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

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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
Rich caramel malts with some light roast and a touch of sulfur in the nose. Clear, deep amber-brown coloured body is topped by a decent tan head that recedes to a lasting cover with some nice lacing. Light roasty character is perceptible above the smooth somewhat sweet, nutty malt flavour. Bitterness is quite restrained. Medium light body with somewhat strong carbonation that attacks the front of the tongue. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (marked "Munich-type", BB 08-11, Brewery Creek, Apr-08).

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2008
Pours a a near-pitch black with a good thick head which doesn’t stick around long. Aroma is slightly odd - black sesame, sweet, light caramel. Tastes similar - again, black sesame, lightly toasty, some diacetyl and very light and sweet finish. Slightly under-carbonated, thin body with a touch of milkiness. Not terrible, I kinda like the black sesame thing, but there must be better Japanese beer out there...

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4664) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
A dark brown pour almost opaque. Pours with a glorious head, that lasts a few minutes. Smells like full dark malt and a little caramel. Tastes roasted malty and has a bit of balancing hop bitterness. Metallic taste at the end and in the aftertaste kinda ruins it. Finish is a little rough and bland.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 2, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Caramel aroma. Decent malty flavours. Decent, but not overexciting.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Black with very carbonated and thick head with bubbly cola body. Aroma of moderate spiced hops and malt that is mildly enjoyable. Rather watery mouthfeel with some nuanced dunkel malt crispness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 25, 2008
Bottle, L’Orient, St Andrews. Dark black, big off-white head. Nose is roasted with some malty goodness, but quite watery and sweet. Mouth is burnt malt, some grainy and rice with some sweet malty caramel and espresso tones. Odd, and not my choice, quite dry, but alright.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
Bottle from Waitrose. Fairly sweet with roasty flavours that mask most of the thin malt flavours which occasionally creep out. Seems to owe more to Guinness than to most schwarzbiers.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at Maria’s Ton Up Tasting.
Dark mahogoany coloured with a good off white head that gives lovely dark brown bubbles on the swill. Heavy thick malty aroma with some wheat and caramel and some definite manure. Metallic malt flavour and lots of wheat. Metallic coffee finish and a little too much manure. The rice is very clear and obviously does it no favours.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2008
Can, shared by Gr0ve. Pours a clear ruby body, with a huge, creamy beige head. Quite weak on the aroma, mostly roasted, with some butterscotch. Rather weak flavor too, roasted, with caramel and notes of butterscotch. Rather thin in the mouth, even for a schwarzbier, but not watery. A boring beer I think, but easy to drink. (080216)

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2008
334ml bottle with mes and ethereal. They said it smelt like full on manure on first opening. but since i was late, sorry, it breathed a bit, and by the time i got to it, it smelt more like good sherry rather than ’pigs bottoms’. Dark mahogany colour and a little head. Didn’t taste of much, maybe a bit of roasted barley and a few medicinal herbs in the finish. Very interesting for an asahi but that really doesn’t say much.


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