Japanese Name: キリン 冬のどごし＜華やぐコク＞
Release: Nov. 11, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
Fuyu Nodogoshi from Kirin was a surprise newcomer to the Japanese winter brew scene this year. It promises to satisfy with its use of caramel malt and late hopping to increase the aroma. Here’s how Fuyu Nodogoshi stacks up.
With a deep golden color in the glass, Fuyu Nodogoshi appears to be a completely new brew unlike any other in the Nodogoshi line. Indeed it has a heavier nose, very hoppy with hints of malt along with a strong scent of alcohol. Taking my first gulp, Fuyu Nodogoshi has a very rich, thick mouthfeel. On the palate are fresh hops, slight hints of pine and a slight corn-like sweetness.
To date, Fuyu Nodogoshi is the best tasting effort ever from the Nodogoshi brand. It has a wonderful richness that pairs well with winter foods here in Japan, along with a unique flavor profile that you just don’t see everyday, especially at the new genre price point. While not my favorite this winter, it’s definitely in the top ranks. Fuyu Nodogoshi is a must try.