Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Schwarzbier
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerdedone (3359) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
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 youll know what cloying is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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 didnt 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 1800s 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
quite tasty for an asian beer. (damn, i am asian) nice flavor, and a very cool can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2004
A very tasty dark beer, I loved the flavor, and the aftertaste was nice too, not what I expected from a Japanese beer, but I loved it, even if it was canned, nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - OCT 2, 2004
Had with Chinese food at a real Chinese food. My friends girlfriend ordered in Chinese, so we got the freshest food in the place and had cooked traditionally. Anyway, I had this after Id already had a few drinks, so my recollection might be kinda hazy. That said, I enjoyed it and thought it went really well with the Chinese food. Came in a really big can, though. Toward the end, it was getting fairly warm- it still wasnt bad, but it was better when it was cooler in the beginning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maximus55 (40) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Goes down smooth, fresh clean crisp taste, if you havent tried it try it now...have you gotten it yet? hehe

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrKevvie (29) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Nice beer, good flavour, nice colouring, very smooth. Definately one Id buy again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Bought this for its intriguing darkness and cool can. I was impressed, good dark beer flavors -slight chocolate and caramel, and pretty smooth. Ill have to try it again.

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