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 (919) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1184) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
Smooth and dark but with an unexpected lightness to it. Bold malt, wood and aged flavor. Nicely complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2456) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2015
sample at big texas beerfest Pours a black with little tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is of rich coffee with a hint of sweetness. Has a dry finish. Not my favorite style, but it’s not too sweet and not too bitter. A nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
c0fein (323) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2015
333ml bottle from Saveur-Biere

Black/Brown colour with a small beige head. Mild roasted aroma and flavour. Nice carbonation. Simple and OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (4096) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 30, 2015
Almost black body and medium head. Interesting aroma, roasted, roasted whole wheat bread, dry, lager like yeast. Dry enough indeed and this makes a better than expected drink. Luckily enough dark malts too to give body. Enjoyed this more than I expected. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour on tap, clear dark reddish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of sour grain, some odd molasses with a hint of mint, some slight grainy noe with a touch of roast. Taste was a mix of roast, coffee into a bit of red fruit, some mint, herbal notes, finishing slightly dry, sweet. Weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (529) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2015
On tap at CBM Jimbocho. Dark cola brown color with a nice head. Great carbonation and rich and creamy mouthfeel. Aromas of toffee, caramel, chocolate and brown sugar are present. Extemely well-balanced. Excellent mildly sweet and sour finish that is super smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4581) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2015
333ml bottle. Quasi black colour with a surviving red glimmer, average to huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white to beige head. Multifaceted, dense, ’incremental’ aroma on a small, narrow, isolated section of the aromatic scale: roasty dark malty with strawy, smoky, nuttily, grainy overtones, hints of burnt coffee, fish fodder, dark bread, liquorice, burnt caramel. Taste is roasty dark malty, subtle sweetness, hints of coffee, chocolate, treacle, grainy coffee surrogate, diluted soy sauce, 海苔. Strikes every key on the dark malt claviature - pianissimo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (5332) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle @ Blue Pig, Manchester. Very dark red with next to no head. Has some roasted malt notes with dark malts giving it a sweetness too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2422) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle shared by Calisky, 01/2015, merci. (Bb12/2019!) Ar: Roasted malts, light coffee, porter like metallics merging with exotic fruit peel like qumquat, lime, Nasi pear? T) leafy lops, roasted bread crust, coffee and black cocoa powder. Butterscotch and White grape and its peel add a fleshy texture to the already smooth, near-velvet mouthfeel finish. Impressive foreign Schwarz which shows that the style can be revived for the 21st century...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1460) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JAN 28, 2015
Couleur noire, très légère mousse beige. Nez malt grillé, café, chocolat noir avec note de fruits vert (fruit japonais?). Gout malté toasté, chocolat cremeux, chocolat noir, note café et réglisse. Bon corps bien rond. Vraiment nickel pour une Schwarz. Fin toastée, chocolat, cremeuse.

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