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


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 (124) - - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7419) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok. Poured a clear dark brown with a bubbly round off white head. The aroma is red berry fruits, light medicinal, light roast, some light caramel malt. The flavour is light bitter, with some sweet and sour notes, with a dry, slightly vinous, fruity palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (873) - - JUN 9, 2016
Sample at WOBFest 2016. Pours jet black and smooth - almost no head. Flavor is coffee and alcohol. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2206) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2016
A nice black ale. A sweet body with a nice amount of hops. A little roasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
invinoveritas (115) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2016
Very dark brown with a thick but restrained head. Good notes of chocolate and coffee on the nose, which carry through on to the palate, which is slightly watery. A good burst of malty caramel sweetness but no cloying at any time. Good, balanced, refreshing and flavourful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2016
(Bottle, Japanese Canteen, Bethnal Green, London, 21 April 2016) Black colour with brief, frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of black rye bread, coffee and dark chocolate. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, chocolate, black rye bread and a balanced roasty bitterness. Medium body, quite dry. Tasty and well balanced black lager. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (4743) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2016
(En fût à Bottlecraft Little Italy): Céréales grillées, traces de cendre et caramel poivré. Pas particulièrement moelleux ni aqueux.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maits (111) - ESTONIA - APR 2, 2016
Nice smoke aroma. Brown coloured beer with little head. Light body, but full of taste. Easy drinkable good black lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (10188) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9188) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2016
333 ml bottle @ Timo A. BBE 08.09.2016.
Pours clear dark mahogany-red color with a small head. Dry roasty notes, coffee, cocoa and dark malts and faint coffee. Flavor is also roasty and dry, malty, some cocoa and hints of coffee. Very nice and refined, tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lello4ever (624) - ITALY - MAR 11, 2016
Nera quasi impenetrabile, poca schiuma sottile beige. Bene l’aroma di malto tostato, qualche nota di caffè. Al palato molto leggera e beverina, carbonazione media. Dolce con tostatura non troppo evidente. Una Schwarz decente.

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