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Yebisu Black Beer - Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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BA SCORE
81
good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 07-18-2003)
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

nickfl, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

woodychandler, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 350ml can, produced in 09/2009, BB 05/2010 (likely unpasteurised); served lightly-chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a nearly black hue with mahogany glows, coming with semi-lively carbonation and a thick, light tan frothy head that retains quite well.
S: pleasantly malty - bitter chocolates, sweet coffee, bitter-sweet black malts, burned black sugar and metallic notes dominate the nose, laced with lighter hints of roast nuts, black prunes and leather-ish+grassy hops. Very pleasant, actually, less roasty than most stouts and rather like a very very dark Dunkel lager or even a less sweet Baltic Porter.
T: surprisingly bitter and dry from the beginning, the foretaste has a soothing black malt theme, followed by semi-earthy hops and dry-ish bitterness, lingering burned walnutty aroma, and a lighter input of black prunes, but in the finish it's the good quality black malts' aftertaste and the bitter edge of caramel that linger the most.
M&D: the carbonation is kept at a "healthy" level, i.e. soft enough and not at all spritzy, while the body remains medium-minus to go well with the refreshing flavour profile. I find this beer more like a slightly more malty, heavier Schwarzbier, which, aided by Sapporo's dry-ish touch and a delicate hop profile, is rendered even more quaffable~~

wl0307, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of this beer from a department store in Ikebukuro (Tokyo). Poured into a hotel room glass as a nightcap and was very surprised by the quality. I rated as a Euro dark lager (the current description on BA), but this really seemed more like a porter to me.

The appearance was great, thick light tan head over a dark burgandy brown beer. The aroma was roasted malts and a hint of chocolate, not too different from GL Edmund Fitzgerald. The flavor is same as above but maybe a little more like London Porter. The more I try it the more sure I am that this is a porter, and a good one at that.

I highly recommend this if you're in Japan, it beats the Kirin and other Sapporo products I've tried.

TurdFurgison, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -14.3%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Ginza Lion Beerhall. Nice dark brown, bordering on black with a large mocha head. An impressive appearance from a major brewer. Caramel cocoa and coffee in the aroma. Smooth, roasty taste, somewhat like kostritzer, with the emphasis very much on the malts. Creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Surprisingly good, and a solid quaffer.

bobsy, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Fatehunter, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

shigg85, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Yebisu Beer Museum in Tokyo.

A: Served a virtual black color with a good tan head with some lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of Caramel and Coffee mixed in with roasted malt.

T: Nice roasted malt flavor with a bit of caramel and coffee.

F: Faily full body with a smooth creamy feel.

D: Easy drinker, good for a few. One of my first choices when I find it available while traveling in Japan.

soju6, Jan 14, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

pin, Jan 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Norseman, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

kbrown, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Achel Chalice.

A - This beer pours a dark ebony colour with a coffee colour head that retains well.

S - Molassis and brine from the bottle. Once poured takes on a much more roasted aroma.

T - Plenty of roasted malts and molassis, with a hint of chocolate.

M - Full body and medium carbonation makes for a smotth drop

D - Great beer and recommeded

eric5bellies, Jun 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Nunya, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Naerhu
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The was an extraordinarily average beer. Tan rapidly disappearing head, medium to light lacing. The faintest aroma of coffee and nuts. This is very similar to the original Yebisu only, with the ever distant coffee and hazelnut flavor in the background. I would not bother to drink this again, but then again I am not a big fan of the style.

Naerhu, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of soulgrowl
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Olive blackish brown, not totally opaque, but would probably make an effective pair of shades. Head is thick, creamy, and dense, caffe latte in color with fair retention.

Smell: Caramel, coffee, peanuts, tobacco, and milk chocolate malt. Light metallic notes paved over with thick, chewy brownie richness. Decidedly subtle hops - from Bayern, according to the can - lend a vague estery essence.

Taste: Chocolate, buckwheat honey, earthy coffee beans, and nutty, roasty dryness. A solid dark malt taste that becomes more rich as it warms, with a lovely cocoa finish without a trace of syrupiness. Light spicy hop notes. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Soft and medium-bodied with a just-right effervescence.

Drinkability: This is my go-to beer in Japan as it's generally the most flavorful option at most stores and it doesn't run quite as expensive as Japanese craft brews. Definitely recommended in this land of rice lagers and happoshu.

soulgrowl, Mar 11, 2007
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3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Yebisu Beer Museum's bar. It's deep black with brown edges and a tan head that fades. Looks good. Nose is roasted caramel malts, and slight hoppy sweetness. Taste is decent malty goodness, slightly burnt on the finish, and an underlying sweetness. Not bad. Average mouthfeel and drinkability.

shivtim, Dec 20, 2007
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yebisu, Sapporo's "premium" AKA expensive line of beers features the god of fishing (whose name is...Yebisu) and, of course, of luck, on a black and gold can: impressive.

I enjoy drinking this beer, despite its inflated price. It lacks the taste that Asahi's "black" beer pulls off, but it's great presentation and feels good in the mouth. The smell's a little watery, with only a slight maltiness. The very dark red color and fleeting head remind me of a nice Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer (not beer). There's a pretty high carbonation, which unfortunately doesn't give way to too much else. There's some type of earthy, slightly bitter unrefined beer taste, like peanut shells or something. Maybe a little dark cherry taste in there as well.

donnebaby, Dec 19, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at a Shanghai supermarket. I was impressed with Yebisu's "The Hop" and thought I would give this "black beer" a shot.

Appearance: Pleasant dark leather in color, clear with red tints. One finger khaki head with modest retention.

Smell: Aroma is less roast, and more vegetable. Faint hints of coffee.

Taste: Flavor is better than the aroma, reminiscent of a schwarzbier. Caramel, roast, and coffee but lager-clean.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Medium body, mild carbonation. On the whole, not nearly as good a beer as The Hop. Moderately drinkable.

hunteraw, Jan 10, 2009
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

YamagamiTravis, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of crwills
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a macro, not bad at all. Had a couple of these at the Da Vinci bar in the ANA Hotel in Akasaka. Quite pleasant roasty aromas, and a good roasted caramel flavour, although fairly weak in body. Carbonation was a bit higher than I'd like as well, but still pretty drinkable.

crwills, Nov 16, 2006
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Yebisu Black Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
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