Yebisu Black Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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3.98/5 rDev +15%
Einweizenbitte sent me a CAN during his travels and I set it aside, awaiting picture approval, determination of brewery, and some other factors and then the site went Kaput! for a while and I shunted the CAN even further to the side. Today is New CANned Black Beer Sunday for me and this will be the next offering.
From the CAN: "This premium black beer is brewed using dark roasted malt and caramel malt in good balance, and fine malt and select hops for a rich aroma and hearty roasted flavor."; "Born 1887".
The Crack and inverted Glug threatened to overflow my Anderson Valley CANglass with its dense, two-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. It also created a nice pseudo-cascading action before I was forced to back off. Color was a deep, dark-brown with light penetration only at the edges. Nose was rich with a smoky, dark chocolate smell. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for my taste, but oh!, what a taste! I described an earlier beer today as being like drinking a chocolate milk shake, but this was even closer to the taste than that one. Very chocolaty without being overly sweet, which is just the way that I like such things. Sweet really turns me off. Finish was semi-sweet and the chocolate flavors really lingered well after the swallow.
07-21-2013 18:52:20 | More by woodychandler
3.26/5 rDev -5.8%
Purchased at the local AAA in Yomitan, poured from the can...
A - Dark as pitch with a muddy two fingers of rich head.
S - Roasted malts is the only thing I can make out of the nose.
T - Anise, roasted malt, and a smidgen of bakers cocoa in the front, lacking any burnt bitterness whatsoever.
M - Light bodied, creamy, and refreshing.
Overall this is a nice "euro dark lager" whatever that means, reminds me of a less impressive Lion Stout, still enjoyable, Would recommend if you are facing this versus any mainstream Japanese pilsner-esque beers... Orion, Kirin, Asahi etc...
07-21-2013 10:36:14 | More by JoeAmerican77
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
Had this on tap at the Yebisu Museum in Ebisu, Tokyo. Poured into a half-pint glass. No transparency at all with a thick beige creamy head. Head is delicious and flavored like coffee. Roasted coffee dominates the scent as well. The taste is a bit watery but still palatable. Very bitter like iced coffee. Beautiful scattered ring lacing around the glass. Overall, a wonderful black lager especially if you are looking for a coffee-influenced taste.
07-11-2012 04:26:59 | More by shigg85
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured into a glass goblet. About a half finger of head on top of a black body. The head faded pretty quickly.
Smells of hay and grain, lots of it.
It has a good roasted malt taste throughout. There's some burnt taste too. It ends with a good bitterness.
Smooth and medium body, low carbonation. Fits nicely with the flavor.
A tasty black lager.
04-28-2012 01:17:00 | More by Fatehunter
3.58/5 rDev +3.5%
Ordered a bottle at Tori Gin restaurant in Nagoya Japan. Was relieved to see something on the menu other than Asahi or Kirin.
A: Whole wheat bread, dark roasted malt (a combo of molasses, brown sugar, and light smoke). Also, a faint herbal hop note. Not bad.
A: Pours dark brown with a tinge of ruby, and a foamy, 3 finger light tan head. This does not look like the Japanese beers I`m used to, and that`s a good thing!
F: Maltiness comes through again with a touch of molasses and whole wheat bread, but sweetness is relatively dry and muted. A slight tartness is noticeable (likely some astringency from the dark malt). The beer has a nice, moderate hoppy bitterness that comes in toward the middle, and hangs on for a little while.
M: Medium mouthfeel with crisp, medium-high carbonation.
O: Again, if it comes down to either ordering the standard Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo golden lagers or this one, I`m choosing this all day long. Definitely not one that would be my beer of choice back in the states, but I applaud the effort by Sapporo to market a darker beer. Now, if only demand for this kind of product would increase so the other big brewers came out with similar products!
01-18-2012 13:27:58 | More by mdvatab
Yebisu Black Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.