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

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RATINGS: 63   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19797) - Tyresö, 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 (2345) - 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 can’t 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
Black with a medium off-white head. Aroma: Roasted, smoky, creamy relatively rich and dry. Flavor: rich black malt but not burnt. Not excessively bitter. Creamy and smooth. Slightly smoky. A touch of sweetness in the mouth. A touch of tangy sourness. Dry, roasted finish. Still a bit creamy. Lasts quite a while. A decent Schwarz.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 14, 2008
2007 Bottle (but still surprisingly decent). Roasty with hints of licorice and caramel. Lightly smoky. Thick for a schwarzbier - getting closer to stout range here, but quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JUN 21, 2008
Deep brown with a rocky, beige head. Roasted malts, light smoke, earth, caramel. Medium, soft body. Light roasted malts, smoky, molasses, herbal notes, and a touch of vanilla. A real nice schwarz; I wish it wasn’t the hardest of the Coedo line to find.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2008
Blackish and stouty, filthy tan collar and lace. Fat and persistent. Brine, chocolate, smoke and bramble aroma. Bittersweet, burnt and swimming with yeast extract, cocoa and roast. Baltic-like, but creamier. Dry and attenuated with a burnt toast-like lingering bitterness. Too thick and ’glossy’ for a schwarz? Richly roasty, massively drinkable stout. ’

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6260) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2008
Medium beige head does not last. Black body goes dark red-brown at edges. Delicate burnt caramelly aroma,very harmonic. Sweetish burnt caramelly taste with chocolatey notes. Very clear and distinct. Sooty burnt caramel aftertaste lingers for a long time. Very nice. (0.33l bottle from Naito-san.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2008
355 ml bottle. Translucent dark brown. Nice little chocolate head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, caramel and burnt brown sugar. Sweet-flavored; dark malts, dark chocolate, notes of coffee and licorice. Very mildly hopped. Soft mouthfeel. Harmonious, easy drinking. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2150) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2008
355 ml bottle. Dark brown bordering to black with some copper hues. Small off-white fine-laced head. Oily roasted malt aroma. Some caramel, licorice and dark chocolate. Low carbonation level. Smooth texture. Well-balanced.


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