Brewed by Kumazawa Brewing (Shonan Beer)
Style: Schwarzbier
Chigasaki, Japan


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
30 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mild citric, milky and toasted malty. Sourish and tart. Dry and citric into the finish. Off.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bamsen78 (3140) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle @ America Strikes Back, Ulfborg. Pours slightly hazy coffee brown with airy tan head. Sweet aroma of malt and molasses. Sourish flavour of stale grain, with notes of diacethylene and faint touches of hop. Sour aftertaste. Filth!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Meilby (7610) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle 300ml @ fonefan
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, butterscotch and sourness. Taste is medium sweet and medium sour with a long thin sour and butterscotch finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
chrisv10 (11127) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle, 5%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is light roasted malts and strong butter. Flavour is malt, butter, caramel, little sour, little chocolate and medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (522) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 25, 2013
Draught at Bungalow. Dark brackish brown. Fine and smooth body. Not a lot going on taste wise- a touch of cough drop, some coffee hints. Nice palate was the highlight. Aftertaste was good, if a little sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Loads of actual honey dominate this dark brew’s wooden, leafy hops, a sweetness which is exacerbated by the very low carbonation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark brown.
-This is far from a German Schwarzbier...
-The hop character barely tickles the finish.
-Sweetness + low carbonation = low drinkability. Which is a problem for this type of lager, obviously.

On tap at Swan Lake Pub Edo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2026) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2013
Bottle at our Ryoukan in Hakone. Result! Dark brown coloured. Taste is rich, chocolate, brown sauce, intense fruitiness. Parma violets too. Aroma slightly floral, beefy, fruity, some sweetness. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (452) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2013
Aroma: licorice, dark chocolate Palate: soft and smooth Flavor: some black licorice but predominantly rounded (non-bitter) medium dark chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (1870) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle from Shonan Brewery/Pizza Trattoria. Clear dark brown, off white head. Nose is sweet roasted malt, grain husk, bit of Marmite yeastiness. Taste is sweet lactic milkiness, roasted malt, cereal grain husk, touch of saltiness. Really good Schwartz bier.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (2134) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle (gift from Neko-chan). Dark roastiness, yeast. Dark brown color, with a full one-and-a-half inch rocky head. Very mild flavors, some slightly sweet chocolate, which diminish very quickly. Thin and watery. Not a lot to say about this one. Flavors are weak and disappear within a second or two. Goodbye....

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