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Brewed by Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Kawagoe-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.4
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Light roasted soy sauce aroma. Black no head. Super smooth light sweet roasted flavors. So good great light body carries tons of taste. Rice flavors in there as well.

4.3
austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
A rather thin, sweet, mild schwarzbier (maybe even a dunkey) that’s got a lovely flavor profile if you like that sort of thing. I can’t wait to try their Vienna. Found it at a 7-11 in Tokyo. One of my favorites!

4.2
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle from Vintage Cellars. Nice malty beer. Aromas of caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a disappearing head.

4.2
GoufCustom (2212) - HONG KONG - MAR 25, 2013


330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long; Clear opaque black colour; Razor thin head and residual beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Minimal lacing and not much carbonation; Fragrant aroma of burnt coffee and roasted malt; Pleasant smokey taste of roast dark malt, black coffee, burnt toffee, dark chocolate, liquorices, and grassy hops; Medium body with smooth, milky palate; Taste profile is dominated by very notable and smokey roasted dark malt, very pleasant roasted coffee and mild liquorices, all underlined by nice, low-key milky palate throughout; Hoppiness is mild grass plus mid-strength, comfy bitterness, with a lingering and memorable finish. Slightly dry after taste, bitter but fairly easy to mouth.



Comments: I am totally in love with this one! After a few sips and you’ll realize not only it features all the niceties in a Schwarz - black colour, right body, mild and pleasant roast malt aroma, good roasted coffee taste, and smooth as silk palate - its goodness makes it more than just a good Schwarz, it feels like a stripped down cousin of Guinness FES, and I can’t imagine if get a bit more creamier and a sweeter malty character, it could mount a serious challenge against Guinness. For now , It stands as good as any nice Schwarz, and I can’t get enough. This one is a winner!

4.1
mkel07 (6462) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
330ml botte from Fifth Element. I wasn’t expecting the thick black goodness that poured forth from the botte. Good tan head with a roasted malt aroma thick with coffee and smoke. Long smokey flavour that sits in the mouth for a long time. Unexpectedly very good.

4
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2010
The beer exceeded my expectations in all factes with the exception of aroma. The aroma was faint, undiscernable and almost non-existent. The color was deep black with a red hue when held directly into the light. A thin tan pillowy head was formed with the swilling, soon disappating back to the black lid of the brew. The flavor was fine and smooth with a nice velvety finish. There was no hint of abundant alcohol and the palate was clean and crisp with a ever so slight balance of malt and hops. The beer was certainly smooth and creamy. Overall, a very fine dark smooth porter-like brew.


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