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

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (964) - Tallahassee, 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20080) - , 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (803) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1222) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielyabu (1395) - 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

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (7790) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of treacle and little else. Taste is more treacle, Cola. Sweet finish. Not my bag.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (490) - HONG KONG - NOV 17, 2015
Black with a medium white head. Aroma is caramel malts. Taste is roasted malts, caramel, some coffee, well balanced and easy to drink. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1822) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Draft at Pour it Black. Pours coca cola black with a beige head. Aroma is roast, over extracted coffee. Flavor is caramel, dark chocolate, over extracted coffee. Light and easy drinking, but a touch too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1571) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle from Citysuper, HK back in July. Black pour with tanned head. Aroma is malts, charcoal, dust. bitter malty taste, coffee and burnt toast. Very earthy and roasted malts after taste.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1572) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
On tap in Tokyo 14 Beer Hall. Dark brown black colour, thick cream coloured head that lasted to the end of the glass. Soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Quite notably roasty bitter taste. Hints of chocolate and burnt toast. Good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (4243) - FINLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle. Black. Malty, lagery, roapy mild coffee roasted nose. Some butter, corny, dark syrupy notes. Med bodied, soft malty roasty, some huskyness in the finish. Ok, bit buttery, schwarz. Like mine a bit more roasty though.

-- bb


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