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


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RATINGS: 420   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (10560) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (20182) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Canned. Dark brown, very lively head. Aroma of syrupy roasty malt and rice. Sweet and medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Rather mild with light notes of licorice. Some interesting flavours, but has a general industrial boldness that takes the edge of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with small beige head. Aroma of burnt toast and oats. Flavor of burnt marshmellow and sweet malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2007
Ah ynes the brown trumpet, quitye surprosing. great like a ale or stout and smelling nicely of ham, WHAT A PINT, its definet joose and wine of crab cakes. complictaed eating a wee say of gateau.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle, dark cola-like colour with a filmy tan head. A slightly roasted aroma, sweet caramal (like cola again), but with an unfortunate metallic tint. A very bitter and dry palate with a little hoppiness, but no real flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
beer pours a very pretty black-tinted ruby-red (rather like a very ripe bing cherry), with a nice, off-white head that retains and laces well. nose is rather mild, with sweet caramel notes and perhaps a very light chocolate note. flavor is very clean, with a starting caramel maltiness that turrns into a distinct licorice note in the finish. overall a very nice beer that is quite refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
SilkTork (5297) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2009 Jan, 2007 334ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. Roasted malts are noticeable, along with the thin lager body, and the forced carbonation. Smells old - BBE March, 3 months away, so this isn’t fresh, but it’s well within tolerance. It’s a drinkable lager with some pleasant roasty notes adding more interest than is normal for a global lager. This is better than the standard Asahi lager, but not by much. It’s vague, it’s old, it’s confused. It has a thin, watery mouthfeel, and odd flavours of corn, cheap chocolate flavouring, cardboard, tin, fridge ice, and watery tinned raspberry juice, amongst others. It has to be better than this when fresh in Japan, because this is a generally poor tasting product. [1.7]
July, 2009 Cafe in Whitstable. Rose perfume, licorice, clove, very dry, caramel, a drinkable dark lager. A medicinal element with something musty, adds to the interest. [3.0]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2006
A strange schwarzbier - kind of a cross between a flat coca-cola and a cold cup of coffee. Sweet malt and grain, very thin body and a plastic-like quality. Served ice-cold with oysters sitting on a bed of crushed ice and sliced lemon then, maybe yes. Otherwise, no thanks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Can @ A Taste of Japan, Markham, ON: Didn’t even know such a thing existed when I saw it on the menu tonight, and at almost half the price of Sapporo why does anyone bother with the corn water? The waiter poured it for me - directly into the centre - leaving 2/3 head that took some time to go away. The aroma is basic roasted caramel malt and some tin, presumably from the can. Flavour is somewhat basic for the style, nothing at all spectactular. You’re looking at very light caramel roasted malt, some sweet cane sugary element, and no real hops to be found. Light years better than Super Dry, but not my favourite schwarz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a medium off-white head. Aroma is light, of slightly sweet roasted malt and caramel. Flavor is similar, with some roastiness up front and some caramel in the finish. Fairly light body. Pretty good overall, especially for a Japanese macro.

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