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

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (439) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7523) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1698) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (358) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (1756) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (1762) - 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....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 14, 2009
Translucent black with a tall, off-white head. Malty, roasty aroma. A bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Has some cereal depth. Ok but not overwhelming. Dry, mild flavor. Subtle tastes of chocolate and nutty grains. Creamy and pleasant. Basically a bit thin, with a bit too much carbonation. Decent and well-balanced but not very exciting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAR 3, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is yeast, grass, and light roasted malts. Sorta thin, yet creamy body. Flavor is roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate malts. Finish has some bittersweet chocolate in it. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2005
Dark brown color, sweet caramel, nutty nose. Light chocolate nutty mouth, sweet maltiness. Sweet malty finish. Too sweet to really enjoy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2005
Dark brown with Ruby hues. A foamy beige head. Sweet with a light coffee scent. Light sweet malty front with coffee biterness in the middle and follow. A touch of candi sugar in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer but is it a dark lager or a Schwarzbeir?


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