Japanese Name: アサヒ クラフトマンシップ ドライポーター
Release: Feb. 10, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥249 @Sankus
Asahi Craftsmanship is a new series of beers just started this year as Asahi’s take on the craft beer scene. In February, they released the first beer of this series called Dry Porter which was followed by Dry Pale Ale just released this past March. Throughout the year there should be two more releases based on other beer styles. Let’s take a look at Dry Porter which is an all malt beer, a rarity for Asahi. It is made with chocolate malt, select hops, and a top fermenting yeast to bring out a full bodied flavor.
As one would expect, Dry Porter is a dark brown in the glass. It pours with a wonderful frothy head, one that actually sticks around for a little while. Aromas of coffee and chocolate are on the nose. In the mouth, it sports its rich chocolate malt right up front, with some coffee-like bitterness kicking in right after sticking around across the palate. Unlike most porters it has a fairly light mouthfeel, and finishes clean like a lager, except for the bitterness that remains in the throat.
Asahi Dry Porter is a nice mix of richness without overblowing the tastebuds. It’s a beer that can hold its own, especially when paired with more flavorful foods, yet is one that can be drunk all night long. If your mainstay is Japanese lagers, you’ll definitely enjoy this easy drinking porter if you’re looking for a change.