Japanese Name: サントリー 真夜中の至福
Release: Nov. 4, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer（ビール）
Purchase Price: ￥223 @FamilyMart
Mayonaka no Shifuku from Suntory is a all malt beer crafted for late night enjoyment. Perhaps a time when you can sit down, unwind, and drink slowly. At 6% ABV, try not to drink it too late, or you’ll have to catch the train into the office the next day. Mayonaka can only be purchased at your local conbini, but since they’re open 24-7 you’ll definitely be able to satisfy your late night craving.
This beer pours out a deep golden color, just a tad darker than the usual lagers. Strong aromas of malt and alcohol come off the pour. In the mouth, the bitterness kicks in right off the bat. It has a very sharp flavor to start, with caramel and charcoal coming through mid-palate, finishing with a fair amount of bitterness. An acidic tang puckers the cheeks at the end.
Truth be told, after my first taste of Mayonaka no Shifuku I was going to give it a thumbs down. It’s sharpness and lack of flavor on the back end wasn’t to my liking. However, halfway through the glass the flavors didn’t go away and started to compound. It does have many similarities to some of the better new genre brews, but where the Japanese beers usually deviate is the rounded malty finish, which Mayonaka didn’t really have. It does have a unique flavor profile, spicy sharp fruity up front roasted malt mid-palate, but the back just drops off leaving you hanging, yearning for a bit more.