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


on tap

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 (22756) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
2nd February 2016
Hazy dark red - brown beer, small cream colour head. Palate is airy, semi dry and has decent fine carbonation. Tangy dark malts, touch of roast. Tangy unsweet dark chocolate. Pruney dark fruits. Smooth finish. Tangy malt linger. Not bad but a bit Porter like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (19908) - 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 (14962) - 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 (13614) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12786) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2015
330ml bottle (Pothouse, Tallinn)
Black, red glints, tight tan head. Looks great on pouring. very nice rich sweetish dark chocolate cakey roast, but alas a tiny taint of sourness at first. quite light palate, pleasat carbonation. lovely roast in the mouth, not too sweet, in fact pleasantly dry and burnt. finish dry, dry leaves, pleasant burntness, and a nice little tingle from earthy hops. drinkability good. nice schwartz.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (9803) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2016
333 ml bottle. BB 16/09/06. Thanks Timo A! Black color with a small tan head. Roasted malt, tobacco, dark chocolate, toffee and some dryness in the aroma. Roasted malt, ash, licorice, some sweetness and dark chocolate in the flavor. Not bad at all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9750) - 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 12/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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?

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