Japanese Name: グランドキリン ブラウニー
Release: Jul. 29, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥245 @Sankus
Limited production Browny is the third release in the Grand Kirin line-up, this time produced for the Circle-K Sankus convenience store chain here in Japan. This beer targets the sophisticated tastes of Japanese men in their 40’s and 50’s, aiming to quench their beer drinking desires in just one bottle.
Out of the short 330mL bottle, a gorgeous liquid amber pours into the glass. Its malty aroma flows off the thick head. Your first gulp will entail a full-bodied heartiness from the start, sliding down the throat with a wonderful creaminess and cheek puckering acidity. Flavors of malt and hops stand out, with burnt caramel and a nutty sweetness on the back.
Grand Kirin Browny definitely shows off its “ultra premium” label in its use of quality ingredients and superior brewing technique. And with all of the Grand Kirin beers, Browny is also a winner. As far as full bodied-ness and bitterness are concerned, Browny is a step above most anything on the store shelves. Even while lacking some of the flavors you might find in the macro brew scene, I think it’s safe to say that Grand Kirin Browny will even satisfy the hipster crowd. You can find Grand Kirin Browny exclusively at your nearest Circle-K or Sankus convenience stores in Japan, while supplies last. And a word of caution, don’t drink this one on an empty stomach like I did.