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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
12oz bottle acquired from an Asian market I went to for cheap seafood and then noticed, "Hmm, I havenít ticked this yet." Now the brewer calls this jet black, and Iíll almost give them that. Just some dark brown around the edges when itís held up to the light. A small tan head fades to a thick foam ring around the glass. Big roasty aroma, charcoal-like and hinting at the beerís ashy dryness. The flavor is great, rich yet balanced and not overblown. The roastiness dominates, lending campfire flavors, and some very slightly sweet caramel and chocolate malts sit behind that. Nice palate, with some body to it but not at all heavy. Clean and crisp on the finish, with a medium level of carbonation. From a brewery that has left me unimpressed in the past, let me just say that I am impressed with this one. Itís an excellent example of the style, and one of the best beers Iíve had from Japan. Stood up to and even complemented some tri-tip I was eating at the time of this tick. A nice beer to appreciate on a night when Iím a one-tick pony (work to do).

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARMed (598) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2010
The beer exceeded my expectations in all factes with the exception of aroma. The aroma was faint, undiscernable and almost non-existent. The color was deep black with a red hue when held directly into the light. A thin tan pillowy head was formed with the swilling, soon disappating back to the black lid of the brew. The flavor was fine and smooth with a nice velvety finish. There was no hint of abundant alcohol and the palate was clean and crisp with a ever so slight balance of malt and hops. The beer was certainly smooth and creamy. Overall, a very fine dark smooth porter-like brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (500) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Dark color, with just a thin layer of head and little carbonation. Aroma of burnt caramel and peat. Smoky and roasted malt flavor with some anise . Surprisingly like a solid German dunkel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
improvjock (321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle. 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 itís not too sweet and not too bitter. A nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Small tan head that is quick to fade over a near black body. Aroma of coffee, leather, light wooden and must notes. Taste is dry, cocoa, smoke, coffee grounds and leather. A little bit sourish. Dry mouthfeel. Better than their Vienna.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottled. Dryish, vegetal, funk, farmhouse and white sugar aroma. Light espresso notes. Light carbonation, medium body, with a nice roast bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3121) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2009
Light bodied, sweet mochachino nose. Mouth is a bit too sweet for my liking, but still a decent beer, especially for coffee lovers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19308) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
Bottled at RBJG park session. Almost black, fairly rich head. Licorice aroma with lots of coffee underneath. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Caramel lures underneath all the coffee. Medium bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - NOV 28, 2008
My first schwarzibier! A smooth dark beer. Pretty much exactly what I expected...which surprised me. Minimal aroma. Smooth, slightly watery body and a nice long finish. More than passable

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 17, 2008
I had tried a few Coedo bottles in the past and canít recall being overly thrilled with them; but their Shikkoku ranks up there pretty high with me. Pours a dark black colour with a well-sized and lasting head. Milk, chocolate, some fig and raisin on the nose...smooth creamy taste with a rounded mouthfeel. Slightly nutty and fizzy on the tongue. Finish is slightly dry with a subtle roasted feeling creeping in. Very nice.


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