alright. I will.

    If it’s cold and not flat, I probably will enjoy it.

  17. Guiness must be served and drank super cold – warm Guiness beer just tastes awful (which is probably true for all beers) so I am not surprised. Also, the best way to drink Guiness is from a tap in a bar (again, probably true for all beers).

  18. >Guiness must be served and drank super cold

    Then I wonder why it came with directions not to refrigerate it (and to shake it well)?!

  19. > Then I wonder why it came with directions not to refrigerate it (and to shake it well)?!

    Lost in translation?

  20. I agree with bartman905, probably a translation thing or maybe the can was from the UK where they actually drink it and like it warm. They’re a bit crazy I think. Cold beer for the win!

  21. UK people crazy, really? … I thought we were the Crazy Canucks 🙂

    PS. Speaking of UK, did you read or see about the snow in London last week which paralyzed the city? And it was only 6 inches of snow, though in their defence, London does not get a lot of snow normally (like Tokyo which will probably also have a hard time coping with 6 inches of snow).

  22. >Tokyo which will probably also have a hard time coping with 6 inches of snow

    The trains would stop…or at least be delayed, I’m sure.

  23. A similar thing happened in Vancouver around Christmas time. Where I come from in Ottawa 6 inches is a normal day. We had over 400 cm last winter (that’s like 13.5 feet). It was killer. That’s part of the reason I moved to Japan, to escape!

  24. >…the reason I moved to Japan, to escape!

    But you moved to relatively northern Japan! It’s cold and snowy in Sendai too, isn’t it? (Not as much as Canada, I’m sure, but…)

    Sendai is your wife’s hometown, though, isn’t it?

  25. Compared to my home town Sendai is like a tropical paradise in the winter. We’ve only had one real snow this winter, and it was only a couple centimeters. Her home town is Kakuda, but it’s really close to Sendai.

  26. keith

    Sorry Tokyo 5, but in Holland Heineken is viewed as worse beer then American Budweiser, you should try Grolsch, it’s much better.

  27. I agree with my brother, Grolsch is very good, but I don’t know if it’s available in Japan. I still think Heineken is good too though. I’m going to check next time I go to an import store.

  28. >Grolsch

    I recognize the name. I’ve seen it.

    I’ll try it one day. (As I said though, I don’t buy imported beer often. Domestic (Japanese) beer is excellent!)

    But I can’t believe that Heineken is liked less than Budweiser. It’s a good beer!

  29. Tokyo5

    My brother lives in Holland, so I guess what he says might be true. Heineken could be like Budweiser to you, or like Molson Canadian to me. Maybe it’s just thought of as a boring domestic beer in Holland.

  30. keith

    yes, Eric, you are right, Heineken is considered a boring domestic beer.

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