Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Schwarzbier
Tokyo, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Note: this beer is no longer brewed or sold in Japan. Made in the US and Canada only.

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CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
12 oz bottle, pour dark red/brown forming a beige in color foamy head. Aroma of hops, malts and coffee. Flavour was fairly balance, a little more carbonated than I was expecting. Easy drinking with a somewhat bitter ending. Not bad, but not exactly exciting either.

pericles35 (24) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2007
22 oz can; dark color with a full-bodied flavor. Yet, it goes down light like a Pilsner. Impossible to find; I’ve heard stories that the brewery has it. Alas, it is almost worth teh cost of the flight to Japan.

kp (10880) - 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 (11389) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, 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 (3496) - 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.

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