Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Schwarzbier
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed with high quality barley and hops, along with a longer maturation time to develop the rich, fully satisfying flavor.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreweryProfessor11 (3) - Kawasaki, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2016 does not count
This is a great beer. As for details: it has the same exact flavor as the Asahi black-colored beer, at half the price. It competes favorably with microbrewed beers. Its a world of difference from the major offerings of the major companies, not less than the many that charge twie the price. That said, I found, lately the major beer company have started to offer craft-style beers in small bottles in the 200 yen range that usually surprise me and outpace this maybe 115 yen beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17181) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2016
"Rich Black". Very dark brown, thin head, toasty, light nose. Light body. Emphasis on toast with some soy sauce character...good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cantabrian (1113) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2016
Sapporo Mugi to Hoppu Kuro is not easy to find here on this list. Thats because most of us non-Nihongo speakers will only be able to read "Sapporo Rich Black". Anyway, this was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting a repellent Schwarzbier, but I got a malty, rather berry-bitter and sweet concoction that reminded me of some of the better local stouts. Not bad on the palate, a bit creamy, and better than anything you can get from a can at a convenience store.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
melush (3889) - SPAIN - MAY 5, 2016
Can 35cl / Lata 35cl. @ MaxValu Taiko, Nagoya, Japon. A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S:Roasted malt, sweet / Malta tostada, dulce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (36943) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2015
A red-brown beer with tan head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, bread, and caramel, leading to bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jinroh (1512) - ESTONIA - OCT 18, 2015
Can from a random Japanese supermarket for 115 yen. Pours dark brown with a beige head that even stays. Aroma is nondeScript, some roasted malts and then quite generic booze and wet cardboard. Feel dusty. Taste is surprising as it feels quite full, mouth is full of roast OK, it maybe lacks depth and finishes fast but still, for happoshu, this one is pretty good. I might drink this again as for this price, it is very hard to beat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (27737) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Can at Ungstrup. Clear ruby colored with a medium sized off-white head. Malty aroma of caramel and bread with roasted notes. Malty and light roasted flavor of caramel. Light roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (44253) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Can. Pours black with a huge tan head. Aroma is roasted malty. Breadish and malty. Breadish and toasted malty. Breeadish. Bitter and caramelish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (5056) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2015
5% Can from Yamaya I believe. This beers pours like a thin schwarzbier but has a stout-like head of tan foam. Sweet malty toffee & bitter coffee aroma. Fairly thin bodied with an unimpressive carbonation. The flavor is ok but also on the weak side: sweet, chocolate crackers and a bit of roasted coffee. For the price and availability it is a decent enough black beer. I had low expectations of this black happoshu but this surpassed them. Itll do in a pinch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (4074) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2014
Can at Aso Backpackers. Pours a clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with aromas of caramel and some toasted malts. Hints of smoked malts and turf too. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish with hints of smoked meat.

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