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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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.

romeogolf's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
romeogolf (6) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - AUG 26, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
aumentm (400) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2015
This is a dark beer that is too malty in my opinion. it has a tan head and can be overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGD (103) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle. Dark colour with small beige foam. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Taste has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hops. A bit nutty. Starts a bit sweet and finishes bitter. Dry, smooth mouthfeel. Decent beer and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kjelle72 (15) - SWEDEN - APR 29, 2015
Malty flavor hints of toast, citrus and corn. Perfect beer when you eating japanese food!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (698) - CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours clear ruby brown with amber-brown highlights, one finger of rocky tan head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and spotty lacing. (3/5) Nose is dark roasty malt, coffee and mild chocolate, very light smoke. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium bodied tending to the watery, low carbonation, off dry and mildly bitter finish. (3/5) Well, it’s better than I was expecting it to be. I mean, seriously? A Munich-style Dunkel from Japan? But all things considered, it’s pretty drinkable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s light to the point of it being a bit of a negative - some character would help here, but it’s definitely easy drinking. I had to laugh at the commercial description, though: "Unlike other, more bitter dark beers and stouts, it’s brewed in a process called bottom fermentation.” Oh, really? A corn and rice beer brewed through bottom fermentation? Sounds exotic, and not at all like a macro adjunct lager… (ahem)... (12/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cruzer (94) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Pretty strange dark beer. Pours dark, decent head, little lacing. Aroma of soy sauce, roasted malts, and some sweet malts. Taste seems like it’s missing something, most likely bitterness, but there are notes of roasted malts, hops, and wheat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (2727) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle from Seoul Plaza. Aroma washing cloth, yet at the same time chocolate, dark malt notes, which seem promising. Very dark colour, clear. Moderately sized head, very short duration. Taste actually quite acceptable, maybe even slightly enjoyable. Simple, roasted flavours, toffee, chocolate. Initially rather sweet, eventually bitterness slides in to balance things in the finish. Okay beer. Easily drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnowek (545) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
Very flat aroma. Slightly malty with a hint of soy sauce on the tongue. Dark with a thin beige head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
I have had this before, but no notes. This time it’s a 344 (yes ’4’) ml bottle, BB Oct 2015, 5%. Black (or very dark ruby), small scummy off-white head. Aroma is nail varnish remover, sweet bubblegum malts, some roast. Body is light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is light roasted malts, smoke, tangy sweetness, soft lager vibe, no real bitterness. Definitely tastes smoked. Easy going stuff. Decent supermarket beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Herzog_Wilhelm (24) - Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2015
Munich style says the bottlecap. You wont find Tokyo style beers in munich. too soon. Looks OK and has really some munich Dunkelbierstyle. rather dry, some hops and burnt malt, it makes a suitable overall impression. In terms of finesse there is still an untapped potential.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cool_Bond (1930) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
The scent is quite empty. The taste is metallic, soy sauce and a little coffee. Slightly bitter which fills the upper part of the mouth briefly. Empty beer. Sadly, too. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

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