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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
john_henry (119) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (4017) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 30, 2015
Almost black body and medium head. Interesting aroma, roasted, roasted whole wheat bread, dry, lager like yeast. Dry enough indeed and this makes a better than expected drink. Luckily enough dark malts too to give body. Enjoyed this more than I expected. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
arminjewell (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (407) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2015
On tap at CBM Jimbocho. Dark cola brown color with a nice head. Great carbonation and rich and creamy mouthfeel. Aromas of toffee, caramel, chocolate and brown sugar are present. Extemely well-balanced. Excellent mildly sweet and sour finish that is super smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4468) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2015
333ml bottle. Quasi black colour with a surviving red glimmer, average to huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white to beige head. Multifaceted, dense, ’incremental’ aroma on a small, narrow, isolated section of the aromatic scale: roasty dark malty with strawy, smoky, nuttily, grainy overtones, hints of burnt coffee, fish fodder, dark bread, liquorice, burnt caramel. Taste is roasty dark malty, subtle sweetness, hints of coffee, chocolate, treacle, grainy coffee surrogate, diluted soy sauce, 海苔. Strikes every key on the dark malt claviature - pianissimo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (5109) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle @ Blue Pig, Manchester. Very dark red with next to no head. Has some roasted malt notes with dark malts giving it a sweetness too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2365) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle shared by Calisky, 01/2015, merci. (Bb12/2019!) Ar: Roasted malts, light coffee, porter like metallics merging with exotic fruit peel like qumquat, lime, Nasi pear? T) leafy lops, roasted bread crust, coffee and black cocoa powder. Butterscotch and White grape and its peel add a fleshy texture to the already smooth, near-velvet mouthfeel finish. Impressive foreign Schwarz which shows that the style can be revived for the 21st century...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1346) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JAN 28, 2015
Couleur noire, très légère mousse beige. Nez malt grillé, café, chocolat noir avec note de fruits vert (fruit japonais?). Gout malté toasté, chocolat cremeux, chocolat noir, note café et réglisse. Bon corps bien rond. Vraiment nickel pour une Schwarz. Fin toastée, chocolat, cremeuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2675) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle from a department store in Umeda. Served in a lager glass. A cola brown beer with ruby accents and a dense head of beige foam – this is a good looking schwarzbier. The aroma is soft mix cocoa, caramel and oats.Med-light bodied with a silky mouthfeel. The taste is a pleasant caramel upfront followed by roasted malts. It’s a really well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7482) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (6080) - ITALY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle scura buona schiuma media persistenza leggero ferro note torrefatte buona secchezza sentori tostati lieve cioccolaro amaro amaro contenuto

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