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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21408) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (16394) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of subtle burnt coffee. Taste is dilute dark coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14477) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2013
Bottle near Omote Sando. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Nice roasted and light burned malty. Charcoal. Ryebread. Nice licorice. Chocolate. Dark bread. Nice bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12577) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 14, 2013
Botella. Had it in a forest on a biking trip up the mountains in the Yanai / Obatake area. Clear dark brown colour, beige medium head. Sweet well toasted malty caramel aroma, bit chocolate to it. Good mouthfeel. Sweet well toasted malty caramel flavour with chocolate and bit bread to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9364) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
[ Bottle ][ Encinitas Sake House ][ 12oz ][ $7 ][ Frosted Mug ][ 5/17/14 ]
>> Clear, deep cola pour with minimal tan foam. Weak retention. Soy and savory nose, licorice, mushrooms. Taste is licorice, strawberry, good roast slight mint. Palate isn’t thin, mildly bitter. Not as impressive as other beers from Coedo but their highest rated because it’s dark?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
arminjewell (8672) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap, clear dark reddish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of sour grain, some odd molasses with a hint of mint, some slight grainy noe with a touch of roast. Taste was a mix of roast, coffee into a bit of red fruit, some mint, herbal notes, finishing slightly dry, sweet. Weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread sandwiches the caramel maltiness into a simple union sealed in an oily, svelte body. This is a clean and efficient Schwarzbier, nothing less, nothing more.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the copper-tinged black.
-Roastiness is rather mild, but the malt profile still works.
-Carbonation is harmless and fits the silky mouthfeel.
-That toasted bread dominates the nose, and reappears in the finish.

Bottle; 2007 vintage; best before 2007/12/27.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8335) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - 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.

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