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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (3070) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Canned from Bottle Bin. Havent seen this beer in almost twenty years. Wanted to try it again for quite a while. Probably not as good as it seemed back then. Roasty up front with a little hint of sweetness. Fairly thin on the palate. Some good roasted coffee notes and a little bit of black licorice. Some burnt grains as well. Fairly decent roasty finish. Not too bad, but gets a little cloying. Roast is good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3054) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Sample can for review: The pour itself is more of a porter brown than black. In the glass, it looks dark brown to black, but with brown highlights. The smell has a bit of light coffee roast to it, and a sweetness like toffee; hey, that rhymes. The taste starts with pinprickly carbonation. The roast has coffee notes and is a bit grainy, but is rather light to make up for it. Ive always considered Sapporos main lager to be dry, bu this has a residual sweetness that leaves a light coating on the lips, with a suggestion of a dark bock beer. Hop bill seems titlted toward German and milder bittering hops, resulting in a notable bitterness that works with the sweet malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (546) - Minneapolis, - JAN 16, 2017
A very nice session able black lager. Glad they are making this one again..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (928) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Brewed in Canada. 650 ml can. A very dark brown..reddish highlights pour. Nice head of tannish foam. Smells of roasted malt, grain and some hops? Light roasted malt flavour, dark chocolate, which I would suggest brings the bitter notes to the table. There are some sweet chocolate/caramel tastes as well. Decent body with adequate carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (4091) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2016
22 oz. can poured to a pokal glass at Lunar Brewing Co. displaying a black/brown hue, with a frothy layer of tan foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was both roasted & toasted malt, subtle lager scent, a touch of woodiness, and light hints of prune & dark caramel. A little less than medium bodied, and somewhat dry, with fizzy effervescence that seemed to tone down midway through, after which the texture thinned a bit. Fairly solid, with decent drinkability. Resurrected as a U.S & Canadian product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
degbert (1769) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Can (sample from local rep). This is not retired -- or if it is, its coming back as a zombie to eat your beer brains. Pours a medium brown-black with a shallow, fine-grained, light brown head. Nose is light coffee, chocolate, smoke, molasses, and rye bread. On the tongue, its smoked chocolate and rye bread, with a little coffee bitterness; its a very well-behaved and demure schwarzbier, with nothing to offend anyone. Finish is clean. Its not a standout, but its also not bad at all. With Kuronama Dark going away, we have to take what we can get.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Syfher (364) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle of 33cl, in a Lager glass; from the fridge. Hum... nor good nor bad. But still a pils, still light, still no taste. One day Japan, you will learn how to brew great beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"like a slightly sweeter, thinner porter. overall it was neat to try, but not something ill go back for. not a ton of hops, or body, but whats there is good enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mnurda (1269) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 29, 2011
Canned sampler jjs in Mississauga. Much better than I expected. Would have this again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Sampled in the big metal can. Pours nice and dark black. Calls itself a stout but agree on the schwarzbier status. It drinks pretty nice. The malts leave a bit to desire but its alight.

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