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


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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (931) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2012
This beer was really really good. Pours black with a nice sized khaki head. Excellent flavors of cocoa, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Smells mostly of roasted cocoa and coffee. Slightly sweet finish and oily mouthfeel. Impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
Tap at ibrew Ginza. Dark brown, almost black. Aroma is soy sauce, bit of chocolate. Taste is similar but with a bit of cream in there too and a touch of fruitiness and spice. Not bad. I continue to be a sucker for Schwarzbiers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2012
pours pitch black with a thin head.some earthy, slight roasted malt in the aroma leads into a smooth, sweet flavour of subtly roasted chocolate malt. very impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle from Vintage Cellars. Nice malty beer. Aromas of caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a disappearing head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
Sampled on 3/31/2012. This Schwarzbier pours a medium black brown color from a 333 ml bottle. Small to medium sized white/tan foamy head, decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is roasty malts, chocolate and slightly smoky. A medium to lighter bodied Schwarzbier. The malts are chocolate, roasty malts and slightly smoky. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Finishes a little sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
330ml bottle pours almost black in color with a small beige head which leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Taste is malty sweet with a trace of chocolate and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Has medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink, which made it enjoyable sipping around a campfire in a Washington state park, while on vacation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours black with a thin tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a smooth dry dark molasses flavor with a licorice finish. A bit watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is mostly cacao - with a hint of dark roast malt. Near med body. Flavor is very slightly sour chocolate. Probably from the near burnt malt. Nails the style. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Clear black color with fleeting tan foam. Nutty, chocolate, coffee aromas. Medium body. Nutty chocolate almond bar flavors with medium roast malt, coffee-- a bit thin

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Decent black beer with a grainy backbone. A mild beer with good flavor. Roasty and a touch soy sauce. Bready aroma is appealing. Not a repeat beer unless your really into black beer.

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