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.

WVHouseofBeer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (814) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2012
This beer was really really good. Pours black with a nice sized khaki head. Excellent flavors of cocoa, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Smells mostly of roasted cocoa and coffee. Slightly sweet finish and oily mouthfeel. Impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jade (409) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2014
Oaky chocolate aroma on this cola black beer. Coffee taste, quite light. A little empty on the pallet. Not a bad drop.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoToBi (8) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2014 does not count
A little weak and watery compared to what I was expecting, but nonetheless not a bad beer. Not quite a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (658) - SPAIN - MAY 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en un 7 Eleven de Hakodate, Japon. Color marron oscuro, casi negro. Sabor a cafe, chocolate, dulce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
[ Bottle ][ Encinitas Sake House ][ 12oz ][ $7 ][ Frosted Mug ][ 5/17/14 ]
>> Clear, deep cola pour with minimal tan foam. Weak retention. Soy and savory nose, licorice, mushrooms. Taste is licorice, strawberry, good roast slight mint. Palate isnít thin, mildly bitter. Not as impressive as other beers from Coedo but their highest rated because itís dark?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours dark brown, dark enough you canít see through it. The head is frothy and tan. The aroma is good malt but a bit watery, though not too much, as is the flavour. No, Iím not from Britain, itís just more fun to mispell words then to spell the properly. The finish is a richer class of barley malt but balanced so well, ordering another would not be commiting a ratemybeer offense.com

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bozo_skeleton (500) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 15, 2014
Belle noire, collet minuscule et petite dentelle. Aromes legers, cafe. Cíest en bouche que cette biere revele sa grandeur. Tres belle longueur sur une petite amertume et les notes torrefies de cafe. Hummm

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2127) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle from Yamaichi. Nice mild chocolate nose with some sweet coffee added. Dark translucent brown. Light chocolatey initial / mid palate brings a jump in creamy sweetness / finish is mild and smooth. Medium body. All done well. A bit light bodied. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (520) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle. Shiny jet black, with solid white medium head. Inviting aromas of treacle, black coffee, touch of spice. Nicely carbonated and balanced. Enjoyed the bitterness. Moreish flavours of roasted malts and biscuit, with plenty of the aforementioned coffee and chocolate. Medium body. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
petewhitley (337) - JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (782) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a smooth dry dark molasses flavor with a licorice finish.

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