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Brewed by Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fermented for an extended period of time, this dark brew boasts a stunning contrast between the glossy black tone of the beer and the smoothness of the modest pale head. This glossy black beer is called "Shikkoku," named after the famed elegant jet-black lacquer work of Japan.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ngejo (883) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, & abrupt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (7387) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle in Hongkong. Smooth roasted beginning. Fresh, smooth with sourish hints on a fresh and smooth but slightly sweetish malt basis. Nicely bittered roasted malty aftertaste. Round and great!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freretoc (1549) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 6, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur très noire, mousse blanche moyenne et effervescence peu présente. Nez café. En bouche grosse attaque sur le café, continuité sur le grillé et fin de bouche avec une pointe de caramel. pas mal du tout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
Smooth and dark but with an unexpected lightness to it. Bold malt, wood and aged flavor. Nicely complex.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2870) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2015
sample at big texas beerfest Pours a black with little tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is of rich coffee with a hint of sweetness. Has a dry finish. Not my favorite style, but it’s not too sweet and not too bitter. A nice beer

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
c0fein (517) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2015
333ml bottle from Saveur-Biere

Black/Brown colour with a small beige head. Mild roasted aroma and flavour. Nice carbonation. Simple and OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (5182) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2015
Almost black body and medium head. Interesting aroma, roasted, roasted whole wheat bread, dry, lager like yeast. Dry enough indeed and this makes a better than expected drink. Luckily enough dark malts too to give body. Enjoyed this more than I expected. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap, clear dark reddish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of sour grain, some odd molasses with a hint of mint, some slight grainy noe with a touch of roast. Taste was a mix of roast, coffee into a bit of red fruit, some mint, herbal notes, finishing slightly dry, sweet. Weird.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (2212) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2015
On tap at CBM Jimbocho. Dark cola brown color with a nice head. Great carbonation and rich and creamy mouthfeel. Aromas of toffee, caramel, chocolate and brown sugar are present. Extemely well-balanced. Excellent mildly sweet and sour finish that is super smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6180) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2015
333ml bottle. Quasi black colour with a surviving red glimmer, average to huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white to beige head. Multifaceted, dense, ’incremental’ aroma on a small, narrow, isolated section of the aromatic scale: roasty dark malty with strawy, smoky, nuttily, grainy overtones, hints of burnt coffee, fish fodder, dark bread, liquorice, burnt caramel. Taste is roasty dark malty, subtle sweetness, hints of coffee, chocolate, treacle, grainy coffee surrogate, diluted soy sauce, 海苔. Strikes every key on the dark malt claviature - pianissimo.


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