Coedo Shikkoku - Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
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4.2/5 rDev +21%
12oz bottle acquired from an Asian market I went to for cheap seafood and then noticed, "Hmm, I haven't ticked this yet."
Now the brewer calls this jet black, and I'll almost give them that. Just some dark brown around the edges when it's held up to the light. A small tan head fades to a thick foam ring around the glass.
Big roasty aroma, charcoal-like and hinting at the beer's ashy dryness.
The flavor is great, rich yet balanced and not overblown. The roastiness dominates, lending campfire flavors, and some very slightly sweet caramel and chocolate malts sit behind that.
Nice palate, with some body to it but not at all heavy. Clean and crisp on the finish, with a medium level of carbonation.
From a brewery that has left me unimpressed in the past, let me just say that I am impressed with this one. It's an excellent example of the style, and one of the best beers I've had from Japan. Stood up to and even complemented some tri-tip I was eating at the time of this tick. A nice beer to appreciate on a night when I'm a one-tick pony (work to do). I can't believe the ratings are this low - this beer is solid!
02-01-2011 03:29:54 | More by nickd717
2.23/5 rDev -35.7%
Dark brown/black with think tan head.
Nose of sweet carmel/vanilla coffee; sugared espresso.
Mouthfeel is thin and very lacking in body.
Flavors are also lacking and does not deliver what the nose promises which is really too bad. Flavors are thin, lacking character or style and a bit of simple and short coffee, really nothing more than a simple, one dimensional light coffee character....and not particularly appealing at that.
Finish is a light simple coffee finish.
This one is nothing special if you want a coffee, roasted malt, stout type of brew.
10-31-2009 00:04:40 | More by GRG1313
3.84/5 rDev +10.7%
From the 350 ml. bottle with a little Japanese script on it. Sampled on July 29, 2013.
This pour is a very dark brown to near black color with a head that sits there for a bit but eventually dissolves completely.
The aroma is nice and malty as the style should be with a decent sweetness and maybe molasses but nearly no hop esters. Maybe even some molasses.
The body does have a nice creamy texture but otherwise falls into the medium range.
Like the aroma the taste is sweet and malty with some vague molasses and little to no hop bitterness at the finale. Sweet is the catch word for this one.
07-29-2013 20:38:17 | More by puboflyons
3.23/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours black with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, soy sauce, roasted malt. Somehow both sweet and salty smelling...
More complexity shown in the flavours. Big cocoa and chocolate liqueur but also a bold roasted character with plastic notes.
Body seems a little watery.
11-25-2012 06:21:32 | More by CrazyDavros
3.15/5 rDev -9.2%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Very thin head dissipated very quickly and left a slender ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of toasted and caramel malt, hint of chocolate. Mild flavor of toasted malt, a hint of dark fruit and coffee, somewhat watery. Light body and lack of carbonation does not leave a great mouth feel. The flavors are good, but too understated and the lightness and lack of carbonation don't help much. A miss for me.
04-28-2012 02:48:57 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev +15.3%
2007 Bottle (but still surprisingly decent).
Roasty with hints of licorice and caramel. Lightly smoky.
Thick for a schwarzbier - getting closer to stout range here, but quite nice.
I would love to try this fresher - this one has a lot going for it despite not being completely true to style.
07-15-2008 05:47:22 | More by rallison
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of dark and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has slight hints of chocolate malts and bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This seems lighter bodied compared to other beers in the style. Nonetheless, it is very easy to drink.
09-08-2012 16:02:36 | More by metter98
3.4/5 rDev -2%
appearance: dark black, 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. decent lacing
smell: espresso that i could see being a bit overbearing, but isnt all that unpleasant to me.
taste: more of the coffee and espresso carry through with slight hop bitterness at the end.
mouthfeel: a lighter, oily mouthfeel than what I had expected. for a beer that leans more towards a stout than a schwarzbier i was expecting a fuller mouthfeel.
drinkability: pretty decent. did not get tired of it by the end of the sitting and could definitely have a few.
03-09-2010 07:09:58 | More by lcollis4
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
A-Pours dark mahogany with coal black highlights. Almost no head, some khaki bubbles around the edges of the glass.
S-Light aromas of roasted barley and milk chocolate. Not much else.
T/M-Very similar to the Session brand Schwarzbier. Very simple stuff, but successfully executed for the most part. Soft, creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with delicate roasty flavors. Light carbonation emphasizes the softness of the body. If I have one complaint it's that this could use some more aggressive roastiness. Gets boring after awhile.
08-11-2011 02:08:45 | More by DaveHS
3.4/5 rDev -2%
A: Pours a clear almost opaque very dark brown in color with some lighter brown near the edges when held up to the light and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a very thin beige head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: A very mild overall aroma with the primary smells being that of dark roasted malts.
T: Again, the taste of this beer is also pretty mild. The primary flavor is that of roasted malts with some light hints of bittersweet chocolate. There is a light amount of bitterness that fades almost immediately.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.
O: I really wish that this beer had been a little heavier in body - the flavors and the smell are good but a little understated. I would certainly have another of these beers as it is very easy to drink and enjoyable.
09-07-2012 21:58:25 | More by dbrauneis
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
¼ finger head and slight ringing start the show, some interesting residual foam that give the beer a ‘marbled’ look along the top like high quality beef. Interestingly, the nose seems to take its cues from this, starting off sweet-yet-musky, smokey and meaty. Quite a lot reminiscent of real barbacue here. The low carbonation and malt flavors create a pleasant, smoky and silky mouth feel. Quite tasty indeed. Slight hop bitterness builds up as you take a few drinks, adding balance to the beer. This beer tastes like barbecue, and I want it with barbecue. Again, another Coedo beer that seemed better than the first time I had it. I suspect it was served too cold when I first had it at the Pub, and I simply didn’t wait for the thing to warm up. I have time for this beer and I’ll be having it again.
12-23-2012 04:16:17 | More by solid98
3.85/5 rDev +11%
Bottle bought in Japan, poured into a goblet.
A: Dark black, slight amber color on the edges. Small head that dissipated quickly.
S: Roasted malts, coffee, slight hint of citrus and hops. Sweet chocolate is also present.
T: Starts off sweet and mild. The coffee, bitter chocolate and hop bitterness then packs quite a punch in the middle and it finishes with bitter/burnt chocolate and black coffee. The finish stays in my mouth for a surprisingly long time!
M: Light, slightly creamy and a little tingle from the hops.
O: This is quite unique. It seemed like it would be a light easy drinking black lager, but the unexpectedly long and bitter coffee finish was awesome!
06-01-2013 07:56:08 | More by TokyoCO
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +11%
A: Looks flat and oily as it pours out of the bottle. Leaves a bubbly, beige head which dissipates but levels off at one finger. The body is black as coal.
S: Smells great, more like fudge at first, but as it warms I get more coffee and chocolate.
T: Mmm, refreshing. Coffee and a touch of liquorice. It's dry but has a kind of sweet fudge finish which I'm sure comes from the hops. Slightly metallic and papery/cardboard-like. There's a bit of gingery prickliness as it warms. Getting some of that fudge-like hopiness in the aftertaste. Has the restorative properties of an autumn beer.
M: A bit on the oily side. Medium level of fizz.
O: A friendly but mediocre beer, but then it's a mediocre beer style.
10-11-2013 11:52:23 | More by Hoppsbabo
2.95/5 rDev -15%
Japanese craft lager, coming out of a stubby 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:
Where's the head? It never takes shape, and any attempt of foam fizzles right away on the pour. Good dark color though, as dark of black ink with ruby brown hues. The nose arrives slightly better, but remember, better is a relative term. Brewed soy sauce and X-mas pudding hit the nose. Overall, it's an odd combo. (Update: time goes by and the soy sauce is gone. It smells almost like an English ale).
Well, it doesn't taste terrible. Sure, there's a little soy sauce flavor, but it's not totally off-putting because the intensity is much lighter than in the aroma. Chocolate pudding, custard-like notes...this might be a good beer to cook dessert. And there's something in the yeast that gives it a soft, sweet flavor. From the start, things do get better. What looked like a beer I wasn't sure that I could finish now looks like a decent glass of brew. Light bodied, and low in the carbonation department.
Beer can be a roller coaster. Coedo Shikkoku demonstrated that roller coaster, and at elast went from having little appeal to being quite reasonable.
06-11-2012 04:15:37 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Color is a dark chocolate brown, I enjoyed this beer very much, it's my favorite of the 4 coedo's I've tried. It's a rich chocolate, caramel, coffee almond taste is outstanding. no bitter aftertaste, it's a very well balanced beer. I'm still a little intrigued by the price tag of these beers, quite expensive, although this one was worth it.
12-07-2013 04:04:17 | More by nychrislin
3/5 rDev -13.5%
Bought a bottle of this from a random supermarket in Saitama, Japan. Poured into a Sapporo Premium Malts medium tulip glass. Looks and even smells a bit like Cherry Coca Cola minus the head... soda produces more of one. Some hop aroma, but nothing to get the senses excited about. Tastes just fine and goes down smoothly without any excess gas or negative aftertaste. This is overall an average beer for an average night. Nothing bad to say about it, but nothing overtly positive.
02-27-2012 03:59:03 | More by shigg85
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
333ml bottle poured into a little hotel glass. Like a tumbler or something.
Pours dark but not quite opaque with a small pale head. Medium amount of fine active carbonation. Smell is smoky and spicy. A little caramel maybe.
Taste is roasty, smokey bitter, but not overpowering, with a sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, not bad.
05-22-2012 12:43:51 | More by snaotheus
Coedo Shikkoku from Coedo Brewery (Kyodo Shoji Koedo Brewery)
80 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.