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Asahi Black (Kuronama)

Brewed by Asahi Breweries
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bottle & can: Pasteurised.
Ingredients: Dark roasted malt; hops; rice; maize; Asahi’s pure cultured yeast.
Japan’s favourite dark beer. Brewed in Osaka, Asahi Black is made from three different roasted malts. This gives it a rich, nutty flavour and makes it incredibly smooth-drinking. Unlike other, more bitter dark beers and stouts, it’s brewed in a process called bottom fermentation, which gives it a subtle, sweet edge and smooth 5% abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cruzer (93) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Pretty strange dark beer. Pours dark, decent head, little lacing. Aroma of soy sauce, roasted malts, and some sweet malts. Taste seems like it’s missing something, most likely bitterness, but there are notes of roasted malts, hops, and wheat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (2453) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza. Aroma washing cloth, yet at the same time chocolate, dark malt notes, which seem promising. Very dark colour, clear. Moderately sized head, very short duration. Taste actually quite acceptable, maybe even slightly enjoyable. Simple, roasted flavours, toffee, chocolate. Initially rather sweet, eventually bitterness slides in to balance things in the finish. Okay beer. Easily drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnowek (443) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
Very flat aroma. Slightly malty with a hint of soy sauce on the tongue. Dark with a thin beige head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2540) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
I have had this before, but no notes. This time it’s a 344 (yes ’4’) ml bottle, BB Oct 2015, 5%. Black (or very dark ruby), small scummy off-white head. Aroma is nail varnish remover, sweet bubblegum malts, some roast. Body is light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is light roasted malts, smoke, tangy sweetness, soft lager vibe, no real bitterness. Definitely tastes smoked. Easy going stuff. Decent supermarket beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Herzog_Wilhelm (24) - Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2015
Munich style says the bottlecap. You wont find Tokyo style beers in munich. too soon. Looks OK and has really some munich Dunkelbierstyle. rather dry, some hops and burnt malt, it makes a suitable overall impression. In terms of finesse there is still an untapped potential.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cool_Bond (1774) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
The scent is quite empty. The taste is metallic, soy sauce and a little coffee. Slightly bitter which fills the upper part of the mouth briefly. Empty beer. Sadly, too. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (2537) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2015
Black, small light brown foam ring. Light caramel aroma. Smooth taste, light sweet, light bitter. (Houston 201501)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cuso (5417) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle from Seoul plaza, Bratislava. Dark brown color with medium beige head. Caramel malt, chocolate, nuts. Sweet caramel malty taste with coffee, nuts, rice. Maybe this is Japan’s favourite dark beer, but definitely not mine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wekker84 (1740) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma malts some roasted malts spicy citrus and hops flavor malts spicy some roasted malts fruits and some hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
SperkeleForce (676) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle 33,4 cl. Pours black brown with browinsh frothy head and a roasted scent. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, rice, nuts, chocolate. Actually pretty nice brew.

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