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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
A rather thin, sweet, mild schwarzbier (maybe even a dunkey) that’s got a lovely flavor profile if you like that sort of thing. I can’t wait to try their Vienna. Found it at a 7-11 in Tokyo. One of my favorites!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle from Vintage Cellars. Nice malty beer. Aromas of caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a disappearing head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (950) - HONG KONG - MAR 25, 2013

330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long; Clear opaque black colour; Razor thin head and residual beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Minimal lacing and not much carbonation; Fragrant aroma of burnt coffee and roasted malt; Pleasant smokey taste of roast dark malt, black coffee, burnt toffee, dark chocolate, liquorices, and grassy hops; Medium body with smooth, milky palate; Taste profile is dominated by very notable and smokey roasted dark malt, very pleasant roasted coffee and mild liquorices, all underlined by nice, low-key milky palate throughout; Hoppiness is mild grass plus mid-strength, comfy bitterness, with a lingering and memorable finish. Slightly dry after taste, bitter but fairly easy to mouth.

Comments: I am totally in love with this one! After a few sips and you’ll realize not only it features all the niceties in a Schwarz - black colour, right body, mild and pleasant roast malt aroma, good roasted coffee taste, and smooth as silk palate - its goodness makes it more than just a good Schwarz, it feels like a stripped down cousin of Guinness FES, and I can’t imagine if get a bit more creamier and a sweeter malty character, it could mount a serious challenge against Guinness. For now , It stands as good as any nice Schwarz, and I can’t get enough. This one is a winner!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3922) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
330ml botte from Fifth Element. I wasn’t expecting the thick black goodness that poured forth from the botte. Good tan head with a roasted malt aroma thick with coffee and smoke. Long smokey flavour that sits in the mouth for a long time. Unexpectedly very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2010
The beer exceeded my expectations in all factes with the exception of aroma. The aroma was faint, undiscernable and almost non-existent. The color was deep black with a red hue when held directly into the light. A thin tan pillowy head was formed with the swilling, soon disappating back to the black lid of the brew. The flavor was fine and smooth with a nice velvety finish. There was no hint of abundant alcohol and the palate was clean and crisp with a ever so slight balance of malt and hops. The beer was certainly smooth and creamy. Overall, a very fine dark smooth porter-like brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2170) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2008
355 ml bottle. Dark brown bordering to black with some copper hues. Small off-white fine-laced head. Oily roasted malt aroma. Some caramel, licorice and dark chocolate. Low carbonation level. Smooth texture. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (520) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Dark color, with just a thin layer of head and little carbonation. Aroma of burnt caramel and peat. Smoky and roasted malt flavor with some anise . Surprisingly like a solid German dunkel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
11.2 oz bottle purchased at the Davis Beer Shoppe. Nice roasted, chocolate, and metallic lagerish aroma. Really roasted with a decent sweetness. A pleasure to sniff. Moderately transparent mahogany body with a smallish, light tan head present. Starts a little metallic and a bit astringent, before this becomes nice and roasty in the middle. Not too burnt or roasty, though. Has a nice coffee character to it. Light metallic finish. Easy-drinking. Solid schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2012
pours pitch black with a thin head.some earthy, slight roasted malt in the aroma leads into a smooth, sweet flavour of subtly roasted chocolate malt. very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2008
Blackish and stouty, filthy tan collar and lace. Fat and persistent. Brine, chocolate, smoke and bramble aroma. Bittersweet, burnt and swimming with yeast extract, cocoa and roast. Baltic-like, but creamier. Dry and attenuated with a burnt toast-like lingering bitterness. Too thick and ’glossy’ for a schwarz? Richly roasty, massively drinkable stout. ’

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