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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4608) - 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 (7296) - 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 (12134) - 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 (6211) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
11.2 oz bottle purchased at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Nice roasted, chocolate, and metallic lagerish aroma. Really roasted with a decent sweetness. A pleasure to sniff. Moderately transparent mahogany body with a smallish, light tan head present. Starts a little metallic and a bit astringent, before this becomes nice and roasty in the middle. Not too burnt or roasty, though. Has a nice coffee character to it. Light metallic finish. Easy-drinking. Solid schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Toffee and malt aroma. Caramel and light citrus flavor with light floral notes and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Caramel and light citrus lingers with light spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2011
Drinkable Schwarzbier, black in body with short lasting tan head, notes of cocoa, liquorice, coffee and caramel. Fairly smooth, light in body and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep woody brown with very little head formation. Sweet malty nose, some molasses and or maple syrup, and a touch of roast. Fairly thin mouthfeel with decent clean roasted malt and molasses flavors though not really in a sweet way. Tastes of barley cereal a bit or maybe a heineken dark but less adjuncty tasting...not really much to it though. way too light bodied for me and the flavors donít really stick to the palate. Then again, itís kind of like barley tea in that respect..just a splash of flavor essence. It is what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3601) - 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).

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