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Yebisu Black Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Naerhu on 07-18-2003)
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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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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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
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New York

4/5  rDev +15.6%

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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
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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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!

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Yebisu Black Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.