Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Schwarzbier
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/08/1997
Mode: can
Source: Sherlocks, GA

dark clear ruby red, rich malt and floral hop aroma, rich malt flavor with a bitter finish, much more a bock than a stout

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Score: *4
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SWToxaClassico (14) - Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle: My favorite beer to drink at my favorite Sushi restaurant. Smells thick and hearty as is the taste. Dark appetizing color especially with a plate of Chirashi. Goes down smooth and is hard to say "no" to the waitress when she asks if I want more. I had this on another occasion, but is pretty expensive to buy a case where I live: about $50 bucks for a small case. I’m pretty new to describing beer, so I can’t really say much about the flavor other than it is really good and thick. Not just a chugging beer it is a good one to let linger in your mouth.

Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Bought in the sale section of the Orchard Park Liquor Store in Kelowna. I was reminded of salted licorice. Page 406 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 261 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

faroeviking (10826) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 3, 2006
Can. Dark colour with a nice average lasting off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops and some coffee. The flavor is sweet with roasted malts, coffee, little chocolate ending with some bitter hoppiness. Good brew.

bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2006
i went frickn nuts at every convienent store in tokyo, just trying all their average everyday beers. poured almost opaque brown with a nice tan head. dark notes of fig and chocolate. and easy smooth palate with a surprisingly good black beer character.

coastercan (1) - mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006 does not count
A great schwarzbier, with big flavor and waay too easy to drink. On draft at Kirin City and Sapporo Lion pubs in Japan. I miss it and wish it was available in North America.

Beerdedone (3390) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Can. Pours dark with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops, coffee. Flavor is sweet, roasted, coffee, chocolate, and slight bitter hops. Good body, decent brew.

smcd (366) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
(12 oz Bottles) How did this beer get so cloyingly sweet at only 4.3%????? Thick, molasses-like flavors and aromas. Needs some hops to balance this out. Body is quick heavy. That said, it is, indeed rich, choclately, and smooth -- to the point of being overpoweringly so and it misses hops and a certain crispness. Drink too many and you’ll know what cloying is.

TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
When is a stout not a stout? When it is a schwarzbier of course. The inspiration for Sapporo Black Stout Draft didn’t come from Ireland, it came from Germany. "Black Beer" is popular in Japan, most if not all major Japanese breweries do this style. What is schwarzbier? Its a dark lager that has its roots in the eastern part of Germany, similar to Munich dunkles, but a little darker in color, with some roastiness as well. German brewers were brought over to Japan in the 1800’s to show the Japanese how to brew beer, and they brought their recipes with them. I lived in Japan for a year, and was drinking "black beer" 14 years ago, before I really understood what I was drinking. Being a stout drinker, Sapporo Black was a natural choice for me. But this beer has more in common with a Kostrizer, or even Sprecher Black Bavarian, than it ever will have with Guinness. This is a very good example of schwarzbier, and is a very smooth, drinkable, dark lager. Sapporo Black pours to a deep brown/black color with a nice white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is quite malty. Good dark malt aromas, with a touch of roast, and balancing hop aromatics. The palate is firm, dark chocolate, coffee, and roasty flavors. This beer is a lager, so it is very smooth, round, and clean. This beer finishes malty up front, then leads into a quick, dry, bitter finish. This is an excellent "black" beer as the Japanese like to call it. It is a great tribute to a style that is under done, even in Germany. It has a cult following in Japan, and I was a member of that cult, and still am. Look for this beer in your area, its well worth seeking out. I would match this beer with smoked and grilled meats, or Mongolian BBQ.

hikito (3) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2005 does not count
very nice for a japanese beer bette than many other imported beers. Good taste and nice color.

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