Asahi Black (Kuronama)

 
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Formerly brewed at Asahi Breweries
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Tokyo, Japan

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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Production in Japan was stopped in September 2015. If you have a dark Asahi beer after that, it is Dry Black.

Bottle & can: Pasteurised.
Ingredients: Dark roasted malt; hops; rice; maize; Asahi’s pure cultured yeast.
Japan’s favourite dark beer. Brewed in Osaka, Asahi Black is made from three different roasted malts. This gives it a rich, nutty flavour and makes it incredibly smooth-drinking. Unlike other, more bitter dark beers and stouts, it’s brewed in a process called bottom fermentation, which gives it a subtle, sweet edge and smooth 5% abv.

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2.7
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle at Maria’s Ton Up Tasting.
Dark mahogoany coloured with a good off white head that gives lovely dark brown bubbles on the swill. Heavy thick malty aroma with some wheat and caramel and some definite manure. Metallic malt flavour and lots of wheat. Metallic coffee finish and a little too much manure. The rice is very clear and obviously does it no favours.

2.3
yngwie (17237) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2008
Can, shared by Gr0ve. Pours a clear ruby body, with a huge, creamy beige head. Quite weak on the aroma, mostly roasted, with some butterscotch. Rather weak flavor too, roasted, with caramel and notes of butterscotch. Rather thin in the mouth, even for a schwarzbier, but not watery. A boring beer I think, but easy to drink. (080216)

2.7
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2008
334ml bottle with mes and ethereal. They said it smelt like full on manure on first opening. but since i was late, sorry, it breathed a bit, and by the time i got to it, it smelt more like good sherry rather than ’pigs bottoms’. Dark mahogany colour and a little head. Didn’t taste of much, maybe a bit of roasted barley and a few medicinal herbs in the finish. Very interesting for an asahi but that really doesn’t say much.

2.7
Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle from Waitrose. Looks fantastically - very dark brown with a line of tan head. However, things go downhill from there. The aroma has dark malt but it’s obscured by a somewhat farmyard funk. The palate is rather watery and the flavour is bland sweet malt. Disappointing!

2.6
OleR (4849) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2008
Translucent near-black color. Small, dense tanned head. Light sweet, but still quite fresh malt aroma. A scent of dusty/hayish hops. A more appearant malt-sweetness in the flavor. Sugary notes. Low on the hops. Thin-bodied and smooth with a short sweetish end. (Bottle shared by grOve, thanks!)

2.4
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2008
I was not a big fan of this brew. It poured a nice dark, dark ruby with tan head.....Aroma was very nice of nice dark roasted malts. Flavor was very nice up front, but what ruined it for me was the complete absence of bitterness.....like almost no bitterness.....if it had some, this would have been great for me......but it was like a tease.....left me hanging wanting more out of it......

2.4
KnutAlbert (6792) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 29, 2008
Canned. Smoke, some burned malt. Light and easy drinking, watery beer - and very forgettable.

3.8
jestilo (3) - COLOMBIA - FEB 27, 2008 does not count
Pretty good beer for a country with no beer tradition. I really liked it, athough it needs more taste and bitterness

2.5
tomciccateri (1035) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Can dated 2 months prior for brewed-on date, with Chinese language sticker with consumer data. Bought in Kaohsiung, Taiwan grocery store. Light-bodied, brown color, well-carbonated, metalic character, slight roasted notes. Even, dark malt flavor balance. Late dry finish. Unlike label claims, not really "rich and smooth."

3.4
Fin (10918) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle picked this up at Waitrose, Witney 20-01-08 Pour’s very dark brown with some noticeable ruby glints. Very smooth tasting little bit nutty even and a pleasant soft mouthfeel, enjoyable.


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