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


on tap

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RATINGS: 94   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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
john_henry (123) - - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle recieved chilled direct from the brewery. Similar in style to an english dry stout, but verging on the watery side. The usual suspect expected with roast malt, but very thin in the finish. Overall very dull, and whilst clean and sessionable, has nothing of interest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (420) - HONG KONG - NOV 17, 2015
Black with a medium white head. Aroma is caramel malts. Taste is roasted malts, caramel, some coffee, well balanced and easy to drink. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1696) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Draft at Pour it Black. Pours coca cola black with a beige head. Aroma is roast, over extracted coffee. Flavor is caramel, dark chocolate, over extracted coffee. Light and easy drinking, but a touch too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1525) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle from Citysuper, HK back in July. Black pour with tanned head. Aroma is malts, charcoal, dust. bitter malty taste, coffee and burnt toast. Very earthy and roasted malts after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1515) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
On tap in Tokyo 14 Beer Hall. Dark brown black colour, thick cream coloured head that lasted to the end of the glass. Soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Quite notably roasty bitter taste. Hints of chocolate and burnt toast. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3904) - FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle. Black. Malty, lagery, roapy mild coffee roasted nose. Some butter, corny, dark syrupy notes. Med bodied, soft malty roasty, some huskyness in the finish. Ok, bit buttery, schwarz. Like mine a bit more roasty though.

-- bb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11830) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 8, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Very dark brown color. Medium size, tan head, stays. Sweet, tiny bit of chocolate, roasted malts, slightly grainy notes in aroma. Mellow roast, chocolate malts, bit mashy sour grains in taste. Long lasting chocolate malts in aftertaste. Mellow, but also feels bit watery. But still solid Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
suurjuust (2039) - ESTONIA - AUG 21, 2015
Dark brown beer, medium tan head. Nose is roasty malt, dark fruit, soy sauce, smoke notes. Flavor is roasty and smokey, plums, salty notes. Dry finish, lingering roast and smoke. Flavor is nice, too thin though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1918) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with light brown head. Aroma is roast, smoke, minerals, dark bread. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, malt. Body is watery. Overall: OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markoijelena (1429) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at The 8th Belgrade tasting Session One at the Beerville Beer Bar.17.07.2015.Thanks ippopotamo36 for this bottle.Pour it dark color with small white head.Aroma of sour fruit.Taste of caramel, balsamic vinegar, not so complexed, really sharp finish.

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