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


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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2007
(bottle) Black with almost no head. Faint malt aroma. Flavor is dark malt, slightly sweet. No coffee, some chocolate in the flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rukasu (7) - USA - APR 23, 2007 does not count
The first time I had this beer, I really enjoyed it. The second time I had it, I could only drink half of the 600ml bottle. I don’t know what happened. I seem to remember the first to be less sweet and with a much stronger malty nuttiness. The second time, it was just over-poweringly sweet and was not unlike drinking a coke with a couple drops of Jack. And the export labeling here in China states in English that it is a "hormone" beer. I’m not sure what that means, or what kind of hormones are present. My voice hasn’t gotten deeper, I don’t see any difference in my facial hair, nor have I grown breasts, so I guess it is safe. Drink up! But on taste alone, I think I might steer clear in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6620) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2007
Medium light brown head quickly shrinks into a thin film. Deep dark red translucent body with carbonation. Sweet roasty licorice aroma with perfumy earthy notes. Taste is sweetish licorice with perfumy roasty notes. Quite good. Not really entirely Bavarian, but so what. (0.334l bottle.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
asedzie (657) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Good malty aroma. A little bit of fruitness and sweet toffee also detected as it warms. Flavor is roasted malt, with a spicy hint of yeast. Coffee and carmel funkiness along with some vinousness. My only reservation is that the mouthfeel is a little too light. Some gentle bitterness in the finish. Excellent. Way underrated, probably because it is an asian macro-brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 30, 2007
bottle at Thorvaldsen Bar Reykjavík : smokey and coffey in the aroma, with some spices and cocoa. Taste is very smooth with a nice smokey (again) finish. Cocoa, Coffee, roast and nuts all in the palate. Surprisingly complex and nice. The most malty and smokey schwarzbier I´ve had so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle (334 ml) in HCMC - drinking it at the hotel room. "Clear" black - big offwhite head. Roasted, berries, lots of coffee, somw sweetness, licorice, some hops, dry. Dry burned finish. Almost like a stout - smooth. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Can. Pours deep brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and molasses. Body is watery. Flavor of roasted coffee, sweet malt, cocoa, and somewhat smokey. FInish is a little bitter. Definitly want more body in this brew. Not too bad, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhwarfield (125) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle. London. Pours like coca-cola. nothing excellent about this beer. just okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Thick, creamy tan head. Near-black color with light red/orange highlights. Sweet aroma or roasted malts, cocoa, and lactic acid. Flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, a nice smokiness, and a lactic acid kind of sourness. A bit thin and not as rich as I would have liked, but the beef-jerky-like smokiness of this beer makes it interesting. Not too bad. The best of the Japanese "Kuronama" beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (10846) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
A dark brown beer with a thick compact moka head. Lightly sweet chocolate aroma, faint, and dissapointing. In mouth, a rather thin schwarzbeer with dryish malt, metallic notes, not much more to say. 330 mL can from Japn, 1 year old. BB 07-2006.

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