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


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RATINGS: 409   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (2990) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
334ml bottle from Tesco, Ayr - clear chestnut brown, thin beige head, treacle toffee aroma, no lacing, sweet, malty, treacle, good carbonation, easy to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuartyboy (693) - SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle shared with Mr_H a deep Brown beer flavour is treacle charcoal some dark roasted malts provide a sweet roasted coffee and liquororise back bone but it fades quickly and finish is weak and watery

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (3353) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2014
11oz bottle from mr_h. Very dark brown, big foamy head. Grain cereal malt aroma. Mild treacle malt flavour. Very watery. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bulldogops (1050) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
Rating #1035- March 22, 2014 - Bottle from Chateau Gab - 5% - Very dark pour with a weak tan head that is frothy, but fades quickly. Aroma is roasted malts, molasses. Taste is mild coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Finish is quite smooth, this beer is quite enjoyable for a light, roasty lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (855) - HONG KONG - JUN 23, 2014

350 ml can bought at TASTE in Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong.

Clear deep blackish brown colour; Half finger head and beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Small sticky lacing and minimal carbonation; Fragrant and light sweet aroma of roasted dark malt, with caramel, toffee, cream, sugar, light coffee and thin grass; Mid to light sweet taste of light roasted malt, with light nuts, thin rice, very light toffee, light caramel, molasses notes, very light coffee, Cola, light lemon, light bitter hops and thin grass; Light body. Watery and slightly smoky palate; Mouth feel is watery dark lager. Lightly roasted dark malt with nice touch of smoke and light nuts. Despite being thinned by rice, its taste is just shades and did not meddle. Strong Cola feel, solid light toffee and coffee rounded with increasingly strong hops. Pretty solid!... Hoppiness is thin grass in nose, light lemon and grass in taste. Bitterness was light at first but increasingly astringent with further sips for a lasting light bitter finish; Slightly dry after taste; Quite roasty and light bitter to mouth.

Comments: This feels nothing like a Dunkel at all - with a clean taste, minimal sweetness and watery mouth feel, it’s more like a Porter than anything else. Were it’s not the rice for thinning the body, this could have been a decent Stout. As a Porter, this is very solid and I have no complaint. Very easy to go down with aroma and taste in good light touch. Worth stocking it for Summer quaffing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
martinrumsam (539) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle. Black of course with beige head. Aroma is roasted malt mainly dry taste with that roasted element showing. Quite watery. Lacks depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3686) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Light roasted and dark malt flavors. Some roasted aromas.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dslam (54) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
As expected of a beer from Japan, this is a good looking beer. I don’t know how but the head to beer ratio in the glass is always perfect. This is a very light Dunkel with almost no pallet, I guess that is the ’super dry’ part.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (736) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
Aroma is roasty malts, licorice and not too much else. Taste is some sweet roasted malt balanced fairly well with a basic hopiness. The malt character finishes pretty watered down sadly. Body is a dark amber with a thin bubbly head that retains somewhat poorly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (520) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle, 334ml. A black colour with a large brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, some treacle. Flavour is malty with some chocolate, a little hop coming through. Rice? A sweet treacle finish. Moderate to high carbonation. Not bad.

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