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Sapporo Yebisu Black Beer

Formerly brewed at Sapporo Breweries
Style: Schwarzbier
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This premium black beer is tradtitionally brewed using dark roasted malt, fine malt and select hops for a full aroma and rich, hearty flavour.

Fatehunter's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2274) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2012
Poured into a glass goblet. About a half finger of head on top of a black body. The head faded pretty quickly. Smells of hay and grain, lots of it. It has a good roasted malt taste throughout. There’s some burnt taste too. It ends with a good bitterness. Smooth and medium body, low carbonation. Fits nicely with the flavor. A tasty black lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mackeon (163) - - MAR 15, 2015
This is not a stout or porter but a beer in the German Schwarzbier tradition, and as such it’s a pretty good job, certainly no worse than most German brews. The label shows Yebisu, the portly god of fishermen and good luck, presumably a happy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HKdIPA (690) - HONG KONG - JUL 11, 2014
Tap at Narita. Half and half with regular yebisu. Full flavored but light. More interesting than expected and some good bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Can. dark copper pour with a thick head. Grain, roasted nuts, grass, brown sugar. medium body. pretty good

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
Canned (thanks Kim S). Very deep ambery brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruits, riped stuff and some ashes and liquorice. Flavour is liqurice, ashes and roasted malts. Dry palate, but at the same time some sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olio (9373) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
33 cl can @ wPBF’13.
Pours dark copper color with no head. Aroma of malts, nuts and some sugar. Flavor of sugar, malts and nuts. Dry malty palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
330 ml can @ WPBF 2013.
Pours a black colour with a small head. Aroma of grains, roasted malts and some grass. Flavour of roasted malts, grains, grass and some sweetness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and grass. Rich, roasty and grassy finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westkyoto77 (623) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 19, 2013
Draught at Lion. Silky jet black with short-lived, fine tan head. Roasted malts, good bit of soy sauce, touch of dark chocolate. Smooth as all get out, but served a bit too cold. Not especially complex, but a solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
Tap at a beer hall in Shinjuku. Black colour with a beige head. Malty caramel, hops, soy aroma. Flavour is smoked malt, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2013
Can@Home. Black currant, roasted, light malt sweet with a hint of sourness. Silky, clean, balanced and easy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 18, 2013
Looks very sharp, elegant dark brown witha a cream-coloured head, that does not last much. Aromas of roasts, coffee, a bit leathery to start with. But in a minute the aroma turns into just an ordinary whiff of a pale lager. Strong flavour of chars, coffee, no fruits on the horizon. Rather bitter, quite a professional balance there, with a touch of bitterness from chars, the hoppy bitterness and the sweet malts. Rather thion bodied, not much of a finish to be memorable. Not a bad Schwarzbier, but the style does not excite me that much. Finally, this is much better than the pale lager Yebisu.

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