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


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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a clear warm orangey brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt and raisins. Medium-bodied with roasted malts, dried fruit and perhaps also overripe fruit. Dry and somewhat sulphurous finish. 140908

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cazort (558) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
(Bottle) Aroma of caramel and slightly roasted malt. Mildly sweet, and mildly bitter. Only very weakly hopped. Carbonation blends well with the overall character of the beer: mild but slightly coarse. Overall, not terribly interesting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gfolivares (67) - McAllen, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a deep black/brown with a tan head. Nice appetizing aromas of caramel, cocoa, and dark bread. Light-medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Wounderful chocolaty malt taste gives way to sweet doughy finish with hints of dark fruit and coffee flavored toffee. Although the taste is a somewhat light interpretation for a schwarzbier, it is refreshing a easy to drink making it an excellent session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MiP (14723) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle at EBF08. Weak cardboard flavour. Almost clear very dark brown colour. Roasted flavour, mild, hint of cardboard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (12692) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle (EBF2008)
Coca-cola aroma. Lively carbonation. Rich malty burnt body, but some cardboard too. A hint of chocolate later. A tad sweet, but not out of the bounds of Schwartz sweetness. (Oh, the comment in my Iki review was a troll, by the way.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (25100) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle at EBF 2008. Clear orange brown coloured with a medium sized off white head. Sweet and malty aroma of dried fruits and brewmash. Swet flavour of caramel and brewmash with notes of dried fruits. Too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (8396) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle. Low and quickly disappearing off-white creamy head. Very dark red brown body. Wallnut cocoa aroma on the bases of roasted malt. Heavily carbonated slightly sour coffee berries flavor. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (38487) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours slight cloudy deep brown towards black with light amber glare and a lacing tan head. Roast amlty and mil fruity aroma of a classic schwartz bier. Flavour is dry and light bodied with a distinct acidic roasted note and mild fruity accent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 [1636-20080829] 350mL can. Sweet malt aroma releases more chocolate notes as it warms. Black brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. More sweet malt in the flavour with some wood and chocolate coffee notes. Medium-full body is a little rough. Surprisingly refreshing and drinkable and pairs well with a sushi silver lunch boat.
(@ Tako Sushi; North York, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
romeogolf (6) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008 does not count
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, B.C. Poured with a nice, light tan head, but not very much carbonation. A clear, dark ruby color in the light. Low, roasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Moderate roasted malt flavor with bitter-chocolate and a medium-low bitterness. Slow, dry aftertaste that lingers with a subtle roastiness. A clean black lager that, in spite of it being Japanese, would pair well with blackened Cajun food, Mexican mole, cold cuts on black rye bread, or chargrilled steaks.

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