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


on tap

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6539) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (8777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle @ Blue Pig, Manchester. Very dark red with next to no head. Has some roasted malt notes with dark malts giving it a sweetness too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3507) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle shared by Calisky, 01/2015, merci. (Bb12/2019!) Ar: Roasted malts, light coffee, porter like metallics merging with exotic fruit peel like qumquat, lime, Nasi pear? T) leafy lops, roasted bread crust, coffee and black cocoa powder. Butterscotch and White grape and its peel add a fleshy texture to the already smooth, near-velvet mouthfeel finish. Impressive foreign Schwarz which shows that the style can be revived for the 21st century...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (2500) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JAN 28, 2015
Couleur noire, très légère mousse beige. Nez malt grillé, café, chocolat noir avec note de fruits vert (fruit japonais?). Gout malté toasté, chocolat cremeux, chocolat noir, note café et réglisse. Bon corps bien rond. Vraiment nickel pour une Schwarz. Fin toastée, chocolat, cremeuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle from a department store in Umeda. Served in a lager glass. A cola brown beer with ruby accents and a dense head of beige foam – this is a good looking schwarzbier. The aroma is soft mix cocoa, caramel and oats.Med-light bodied with a silky mouthfeel. The taste is a pleasant caramel upfront followed by roasted malts. It’s a really well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Sampled from the tap at Happy Gnome. Pours a clear brown with anearthyneown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark grains and chocolate with a light roast underlying. Flavor has chocolate up front with a growing roast and dark bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8100) - ITALY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle scura buona schiuma media persistenza leggero ferro note torrefatte buona secchezza sentori tostati lieve cioccolaro amaro amaro contenuto

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ronaldtheriot (1799) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Coedo Shikkoku has a thin, cream-colored head, a dark brown appearance, some bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of vegetable matter (spinach, celery, beet juice), dark malt, subdued sweetness, and a touch of char. Taste is of all that, with minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Coedo Shikkoku finishes wet and soupy. Overall, for a beer with a vegetable soup character, it’s drinkable. RJT

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
la_benji (3) - JAPAN - NOV 21, 2014 does not count
Little to no aroma. The head didn’t last. It’s a beautiful cola black that has a light sweetness and medium bitter tones with a subtle salty taste. Medium body, with a long lasting sticky slightly soapy, liquorice after-taste. The taste and apperence are good, but the after taste sticks to the roof of your mouth and lingers, but not in a good way. Personally not a fan, but the name is cool!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5523) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with good copper head. Nose is on roasted malt, dark coffee notes. Aroma is on toasted malt, creamy dark chocolate, light licorice, espresso notes, dry, floral, light vegetable notes, pleasant body, easy drinkable. Finish is on dark chocolate and vegetables.

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