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


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RATINGS: 105   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 (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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (4205) - 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 (36) - 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 (9678) - 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 (8727) - 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 (485) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (619) - SINGAPORE - MAR 6, 2016
5%ABV. Black lager. Tapped out black. 40ºSRM. Nose has some nice smoke, smoked oats, charcoal, ripe stone fruit. Mouthfeel is watery. There is a sour palate welcome. This then slides into stout flavors of black bread (though very very light), leaning more towards charcoal, the slightly burnt edge of a thin crust pizza. Finish is clean and quiet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20767) - , 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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (856) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Light roasted soy sauce aroma. Black no head. Super smooth light sweet roasted flavors. So good great light body carries tons of taste. Rice flavors in there as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1251) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2015
(Bottle) Clear black with ruby hints and thin small loose tan head. Nice aroma of roast malt, toast and coffee notes. Light body, moderate carbonation. Taste is dark treacle, although not particularly sweet. A little on the thin watery side. Some nice smokey toasty notes in the end. Easy drinking and unusual if a little understated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielyabu (1481) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 19, 2015
Appearance: light brown frothy small head. fair lacing.mostly diminishing. black flat average-density body. Aroma: moderate malt, light coffee, dark chocolate and a little alcohol. initial and final flavors: moderate sweet (caramel); average duration. Palate: light medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation and metallic finish. Aftertaste slightly astringent. Not much. 10s usd3,95

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